Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1801BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Green - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1793
Ship ClassArcher ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorFrances Barnard (d.1825)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeGun-brig BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck80' 1 ½"Imperial Feet24.3967 
Length of Keel66' 0"Imperial Feet20.1168 
Breadth22' 7"Imperial Feet6.7945 
Depth in Hold9' 5 ½"Imperial Feet2.7559 
Draught Forward5' 6"Imperial Feet1.6764 
Draught Aft7' 7"Imperial Feet2.3114 
Burthen179 494Tons BM 


2.4.1801Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 18-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.180050Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

8.4.1801 - 4.1802LieutenantThomas Folliott BaughNBD18499.1802 - 4.1805LieutenantJohn LakeBWAS-17934.1805 - 1.1806LieutenantThomas Swinburne (d.1808)BWAS-17931807 - 1812LieutenantJohn GedgeBWAS-17931812 - 1814LieutenantRobert Fair (d.1844)BWAS-1793

1 Petty Officer

18.4.1801 - 12.6.1802MidshipmanJohn Portal Woodin (1780-1805)NAO

Service History

3.4.1802Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
25.4.1802Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
1.8.1804Bombardment of Le Havre
23.4.1805Action of 1805-04-23
1813In the BalticBWAS-1793
11.8.1814Sold at Deptford for £860BWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site

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Posted by john Shepperd on Friday 28th of December 2018 13:31

Is anything known of the career of John Gedge after he left HMS Locust? Might he have become a ladowner in Kent (Matfield)?

Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 15th of April 2018 07:14

25 Sep 1802 a Court Martial was held on board the Hercule, at Portsmouth, on John Scriven and George Blanchard, marines, of HM gun-brig Locust, for having, when on sentry in the night of the 13th inst. taken away the cutter from the said brig, and deserted to the shore and also for robbing Andrew Hanlin, a seaman, of the said gun-vessel, of a watch and a bag of clothes. The charges were proved against Scriven, and he was sentenced to have 500 lashes and in part proved against Blanchard, who was sentenced to have only 200. Capt. Solomon Ferris, President.

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