Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Minerve' (1794) (42)
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassJunon ClassNNF-1774
Designed byJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
ConstructorJoseph-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 Commanding Officers

6.1795 - 8.1795CaptainHenry TowryBWAS-17938.1795 - 4.1796CaptainHenry TowryBWAS-179311.1.1796 - 5.1796CaptainCharles Ogle (1775-1858)BWAS-17938.1796 - 1802CaptainGeorge Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-179310.1802 - 8.5.1803CaptainJahleel Brenton (1770-1844)BWAS-17938.5.1803 - 3.6.1803CaptainCharles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18493.6.1803 - 3.7.1803CaptainJahleel Brenton (1770-1844)BWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

15.12.1796 - 13.2.1797CommodoreHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)BWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers

1796 - 13.6.1797LieutenantWilliam Hall Gage (1777-1864)BWAS-17931796 - 20.12.1797First LieutenantJohn Culverhouse (1760-1809)BWAS-17938.1796 - 20.12.1796Second LieutenantThomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)BWAS-179315.12.1796 - 20.12.1796Flag LieutenantJames Noble (1774-1851)ODNB13.6.1797 - 26.7.1797CommanderWilliam Hall Gage (1777-1864)BWAS-179329.11.1797 - 4.1.1799Acting LieutenantCharles Cumby (1779-?)NBD18491800 - 16.12.1803LieutenantWilliam Kelly (1782-?)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

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

2 Crewmen

22.9.1798 - 17991st Class VolunteerJohn Bingham (1785-?)NBD184912.1802 - 2.7.18031st Class VolunteerFrank 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 OstendHome 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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