Medusa

5333
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 ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor Thomas Pitcher (1745-1837)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-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

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1801 - 1.1804Captain John Gore (1772-1836)BWAS-17931.1804Captain Charles Rowley (1770-1845)BWAS-17931.1804 - 12.1804Captain John Gore (1772-1836)BWAS-179312.1804 - 2.1806CaptainSir Adam Drummond (d.1849)BWAS-17932.1806 - 10.1808Captain Duncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-179310.1808 - 6.1809Captain William Bowles (1780-1869)NBD18496.1809 - 6.1810Captain Duncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17936.1810 - 11.1810Captain William Bowles (1780-1869)NBD184911.1810 - 6.1813Captain Duncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17936.1813 - 10.1813Captain George BellBWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.8.1801 - 29.8.1801Vice-Admiral of the BlueLord Horatio Nelson (1st Baron Nelson of the Nile and of Hilborough) (1758-1805)NAO30.8.1801 - 22.10.1801Vice-Admiral of the BlueLord Horatio Nelson (1st Baron Nelson of the Nile and of Hilborough) (1758-1805)NAO

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.9.1801 - 14.4.1802LieutenantThe Hon. William Cathcart (1782-1804)B1251813 - 28.5.1813Acting Lieutenant Thomas Atkinson (d.1864)NBD1849

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
10.5.1801 - 31.8.1801Master's MateThe Hon. William Cathcart (1782-1804)B1251.1802 - 1806Midshipman William Waldegrave (1788-1859)NBD18496.1806 - 7.1812Midshipman Thomas Atkinson (d.1864)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) off Cabrita Point
9.12.1803Took the Privateer La Sorcier (4) off Cabrita Point
5.10.1804Battle of Cape St Maria
23.10.1804Took the Frigate Santa Matilda (38) 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) off DunoseBG
6.1.1810Took the Unrated L'Aventure (14) in the Channel of the Bay of Biscay
14.1.1810Took the Unrated L'Hirondelle (14) in the Channel of the Bay of Biscay
4.6.1812Her boats burnt the La Dorade (14) at ArcassonBWAS-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

 

Previous comments on this pageno comments to display
Make a comment about this page





Recent comments to other pages

Date postedByPage
Monday 23rd of November 2020 11:32CyBritish First Rate screw ship of the line 'Royal George' (1853) (120)
Monday 23rd of November 2020 10:17David HannamBritish First Rate screw ship of the line 'Royal George' (1853) (120)
Monday 23rd of November 2020 05:48Timothy OakleyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'Danae' (1763) (32)
Friday 20th of November 2020 08:42Cy Thomas Baillie (1725-1802)
Friday 20th of November 2020 06:29Denise Taylor Thomas Baillie (1725-1802)