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 by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor John 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 Ship Commanders

11.1812 - 8.7.1814Commander William M'CullochBWAS-17938.7.1814 - 30.7.1814Commander George LukeBWAS-179330.7.1814 - 1815Commander Francis Charles Annesley (d.1846)BWAS-17931815 - 7.1816Commander Timothy ScrivenBWAS-17936.7.1816 - 16.9.1816Commander George Bentham (1787-?)NBD184910.1816 - 1817Commander Henry PowellBWAS-17931817Commander Robert Riddell (1782-1860)BWAS-17932.1819 - 7.1822Commander Job HanmerBWAS-179319.7.1822 - 1823Commander Henry Francis Greville (d.1864)BWAS-17933.1826 - 17.4.1827Commander Robert TaitBWAS-179317.4.1827 - 25.11.1830Commander Frederick William Grey (1805-1878)W02519.4.1828 - 24.12.1829Commander John Alexander DuntzeNBD1849

1 Commissioned Officer

30.3.1826 - 31.5.1827Lieutenant John Alexander DuntzeNBD1849

2 Petty Officers

6.1821 - 28.12.1822Midshipman Charles BrandNBD184920.8.1826 - 24.2.1830Midshipman George 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 Unknown
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 Unknown
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


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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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