Imperieuse -> 1803 Unite

Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'L'Impérieuse' (1787) (36)
First Commissioned4.1805BWAS-1793
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassJunon ClassNNF-1774
Designed byJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up1.1858BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck148' 6"Imperial Feet45.1104 
Length of Keel124' 10"Imperial Feet37.7952 
Breadth39' 7"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold12' 8"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen1,040 3294Tons BM 


4.1805Broadside Weight = 425 Imperial Pound ( 192.7375 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1805315 BWAS-1793

5 Commanding Officers

12.10.1793 - 1793CaptainCharles Cunningham (d.1834) ADM 6/25/79
Commission confirmed 26.8.1794
ADM 6/25
1801 - 1802CaptainJosias Rowley (1756-1842)ref:9974.1805 - 1806CaptainCharles Ogle (1775-1858)BWAS-179319.6.1806 - 11.3.1810CaptainPatrick Campbell (1773-1841)ref:6161811CaptainEdwin Henry ChamberlayneTRN5

6 Commissioned Officers

8.10.1795 - 23.3.1798LieutenantPhilip Carteret (1777-1828)ref:61623.8.1806 - 12.1807LieutenantSamuel Brown (1776-1852)NBD184926.9.1809 - 8.1811First LieutenantHenry KingNBD18491811LieutenantJohn M'DougallTRN51811LieutenantJoseph William CrabbTRN523.10.1811 - 30.1.1813LieutenantRobert Kingston (d.1851)NBD1849

3 Warrant Officers

1801 - 1802SurgeonWilliam Goodson (1766-1861)ref:9971801 - 1802MasterThomas Smithref:9971801 - 21.9.1802PurserJohn Morganref:997

5 Petty Officers

1.5.1794 - 13.12.1794MidshipmanThomas Fife (1774-1829)NAO3.1810 - 8.1814MidshipmanEdward Blanckley (d.1845)NBD18491812MidshipmanCharles Bruce (d.1843)NBD18491812 - 1814MidshipmanThomas Hillersdon BulteelNBD184912.1812 - 8.11.1814Master's MateWilliam Francis BondNBD1849

2 Crewmen

19.1.1794 - 30.4.1794Able SeamanThomas Fife (1774-1829)NAO24.11.1795 - 17991st Class VolunteerWilliam Baker Strugnell (1788-1850)NBD1849

1 Marine

1801 - 1802Lieutenant of MarinesWilliam Bashamref:997

Service History

7.12.1794Arrived at ChathamBWAS-1793
6.1795Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
10.1795Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £8432.0.0dBWAS-1793

Near the Prata Islands, lost all its masts and rudder in a typhoon


Taken under tow by Gustaf III


Arrived at Macao with Gustaf III

3.9.1803Renamed UniteB028
10.1803fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
9.1804Began repairs at Limehouse - London BWAS-1793
4.1805Completed repairs at Limehouse - London BWAS-1793
19.3.1808Arrived at PlymouthTRN5
2.5.1808Took the Brig-Corvette Ronco (14) off Cape Promontoro
1.6.1808Took the Brig-Corvette Nettuno (14) off Zara
1.6.1808Took the Sloop Teulié (14) off Zara
28.7.1809Walcheren Expedition
9.1809Began making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
12.1809Completed making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £14324.0.0dBWAS-1793
31.3.1811Took the Flûte Dromadaire Off Elba
1.5.1811Destruction of the Girafe and Nourrice
4.7.1811Action on the Tuscan coast
1.11.1811Action of 1811-11-01
29.11.1811Action of 1811-11-29
4.1815Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
10.1816Laid up at ChathamBWAS-1793
10.1816Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £30536.0.0dBWAS-1793
12.1825Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
4.1826Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £10042.0.0dBWAS-1793
9.1836Began fitting as a Convict Ship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
10.1836Completed fitting as a Convict Ship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
9.1.1858Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1793


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1801-1802British ships on the Cape of Good Hope Station, 1801Sir Roger Curtis (Baronet ) (1746-1816) 


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/25ADM 6/25 Commission and Warrant Book 1794-1796 Apr.  Archive
ref:997African Kalendar for MDCCCIIH H SmithBook
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ref:1243The Cape Town gazette and African advertiser. 1800/1801 Newspaper
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook

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