Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down25.3.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing and Queen Dock - Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorPeter Everitt Mestaer (d.1819)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up1.1814BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet36.5951 
Length of Keel99' 10 ½"Imperial Feet30.1879 
Breadth33' 9"Imperial Feet10.1346 
Depth in Hold11' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen605 1294Tons BM 


9.12.1779Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1.1771200Design Complement

16 Commanding Officers

27.10.1779 - 1.1.1780CaptainJohn Colpoys (1742-1821) ADM 6/22/41ADM1041.1.1780 - 16.5.1782CaptainIsaac Prescott (c.1737-1830) ADM 6/22/74BWAS-171424.5.1782 - 24.9.1782CaptainWilliam Carlyon (c.1750-?) ADM 6/22/472BWAS-171424.9.1782 - 10.4.1783CaptainSir Henry Edwin Stanhope (1754-1814) ADM 6/22/520BWAS-171410.4.1783 - 11.7.1786CaptainSir Henry Edwin Stanhope (1754-1814) ADM 6/23/47ADM 6/2323.5.1788 - 1790CaptainAugustus Montgomery (d.1797) ADM 6/23/463BWAS-171410.1795 - 4.1797CaptainGeorge ByngBWAS-17144.1797 - 1801CaptainThomas RogersBWAS-17141.4.1803 - 8.1805CaptainDuncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17148.1805 - 6.1807CaptainCharles PellyBWAS-17146.1807 - 11.1808CaptainJames Alexander Gordon (1782-1869)BWAS-171411.1808 - 3.1810Captain Henry Duncan (1786-1835)BWAS-17145.1810 - 6.1810LieutenantWilliam WebbBWAS-17146.1810 - 11.1811CommanderJohn TancockBWAS-171411.1811 - 8.1813CommanderClement Milward (1776-1857)BWAS-17148.1813 - 1814CommanderSir John Charles RichardsonBWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

19.4.1783 - 21.4.1785Second LieutenantThe Hon. John Curzon ADM 6/23/52ADM 6/2321.4.1783 - 11.7.1786First LieutenantRichard Nash ADM 6/23/53ADM 6/239.1.1791 - 9.8.1791Acting LieutenantCharles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18491798 - 11.9.1798LieutenantRobert Baylis (d.1798)TNC1809LieutenantRobert James GordonTRN51809LieutenantWatkin Owen Pell (1788-1869)TRN5

1 Warrant Officer

22.8.1805 - 16.3.1806MasterEdward BrownADM29-1

2 Petty Officers

12.7.1803 - 1804MidshipmanWilliam Bohun Bowyer (1789-?)NBD184910.1809 - 3.1810MidshipmanEdward Blanckley (d.1845)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

1.4.1800 - 6.18031st Class VolunteerJohn Willison (1789-1847)NBD18499.5.1803 - 12.7.18031st Class VolunteerWilliam Bohun Bowyer (1789-?)NBD1849

Service History

9.12.1779building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £6805.7.0dBWAS-1714
9.12.1779Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
24.2.1780Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6797.19.0dBWAS-1714
6.4.1780Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
27.6.1783Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714

Paid off

8.1787Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1.1788Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £5361.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1788Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
7.1788Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £3463.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.9.1788Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1790Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1795Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.1796Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6151.0.0dBWAS-1714
1798On the Lisbon StationBWAS-1714
5.1.1798Took the Privateer Le Benjamin (16) on the Lisbon Station
15.1.1798Took the Brig Les Trois Soeurs (16) on the Lisbon Station
17.1.1798Took the Brig L'Aigle (16)
25.1.1798Took the Privateer La Constance (12) on the Lisbon Stationref:692
6.1798Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
2.1799Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1799Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6973.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1799Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
5.2.1800Took the Privateer L'Egyptienne (15) off the Isle of Wight
5.5.1800Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
31.7.1800Arrived off AlexandriaBWAS-1714
20.1.1801Took the Corvette La Sans Pareille (18) in the Mediterranean
27.6.1801Took the Privateer Le Tigre (8) by boat off Venice
4.1803Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Floating Battery
5.1803fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.2.1805Took the Unrated Fuerte de Gibraltar (4)
12.5.1806Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
9.1807Sailed with a convoy for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
6.3.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
4.4.1808Action off Rota
4.5.1808In action with gunboats off CadizBWAS-1714
1.4.1809The boats of the Mercury, under Lieutenant Watkin Owen Pell (1788-1869), rowed into the port of Rovigno under a heavy fire, and boarded and carried the French gunboat Leda, with a loss of 5 killed and woundedTRN5
1.4.1809Took the Gunboat Leda (1) port of Rovigno
23.4.1809Bombardment of Pesaro
2.5.1809In company with Spartan (38) , landed men at Cesenatico, seized the town and captured twelve coasters without lossTRN5
15.5.1809A party under Lieutenant Robert James Gordon, destroyed seven coasters in the Italian harbour of RodiTRN5
7.9.1809Took the Schooner Pugliese cut out from Barletta
3.1810Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1810Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1811On the Lisbon StationBWAS-1714
11.1811Commissioned for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1813Commissioned in the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1.1814Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1714


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