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 NNF-1774
Ship ClassJunon Class
Designed byJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
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 - 1795CaptainCharles William Paterson (1756-1841)BWAS-17934.1795 - 1802CaptainCharles HamiltonBWAS-17933.1803 - 1805CaptainRobert Dudley OliverBWAS-17931805 - 12.1805CaptainChristopher LarocheBWAS-179312.1805 - 1809CaptainPeter Parker (d.1814)BWAS-179322.6.1810 - 8.3.1811CommanderWilliam Waldegrave (1788-?)BWAS-17931812 - 29.10.1813CommanderGordon Falcon (1777-1854)BWAS-179310.1813 - 1814CommanderRobert RowleyBWAS-1793

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
19.8.1794 - 29.3.1803GunnerWilliam ShepherdNAO

6 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
5.1803 - 9.1806MidshipmanWhitwell ButlerNBD18491804 - 1805MidshipmanRichard BastardNBD18491.1804 - 4.1.1808MidshipmanHenry BourneNBD184912.1804 - 10.1805MidshipmanNicholas Atkin (1791-1852)NBD18494.1809 - 10.1809MidshipmanJohn BowerbankNBD18495.1809 - 8.1809MidshipmanAlexander 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 BWAS-1793
30.3.1795RegisteredBWAS-1793
1.6.1795Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard 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 Unrated Brig L'Aventurier (14) at Correjou by boat attack
17.11.1798Took the Privateer 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 BWAS-1793
3.1803Completed very small repair at Deptford Dockyard 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 BWAS-1793
8.1810Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Troop Ship
8.1810Completed fitting as a Troopship at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1793
16.3.1814Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1793
14.12.1815Sold for £2,590 at SheernessBWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
B125NRS Vol 020 - The Naval Miscellany Vol IJohn Knox Laughton EdBook
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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