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Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1790BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBristol - England BWAS-1714
Designed by
Edward HuntBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1731-1740
James Martin HillhouseBritish
Ship Builder
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Dutch Fourth Rate frigate 'Melampus' (1815) (46) 1815-1823
Dutch 46 Gun
4th Rate Frigate


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck141' 2 ¼"Imperial Yard128.9304 (423′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel117' 1"Imperial Yard106.9848 (351′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth39' 0"Imperial Yard35.6616 (117′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold13' 11"Imperial Yard11.8872 (39′ 0″ Imperial)
Draught Forward14' 6"Imperial Yard12.8016 (42′ 0″ Imperial)
Draught Aft15' 10"Imperial Yard13.716 (45′ 0″ Imperial)
Burthen947 2494Ton 


8.6.1785Broadside Weight = 282.5 Imperial Pound ( 128.1141 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6.1793Broadside Weight = 343 Imperial Pound ( 155.5505 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.11.1778270Design Complement

8 Ship Commanders

10.5.1790 - 26.3.1791Captain
Charles Morice PoleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1830
Transfered ADM 6/24/26
10.4.1793 - 13.3.1794Captain
Isaac CoffinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1814
ADM 6/24/228
13.3.1794 - 12.7.1794Captain
Thomas WellsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1810
Transfered ADM 6/25/19
12.7.1794 - 8.1796Captain ADM 6/25/61BWAS-17148.1796 - 11.1801Captain
Graham MooreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1824
11.1801 - 6.1802Captain
Thomas Le Marchant GosselinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1841
8.1804 - 9.1807Captain
Stephen PoyntzBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1812
9.1807 - 1812Captain
Edward HawkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1831

Service History

8.6.1785building at Bristol - England at a cost of £20785.13.0dBWAS-1714
3.7.1785Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.9.1785Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
5.1790Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.7.1790Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2985.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1790Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1793Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
6.1793Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4726.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.4.1794Action of 1794-04-23
23.4.1794Took the Corvette
Le Babet (24) 1793-1794
French 24 Gun
6th Rate Corvette

9.5.1795Action in Carteret Bay
3.7.1795Took the Gunboat
Vesuve (4) 1793-1795
French 4 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
1795 Renamed "Vedette"
1795 Renamed "Vesuve"

13.11.1796Took the Corvette
L'Etna (16) 1795-1796
French 16 Gun
Unrated Corvette

5.10.1797Took the Lugger
Le Rayon (6) 1797-1797
French 6 Gun
Privateer Lugger
off the Casquets
16.1.1798Took the Brig
La Belliqueuse (18) 1797-1798
French 18 Gun
Privateer Brig
on the Irish coast

23.1.1798Took the Corvette
La Volage (22) 1797-1798
French 22 Gun
Privateer Corvette
on the Irish coast

12.10.1798Battle of Tory Island
13.10.1798Took the Frigate
La Résolue (32) 1778-1798
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

3.1799Took the Privateer
Le Mercure (16) 1799-1799
French 16 Gun

15.4.1799Took the Brig
Le Papillon (18) 1798-1799
French 18 Gun
Privateer Brig

18.4.1799Destroyed the privateer
Le Nantois (14) 1799-1799
French 14 Gun
3.1800Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
8.1803Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
10.1804Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
13.7.1805Took the Privateer
Hydra (28) 1805-1805
Spanish 28 Gun

14.9.1806Destruction of the Impétueux
1808Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
1809Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
16.1.1809Took the Brig
Le Colibri (16) 1808-1809
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig
off Barbuda

14.12.1809Took the Brig-Corvette
La Bearnaise (16) 1808-1809
French 16 Gun
Unrated Brig-Corvette
off Guadeloupe

28.5.1810Took the Brig
Le Fantôme (18) 1809-1810
French 18 Gun
Privateer Brig

1811Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
1812Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.1812Began repairs at Turnchapel - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1814Completed repairs at Turnchapel - Plymouth BWAS-1714
4.1814Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
5.1815Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
6.1815Sold to the Dutch for £35,364BWAS-1714


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Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 18:28

Plymouth, September 6, 1794

Earl Howe’s [Grand] Fleet hove into sight of this harbour early yesterday morning: the night preceding, they fell in with 18 sail of homeward bound East Indiamen off Dartmouth, who ran foul of several of the fleet, and slightly damaged them, which obliged his Lordship to bear up for Torbay, in order to have his disabled ships refitted. - The AQUILON and MELAMPUS Frigates belonging to the fleet, have received the greatest damage, the former arrived here yesterday with her bowsprit sprung, and fore-top-mast carried away - the latter was towed into the Sound this afternoon by the RUSSEL man of war, with the loss of her bowsprit and Foremast. The AQUILON got in a new bowsprit this morning, and her repairs are expected to be complete in the course of the day.

Torbay, Sept 6 1794

Yesterday evening arrived and came to an anchor the Grand Fleet, under the command of Earl Howe; also the TRITON East Indiaman, towed in by VENERABLE man of war, having run foul of the LATONA frigate, and knocked away her bow-sprit and forestays, and carried away all her lower masts.

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