Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.1811BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardIpswich - Suffolk BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJabez BaileyBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Length of Keel77' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet23.4887 
Breadth30' 7"Imperial Feet9.3218 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward6' 2"Imperial Feet1.8796 
Draught Aft11' 4"Imperial Feet3.4544 
Burthen384 2294Tons BM 


25.5.1812Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

8 Commanding Officers

8.1812 - 7.6.1814CommanderNathaniel MitchellBWAS-17937.6.1814 - 8.1815CommanderGeorge HiltonBWAS-17938.1815 - 1816CommanderJohn Macpherson Ferguson (d.1855)BWAS-17931816 - 1.1817CommanderJohn GedgeBWAS-17931.1817 - 6.1819CommanderJohn Windham DallingBWAS-179325.6.1819 - 6.1822CommanderCharles Nelson (d.1862)NBD18497.1822 - 10.1825CommanderWilliam RochfortBWAS-17939.1826 - 2.1827CommanderSamuel SparshotBWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

3.5.1815 - 7.1817LieutenantJohn Frederick Appleby (1795-1878)NBD184929.3.1820 - 20.10.1820LieutenantMark John Currie (1795-1874)NBD18496.7.1822 - 1.12.1823LieutenantHenry Martin Blackwood (1801-1851)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

3.1813 - 26.5.1814MidshipmanAdam Cuppage (1792-?)NBD1849

Service History

3.6.1812Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
12.9.1812Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
22.9.1812Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1793
17.7.1813Took the Ship Yorktown (20)
8.1815On the Leith StationBWAS-1793
10.1825Paid offBWAS-1793
14.1.1827Bilged in Holyhead Bay during a galeBWAS-1793
12.2.1827Salvaged, but unrepairableBWAS-1793
22.2.1827Sold to Rowland Robert & Co for £510BWAS-1793


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Posted by Penelope Wilson on Wednesday 5th of September 2018 10:59

Anecdotes about various members of the crew of the Nimrod c. 1817-1818 in ms. diary of Anne Fraser, then a schoolgirl in Cromarty. 'Doctor Hector', Mr Gorston (from Shetland), Mr Hannah, a midshipman. 'Doctor Hector was engaged to be married to Miss McLean an American lady, and left the Nimrod to go and be married—on his arrival at Quebeck he found his fair one had given her hand to another, he instantly quited America to return to Scotland and was unfortunately drowned as the ship was wrecked. He was a great loss to us as was a sincere & kind friend. The faithless fair one went mad when she heard of his dreadful end. Mr Gorston now lives in Zetland he has retired from the perils of a sailors life and lives happily with his cousin Miss Nicholson for his wife.'

Posted by Malcolm Livingstone on Friday 14th of February 2014 11:04

The Nimrod under Commander Charles Nelson seized the American schooner Vulture on 4th October 1821. The London Gazette for 12th November 1822 notes that the account of sales will be deposited in the High Court of Admiralty on 18th January 1823. I have a certificate signed by Nelson confirming the entitlement of George Perth, Able Sailmaker, to a share of the prize money - though some mean-minded Admiralty civil-servant later counter-signed this on the back 'no prize money due'.

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