Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1798BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1793
Ship ClassPenelope ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorGeorge Parsons (1729-1812)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck150' 2 ½"Imperial Feet45.7327 
Length of Keel125' 5"Imperial Feet38.1 
Breadth39' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet11.9063 
Depth in Hold13' 0 ¾"Imperial Feet3.9815 
Draught Forward10' 5"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft14' 5"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen1,052 9194Tons BM 


27.1.1800Broadside Weight = 476 Imperial Pound ( 215.866 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797274Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers

3.1800 - 5.1801CaptainJoseph Sydney Yorke (1768-1831)BWAS-17935.1801 - 2.5.1801LieutenantWoodley LosackBWAS-17932.5.1801 - 7.1801CaptainVolant Vashon BallardBWAS-17937.1801 - 24.7.1801CaptainJohn Murray (d.1805)BWAS-1793

Service History

18.1.1801Took the Lugger La Vénus (14) off Cherbourg
1.5.1801Took the Brig La Dorade (14)
24.7.1801Wrecked on a rock in St Malo bayBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 4th of November 2017 19:26

1 Aug 1801 letters from the Jason, wrecked near St. Maloes, state that the officers and crew were all saved, though prisoners of war.

9 Aug 1801 late Friday evening 2 French cartels arrived at St Helen's, with Capt Murray, and a part of the crew of the Jason on board. Capt Murray is reported to have departed directly for the Admiralty and arrived the following day.

Circa Aug 1801 J.S. Kelly, Esq. Surgeon of his Majesty's late ship Jason, is appointed to the Malta.

Circa Aug-Sep 1801 J. Edgcumbe, Esq. late Purser of the Jason, is appointed to the Vigilant.

20 Aug 1801 a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on the Hon. Captain John Murray and his Officers, of his Majesty's late ship Jason, for the loss of that ship at St. Maloes. After a full investigation, Captain Murray and his Officers were acquitted.

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