Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1800BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
Ship ClassNarcissus ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorEdward TippettBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck142' 0 ½"Imperial Feet43.2943 
Length of Keel118' 4 ⅞"Imperial Feet35.9886 
Breadth37' 8"Imperial Feet11.2776 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward10' 2"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft14' 4"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen893 5494Tons BM 


12.5.1801Broadside Weight = 372 Imperial Pound ( 168.702 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
13.1.1798254Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

1.1801 - 10.1801CaptainPercy Fraser (d.1827)BWAS-179310.1801 - 8.1806CaptainRoss Donnelly (1761-1840)BWAS-17938.1806 - 7.1809CaptainCharles MalcolmBWAS-17931.6.1809 - 3.1812CaptainFrederick Whitworth William Aylmer (1777-1858)NBD18496.1812 - 1814CaptainJohn Richard Lumley (d.1821)BWAS-179310.2.1814 - 3.1815CaptainAlexander GordonBWAS-17933.1815 - 6.1816CaptainGeorge Alfred CroftonBWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

27.5.1806 - 13.6.1806CommodoreHome Riggs Popham (1762-1820)BWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

7.1802 - 21.4.1803Acting LieutenantHenry Duncan (1786-1835)ref:61621.4.1803 - 9.1804LieutenantHenry Duncan (1786-1835)ref:61618.9.1806 - 16.1.1808LieutenantThe Hon. Edmund Sexton Pery Knox (1787-1867)NBD1849

4 Petty Officers

4.1802 - 7.1802MidshipmanHenry Duncan (1786-1835)ref:6161806 - 3.1809MidshipmanGeorge BishopNBD184924.10.1806 - 1809MidshipmanRobert Barclay (1793-?)NBD184912.1808 - 7.1809MidshipmanJames Ryder Burton (1795-?)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

10.2.1805 - 18061st Class VolunteerGeorge BishopNBD184910.1806 - 12.18081st Class VolunteerJames Ryder Burton (1795-?)NBD1849

Service History

2.1802Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
10.1802Off ToulonTRN5
8.7.1803Took the Brig L'Alcion (16) off Sardinia
4.1.1804Off ToulonTRN5
11.7.1804Action at Lavandon
4.1805Sailed for Jamaica and the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1793
29.10.1805Took the Privateer Le Prudent (4) off the coast of Africa
24.12.1805Destroyed the Le Napoléon (32) near the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1793
4.3.1806In Table BayTRN5
2.5.1806Left St HelenaTRN5
6.1806River Plate operationsBWAS-1793
8.6.1806Anchored off FloresTRN5
25.6.1806Anchored off Point Quilmes, in the Rio de la Plata near Buenos AiresTRN5
10.1806Left the River PlateBWAS-1793
18.8.1807Took the Schooner Cantela (12) 45°20’N 10°20’ W
11.9.1807Took the Brig Avantura (18) BG
3.1808Blockade of LorientBWAS-1793
16.12.1808Took the Privateer La Fanny (16)
16.12.1808Took the Privateer Le Superbe (4)
19.1.1810Took the Privateer Le Duguay Trouin (14)
5.2.1810Took the Privateer L'Aimable Joséphine (14)
2.1812Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
3.1812Paid offBWAS-1793
8.1812Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
29.9.1812Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1793
17.1.1813Took the Cutter Viper (12)
30.3.1813Took the Brig Revenge (12) off Cape Henry
12.6.1813Took the Schooner Surveyor (6) by boats in the York River
6.1816Laid up at DeptfordBWAS-1793
7.1822Began fitting as a Receiving Ship at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
10.1823Completed fitting as a Receiving Ship at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
10.1823Began fitting as a Prison Ship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
12.1823Completed fitting as a Prison Ship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
7.1824fitting as an Hospital Ship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
1.1837Sold to J. LevyBWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian on Saturday 17th of May 2014 23:18

1813/06/12 Took the Unrated Schooner Surveyor by boats in the York River.
Letter from Captain Lumley, of his Majesty's ship Narcissus, to Rear Admiral an account of the boats of that ship having, on the 12th of June last, under the directions of Lieutenant John Cririe, first of teh Narcissus, and Lieutenant P. Savage of the Royal Marines, brought out from York river, in the Chesapeake, the Surveyor United States revenue schooner, carrying 6 guns, pierced for 12, and having 25 men on board. Three men in the boats were killed and six wounded, including Lieut's Cririe and Savage, slightly. The enemy had five wounded.

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