Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1812BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardUpnor - Kent BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn King (1769-?)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
Broken Up3.1831BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 2"Imperial Feet30.5308 
Length of Keel77' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet23.4887 
Breadth30' 8"Imperial Feet9.3472 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward6' 2"Imperial Feet1.8796 
Draught Aft10' 8"Imperial Feet3.2512 
Burthen386 7094Tons BM 


22.10.1812Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers

11.1812 - 8.7.1814CommanderWilliam M'CullochBWAS-17938.7.1814 - 30.7.1814CommanderGeorge LukeBWAS-179330.7.1814 - 1815CommanderFrancis Charles Annesley (d.1846)BWAS-17931815 - 7.1816CommanderTimothy ScrivenBWAS-17936.7.1816 - 16.9.1816CommanderGeorge Bentham (1787-?)NBD184910.1816 - 1817CommanderHenry PowellBWAS-17931817CommanderRobert Riddell (1782-1860)BWAS-17932.1819 - 7.1822CommanderJob HanmerBWAS-179319.7.1822 - 1823CommanderHenry Francis Greville (d.1864)BWAS-17933.1826 - 17.4.1827CommanderRobert TaitBWAS-179317.4.1827 - 25.11.1830CommanderFrederick William Grey (1805-1878)W02519.4.1828 - 24.12.1829CommanderJohn Alexander DuntzeNBD1849

1 Commissioned Officer

30.3.1826 - 31.5.1827LieutenantJohn Alexander DuntzeNBD1849

2 Petty Officers

6.1821 - 28.12.1822MidshipmanCharles BrandNBD184920.8.1826 - 24.2.1830MidshipmanGeorge Beadon (1810-?)NBD1849

Service History

22.10.1812Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
24.12.1812Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5883.0.0dBWAS-1793
28.3.1813Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
7.7.1814Took the Privateer Mary (5)
27.8.1816Bombardment of Algiers
2.1817Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated  
2.1819Recommissioned for St HelenaBWAS-1793
3.1823Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
8.1823Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4984.0.0dBWAS-1793
9.1823Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated  
9.1823Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
11.1825Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6589.0.0dBWAS-1793
3.1826Recommissioned for South AmericaBWAS-1793
8.1831Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
W025William Loney RN - BackgroundP DavisWeb Site

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 19th of April 2014 02:03

E. A. Oct 25, 1816
On Saturday morning the Heron sloop of war, Captain Bentham, was released from quarantine at Portsmouth. She arrived on Thursday evening from Genoa, having landed there the restored slave money from Algiers for the King of Sardinia. Captain Bentham upon this occasion was honoured by His Majesty with the Knighthood and order of St. Maurice and St. Lawrence; and to a midshipman, who accompanied Captain Bentham in his Embassy, the King very kindly presented a diamond ring.

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