Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1803/05BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBursledon BWAS-1793
Ship ClassMerlin Class
Designed byWilliam RuleBWAS-1793
ConstructorGeorge ParsonsBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip-Sloop


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088
Length of Keel87' 5 ¾"Imperial Feet26.5367
Breadth28' 2"Imperial Feet8.5408
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386
Draught Forward8' 0"Imperial Feet2.4384
Draught Aft11' 6"Imperial Feet3.5052
Burthen369 1594Tons BM


1804/03/26Broadside Weight = 304 Imperial Pound ( 137.864 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1795/01/29121Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1804/04 - 1804/05/01CommanderRobert O'BrienBWAS-17931804/05/01 - 1805/05CommanderPownall Bastard PellewBWAS-1793

Service History

1804/03/28Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1804/04/27Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1804/05Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
1804/05Wrecked on Carysfort Reef, near Key Largo, FloridaBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 1st of February 2017 16:24

1805 Fly Jamaica Station Captain P.B. Pellew and the Purser was a Richard Cotter

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