Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorEdward GreavesBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck141' 3"Imperial Feet42.9787 
Length of Keel116' 10"Imperial Feet35.3568 
Breadth38' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet11.6015 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Draught Forward10' 112"Imperial Feet3.0501 
Draught Aft13' 11 ½"Imperial Feet3.9751 
Burthen944 2094Tons BM 


3.1781Broadside Weight = 372.5 Imperial Pound ( 168.9291 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6.1806Broadside Weight = 425 Imperial Pound ( 192.7375 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6.1810Broadside Weight = 123 Imperial Pound ( 55.7805 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

7.1813Broadside Weight = 192 Imperial Pound ( 87.072 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 24-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

19 Commanding Officers

19.2.1781 - 16.10.1781CaptainSir Hyde Parker (1739-1807) ADM 6/22/253BWAS-171416.10.1781 - 16.4.1783CaptainHugh Seymour Conway (d.1801) ADM 6/22/351BWAS-17148.5.1783 - 13.7.1784CaptainThomas Boston (c.1735-1808): on board from 15.5.1783 ADM 6/23/64BWAS-171419.5.1784 - 3.1786CaptainCharles Sandys ADM 6/23/212BWAS-17143.1786 - 19.10.1786CommanderVelters Cornewall Berkeley (1754-1804)BWAS-171410.5.1790 - 27.11.1790CaptainAlbemarle Bertie (1755-1824) ADM 6/24/27BWAS-171421.12.1792 - 7.7.1794CaptainEdward Thornbrough (1754-1834) ADM 6/24/186BWAS-17147.7.1794 - 1796CaptainThe Hon. Arthur Kaye Legge (1766-1835) ADM 6/25/57BWAS-171425.4.1797 - 12.5.1797CaptainJohn Bligh (1770-1831)BWAS-171411.1797 - 10.1802CaptainFrank SotheronBWAS-17148.1804 - 1806CaptainThomas Le Marchant Gosselin (1765-1857)BWAS-17144.1806 - 1809CaptainJames Athol Wood (1756-1829)BWAS-17141809 - 1810CaptainHugh Pigot (1775-1857)BWAS-17146.1810 - 21.10.1810CommanderJames CollinsBWAS-171421.10.1810 - 1811CaptainJames CollinsBWAS-17141811 - 4.1812CommanderCharles SothebyBWAS-17144.1812 - 1813CaptainSir Edward Rodney (d.1828)BWAS-171414.9.1813 - 23.9.1813CaptainMathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD184923.9.1813 - 8.9.1815CaptainAndrew SmithBWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

5.1797 - 1798Vice-Admiral of the BlueWilliam Waldegrave (1753-1825)BWAS-171412.1813 - 1815Rear-Admiral of the WhiteWilliam Johnstone Hope (1766-1831)BWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

1794First LieutenantRobert Lloydref:9241794Second LieutenantDavid Colby (d.1834)ref:9241794Third LieutenantStephen William Hickmanref:9241800 - 14.2.1801LieutenantChristian Laschen (d.1801)TIMES9.6.1806 - 16.10.1807LieutenantJohn BarclayNBD18492.4.1814 - 15.6.1814LieutenantJohn Donaldson Boswall (1790-?)NBD1849

11 Warrant Officers

17.5.1790 - 5.8.1790MasterEdward BarkerADM29-114.8.1790 - 27.11.1790MasterAndrew TraceyADM29-112.1792 - 7.1794MasterDonald Trail (d.1814)ref:9241794PilotSamuel Dellerobref:9241794SurgeonJames Turkingtonref:9241794PurserJohn N Saltref:9241794CarpenterJohn Jenkins Loney (1783-1860)ref:9241794GunnerBenjamin Holmesref:9241794BoatswainAndrew Whiteref:92412.5.1797 - 4.2.1799MasterJohn DaviesADM29-13.5.1802 - 18.5.1802MasterDavid DonaldsonADM29-1

6 Petty Officers

6.1790 - 1791MidshipmanFrancis Beaufort (1774-1857)NBD18491794Yeoman of SheetsJohn McLellanADM 171/818.5.1795 - 1797MidshipmanDuncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)NBD18491800 - 3.1803MidshipmanRichard BartonNBD184926.11.1805 - 2.1809Master's MateWilliam Absolon (1789-?)NBD18495.1809 - 18.6.1809Master's MateWilliam Absolon (1789-?)NBD1849

