Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1804BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
Ship ClassThames Class
Designed byWilliam BatelyBWAS-1793
ConstructorSir Henry Peake (1753-1825)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up2.1815BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck127' 0"Imperial Feet38.7096 
Length of Keel107' 0"Imperial Feet32.6136 
Breadth34' 0 ½"Imperial Feet10.3759 
Depth in Hold11' 3 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen659 5194Tons BM 


26.10.1805Broadside Weight = 300 Imperial Pound ( 136.05 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle4 British 24-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1804215Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers

11.1805 - 2.1806CaptainCharles Fielding (1780-1837)BWAS-17932.1806 - 3.1807CaptainGeorge Ralph Collier (1774-1824)BWAS-17933.1807 - 1814CaptainRichard Hawkins (d.1826)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

1806LieutenantSir William Howe Mulcaster (1785-1837)BWAS-1793

Service History

8.1804First cost, including fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £15017.0.0dBWAS-1793
27.4.1806Took the Privateer Finisterre (14) off Cape Finisterre
22.6.1806Two boats of the Minerva having entered Finisterre Bay, carried a fort mounting eight guns which the British seamen spiked and cut out five Spanish coasting vessels, without the loss of a man.TRN5
9.7.1806The Minerva's barge proceeded north from Oporto to look after certain very troublesome privateers from the Spanish port of La Guardia, which lurked along the coast.TRN5
9.7.1806Took the Privateer Buena Dicha (1)
11.7.1806The barge came up with and captured, without loss, one of the privateers from La Guardia. Ppossibly Buena Dicha (1) ?TRN5
29.9.1806The ship's cutter cut out two chasse-marees off PontevedraTRN5
2.10.1806The barge, whilst the Minerva was lying at anchor off Ons Island, entered Arosa Bay and carried off a Spanish gunboat.TRN5
23.9.1808Took the Privateer La Joséphine (8) off the Spanish Coast
10.1808Took the Unrated L'Améthyste (14)
6.5.1811Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
6.5.1812Sailed for the West Indies with a convoyBWAS-1793
9.11.1812Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1793
1814In Ordinary at SheernessBWAS-1793
2.1815Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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