Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Privateer 'La Caroline' (1797) (18)
First Commissioned6.1803BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck92' 0 ¼"Imperial Feet28.048 
Length of Keel74' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet22.5616 
Breadth26' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet7.9312 
Depth in Hold10' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet3.0671 
Burthen278 1694Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:743
Burthen200French Tonneaux195.8 


6.1803Broadside Weight = 162 Imperial Pound ( 73.467 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.180375 BWAS-1793

3 Commanding Officers

6.1803 - 5.1805CommanderGeorge DigbyBWAS-17931808 - 9.1809CommanderWilliam BuchananBWAS-17939.1809 - 24.5.1810CommanderGeorge HewsonBWAS-1793

Service History

14.6.1798Arrived at Plymouth and laid upBWAS-1793
3.1803Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
7.1803Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
17.7.1805Action off Calais
9.1805Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
12.1805Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
3.1810Began repairs at Northfleet - Kent BWAS-1793
5.1810Completed repairs at Northfleet - Kent BWAS-1793
24.5.1810Wrecked off the Elbe estuaryBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 2nd of December 2019 05:15

Circa 11 Jun 1803 Fleche16 sloop Capt G Digby apptd to command the Fleche and commissioned for service on the Irish station.
May 1805 Fleche16 sloop Irish Station, Cdr Thomas White appointed, and remains on the Irish station.

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