North Star

Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1806BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardDartmouth - Devon BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCormorant Class - revived
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorBenjamin TannerBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Merchant ship 'Colombo' (1818)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck108' 4 ⅝"Imperial Feet32.9343 
Length of Keel90' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet27.4511 
Breadth29' 8 ½"Imperial Feet8.8519 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Draught Forward7' 0"Imperial Feet2.1336 
Draught Aft11' 3 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen425 8894Tons BM 


21.4.1810Broadside Weight = 334 Imperial Pound ( 151.469 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1806121Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers

6.1810 - 3.4.1811CommanderThomas CoeBWAS-17933.4.1811 - 11.1815CaptainThomas CoeBWAS-179311.1815 - 16.9.1816CommanderGeorge Bentham (1787-?)BWAS-179316.9.1816 - 1817CaptainGeorge Bentham (1787-?)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

25.1.1812 - 11.1815LieutenantBenjamin Baynton (1789-1854)NBD1849

Service History

13.5.1810Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
17.7.1810Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
4.1811Refitted as a 20 gun Sixth Rate Post Ship
6.6.1813Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
11.1815On the Jamaica StationBWAS-1793
2.1817Refitted as a 26 gun Sixth Rate Post Ship


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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