Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1793BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardNortham - Devon BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAlcmene - Improved Pallas ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn NowlanBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Burnt to avoid capture14.4.1798BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck135' 3"Imperial Feet41.1502 
Length of Keel112' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet34.144 
Breadth36' 8 ½"Imperial Feet10.9855 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Forward9' 11"Imperial Feet2.7686 
Draught Aft14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen805 8594Tons BM 


23.10.1794Broadside Weight = 324 Imperial Pound ( 146.934 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1793241Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

10.1794 - 1795CaptainLord George Stewart (1768-1834)BWAS-17931795 - 1.3.1795CommanderGeorge Burlton (d.1815)BWAS-17934.1795 - 1796CaptainLord George Stewart (1768-1834)BWAS-17931797 - 1798CaptainBenjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)BWAS-17931798 - 13.4.1798CaptainJames Nicoll Morris (1763-1830)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

1795Third LieutenantLoftus Otway Bland (d.1810)N-GAZ

3 Petty Officers

28.12.1794 - 15.10.1795MidshipmanAndrew King (1774-1835)NAO1795MidshipmanJohn GrovesADM 171/88.1797 - 14.4.1798MidshipmanDavid BoydNBD1849

2 Crewmen

17953rd Class BoyRobert WilcoxADM 171/81795VolunteerBenjamin SimpsonADM 171/8

1 Marine

1795Lieutenant of MarinesB Burkeref:929

Service History

26.10.1794Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
2.1.1795Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
3.3.1795Took the Corvette L'Espion (18) off Brest
13.3.1795Lively vs Tourterelle
13.3.1795Took the Frigate Tourterelle (28) off Ushant
11.11.1795Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
29.5.1797Took the Sloop La Mutine (18) cut out by boats at Santa Cruz
13.4.1798Grounded at Rota Point, near CadizBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
N-GAZThe Naval Gazetteer, Biographer and ChronologistJ W NorieBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:929Historical Record of the Royal Marine Forces, Volume 1Paul Harris NicolasBook

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Posted by Paul Fields on Friday 14th of July 2017 21:56

The Alcmene class also included HMS Galatea 1794, built in Bursledon. Source Robert Gardner's The Heavy Frigate.

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