Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'Magicienne' (1778) (32)
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassMagicienne ClassNNF-1774
Designed byJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Burnt to avoid capture27.8.1810BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck143' 9"Imperial Feet43.5917 
Length of Keel118' 4 ½"Imperial Feet35.9791 
Breadth39' 2 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold12' 4 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen967 7494Tons BM 


1782Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1791220 BWAS-1714

8 Commanding Officers

1782 - 9.1783CaptainThomas Graves (1747-1814)BWAS-171421.9.1790 - 12.3.1793CaptainSir Abraham Guyot ADM 6/24/68ADM 6/2412.3.1793 - 1795CaptainGeorge Martin (1765-1847) ADM 6/24/218ADM 6/241.1796 - 1798CaptainWilliam Henry RickettsBWAS-17141798 - 1801CaptainWilliam OgilvyBWAS-17145.1802 - 1803CaptainHenry Vansittart (1777-1843)BWAS-17146.1803 - 12.1806CaptainAdam Mackenzie (d.1823)BWAS-171412.1808 - 24.8.1810CaptainLucius Curtis (1786-?)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

20.10.1781 - 31.3.1793GunnerWilliam RussellADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

9.7.1795 - 1797MidshipmanWilliam Balfour (1781-1846)NBD1849

Service History

22.9.1781Purchased in North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.1782Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1714
2.1.1783Action of 1783-01-02
9.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
30.10.1783fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1790Began great repair at Harwich - Essex BWAS-1714
2.1793Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed great repair at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £14373.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1793Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £6607.0.0dBWAS-1714
25.8.1793Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.5.1796Took the Privateer Schooner Le Poisson Volant (4) on the American coast
21.5.1796Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.11.1796Took the Unrated La Cerf Volant (18) off San Domingo
1.1797Took three privateers during January, Februrary and MarchBWAS-1714
3.1797Took the Privateer Le Poisson Volant (12)
6.4.1797Cape Roxo, San DomingoBWAS-1714
22.4.1797At Les IroisBWAS-1714
27.12.1797Took the Privateer Le Brutus (9) off Puerto Rico
1798Took the Privateer La Julie (4)

Arrived at Port Royal, Jamiaca with a French Schooner and her prize.

10.1800Completed large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1801In the North SeaBWAS-1714
26.2.1805Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.2.1806Action of San Domingo
25.2.1806Took the Privateer Carmen (2) in the Mona passage
12.1806Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1807Began large repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
23.5.1809Sailed for the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1714
29.12.1809Took the Merchant East Indiaman Windham (50)
7.1810At the Capture of Ile BourbonBWAS-1714
6.7.1810The Capture of Reunion
23.8.1810Battle of Mauritius
24.8.1810Grounded and burnt to avoid capture at Mauritius, losing 8 killed and 20 WoundedBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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