11 Crewmen

19.2.1781 - 8.4.1782Captain's ServantThe Hon. Courtnay Boyle (1770-1844)ref:61612.1792 - 7.1794Captain's ServantSamuel Bromley (d.1845)NBD184916.7.1793 - 1794Boatswain's ServantPeter White (1785-1854)ADM 171/81794Captain's ServantJohn Jenkins Loney (1783-1860)ADM 171/81794LandmanIsaac HomewoodADM 171/81794LandmanThomas GaddADM 171/81794Able SeamanJohn FitzgeraldADM 171/81794Able SeamanWilliam BignellADM 171/81794Able SeamanJohn PettittADM 171/819.1.1799 - 18001st Class VolunteerRichard BartonNBD184921.3.1804 - 18071st Class VolunteerJohn BowerbankNBD1849

3 Marines

1786Lieutenant of MarinesFrederick Mouat (d.1786)ref:11731794PrivateJames ClarkeADM 171/81794Lieutenant of MarinesRichard Thompsonref:924

Service History

13.3.1781building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £22470.3.5dBWAS-1714
15.3.1781coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.8.1781Battle of Dogger Bank
25.4.1782Took the Privateer Le Bernardin (14) In the Channel
9.1782Sailed to the Relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel

Paid off

24.11.1783Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714

Paid off

11.1788Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
6.1790Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £15978.0.0dBWAS-1714

Paid off

12.1792Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1.1793Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £12644.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1793Took the Privateer L'Amérique (9)
5.1793Took the Lugger L'Ambitieux (10) ref:692
5.1793Took the Brig Le Franklin (10)
27.11.1793Took the Frigate La Blonde (20)
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
30.5.1797Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
29.11.1797Took the Schooner L'Aigle (10)
3.12.1797Took the Brig L'Intrépide (18) 40 leagues WNW of LisbonEVNL
2.1798Returned to EnglandBWAS-1714

Arrived at Plymouth to refit


Arrived at Portsmouth


Sailed from Yarmouth

30.8.1799Seizure of the Dutch Fleet at Vlieter
29.11.1799Took the Privateer L'Aigle (12) on the Lisbon station
1800In the North SeaBWAS-1714
6.4.1800Took the Privateer La Virginie (14) off Flamborough
1801In the BalticBWAS-1714
8.1802At St PetersburgBWAS-1714
10.1802Returned home and paid off into ordinaryBWAS-1714
4.1804Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
10.1804Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
22.10.1805Took the Privateer Amphion (12)
8.1806Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1.1.1808At CuracaoBWAS-1714
10.2.1809Capture of the Junon
10.2.1809Took the Frigate La Junon (36) off the Saintes
14.3.1809Capture of the d'Hautpoult
16.6.1809Took the Frigate La Félicité (32) in the Caribbean (en-Flute)E-WIKI
2.11.1809Paid offADM 51
6.1810Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1813In ordinary at SheernessBWAS-1714
2.3.1813Paid offADM 51
7.1813Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
12.1813Recommissioned as flagship for LeithBWAS-1714
12.1813Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
8.9.1815Paid offADM 51


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1782-12.1782Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799) 

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Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 18:35

Plymouth, September 6, 1794

Earl Howe’s [Grand] Fleet hove into sight of this harbour early yesterday morning: the night preceding, they fell in with 18 sail of homeward bound East Indiamen off Dartmouth, who ran foul of several of the fleet, and slightly damaged them, which obliged his Lordship to bear up for Torbay, in order to have his disabled ships refitted. - The AQUILON and MELAMPUS Frigates belonging to the fleet, have received the greatest damage, the former arrived here yesterday with her bowsprit sprung, and fore-top-mast carried away - the latter was towed into the Sound this afternoon by the RUSSEL man of war, with the loss of her bowsprit and Foremast. The AQUILON got in a new bowsprit this morning, and her repairs are expected to be complete in the course of the day.

Torbay, Sept 6 1794

Yesterday evening arrived and came to an anchor the Grand Fleet, under the command of Earl Howe; also the TRITON East Indiaman, towed in by VENERABLE man of war, having run foul of the LATONA frigate, and knocked away her bow-sprit and forestays, and carried away all her lower masts. (The Times 9 Sept 1794)

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