Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down28.4.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBristol - England BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor James Martin HillhouseBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 9 ½"Imperial Feet36.5887 
Length of Keel99' 4"Imperial Feet30.1865 
Breadth33' 10"Imperial Feet10.0584 
Depth in Hold11' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen604 7794Tons BM 


28.4.1778Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

1780Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1.1771200Design Complement

7 Ship Commanders

16.5.1778 - 22.7.1778CaptainThe Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) ADM 6/21/406BWAS-171422.7.1778 - 20.9.1780Captain James Montagu (1752-1794) Transfered ADM 6/21/436BWAS-171420.9.1780 - 25.10.1781Captain Henry Duncan (1735-1814) Transfered ADM 6/22/173BWAS-171425.10.1781 - 31.10.1781Captain Thomas Taylor ADM 6/22/356ADM 6/2231.10.1781 - 1.1784Captain Erasmus Gower (1742-1814) ADM 6/22/358BWAS-171415.12.1790 - 16.4.1791Captain William Bligh (1754-1817) Transfered ADM 6/24/95ADM 6/244.1798Commander George Frederick Ryves (1758-1826)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

4.12.1796 - 13.3.1797Boatswain Thomas NeedhamNAO

Service History

28.4.1778building at Bristol - England at a cost of £6326.2.0dBWAS-1714
10.8.1778coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5351.19.2dBWAS-1714
20.10.1778Action of 1778-10-20
1779In the Channel and North SeaBWAS-1714
16.6.1779Took the Sloop Le Duc de la Vauguyon (14)
8.10.1780Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
14.1.1781Took the Ship Morning Star (18)
16.3.1781Battle of Cape Henry
1.5.1781Took the Sloop Phoenix (14)
5.5.1781Took the Ship Protector (26)
20.6.1781Took the Ship Rover (20) off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia
4.8.1781Took the Ship Belisarius (20)
13.8.1781Took the Brigantine Marianne (16)
29.8.1781Took the Brigantine Favorite (14)
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
10.1781Returned homeBWAS-1714
9.10.1781Took the Privateer La Princesse Noire (22) ref:692
6.2.1782Sailed with Bickerton's squadron for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
16.1.1783Took the Corvette Le Chasseur (18)
30.1.1783The Dutch 50-gun East Indiaman Vrijheid was captured under the guns of Cuddalore, on the Indian coast, by the boats of the Medea. The Vrijheid was unfortunately wrecked soon after her capture.TRN4
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
1.1784Home and paid off into ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1801Damaged by groundingBWAS-1714
10.1801Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship


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