Hydra

4832
Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered30.4.1795BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down11.1795BWAS-1793
Named15.10.1796BWAS-1793
Launched13.3.1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardGravesend - Kent BWAS-1793
Constructor William CleverleyBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Sold13.1.1820BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck148' 2"Imperial Feet45.1104 
Length of Keel123' 7 ⅜"Imperial Feet37.4999 
Breadth39' 4"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold12' 8"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen1,016 2094Tons BM 

Armament


4.1797Broadside Weight = 488 Imperial Pound ( 221.308 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1797284 BWAS-1793

5 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
4.1797 - 4.1801CaptainSir Francis Laforey (2nd Baronet Laforey) (1767-1835)BWAS-17934.1801 - 1802Captain Charles Paget (1778-1839)BWAS-179312.1802 - 9.1810Captain George Mundy (1777-1861)BWAS-17937.1813 - 8.9.1815Commander Joseph Digby (1786-1860)BWAS-179311.1815 - 11.1817Commander Daniel RobertsBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1803Lieutenant Francis M'Mahon TracyTRN59.7.1808 - 2.1810Lieutenant Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinge Berkeley (1788-1867)NBD1849

5 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
6.1797 - 6.1798Midshipman Edward BurtNBD18491798 - 4.1801Master's Mate Thomas Cull (d.1846)NBD184927.1.1799 - 1799Midshipman William Silvester Addington (1783-1863)NBD18491803Midshipman John BarclayTRN52.1810 - 1.1811Midshipman Algernon Percy (1792-1865)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
25.6.1797First cost, including fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £23012.0.0dBWAS-1793
1.5.1798Action of 1st May 1798
1.1799Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
4.1801Guardship at WeymouthBWAS-1793
1802Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
25.6.1803Took the Privateer La Phoebe (4) BG
7.1803Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1.8.1803Capture of the Favori
1.8.1803Took the Lugger Le Favori (4) at Le Toquet
10.1805Blockade of CadizBWAS-1793
27.2.1806Took the Brig Le Furet (18)
12.4.1806Took the Unrated Argonauta (12)
6.8.1807Action of 1807/08/07
7.8.1807Took the Polacca Le Principe Eugenio (10) by boat at BeguBG
7.8.1807Took the Polacca La Bella Carolina (12) by boat at BeguBG
7.8.1807Took the Polacca Carmen del Rosario (4) by boat at BeguBG
7.1808refitting at UnknownBWAS-1793
11.1808Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
9.1810Paid off and laid up in Ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
5.1813Began fitting as a Troopship at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
7.1813Recommissioned as a troop shipBWAS-1793
7.1813Refitted as a Unrated Troop Ship
9.1813Completed fitting as a Troopship at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
11.1815Recommissioned for the West IndiesBWAS-1793
11.1817Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
13.1.1820Sold to Job Cockshot for £2,410BWAS-1793


Notes on Ship


Design basisBWAS-1793
Copied from the Melpomene, Coulomb designed French prize taken in 1794.

 

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