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
Constructor John 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

1 Commissioned Officer

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

3 Petty Officers

28.12.1794 - 15.10.1795Midshipman Andrew King (1774-1835)NAO1795Midshipman John GrovesADM 171/88.1797 - 14.4.1798Midshipman David BoydNBD1849

2 Crewmen

1795Volunteer Benjamin SimpsonADM 171/817953rd Class Boy Robert WilcoxADM 171/8

1 Marine

1795Lieutenant of Marines B 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


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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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