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


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 Ship Commanders

7.5.1779 - 15.11.1780Captain Thomas Dumaresq (1729-1802) Transfered ADM 6/21/552BWAS-171415.11.1780 - 11.3.1782Captain John Thomas (d.1810) Transfered ADM 6/22/500BWAS-171411.3.1782 - 8.1783Captain Thomas Spry (1754-1828) ADM 6/23/182
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 24.12.1783
21.10.1790 - 1.1.1791Commander John Parker Transfered ADM 6/24/80ADM 6/242.2.1791 - 25.1.1793Commander William Carthew ADM 6/24/106BWAS-171425.1.1793 - 8.1794Commander Richard Morice ADM 6/24/197BWAS-171412.1795 - 11.1797Lieutenant George Lempriere (d.1803)BWAS-171411.1797 - 2.1800Commander Thomas PresslandBWAS-17142.1800 - 2.1802Commander George Sayer (1773-1783)BWAS-17146.1802 - 9.1804Captain Edward Henry Columbine (1763-1811)BWAS-17143.1807 - 1809Captain Christopher John Williams NeshamBWAS-171429.9.1808 - 3.1809Captain Edward WoolcombeBWAS-17143.1809 - 6.2.1810Captain Warwick LakeBWAS-17146.1812 - 4.1813Captain William FothergillBWAS-17144.1813 - 9.1815CaptainSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

6.1812 - 4.1813Rear-Admiral of the Blue William BrownBWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

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

1 Warrant Officer

9.6.1790 - 11.10.1790Carpenter William MurrantADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers

8.1811 - 1812Midshipman John Henry BellairsNBD18498.1812 - 1812Midshipman Frederick BloodNBD1849

5 Crewmen

1794Able Seaman Charles James HallADM 171/825.2.1799 - 2.18001st Class Volunteer Henry Belsey (1790-1855)NBD184914.9.1803 - 4.18041st Class Volunteer James Anderson (d.1846)NL186513.3.1810 - 9.18121st Class Volunteer Thomas Carey (1797-?)NBD184920.9.1811 - 29.10.18121st Class Volunteer Charles BurnetNBD1849

Service History

14.7.1779building at Liverpool - Lancashire at a cost of £12443.18.0dBWAS-1714
1.11.1779Began fitting at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
2.1.1780Completed fitting at Liverpool - Lancashire 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 - Sheerness BWAS-1714
6.1787Completed great repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £16245.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1790Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
6.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2515.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1790Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1791Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1791Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth 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 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


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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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