Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1781BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Boatbuilders BWAS-1714
Ship ClassTisiphone Class
ConstructorThomas King (1739-1815)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 9"Imperial Feet32.947 
Length of Keel90' 7"Imperial Feet27.6098 
Breadth29' 7"Imperial Feet8.859 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen421 6494Tons BM 


12.8.1782Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
177955Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

8.1782 - 1.1783CommanderJohn Faithful Fortescue (d.1819)BWAS-17141.1783 - 3.1783LieutenantInnocent WilliamsonBWAS-171421.9.1790 - 10.1790CommanderWilliam Nowell (d.1828)BWAS-17142.1793 - 2.1794CommanderWilliam Johnstone Hope (1766-1831)BWAS-171421.2.1794 - 23.6.1794CommanderJohn Cooke (1762-1805)BWAS-171423.6.1794 - 6.4.1795CommanderRichard Bagot (d.1798)BWAS-17146.4.1795 - 7.1795CommanderJohn DraperBWAS-17147.1795 - 10.8.1795CommanderThomas RogersBWAS-171411.8.1795 - 19.12.1796CommanderHenry Digby (1770-1842)BWAS-171419.12.1796 - 8.6.1799CommanderGeorge BarkerNBD184912.1799 - 29.1.1801CommanderRichard Dalling Dunn (d.1813)BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers

1794First LieutenantAndrew Smithref:9241794Second LieutenantFrancis Venables Vernonref:92426.10.1796 - 6.1797LieutenantFrancis Beauman (1778-1846)NBD18494.7.1798 - 1800LieutenantWilliam Kelly (1782-?)NBD1849

3 Warrant Officers

1794GunnerJohn Cousinsref:9241794CarpenterRobert Taylorref:9241794MasterRobert Peartref:924

Service History

5.1781Began building at King's Boatbuilders BWAS-1714
12.8.1782Completed building at King's Boatbuilders at a cost of £9570.14.5dBWAS-1714
2.9.1782Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
18.11.1782Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
23.6.1795Action of Ile Groix
11.2.1800Took the Privateer L'Éole (10)
12.5.1800Took the Privateer L'Egyptienne (8) in the Mediterranean
29.1.1801Taken by L'Indivisible (84) in the Gulf of Cadiz


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:924A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet under the Command of Earl HoweA C de PoggiBook

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