Gorgon

4501
Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered19.6.1782BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.1782BWAS-1714
Launched27.1.1785BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.1787
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAdventure Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeTransport
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up2.1817BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 2"Imperial Feet42.6733 
Length of Keel115' 2"Imperial Feet35.0554 
Breadth38' 3 ½"Imperial Feet11.5951 
Depth in Hold16' 11"Imperial Feet4.881 
Draught Forward10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Draught Aft14' 11"Imperial Feet4.2736 
Burthen911 2594Tons BM 

Armament


27.1.1785Broadside Weight = 285 Imperial Pound ( 129.2475 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

7.1793Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

8.1800Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1769280Design Complement

20 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.1787 - 10.1788LieutenantCharles CravenBWAS-171421.10.1790 - 1.1.1790CommanderWilliam Harvey ADM 6/24/80BWAS-17141.1.1791 - 18.1.1793CommanderJohn Parker ADM 6/24/99BWAS-171422.4.1793 - 20.1.1794CommanderCharles William Paterson (1756-1841) ADM 6/24/231BWAS-171420.1.1794 - 3.1795CommanderJames Wallis (d.1808)BWAS-17145.1795 - 4.1797CommanderEdward Tyrrel (d.1798)BWAS-17144.1797 - 10.1797LieutenantJohn Dixon (d.1803)BWAS-171414.9.1797 - 30.6.1799CommanderRichard Williams (c.1725-1814)BWAS-17141799 - 1800CommanderHenry HillBWAS-17141801CommanderGeorge RossBWAS-17145.1803 - 10.1805CommanderWilliam WilkinsonBWAS-171410.1805 - 5.1806CommanderFrancis StanfellBWAS-17145.1806 - 11.1806CaptainCharles RyderBWAS-17145.1808 - 11.1809CommanderRobert Brown TomBWAS-171411.1809 - 4.1811CommanderCharles WebbBWAS-17144.1811 - 9.1812CommanderAlexander MilnerBWAS-17149.1812 - 1813CommanderRowland MainwaringBWAS-17141813 - 7.1813CommanderClaude Campion Crespigny (d.1813)BWAS-17147.1813 - 1814CommanderJohn CornishBWAS-171415.10.1813 - 5.1815CommanderRichard Booth BowdenBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
9.1812 - 1813Vice-Admiral of the BlueFrancis Pickmore (d.1818)BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
29.12.1793 - 16.12.1794LieutenantThomas Lyne (1768-?)NBD184916.11.1804 - 1.8.1806LieutenantJohn BroughtonNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
18.7.1808 - 30.10.1808MasterWilliam SpiersADM29-1

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
11.1787 - 3.6.1788MidshipmanEdward Brace (1770-1843)WWNH11.1799 - 3.1801MidshipmanWilliam Bowers (1784-1845)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
27.1.1785building at a cost of £12551.13.10dBWAS-1714
16.5.1786coppering at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2275.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1787Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
15.12.1787fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5210.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1788Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1789RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1789Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1789Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5200.0.0dBWAS-1714
15.3.1791Sailed with stores for New South WalesBWAS-1714
14.7.1792

Paid off

BWAS-1714
3.1793Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1793Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Storeship
7.1793Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5709.0.0dBWAS-1714
15.10.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
20.3.1795

Paid off

BWAS-1714
5.1795RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.11.1795Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.1798Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
13.1.1798Took the Privateer Le Henri (14)
3.3.1799

Sailed from Portsmouth with a convoy for the Mediterranean

TNC
1801Egypt operationsBWAS-1714
19.4.1802

Paid off

ADM 35
5.1803Recommissioned as a guard ship in the ShannonBWAS-1714
28.6.1806Paid offADM 35
11.1806Began large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
5.1808RecommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1808Completed large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
10.3.1812Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1814At MinorcaBWAS-1714
14.12.1814Battle of Lake Borgne
1815At New OrleansBWAS-1714
1.6.1815Paid offADM 35


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
WWNHWho's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
ADM 35ADM 35 Navy Board: Navy Pay Office: Ships' Pay Books (Series III) 1777-1832 Archive
 

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