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Hebe -> 1805 Blonde

4672
Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Previously
Captured4.9.1782BWAS-1714
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassHébé Class (1781)NNF-1774
Designed by
Jacques-Noël SanéFrench
Naval Sailor
Designer
Ship Builder
Administrator
Service 1758-1825
NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up6.1811BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck151' 3 ½"Imperial Feet46.0375 
Length of Keel126' 1 ¾"Imperial Feet38.4239 
Breadth39' 11 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold12' 5 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen1,071 1894Tons BM 

Armament


9.1782Broadside Weight = 297 Imperial Pound ( 134.6895 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

12.1805Broadside Weight = 389 Imperial Pound ( 176.4115 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
9.1782280 BWAS-1714

9 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
4.12.1782 - 16.4.1783Captain
George KeppelBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
ADM 6/22/550
BWAS-1714
30.9.1783 - 7.10.1785Captain
Edward ThornbroughBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1819
ADM 6/23/145
BWAS-1714
8.1.1790 - 6.10.1791Captain
Alexander HoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1795
ADM 6/24/15
BWAS-1714
26.12.1791 - 3.12.1792Captain
William AffleckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1784-1794
Transfered ADM 6/24/157
Confirmed 3.3.1792
ADM 6/24
15.4.1793 - 7.7.1794Captain
Alexander HoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1795
Transfered ADM 6/24/229
ADM 6/24
9.7.1794 - 1796Captain
Paul MinchinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1810
ADM 6/25/58
BWAS-1714
3.1798 - 1800Commander
William BirchallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1802
BWAS-1714
1800 - 1802Commander
George ReynoldsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1815
BWAS-1714
7.1806 - 7.1810Captain
Volant Vashon BallardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1811
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
23.5.1785 - 7.10.1785Commodore
The Hon. John Leveson GowerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1758-1790
ADM 6/23/282
BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.4.1783 - 22.1.1784First Lieutenant
Clement JohnsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1790
ADM 6/23/52
ADM 6/23
17.4.1783 - 17.6.1785Third Lieutenant
Andrew Johnstone SkinnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1790
ADM 6/23/52
ADM 6/23
17.6.1785 - 7.10.1785Third Lieutenant
HRH Prince William Henry (Prince William Henry)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1785-1814
ADM 6/23/284
ADM 6/23
17.6.1785 - 7.10.1785Fourth Lieutenant
Andrew Johnstone SkinnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1790
ADM 6/23/285
ADM 6/23
17.3.1786 - 20.1.1790Third Lieutenant
Andrew Johnstone SkinnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1790
ADM 6/23/321
ADM 6/23

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
12.1.1790 - 6.10.1791Master
Bartholomew JacksonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1797
ADM 29-1

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
4.9.1782 - 1783Midshipman
Michael FittonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1815
NBD1849
2.1790 - 1791Midshipman
Thomas Masterman HardyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1837
ODNB
1792Master's Mate
William Pryce CumbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1784-1837
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Service History


DateEventSource
23.12.1782Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.11.1783Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8743.17.5dBWAS-1714
1784Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
4.1785Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1785Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4000.19.1dBWAS-1714
7.10.1785

Paid off

BWAS-1714
3.1787Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1787Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4763.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1792RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1793Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1793Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5293.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1794Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
1.1795Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £7461.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.5.1795Action in Carteret Bay
3.7.1795Took the Gunboat
Vesuve (4) 1793-1795
French 4 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1795 Renamed "Vedette"
1795 Renamed "Vesuve"

2.1798Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1798Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
5.1798Ostend operationsBWAS-1714
5.1798Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8587.0.0dBWAS-1714
1800Egyptian operationsBWAS-1714
28.3.1800Embarked elements of the 40th Regiment of Foot at MargateJF1800
11.4.1802

Paid off and laid up at Chatham

BWAS-1714
17.7.1805Action off Calais
12.1805Refitted as a 38 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
24.12.1805Renamed BlondeBWAS-1714
1.1806Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1806RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1806Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £19907.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.7.1807Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
15.8.1807Took the Privateer
La Dame Villaret (5) 1807-1807
French 5 Gun
Privateer

16.8.1807Took the Privateer
L'Hortense (8) 1807-1807
French 8 Gun
Privateer

14.9.1807Took the Privateer
L'Hirondelle (8) 1807-1807
French 8 Gun
Privateer

23.9.1807Took the Schooner
Le Duquesne (12) 1806-1807
French 12 Gun
Privateer Schooner

14.10.1807Took the Privateer
L'Alert (20) 1807-1807
French 20 Gun
Privateer

13.12.1809Actions of December 1809
7.1810Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1811Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.5.1798-20.5.1798Raid on Ostend
Home Riggs PophamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1820
 
 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Elaine on Monday 10th of May 2021 20:32

Just an update on my fourth great grandfather, a researcher visited National Archives for me and went through the muster rolls, think my grandfather is a mysterious one as no trace of him in the muster rolls for the year he was noted or either side. Even though he was noted as the Master's mate of the Hebe on his marriage certificate.


Posted by Cy on Thursday 21st of January 2021 00:26

For crew details you would need to look in ADM 36, ships muster books which are held by the national archives. But they are not digitised (except for the Victory in 1805) so you would need to visit, or find someone to photograph them for you.


Posted by ELAINE HENDSTOCK on Wednesday 20th of January 2021 20:29

Would there be any information on the crew in 1794, my 4th great grandfather is noted as a Masters Mate of the Hebe on his marriage certificate. I know he stayed in Penzance and I think was born in Sweden, as he is noted as a Swede on the certificate and signs his name as per his country which could have been Anders Carlsson or Karlsson. His name in the UK was Andrew Charles and he died in 1838.


Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 28th of December 2018 18:45

On 8 October 1783 Thornbrough was given command of the crack frigate Hebe 38, serving in home waters and enjoying huge success in the prevention of smuggling whilst also undertaking some survey work. From June to September 1785 he cruised around the British Isles with the broad pennant of Commodore Hon. John Leveson-Gower, having Prince William aboard as a newly-commissioned lieutenant, He later served in Rear-Admiral Hon. John Leveson-Gower’s squadron of observation during 1788, and was present at the Kings Naval Review at Plymouth on 18 August 1789 prior to being paid off on 21 October.


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 2nd of December 2018 18:47

Collection Correspondence of William IV
Reference GEO/MAIN/44685-44686
Title Letter from Prince William to George III, written aboard HMS Hebe, in Portland Roads
Date 6 November 1785
Writer William, Prince (1765-1837)
Addressee George III, King
Description Prince William writes of stormy weather during their last cruise and of the admiration he has for the Hebe. He hopes the King will grant him a promotion and the command of the Hebe - this will be, the Prince maintains, in the best interest of the reign.


Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 20:51

Portsmouth Dec 31, 1784 - Hebe frigate departs on a cruize (The Times 3 Jan 1785)

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