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Medusa

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Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered28.1.1800BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down4.1800BWAS-1793
Launched14.4.1801BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardNorthfleet Dockyard - Northfleet BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAmphion Class (1796)BWAS-1793
Designed by
William RuleBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1813
BWAS-1793
Constructor
Thomas PitcherBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1745-1837
BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up11.1816BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck144' 0"Imperial Feet43.8912 
Length of Keel121' 6"Imperial Feet36.8808 
Breadth37' 8 ½"Imperial Feet11.2903 
Depth in Hold12' 5 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Forward10' 5"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft13' 10"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen918 8994Tons BM 

Armament


14.4.1801Broadside Weight = 324 Imperial Pound ( 146.934 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
27.6.1796254Design Complement

7 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
4.1801 - 1.1804Captain
John GoreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1825
BWAS-1793
1.1804Captain
Charles RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1825
BWAS-1793
1.1804 - 12.1804Captain
John GoreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1825
BWAS-1793
12.1804 - 2.1806Captain
Sir Adam DrummondBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-9990
BWAS-1793
10.1808 - 6.1809Captain
William BowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1869
NBD1849
6.1810 - 11.1810Captain
William BowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1869
NBD1849
6.1813 - 10.1813Captain
George BellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1813
BWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.8.1801 - 29.8.1801Vice-Admiral of the BlueNAO30.8.1801 - 22.10.1801Vice-Admiral of the BlueNAO

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.9.1801 - 14.4.1802Lieutenant
The Hon. William CathcartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1804
NRS020
1813 - 28.5.1813Acting Lieutenant
Thomas AtkinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1814
NBD1849

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
10.5.1801 - 31.8.1801Master's Mate
The Hon. William CathcartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1804
NRS020
1.1802 - 1806Midshipman
William WaldegraveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1846
NBD1849
6.1806 - 7.1812Midshipman
Thomas AtkinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1814
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
15.4.1801Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
26.6.1801Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
3.1802Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
9.12.1803Took the Privateer
L'Espérance (4) 1803-1803
French 4 Gun
Privateer
off Cabrita Point

9.12.1803Took the Privateer
La Sorcier (4) 1803-1803
French 4 Gun
Privateer
off Cabrita Point

5.10.1804Battle of Cape St Maria
23.10.1804Took the Frigate
Santa Matilda (38) 1778-1804
Spanish 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
off Cadiz

18.4.1805Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1793
5.1806Sailed with a convoy for the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1793
10.1806Operations in the River Plate until 1807/09BWAS-1793
7.11.1807Returned homeBWAS-1793
4.4.1808Took the Lugger
L'Actif (14) 1808-1808
French 14 Gun
Privateer Lugger
off Dunose
BG
6.1.1810Took the Unrated
L'Aventure (14) 1810-1810
French 14 Gun
Unrated
in the Channel of the Bay of Biscay

14.1.1810Took the Unrated
L'Hirondelle (14) 1810-1810
French 14 Gun
Unrated
in the Channel of the Bay of Biscay

4.6.1812Her boats burnt the
La Dorade (14) 1812-1812
French 14 Gun
Unrated Storeship
at Arcasson
BWAS-1793
10.1813Began fitting for ordinary at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
11.1813Completed fitting for ordinary at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
12.1813Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
12.1813fitting as an Hospital Ship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
11.1816Broken up at Pater, PembrokeBWAS-1793

 

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