Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down28.6.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRoebuck Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn FisherBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 0"Imperial Feet42.672 
Length of Keel115' 3 ⅛"Imperial Feet35.0552 
Breadth38' 0 ½"Imperial Feet11.5951 
Depth in Hold16' 4 ¾"Imperial Feet4.8959 
Draught Forward10' 3 ½"Imperial Feet3.0607 
Draught Aft14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen887 894Tons BM 


14.7.1779Broadside Weight = 285 Imperial Pound ( 129.2475 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1769280Design Complement

15 Commanding Officers

7.5.1779 - 1781CaptainThomas Dumaresq (1729-1802) ADM 6/21/552BWAS-17141781 - 1782CaptainJohn Thomas (d.1810)BWAS-17141782 - 8.1783CaptainSir Thomas Spry (1754-1828)BWAS-17146.1790 - 11.1790LieutenantThomas ParkerBWAS-17142.1791 - 12.1791CommanderWilliam CarthewBWAS-17141.1793 - 8.1794CommanderRichard MoriceBWAS-171412.1795 - 11.1797LieutenantGeorge LempriereBWAS-171411.1797 - 2.1800CommanderThomas PresslandBWAS-17142.1800 - 2.1802CommanderGeorge Sayer (1773-1783)BWAS-17146.1802 - 9.1804CaptainEdward Henry Columbine (1763-1811)BWAS-17143.1807 - 1809CaptainChristopher John Williams NeshamBWAS-171429.9.1808 - 3.1809CaptainEdward WoolcombeBWAS-17143.1809 - 6.2.1810CaptainWarwick LakeBWAS-17146.1812 - 4.1813CaptainWilliam FothergillBWAS-17144.1813 - 9.1815CaptainSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

6.1812 - 4.1813Rear-Admiral of the BlueWilliam BrownBWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

3.11.1793 - 29.1.1794LieutenantHenry William Bayntun (1766-1840)ref:61613.7.1809 - 10.1.1810Fifth LieutenantRobert Benjamin Young (1773-1846)NBD184914.11.1809 - 1.8.1811LieutenantSamuel Brown (1776-1852)NBD184925.1.1810 - 15.9.1812LieutenantAlexander Bissett (d.1848)NBD184914.1.1814 - 11.2.1814First LieutenantHenry Fage BelsonNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

9.6.1790 - 11.10.1790CarpenterWilliam MurrantADM29-1

2 Petty Officers

8.1811 - 1812MidshipmanJohn Henry BellairsNBD18498.1812 - 1812MidshipmanFrederick BloodNBD1849

5 Crewmen

1794Able SeamanCharles James HallADM 171/825.2.1799 - 2.18001st Class VolunteerHenry Belsey (1790-1855)NBD184914.9.1803 - 4.18041st Class VolunteerJames Anderson (d.1846)NL186513.3.1810 - 9.18121st Class VolunteerThomas Carey (1797-?)NBD184920.9.1811 - 29.10.18121st Class VolunteerCharles BurnetNBD1849

Service History

14.7.1779building at Liverpool at a cost of £12443.18.0dBWAS-1714
1.11.1779Began fitting at Liverpool BWAS-1714
2.1.1780Completed fitting at Liverpool at a cost of £7474.15.3dBWAS-1714
19.1.1780Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.6.1781Ulysses vs Surveillante
8.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1786Began great repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1787Completed great repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £16245.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1790Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
6.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £2515.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1790Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1791Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1791Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £4839.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.5.1791Sailed with troops for Gibraltar and CanadaBWAS-1714
12.1791Paid off into ordinaryBWAS-1714
18.3.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
25.11.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1794Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1795Lent to the Transport BoardBWAS-1714
11.1795Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
2.1796Returned from the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.1796Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
9.1797Returned from the West IndiesBWAS-1714
4.1801Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
2.1802Returned from the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
6.1802Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate Ship
8.1802Sailed for the Leeward Islands as a store shipBWAS-1714
21.6.1803Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago
30.4.1804Took the Privateer Le Petit Décidé (1)
15.5.1804Took the Privateer Schooner Les Trois Frères (1)
9.1804Returned to EnglandBWAS-1714
20.8.1807Sailed with a convoy for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
27.3.1808Attempt to cut out Le Griffon as Port MariaBWAS-1714
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
2.1809At capture of MartiniqueBWAS-1714
3.1809Recommissioned for Baltic serviceBWAS-1714
1811Channel IslandsBWAS-1714
1813To the BalticBWAS-1714
9.1815Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1.1816Sold at Sheerness for £2,820BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book

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Posted by Coral Horton on Friday 9th of March 2012 17:32

My G Grandparents had a child christened aboard the Ulysses in Nov 1802. They alighted this ship in Madeira...how can I find out if William Penfold was a passenger or a crew member?

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