Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.1808BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
Ship ClassLively ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor Joseph Tucker (c.1760-1831)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck154' 1"Imperial Feet46.9397 
Length of Keel129' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet39.3256 
Breadth39' 6 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Draught Forward10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft14' 8"Imperial Feet4.318 
Burthen1,077 1594Tons BM 


17.4.1810Broadside Weight = 494 Imperial Pound ( 224.029 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1799284Design Complement

2 Commanding Officers

5.1810 - 30.8.1814Captain Peter Parker (d.1814)BWAS-17939.1814 - 10.1815Captain Edward DixBWAS-1793

2 Petty Officers

5.1810 - 5.1815Midshipman John Theophilus Kelsall (d.1856)NBD18496.1811 - 12.1811Midshipman James Thomas CookneyNBD1849

1 Crewman

18.6.1810 - 2.1813Volunteer Warre Squire Bradley (1797-?)NBD1849

Service History

11.1808Began building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
17.4.1810Completed building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £38836.0.0dBWAS-1793
17.4.1810Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
21.6.1810Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £38836.0.0dBWAS-1793
11.7.1810Sailed for the Cape of Good hopeBWAS-1793
29.11.1810Capture of Mauritius
7.11.1811Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
29.2.1812Took the Privateer Le Saint Joseph (16) off Frejus
13.8.1812Landing party at San StefanoBWAS-1793
2.9.1812Took the Letter of Marque Le Saint Esprit (2) at Mignone near Civita VecchiaBG
3.9.1812Destroyed three sloops at Porto ErcoleBWAS-1793
4.9.1812Took the Storeship La Fidèle at Mignone
22.3.1813Took the Packet Hirondelle at Mignone
22.3.1813Took the Privateer Le Nouveau Phoenix (6) at Mignone
1814In North AmericaBWAS-1793
30.8.1814Landing party in the ChesapeakeBWAS-1793
9.1815Began large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
10.1815Paid offBWAS-1793
2.1819Laid up at ChathamBWAS-1793
2.1819Completed large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £34409.0.0dBWAS-1793
1834Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
9.1836Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
10.1836Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
1896At Portsmouth DockyardBWAS-1793
10.5.1897Sold at Portsmouth to John Read, Jnr for £1,157BWAS-1793


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Posted by J Seagrove on Saturday 14th of March 2020 20:35

30/31.08.1814 One hundred and forty strong raiding party lead by Capt Sir P Parker RN of HMS Menelaus landed near Fairlee, Kent County, MD, USA. At nearby Caulks Field they engaged a force of 200 US militiamen and in a night-time fire fight the British suffered the loss of Parker with several other men killed and about 20 wounded. Parker was carried back to Menelaus but died before reaching the frigate. Parker's body was first returned to Bermuda, then later returned to Spithead [March 1815], then to London where he was buried at St Margaret's church, Westminster. At Caulks Field there is a memorial commemorating this military action in August 1814.

Posted by Brian on Wednesday 2nd of July 2014 01:15

1814/08/30 Landing party in the Chesapeake
The London Gazette, Publication date:25 October 1814
From the late Sir Peter Parker, Captain of his Majesty's ship Menelaus, dated off Pool's Island in the Chesapeake, the 29th of August, stating, that with the seaman and marines of that ship, he had dispersed a party of the enemy's regulars and Militia, assembled for the defence of a large depot of stores on the eastern shore of Maryland, and totally destroying the depot, consisting of corn, hemp, and flax, to an immense amount.

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