Melampus

5346
Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered17.4.1782BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.1782BWAS-1714
Launched8.6.1785BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1790
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBristol - England BWAS-1714
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJames Martin HillhouseBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold6.1815BWAS-1714
BecomesDutch Fourth Rate frigate 'Melampus' (1815) (46)

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.5.1790 - 26.3.1791CaptainCharles Morice Pole (1757-1830) ADM 6/24/26BWAS-171410.4.1793 - 13.3.1794CaptainIsaac Coffin (1759-1839) ADM 6/24/228BWAS-171413.3.1794 - 12.7.1794CaptainThomas Wells (1759-1811) ADM 6/25/19BWAS-171412.7.1794 - 8.1796CaptainRichard John Strachan (d.1828) ADM 6/25/61BWAS-17148.1796 - 11.1801CaptainGraham Moore (1764-1843)BWAS-171411.1801 - 6.1802CaptainThomas Le Marchant Gosselin (1765-1857)BWAS-17148.1804 - 9.1807CaptainStephen Poyntz (d.1847)BWAS-17149.1807 - 1812CaptainEdward Hawker (d.1860)BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
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
4.1793RecommissionedBWAS-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 Sixth Rate Corvette Le Babet (24)
9.5.1795Action in Carteret Bay
3.7.1795Took the Unrated Gunboat Vesuve (4)
13.11.1796Took the Unrated Corvette L'Etna (16)
5.10.1797Took the Privateer Le Rayon (6) off the Casquets
16.1.1798Took the Privateer Brig La Belliqueuse (18) on the Irish coast
23.1.1798Took the Privateer Corvette La Volage (22) on the Irish coast
12.10.1798Battle of Tory Island
13.10.1798Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Résolue (32)
3.1799Took the Privateer Le Mercure (16)
15.4.1799Took the Privateer Brig Le Papillon (18)
18.4.1799Destroyed the privateer Le Nantois (14) BWAS-1714
3.1800Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
8.1803Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1804RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1804Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
13.7.1805Took the Privateer Hydra (28)
14.9.1806Destruction of the Impétueux
1808Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
1809Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
16.1.1809Took the Privateer Brig Le Colibri (16) off Barbuda
14.12.1809Took the Unrated Brig-Corvette La Bearnaise (16) off Guadeloupe
28.5.1810Took the Privateer Brig Le Fantôme (18)
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


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
 

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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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