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Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down28.4.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBristol - England BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise Class (1771)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1784
James Martin HillhouseBritish
Ship Builder
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-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 - 22.7.1778Captain
The Hon. William CornwallisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1807
ADM 6/21/406
22.7.1778 - 20.9.1780Captain
James MontaguBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1794
Transfered ADM 6/21/436
20.9.1780 - 25.10.1781Captain
Henry DuncanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1782
Transfered ADM 6/22/173
25.10.1781 - 31.10.1781Captain
Thomas TaylorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1810
ADM 6/22/356
ADM 6/22
31.10.1781 - 1.1784Captain
Erasmus GowerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1810
ADM 6/22/358
15.12.1790 - 16.4.1791Captain
William BlighBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1814
Transfered ADM 6/24/95
ADM 6/24
George Frederick RyvesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1825

2 Commissioned Officers

22.11.1790 - 1790First Lieutenant
William MooreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1799
ADM 6/24/90
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant
William Gage KembleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
ADM 6/24/91
ADM 6/24

1 Warrant Officer

4.12.1796 - 13.3.1797Boatswain
Thomas NeedhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1814

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) 1779-1779
French 14 Gun
Privateer Sloop

8.10.1780Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
14.1.1781Took the Ship
Morning Star (18) 1780-1781
American 18 Gun
Privateer Ship

16.3.1781Battle of Cape Henry
1.5.1781Took the Sloop
Phoenix (14) 1781-1781
American 14 Gun
Privateer Sloop

5.5.1781Took the Ship
Protector (26) 1779-1781
American 26 Gun
6th Rate Ship

20.6.1781Took the Ship
Rover (20) 1781-1781
American 20 Gun
Privateer Ship
off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia

4.8.1781Took the Ship
Belisarius (20) 1781-1781
American 20 Gun
Privateer Ship

13.8.1781Took the Brigantine
Marianne (16) 1780-1781
American 16 Gun
Privateer Brigantine

29.8.1781Took the Brigantine
Favorite (14) 1781-1781
American 14 Gun
Privateer Brigantine

5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
10.1781Returned homeBWAS-1714
9.10.1781Took the Privateer
La Princesse Noire (22) 1780-1781
French 22 Gun
Privateer Unknown
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) 1782-1783
French 18 Gun
Unrated Corvette

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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