Niger -> 1813 Negro

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.2.1758BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.10.1759BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
Ship ClassNiger ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJoseph Harris (d.1773)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck125' 0"Imperial Feet38.1 
Length of Keel103' 4"Imperial Feet31.4283 
Breadth35' 2"Imperial Feet10.6782 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward8' 5"Imperial Feet2.5654 
Draught Aft13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Burthen679 6794Tons BM 


25.9.1759Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1757220Design Complement

24 Commanding Officers

27.10.1759 - 25.8.1762CaptainJohn Albert Bentinck (1737-1775) ADM 6/19/97BWAS-171425.8.1762 - 17.3.1763CaptainThomas Cornwall (d.1796) ADM 6/19/432BWAS-171425.3.1763 - 29.11.1766CaptainSir Thomas Adams (6th Baronet of London) (c.1738-1770) ADM 6/19/474BWAS-171429.11.1766 - 6.12.1769CaptainAndrew Wilkinson (d.1787) ADM 6/20/148BWAS-17146.12.1769 - 7.8.1771CaptainFrancis Banks (c.1730-1777) ADM 6/20/264ADM 6/207.8.1771 - 27.3.1772CaptainPhilip Durell (c.1734-1772)† ADM 6/20/454
Issued by Charles Proby (d.1799), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 19.8.1772
ADM 6/20
7.4.1772 - 22.7.1772CaptainEdward Thompson (c.1737-1787) ADM 6/20/447
Issued by Sir Peter Denis (1st Baronet of St Mary's) (c.1713-1778), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 6.6.1772
14.7.1775 - 8.10.1777CaptainGeorge Talbot (c.1730-1787) ADM 6/21/104BWAS-17148.10.1777 - 11.2.1780CaptainRobert Alexander Lambert (1732-1801) ADM 6/21/322BWAS-171412.2.1780 - 13.12.1780CaptainJohn Brown (1751-1808) ADM 6/22/351
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 12.10.1781
24.5.1790 - 3.1.1791CaptainThomas Farnham (d.1793) ADM 6/24/33BWAS-17143.1.1791 - 21.8.1791CaptainGeorge Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818) ADM 6/24/99BWAS-171429.8.1791 - 5.4.1793CaptainRichard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834) ADM 6/24/130BWAS-17146.4.1793 - 19.6.1793CaptainRobert Moorsom (1760-1835) ADM 6/24/226BWAS-171419.6.1793 - 7.7.1794CaptainThe Hon. Arthur Kaye Legge (1766-1835) ADM 6/24/247BWAS-171421.7.1794 - 10.1797CaptainEdward James Foote ADM 6/25/64BWAS-171410.1797 - 3.1798CaptainEdward Griffith (1767-1832)BWAS-17143.1798 - 12.1798CaptainMathew Henry Scott (d.1837)BWAS-171412.1798 - 1799CaptainThe Hon. Philip WodehouseBWAS-17146.1799 - 4.1800CaptainJoseph Larcom (1764-1818)BWAS-17144.1800 - 29.2.1804CommanderJames Hillyer (1769-1843)BWAS-171429.4.1804 - 1807CaptainJames Hillyer (1769-1843)BWAS-17141812 - 1813LieutenantWilliam Todman (d.1838)BWAS-17141813LieutenantIsaac Strutt (d.1823)BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

12.12.1760 - 17.3.1763First LieutenantDavid Maitland (c.1733-c.1779) ADM 6/19/219ADM 6/1924.9.1775 - 28.4.1777Acting LieutenantCharles Cotton (1753-1812)ref:6161794First LieutenantJames Walker (1764-1831)ref:9241794Second LieutenantRichard Carruthers Corne (d.1810)ref:9241794Third LieutenantDavid Wilmot (d.1799)ref:924

6 Warrant Officers

1794MasterJohn Lewisref:9241794SurgeonRobert Kirkwoodref:9241794PurserGeorge Harrisref:9241794CarpenterJohn Claypittref:9241794GunnerJohn Walshref:9241794BoatswainJames Williamsref:924

2 Petty Officers

1794MidshipmanGeorge Clark Hurdis (d.1858)ADM 171/83.1804 - 1.1807MidshipmanJohn BulfordNBD1849

5 Crewmen

12.3.1771 - 22.7.1772Able SeamanPeter Aplin (1753-1817) ADM 107/6/333ADM 107/630.9.1791 - 14.5.1793Able SeamanCharles Cobbe (d.1811)1794Captain's ServantWilliam HaydenADM 171/81794ServantDaniel MatthewsonADM 171/81794Able SeamanWilliam Rose Holden (d.1854)ADM 171/8

2 Marines

1794Lieutenant of MarinesEdward Charles Hornbyref:9241794PrivateRobert A WilsonADM 171/8

Service History

29.9.1714Sold at Portsmouth for £1,600BWAS-1714
25.9.1759building at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £11264.4.8dBWAS-1714
25.5.1760Took the Privateer Le Jason (8) off Ushant BG
1761Took the Privateer Le Duc de Mazarin (12)
24.10.1762Took the Privateer La Victoire (10)

Paid off

1764West coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
22.4.1766Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1769Returned homeBWAS-1714
9.5.1770Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1772Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714

Paid off

8.1775Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £12549.7.7dBWAS-1714
24.9.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
2.12.1775Took the US Merchant brig Peter. She was recaptured off Plymouth, MA by the US Privateer Yankee (12)
8.12.1777Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
7.3.1779Action of March 7 1779
20.3.17801st Action off Monti Christi
20.6.1780Action off Monti Christi

Paid off

2.1783Began great repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
4.1784Completed great repair at Deptford - London at a cost of £13717.14.9dBWAS-1714
5.1789Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
4.1790Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7762.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1790Began coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
7.1790Completed coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1384.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.2.1791Sailed to examine fortifications in the West Indies and then paid offBWAS-1714
21.8.1791Paid offADM 51
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
9.5.1795Action in Carteret Bay
27.4.1796Niger vs Ecureuil
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
20.2.1797Pursuit of the Santissima Trinidad
25.12.1797Took the Cutter La Delphine (4) off Start Point bearing North about 7 LeaguesBG
5.1799Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.1799Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Troop Ship
7.1799Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5980.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.9.1800Took the Sixth Rate Esmeralda (22) Barcelona
1801In egypt operations, armed en-fluteBWAS-1714
3.3.1804Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
2.5.1806Took the Schooner El Virgin del Carmen
1.1808Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
20.1.1808Paid offADM 51
5.1809Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
14.12.1809Paid offADM 51
1813Renamed NegroBWAS-1714


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