Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1805BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1793
Ship ClassFame ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor Henry Adams (1713-1805)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up12.1833BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck176' 0"Imperial Feet53.6448 
Length of Keel145' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet44.2024 
Breadth47' 7"Imperial Feet14.351 
Depth in Hold20' 6"Imperial Feet6.2484 
Burthen1,748 5394Tons BM 


5.1810Broadside Weight = 1174 Imperial Pound ( 532.409 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 18-Pounder
Forecastle12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 18-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
31.1.1800640Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

7.1810 - 1811Captain Thomas Searle (1777-1849)BWAS-179311.8.1810 - 27.4.1811Captain Andrew King (1774-1835)NAO1811 - 12.1811Captain Andrew King (1774-1835)BWAS-179312.1811 - 1812CaptainSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)BWAS-17931812 - 8.1814Captain Michael SeymourBWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers

7.1810 - 1811Rear-Admiral of the WhiteSir Thomas Williams (1761-1841)BWAS-17931811 - 12.1811Rear-Admiral of the Blue Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham (1763-1845)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

1812Lieutenant John Adamson (d.1874)NBD184913.4.1812 - 10.9.1818First Lieutenant Edward Thomas Crouch (d.1846)NBD1849

2 Petty Officers

11.1811 - 2.1812Master's Mate David BriggsNBD184926.3.1814 - 1814Midshipman Henry AmsinckNBD1849

Service History

11.5.1810Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
9.7.1810Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.10.1810Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1793
1811In the BalticBWAS-1793
1812In the ChannelBWAS-1793
26.3.1814Action of 1814-03-26
26.3.1814Took the Frigate La Sultane (44) off Cherbourg
8.1814In Ordinary at PlymouthBWAS-1793
7.1825Began fitting at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1793
8.1825Completed fitting at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1793
1826At PembrokeBWAS-1793
1.1834Break up completed at PembrokeBWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian on Thursday 22nd of May 2014 20:08

1814 - Admiralty Office, March 29
Letter to Sir R. Bickerton, Bart. H.M.S. Hannibal, at sea March 27,
Sir, I have the pleasure to acquaint you of the capture of La Sultane, French frigate of 44 guns and 330 men, at a quarter past three P.M. yesterday after an ineffectual endeavour to disable this ship. When spread on the look-ouy from the Hebrus at ten A.M. Isle de Bass S.E. twelve leagues with a light breeze from the S.W. it became very thick weather, and guns were heard in the N.N.E. and on it's clearing up, proceeding under all sail, I found the Hebrus near me, the Sparrow in the N.W. and two enemy frigates E. by N. five or six miles distant, one with jury-top mast and sails and the other with double reefed topsails, apparently having suffered from tempest or action. We neared them fast, but on the wind's changing at eleven to the N.N.W. very fresh, one hauled S.E. and the other E. by N. and I directed the Hebrus, as the best sailing ship, and the Sparrow to pursue the seemingly most perfect frigate, and I lost sight of them, going above ten knots at 2 P.M. when the Hebrus was closing the enemy very fast; and afterwards about three, four guns were heard. The other ship is L'Etolite, which, with the La Sultane, lost each 20 men killed, and about 30 wounded, in action with the Creole and Astrea, off Isle of Mayo, two months since, and each had 350 men on sailing from the Loire. Michael Seymour, Captain

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