Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1780BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardWapping Wharf - Bristol BWAS-1714
Ship ClassHermione ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorSydenham Teast (1754-1813)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesSpanish Fifth Rate frigate 'Santa Cecilia' (1797) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck129' 0"Imperial Feet39.3192 
Length of Keel106' 10 ½"Imperial Feet32.3215 
Breadth35' 5 ½"Imperial Feet10.6807 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen710 4894Imperial Feet0.013 


8.1782Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

7 Commanding Officers

12.8.1782 - 13.8.1782CaptainThe Hon. Charles Carpenter (1757-1803) ADM 6/22/503ADM 6/2213.8.1782 - 10.4.1783CaptainThomas Lloyd ADM 6/22/503BWAS-171410.4.1783 - 23.1.1786CaptainJohn Stone ADM 6/23/49BWAS-171422.11.1790 - 3.12.1792CaptainWilliam Henry Ricketts ADM 6/24/88ADM 6/243.12.1792 - 1794CaptainJohn Hills ADM 6/24/183BWAS-17144.9.1794 - 2.1797CaptainPhilip WilkinsonBWAS-17142.1797 - 22.9.1797CaptainHugh Pigot (d.1797)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

8.12.1792 - 21.10.1796MasterJohn DaviesADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

15.3.1783 - 5.10.1785MidshipmanThomas Baker (1771-1845)ref:616

Service History

9.9.1782building at Bristol - England at a cost of £11350.14.4dBWAS-1714
4.1783Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
7.4.1783Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
28.6.1783Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £4570.2.2dBWAS-1714
1785Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1790Began great repair at Northfleet - Kent BWAS-1714
6.1792Completed great repair at Northfleet - Kent at a cost of £14702.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1792Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1793Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5625.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.3.1793Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
22.3.1797Destroyed three privateers at Porto RicoBWAS-1714
6.9.1797Took a 6-gun Spanish privateer in company with Renommee (34) and Diligence (16) BWAS-1714
22.9.1797Crew mutinied killing the captain and other officers and delivering the ship to the Spanish at La GuairaBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 18th of March 2019 19:14

Sir Hyde Parker appointed Captain George Bowen President of the Court Martial of four of the captured mutineers of the Hermione - Antonio Marco, John Elliott, Joe Montell and Pierre D'Orlanie. The Court Martial was held on 17 March 1798 on board the York. All four were found guilty and condemned to death, and their execution took place on board the York on the 19th. Captain Bowen presided over a second Court Martial held on board the Carnatic, at which William Benives, William Herd, John Hill and John Brown were tried. Although charged, John Brown was allowed to turn King's Evidence. The other three were found guilty and hanged on board the Carnatic.

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