Inconstant

4857
Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered8.12.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.1782BWAS-1714
Launched28.10.1783BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.1790BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Green - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPerseverance ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam Barnard (1735-1795)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up11.1817BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck137' 9"Imperial Feet41.7638 
Length of Keel114' 2"Imperial Feet34.7508 
Breadth38' 3 ½"Imperial Feet11.5951 
Depth in Hold13' 5"Imperial Feet4.0047 
Burthen890 3594Tons BM 

Armament


28.10.1783Broadside Weight = 354.5 Imperial Pound ( 160.7661 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

4.1798Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck4 British 6-Pounder

1806Broadside Weight = 354.5 Imperial Pound ( 160.7661 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

6.1809Broadside Weight = 471 Imperial Pound ( 213.5985 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1779260Design Complement

13 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.12.1787CaptainDavid Laird (1739-1815) ADM 6/23/439ADM 6/2330.8.1790 - 9.1791CaptainGeorge Wilson ADM 6/24/63BWAS-17148.1.1793 - 1794CaptainAugustus Montgomery (d.1797) ADM 6/24/192BWAS-17141.1794 - 2.1794CaptainGeorge Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-17141.1795 - 9.1797CaptainThomas Francis Fremantle (1765-1819)BWAS-17144.1798 - 10.1799CommanderMilham PonsonbyBWAS-171412.1799 - 1801CommanderJohn Ayscough (1775-1864)BWAS-171412.12.1799 - 5.1802CommanderJohn Ayscough (1775-1864)NBD184910.1802 - 12.1802CaptainRichard Byron (1769-1837)BWAS-171412.1802 - 1810CaptainEdward Stirling DicksonBWAS-171410.1810 - 12.1810CaptainJohn Quilliam (1771-1829)BWAS-171412.1810 - 1812CaptainEdward William Campbell Rich Owen (1771-1849)BWAS-17143.1814 - 1816CaptainEdward TuckerBWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1806 - 1808Rear-Admiral of the RedSir James Saumarez (1st Baronet) (1757-1836)BWAS-17148.1815CommodoreSir James Lucas Yeo (d.1818)BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1791 - 1792LieutenantThomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)ODNB1795Acting LieutenantEdward Hutchinson (1771-?)ADM 171/8

3 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
25.8.1783 - 8.2.1793GunnerJoseph CollettADM29-13.9.1790 - 6.9.1791MasterAlexander PhillipsADM29-19.1.1793 - 1795MasterJohn Fryer (1752-1817)

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1808MidshipmanPhilip BowdenNBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1795Able SeamanWilliam SpencerADM 171/81795LandmanRobert ReidADM 171/81795Able SeamanEdward WilliamsADM 171/8

Service History


DateEventSource
22.3.1783Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
23.10.1783building at Deptford Green - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards at a cost of £16226.0.1dBWAS-1714
28.10.1783Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.1790Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
3.11.1790Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £6627.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1793Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7239.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1793Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1714
3.6.1793Took the Unrated Brig-Aviso Le Curieux (6)
7.1793Returned to EnglandBWAS-1714
21.11.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
25.3.1795Took the Unrated Brig Le Speedy (14)
8.1795off VadoBWAS-1714
20.4.1796Took the Sixth Rate Frigate L'Unite (28) at Boma
26.6.1796Evacuation of LeghornBWAS-1714
9.1797Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1798Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
4.1798RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1798Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
6.1798Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7193.0.0dBWAS-1714
28.1.1799

Sailed from Portsmouth for Guernsey

TNC
7.4.1799

Sailed from Portsmouth for Dublin with troops, armed en-flute.

TNC
10.1799Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1799Began refitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.1799RecommissionedBWAS-1714
3.1800Completed refitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £4787.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay
1801Operations off EgyptBWAS-1714
10.1803Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
12.1803Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
12.1805Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1806Flagship in the Channel Islands until 1808BWAS-1714
2.1806Refitted as a 36 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
2.1806Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1808Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1809RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1809Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1810Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1810Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1810RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1810Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
12.1810Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714

 

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Posted by AvM on Monday 10th of July 2017 15:16

Hampshire Chronicle - Monday 20 October 1817
Royal Cornwall Gazette - Saturday 01 November 1817

The Inconstant has been taken into dock, at Portsmouth, to be repaired; but v,as found »o extensively defective, that it is expected she will be broken up.

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