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 byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorThomas 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 - 1.1804CaptainJohn Gore (1772-1836)BWAS-17931.1804CaptainCharles Rowley (1770-1845)BWAS-17931.1804 - 12.1804CaptainJohn Gore (1772-1836)BWAS-179312.1804 - 2.1806CaptainSir Adam Drummond (d.1849)BWAS-17932.1806 - 10.1808CaptainDuncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-179310.1808 - 6.1809CaptainWilliam Bowles (1780-1869)NBD18496.1809 - 6.1810CaptainDuncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17936.1810 - 11.1810CaptainWilliam Bowles (1780-1869)NBD184911.1810 - 6.1813CaptainDuncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17936.1813 - 10.1813CaptainGeorge 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 LieutenantThomas Atkinson (d.1864)NBD1849

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
10.5.1801 - 31.8.1801Master's MateThe Hon. William Cathcart (1782-1804)B1251.1802 - 1806MidshipmanWilliam Waldegrave (1788-1859)NBD18496.1806 - 7.1812MidshipmanThomas 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 Fifth Rate 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 Privateer 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


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
B125NRS Vol 020 - The Naval Miscellany Vol IJohn Knox Laughton EdBook
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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