Nymphe

5596
Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'Nymphe' (1777) (32)
Captured10.8.1780BWAS-1714
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassNymphe Class
Designed byPierre-Augustin LamotheNNF-1774
ConstructorPierre-Augustin LamotheNNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Wrecked18.12.1810BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck141' 5 ½"Imperial Feet42.9895 
Length of Keel120' 4 ½"Imperial Feet36.5887 
Breadth38' 3 ¼"Imperial Feet11.5888 
Depth in Hold11' 9"Imperial Feet3.5814 
Burthen937 7294Tons BM 

Armament


11.1780Broadside Weight = 186 Imperial Pound ( 84.351 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

5.1790Broadside Weight = 389 Imperial Pound ( 176.4115 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1780255 BWAS-1714

17 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.10.1778 - 23.1.1779CommanderThomas Haynes (c.1732-1789) ADM 6/21/456ADM 6/2123.1.1780 - 25.1.1780CommanderHenry Ball (1754-1792) ADM 6/22/199
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 18.11.1780
ADM 6/22
23.11.1780 - 25.12.1782CaptainJohn Ford (c.1738-1796) ADM 6/22/201BWAS-171425.12.1782 - 6.1783CaptainCharles Knatchbull ADM 6/23/168
Issued by Hugh Pigot (1722-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 28.11.1783
BWAS-1714
3.10.1787 - 12.1787CaptainAlbemarle Bertie (1755-1824) ADM 6/23/424BWAS-171410.5.1790 - 11.1.1793CaptainGeorge Campbell (1759-1821) ADM 6/24/27BWAS-171411.1.1793 - 21.12.1793CaptainEdward Pellew (1757-1833) ADM 6/24/193BWAS-171421.12.1793 - 1795CaptainGeorge Murray ADM 6/24/292BWAS-17141795 - 12.1795CaptainGeorge LosackBWAS-17145.1796 - 11.1796CaptainJohn Cooke (1762-1805)BWAS-171411.1796 - 6.1797CaptainRichard Lane (d.1799)BWAS-17146.1797 - 1800CaptainPercy Fraser (d.1827)BWAS-17141800CaptainStair DouglasBWAS-17143.1807 - 16.4.1808CaptainConway Shipley (d.1808)BWAS-17145.1808 - 8.1808CommanderGeorge Pigot (d.1809)BWAS-17148.1808 - 1810CaptainJocelyn PercyBWAS-17141810 - 18.12.1810CaptainEdward Snyd ClayBWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1793LieutenantRichard PelloweTNC1793 - 25.6.1793First LieutenantAmherst MorrisTNC1793Second LieutenantGeorge LukeBG21.5.1797 - 8.5.1799First LieutenantThomas BrowneNBD1849

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
20.10.1787 - 9.11.1787MasterAndrew TraceyADM29-11793 - 19.6.1793BoatswainTobias James (d.1793)BG

12 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1793MidshipmanJohn PlaineBG1793MidshipmanJohn Arthur Norway (d.1814)BG1793QuartermasterJohn GazeADM 171/81793 - 19.6.1793MidshipmanSamuel Edsall (d.1793)BG1793 - 19.6.1793MidshipmanJohn Davie (d.1793)BG1793 - 19.6.1793MidshipmanGeorge Boyd (d.1793)BG1793 - 19.6.1793Master's MateRichard Pearse (d.1793)BG6.1794 - 7.1795MidshipmanJames AtkinsNBD18497.1794 - 23.6.1795Master's MateFrederick William Burgoyne (1778-1848)NBD184921.7.1797 - 9.12.1798MidshipmanRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184915.3.1799 - 18.12.1800MidshipmanRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184927.2.1801 - 7.5.1802MidshipmanRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD1849

6 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1793Gunner's CrewJoseph SimpsonADM 171/81793Captain's ServantJohn SmartADM 171/817953rd Class BoyJames AtkinsADM 171/814.5.1796 - 27.1.17971st Class VolunteerRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184928.1.1797 - 20.7.1797Able SeamanRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184923.1.1799 - 14.3.1799Able SeamanRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD1849

2 Marines


DatesRankNameSource
1793Corporal of MarinesJohn KellyADM 171/817932nd Lieutenant of MarinesJohn WhitakerBG

1 Passenger


DatesRankNameSource
6.1793 - 21.6.1793LieutenantIsrael PellewTNC

Service History


DateEventSource
23.8.1780Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
26.8.1780Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
27.3.1781Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9657.10.7dBWAS-1714
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
1782In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
5.1783Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
6.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1786Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1787Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9704.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1787RecommissionedBWAS-1714
12.1787Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1790Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1790Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2004.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1793Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
24.5.1793Took the Privateer Le Sans Culottes (16)
17.6.1793Nymphe vs Cleopatre
17.6.1793Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Cleopatre (32) off the Start losing 23 killed, 27 woundedTNC
21.6.1793

Arrived at Portsmouth with her prize <em>Cleopatre</em>

TNC
7.1793Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £6308.0.0dBWAS-1714
30.11.1793Took the Unrated Brig L'Espiègle (6) off Ushant
1795In the ChannelBWAS-1714
23.6.1795Action of Ile Groix
12.1795Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1796Began repairs at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
5.1796RecommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1796Completed repairs at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2248.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.3.1797Action of 1797-03-09
9.3.1797Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Resistance (40) off Brest
6.9.1798Took the Merchantman Edad del Oro about 6 miles distant from Corunna Light-HouseBG
30.12.1798

Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise.

TNC
23.4.1799

Arrived at Plymouth

TNC
1.6.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1801In the ChannelBWAS-1714
6.1806Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
3.1807RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1807Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.11.1807Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1714
23.4.1808Attack on the Garotta
29.5.1809Sailed with a troop convoy for PortugalBWAS-1714
18.12.1810Wrecked off Dunbar at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, Pallas (32) also lostBWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 17th of December 2017 21:02

23 May 1800 Plymouth, this morning Pollard (late a seaman of the Nymphe36, an active ringleader in the mutiny at Spithead in 1797, was sent to Exeter goal for sedition.


Posted by Brian on Thursday 15th of May 2014 20:22

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 80:pt. 2 (1810).
Dec 18 - The Nymphe frigate, of 36 guns, Hon. Capt. Clay, and the Pallas of 32, Capt. Monke were coming up the Firth this night, at half past ten, and were going at the rate of ten knots an hour, when the pilot mistook a lime-kiln, burning at Broxmouth, for the Isle of May light, and the May for the Bell rock; and both vessels consequently ran aground . In a quarter of an hour afterward the ships bottoms were broken out and the water above the hatchways. Signals of distress were made during the night, and answered from the shore from whence the vessels were not distant more than a cables length. By means of a life boat, the crews were all preserved. By the afternoon of the 19th, with the exception of about twelve men belonging to the Pallas, and one of the life-boat men , who were unfortunately drowned. The vessels have since gone entirely to pieces, and various parts of the wreck floated onto shore.

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