Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down13.6.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSphinx Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Length of Keel89' 8"Imperial Feet27.1498 
Breadth30' 0 ¼"Imperial Feet9.1504 
Depth in Hold9' 8 ½"Imperial Feet2.7559 
Burthen429 8094Tons BM 


9.5.1781Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1773140Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

25.4.1781 - 3.1784CaptainEdward Edwards (c.1728-1815) ADM 6/22/278BWAS-17144.1787 - 1.1790CaptainPhilip D'Auvergne (1754-1816)BWAS-17141790 - 1791CaptainJohn SalisburyBWAS-17141791 - 10.1791CaptainPaul MinchinBWAS-171427.3.1795 - 3.10.1796CaptainPercy Fraser (d.1827)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

12.6.1790 - 15.10.1791MasterAlexander CarrADM29-1

1 Crewman

15.4.1795 - 19.8.1796Able SeamanWilliam Buchanan (1777-?)NBD1849

Service History

13.6.1777Began building at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.5.1781Completed building at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £15330.5.8dBWAS-1714
9.5.1781Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
20.6.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1783To North America from the West IndiesBWAS-1714
3.1784Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1784Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1784Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4215.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1787Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1787Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2244.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1789Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1790Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1790Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £1218.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1793Began repairs at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1795Completed repairs at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £45661.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.10.1796Wrecked off New Providence in the BahamasBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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Posted by Brian on Monday 26th of May 2014 16:57

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 52 (1782).
By a letter from on board the Narcissus frigate, dated off Cape Hattoras on the American coast, in my last, a very dangerous conspiracy had been formed on board that ship, and very fortunately discovered just as it was about to be carried into execution. One Wood and fifty others were to ride in the night, murder the officers, and make themselves master of the ship, which they were then to carry into a rebel port. Accordingly, one of the Quartermasters, about 10 at night heard a confused noise and muttering under his hammock which gave him reason to suspect a mutiny. He instantly rose and acquainted the officer on watch, when all hands were turned out in the very moment when the conspirators wee ready to complete their plot. Two of the number turned Kings evidence, and the rest were secured and put in irons. The ship immediately bore away to New York, where, after a trial by court martial, six were sentenced to be hanged on the yard arm, which was accordingly put into execution; and Wood, the ringleader was sentenced to be hung in chains. The rest were severely punished, and put on board different ships.

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