Nominal Guns16BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down15.7.1789BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassHound ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck100' 8 ½"Imperial Feet30.4927 
Length of Keel83' 6 ¾Imperial Feet25.3175 
Breadth27' 2 ½"Imperial Feet8.2423 
Depth in Hold12' 10 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Forward8' 0"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Aft11' 6"Imperial Feet3.5052 
Burthen329 494Tons BM 


8.10.1790Broadside Weight = 51.5 Imperial Pound ( 23.3556 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
20.3.1788125Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers

21.9.1790 - 14.10.1790CommanderGeorge Duff (1764-1805) ADM 6/24/69BWAS-171414.10.1790 - 10.11.1791CommanderGeorge Duff (1764-1805) ADM 6/24/77ADM 6/2411.11.1791 - 18.3.1793CommanderGeorge Duff (1764-1805) ADM 6/24/145ADM 6/2418.3.1793 - 24.5.1794CommanderRichard Lane (d.1799)BWAS-171424.5.1794 - 1.8.1794CommanderJames Newman (d.1811) ADM 6/25/44BWAS-17141.8.1794 - 8.4.1795CommanderCharles Garnier (1770-1796) ADM 6/25/69BWAS-17148.4.1795 - 1.9.1795CommanderWilliam Granville LobbBWAS-17141.9.1795 - 6.1797CommanderSamuel SuttonBWAS-171427.6.1797 - 11.1797CommanderCharles Paget (1778-1839)BWAS-17141.11.1797 - 2.1.1798CommanderJohn ClelandBWAS-17142.1.1798 - 2.1799CommanderWilliam Renton (d.1799)BWAS-17144.1799 - 31.10.1800CommanderMatthew St Clair (d.1800)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

1799 - 5.1800MidshipmanCharles John Napier (1786-1860)EWIKI

Service History

15.7.1789Began building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
8.10.1790Completed building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £8732.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.10.1790Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
13.1.1791Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1674.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1795Royal escort for Princess Caroline of BrunswickBWAS-1714
10.12.1795Sailed for the West Coast of Africa and then JamaicaBWAS-1714
14.2.1797Took the Privateer Le Buonaparte (17) in the North Sea
11.10.1797Battle of Camperdown
28.4.1799Took the Privateer Le Vengeur (14) off the Skaw
31.10.1800Lost presumed foundered with all hands in the North SeaBWAS-1714


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ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
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Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 9th of February 2017 12:18

Late Sep 1800 it may be of interest to note that Midshipmen Charles Napier and Jon Brougham left the Martin at this time and thus escaped the fate of the rest of her ship's company.

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