Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1803BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardKing's Boatbuilders - Dover BWAS-1793
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor John King (1769-?)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up10.1816BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Length of Keel86' 11 ½"Imperial Feet26.2255 
Breadth28' 2"Imperial Feet8.5408 
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Draught Forward7' 10"Imperial Feet2.1336 
Draught Aft10' 11"Imperial Feet3.0734 
Burthen370Tons BM 


10.3.1804Broadside Weight = 304 Imperial Pound ( 137.864 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
29.1.1795121Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

4.1804 - 6.1805Commander Richard William Cribb (d.1805)BWAS-179330.7.1805 - 9.2.1806Commander Nathaniel Day Cochrane (1780-1844)BWAS-17939.2.1806 - 29.7.1806CommanderSir George Francis Seymour (1787-1870)BWAS-179329.7.1806 - 21.1.1809Commander William HepenstallBWAS-179321.1.1809 - 1813Commander Ewell TrittonBWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

1813Lieutenant John CampbellNBD1849

1 Crewman

5.5.1804 - 18041st Class Volunteer William BarnardNBD1849

Service History

1804Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
26.3.1804Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
3.5.1804Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
12.1804Took the Schooner Les Deux Amis (6) off Cape San JuanBG
11.5.1805Took the Privateer Damas (4) off Cape San JuanBG
16.12.1805Took the Schooner L'Elizabeth (14) in the West IndiesBG
6.2.1806Action of San Domingo
14.5.1806Action of 1806-05-14
11.10.1806Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
27.6.1808Took the Privateer L'Hercule (2)
12.3.1809Action of 1809-03-12
29.11.1811Action of 1811-11-29
2.2.1813Boats destroyed a convoy off CorfuBWAS-1793
1814Placed in OrdinaryBWAS-1793
10.1816Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian on Saturday 17th of May 2014 21:47

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 83:pt. 2 (1813).
Admiralty Office - July 31. A letter from Captain Tritton, of his Majesty's ship Kingfisher, dated Fano, Feb. 8, mentions that the boats of that ship, under the command of acting lieutenant G.H. Palmer, had succeeded in in capturing a trabacolo, and running on shore nine others, near St. Catherine's in the island of Corfu, five of which are totally destroyed. This service was executed under a very heavy fire of musketry, and a gun battery on the heights, by which two men were killed and seven wounded.

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