Melpomene

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Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'Le Melpomène' (1789) (36)
Captured10.8.1794BWAS-1793
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassJunon ClassNNF-1774
Designed by Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Sold14.12.1815BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck148' 2"Imperial Feet45.1104 
Length of Keel123' 8 ¼"Imperial Feet37.4968 
Breadth39' 3"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen1,013 5294Tons BM 

Armament


4.1795Broadside Weight = 425 Imperial Pound ( 192.7375 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1795284 BWAS-1793

8 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.8.1794 - 1795Captain Charles William Paterson (1756-1841)BWAS-17934.1795 - 1802CaptainSir Charles Hamilton (2nd Baronet of Trebinshun House) (1767-1849)BWAS-17933.1803 - 1805Captain Robert Dudley OliverBWAS-17931805 - 12.1805Captain Christopher LarocheBWAS-179312.1805 - 1809Captain Peter Parker (d.1814)BWAS-179322.6.1810 - 8.3.1811Commander William Waldegrave (1788-1859)BWAS-17931812 - 29.10.1813Commander Gordon Falcon (1777-1854)BWAS-179310.1813 - 1814Commander Robert RowleyBWAS-1793

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
19.8.1794 - 29.3.1803Gunner William ShepherdNAO

6 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
5.1803 - 9.1806Midshipman Whitwell ButlerNBD18491804 - 1805Midshipman Richard BastardNBD18491.1804 - 4.1.1808Midshipman Henry BourneNBD184912.1804 - 10.1805Midshipman Nicholas Atkin (1791-1852)NBD18494.1809 - 10.1809Midshipman John BowerbankNBD18495.1809 - 8.1809Midshipman Alexander Buchanan (1793-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
9.8.1795 - 12.4.1796VolunteerThe Hon. William Cathcart (1782-1804)B125

Service History


DateEventSource
15.12.1794Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
30.3.1795RegisteredBWAS-1793
1.6.1795Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £6534.0.0dBWAS-1793
11.7.1796Took the Privateer La Revanche (18) off Brest
15.5.1797Took the Privateer L'Espiègle off the Isle of Wight
12.1797Took the Privateer Le Triton in the Channel
3.8.1798Capture of the Aventurier
4.8.1798Took the Brig L'Aventurier (14) at Correjou by boat attack
17.11.1798Took the Brig Le Tigre (14) in the Bay of Biscay
9.1.1799

Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise

TNC
28.2.1799Took the Privateer La Zélé (16) in the Bay of Biscay
25.3.1799

Arrived at Plymouth from a cruise

TNC
29.3.1799

Sailed from Plymouth for Portsmouth carrying French prisoners

TNC
2.4.1799

Arrived at Plymouth from Portsmouth

TNC
8.1799In the HelderBWAS-1793
30.8.1799Seizure of the Dutch Fleet at Vlieter
4.1800At Santiago, West AfricaBWAS-1793
3.1.1801Took the Unrated Le Senegal (18) and destroyed him in the Senegal River with her boats losing 11 killed and 18 woundedBG
17.6.1801Took the Privateer L'Auguste (10) on the French Coast
2.1803Began very small repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
3.1803Completed very small repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
1807Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
20.4.1808Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
1809In the BalticBWAS-1793
5.1810Began fitting as a Troopship at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
8.1810Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Troop Ship
8.1810Completed fitting as a Troopship at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
16.3.1814Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1793
14.12.1815Sold for £2,590 at SheernessBWAS-1793

 

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