Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor Edward 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 Ship Commanders

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

2 Flag Officers

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

6 Commissioned Officers

1794First Lieutenant Robert Lloydref:9241794Second Lieutenant David Colby (d.1834)ref:9241794Third Lieutenant Stephen William Hickmanref:9241800 - 14.2.1801Lieutenant Christian Laschen (d.1801)TIMES9.6.1806 - 16.10.1807Lieutenant John BarclayNBD18492.4.1814 - 15.6.1814Lieutenant John Donaldson Boswall (1790-?)NBD1849

11 Warrant Officers

17.5.1790 - 5.8.1790Master Edward BarkerADM 29-114.8.1790 - 27.11.1790Master Andrew TraceyADM 29-112.1792 - 7.1794Master Donald Trail (d.1814)ref:9241794Pilot Samuel Dellerobref:9241794Surgeon James Turkingtonref:9241794Purser John N Saltref:9241794Carpenter John Jenkins Loney (1783-1860)ref:9241794Gunner Benjamin Holmesref:9241794Boatswain Andrew Whiteref:92412.5.1797 - 4.2.1799Master John DaviesADM 29-13.5.1802 - 18.5.1802Master David DonaldsonADM 29-1

6 Petty Officers

6.1790 - 1791Midshipman Francis Beaufort (1774-1857)NBD18491794Yeoman of Sheets John McLellanADM 171/818.5.1795 - 1797Midshipman Duncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)NBD18491800 - 3.1803Midshipman Richard BartonNBD184926.11.1805 - 2.1809Master's Mate William Absolon (1789-?)NBD18495.1809 - 18.6.1809Master's Mate William Absolon (1789-?)NBD1849

11 Crewmen

19.2.1781 - 8.4.1782Captain's ServantThe Hon. Courtnay Boyle (1770-1844)ref:61612.1792 - 7.1794Captain's Servant Samuel Bromley (d.1845)NBD184916.7.1793 - 1794Boatswain's Servant Peter White (1785-1854)ADM 171/81794Able Seaman John PettittADM 171/81794Able Seaman John FitzgeraldADM 171/81794Able Seaman William BignellADM 171/81794Landman Isaac HomewoodADM 171/81794Landman Thomas GaddADM 171/81794Captain's Servant John Jenkins Loney (1783-1860)ADM 171/819.1.1799 - 18001st Class Volunteer Richard BartonNBD184921.3.1804 - 18071st Class Volunteer John BowerbankNBD1849

3 Marines

1786Lieutenant of Marines Frederick Mouat (d.1786)† Discharged Deadref:11731794Lieutenant of Marines Richard Thompsonref:9241794Private James ClarkeADM 171/8

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 Lugger 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
14.4.1809Capture 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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