Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1780BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.1789BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRoebuck ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorRobert Batson (1735-1806)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 0"Imperial Feet42.672 
Length of Keel115' 6"Imperial Feet35.0622 
Breadth38' 2 ½"Imperial Feet11.5951 
Depth in Hold16' 4"Imperial Feet4.8937 
Burthen896 3394Tons BM 


23.3.1784Broadside 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

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1769280Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers

1.12.1787 - 1787CaptainJohn Boyle ADM 6/23/439ADM 6/234.1789 - 9.1789LieutenantEdward Riou (1762-1801)BWAS-17149.1789 - 12.4.1790CommanderEdward Riou (1762-1801)BWAS-1714

Service History

23.2.1784building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £12322.12.11dBWAS-1714
7.4.1784Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
20.5.1784Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4420.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1789Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
24.6.1789Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £8267.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.9.1789Sailed for Botany BayBWAS-1714
24.12.1789Collided with an iceberg and diverted to Cape TownBWAS-1714
21.2.1790Arrived at Cape Town in a sinking conditionBWAS-1714
12.4.1790Beached during a gale in Table BayBWAS-1714
8.2.1791Remains soldBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
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