Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorRobert HillBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck147' 0"Imperial Feet44.8056 
Length of Keel122' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet37.192 
Breadth39' 6 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Draught Forward10' 7"Imperial Feet3.2258 
Draught Aft15' 10"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen1,018 9194Tons BM 


3.1797Broadside Weight = 494 Imperial Pound ( 224.029 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1797284 BWAS-1793

9 Commanding Officers

3.1797 - 12.1799CaptainWilliam PierrepontBWAS-179312.1799 - 12.1800CaptainJohn Murray (d.1805)BWAS-179312.1800 - 6.1801CaptainWilliam Henry RickettsBWAS-17936.1801 - 12.1801CaptainPhilip WilkinsonBWAS-17939.1802 - 1804CaptainJames Wallis (d.1808)BWAS-17931804 - 6.1808CaptainThomas DundasBWAS-17933.1809 - 10.1809CaptainGeorge CocksBWAS-179310.1809 - 7.1811CaptainHenry HillBWAS-17937.1811 - 4.1812CaptainPhilip Carteret (1777-1828)ref:616

5 Commissioned Officers

1802LieutenantGeorge BarnardNBD18497.11.1804 - 1806LieutenantJohn Fordyce MaplesNAO1805 - 1806LieutenantThomas Francis Charles MainwaringNAO1805 - 1806LieutenantHenry Le VisconteNAO14.4.1823 - 5.10.1824First LieutenantMichael Quin (1791-1870)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

4.2.1804 - 9.4.1805MasterJohn Huntingdon (1761-1837)W041

4 Petty Officers

9.1802 - 1804MidshipmanWilliam Baker Strugnell (1788-1850)NBD18499.1804 - 22.4.1808Master's MateMark Anthony (d.1867)NBD184910.1809 - 4.1812Master's MateCharles Ayre (d.1878)NBD18492.4.1823 - 1824MidshipmanRichard Brydges Beechey (1808-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman

3.6.1823 - 18261st Class VolunteerCharles James Fox CampbellNBD1849

Service History

27.2.1797Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
6.5.1797Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
23.4.1798Took the Gun-brig Arrogante (12) off Brest
11.8.1798Took the Privateer Le Tigre (8) off FinisterreBG
24.8.1798Took the Frigate La Decade (32) off Finistere

Broke free from her morrings in a gale and ran aground on the West Mud in Hamoaze, she had little damage

3.3.1799Took the Privateer L'Heureux Hazard (16) in the Bay of Biscay

Arrived at Plymouth from a cruise


Sailed from Plymouth with dispatches

15.10.1799Capture of Spanish Treasure Ships
16.5.1800Took the Packet Alucadia cut out from Pontevedra
16.5.1800Took the Packet Raposa cut out from Pontevedra
12.1801Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
11.1802Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
29.5.1803Took the Brig-Aviso L'Impatient (6) in the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1793
4.7.1803Took the Schooner La Providence (2) by boats off Brest
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
1808Blockade of Brest
6.1808Began making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
8.1808Completed making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £9055.0.0dBWAS-1793
16.12.1808Took the Privateer La Fanny (16)
16.12.1808Took the Privateer Le Superbe (4)
20.9.1811Action off Bolougne
21.9.1811Took the Unrated La Ville de Lyon (16)
6.10.1811Took the Privateer Le Milan (16) in the Channel
6.11.1811Took the Privateer Le Requin (16) in the Channel
1813Paid off at Portsmouth
7.1814Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
4.1815Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £28862.0.0dBWAS-1793
4.1823Began fitting for sea at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
8.1823Completed fitting for sea at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £15058.0.0dBWAS-1793
31.1.1824Affair with the Tripoli
23.5.1824Boats destroyed an Algerian brig at Bona
1826Paid off
4.1828Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.1828Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £12789.0.0dBWAS-1793
7.1846Began fitting as a Coal Depot at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
10.1846Recommissioned as a coal depot at Callao, Peru
1.1847Completed fitting as a Coal Depot at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £11115.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.2.1866Sold at Callao to the Pacific Steam Navigation Company as a coal depot for $2,000 and broken up in 1898


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 23rd of November 2017 07:05

9 Sep 1802 orders for the Fisgard48, Captain James Wallis, to be paid off, at Plymouth, and the Naiad38, now in ordinary, is to be commissioned. Captain Wallis, and the men already entered on board the Fisgard, are to go on board the Naiad when ready to be commissioned.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 20:53

Circa 28 Jan 1804 Capt Pellew apptd to the Naiad, vice Wallis.

Circa 16 Jun 1804 a Court Martial was held at Plymouth on Mr Dean, First Lieut of the Naiad, and Mr Jones, Second Lieut, for disorderly conduct on the quarter deck both being found guilty Mr Dean was dismissed the Service and Mr Jones was sentenced to death.

Circa 30 Jun 1804 the Hon Lieut Jones, of the Naiad, who was sentenced to death for striking a superior officer, has been pardoned, and restored to his rank.

Circa 20 Oct 1804 Capt Duncan apptd to the Naiad, vice Wallis, indisposed.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 21st of November 2017 20:02

16 May 1801 The boats belonging to the Naiad and Phaëton38 Captain James Nicoll Morris, manned by volunteer officers, seamen, and marines, under the direction of Lieutenant Marshall of the Naiad, highly distinguished themselves on the night of the 16th, by the capture of La Alcudia, and demolition of El Raposo armed Spanish Corunna packets, in the port of Marin, near the town of Pontevedra, under the protection of a gun battery, La Alcudia Lieutenant Don Jean Antonio Barbate, the largest, was moored stem and stern close to the fort, This service was undertaken from information that she was a corvette of 22 guns. I am happy to state that 4 men only, belonging to the two ships, were wounded. P.S. I was under the necessity of setting fire to La Alcudia soon after she was towed out by the boats, the wind setting in strong at S. W.

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