Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Minerve' (1794) (42)
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassJunon ClassNNF-1774
Designed by Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
Constructor Joseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
BecomesFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Minerve' (1803) (38)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck154' 4 ½"Imperial Feet46.9519 
Length of Keel130' 0 ⅛"Imperial Feet39.6272 
Breadth39' 11"Imperial Feet11.89 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Aft13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen1,101 7994Tons BM 


8.1795Broadside Weight = 425 Imperial Pound ( 192.7375 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

7 Ship Commanders

6.1795 - 8.1795Captain Henry TowryBWAS-17938.1795 - 4.1796Captain Henry TowryBWAS-179311.1.1796 - 5.1796Captain Charles Ogle (1775-1858)BWAS-17938.1796 - 1802Captain George Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-179310.1802 - 8.5.1803Captain Jahleel Brenton (1770-1844)BWAS-17938.5.1803 - 3.6.1803Captain Charles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18493.6.1803 - 3.7.1803Captain Jahleel Brenton (1770-1844)BWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

15.12.1796 - 13.2.1797Commodore Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)BWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers

1796 - 13.6.1797Lieutenant William Hall Gage (1777-1864)BWAS-17931796 - 20.12.1797First Lieutenant John Culverhouse (1760-1809)BWAS-17938.1796 - 20.12.1796Second Lieutenant Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)BWAS-179315.12.1796 - 20.12.1796Flag Lieutenant James Noble (1774-1851)ODNB13.6.1797 - 26.7.1797Commander William Hall Gage (1777-1864)BWAS-179329.11.1797 - 4.1.1799Acting Lieutenant Charles Cumby (1779-?)NBD18491800 - 16.12.1803Lieutenant William Kelly (1782-?)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

24.1.1797 - 3.3.1797Master's Mate Thomas Coleman (1769-1815)NAO

2 Crewmen

22.9.1798 - 17991st Class Volunteer John Bingham (1785-?)NBD184912.1802 - 2.7.18031st Class Volunteer Frank CutlerNBD1849

Service History

6.1795Commissioned in the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
8.1795Paid off at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
19.12.1796Minerve vs Sabina
23.12.1796Took the Privateer La Monica (6) off Sardinia
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
29.5.1797Took the Sloop La Mutine (18) cut out by boats at Santa Cruz
26.4.1798Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
14.5.1798Operations against Ostend
21.9.1798Completed fitting at Portsmouth at a cost of £12,866BWAS-1793
2.3.1800Took the Brig Le Furet (14) in the morning on the Lisbon stationBG
4.1800Took the Privateer La Manche (20)
4.1800Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora del Carmen (20)
15.5.1800Took the Privateer La Vengeance (15) in the Mediterranean
2.9.1801Action of 1801-09-02
2.9.1801Took the Frigate Le Succès (32)
1802Paid offBWAS-1793
3.7.1803Capture of the Minerve
3.7.1803Taken by Le Chiffon while grounded off Cherbourg
3.7.1803Taken by Le Terrible while grounded off Cherbourg
3.2.1810Retaken by Valiant (74) but not re-added to the Royal Navy


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.5.1798-20.5.1798Raid on Ostend Home Riggs Popham (1762-1820) 

Notes on Ship

I believe she retained her original French guns until the 1798 refit in Portsmouth


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