Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Nymphe' (1777) (32)
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassNymphe ClassNNF-1774
Designed by Pierre-Augustin LamotheNNF-1774
Constructor Pierre-Augustin LamotheNNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


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 


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 Ship Commanders

2.10.1778 - 23.1.1779Commander Thomas Haynes (c.1732-1789) ADM 6/21/456ADM 6/2123.1.1780 - 25.1.1780Commander Henry Ball (1754-1792) ADM 6/22/199
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Confirmed 18.11.1780
ADM 6/22
23.11.1780 - 25.12.1782Captain John Ford (c.1738-1796) Transfered ADM 6/22/201BWAS-171425.12.1782 - 6.1783Captain Charles Knatchbull ADM 6/23/168
Issued by Hugh Pigot (1722-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 28.11.1783
3.10.1787 - 12.1787Captain Albemarle Bertie (1755-1824) ADM 6/23/424BWAS-171410.5.1790 - 11.1.1793Captain George Campbell (1759-1821) ADM 6/24/27BWAS-171411.1.1793 - 21.12.1793Captain Edward Pellew (1757-1833) Transfered ADM 6/24/193BWAS-171421.12.1793 - 1795Captain George Murray ADM 6/24/292BWAS-17141795 - 12.1795Captain George LosackBWAS-17145.1796 - 11.1796Captain John Cooke (1762-1805)BWAS-171411.1796 - 6.1797Captain Richard Lane (d.1799)BWAS-17146.1797 - 1800Captain Percy Fraser (d.1827)BWAS-17141800Captain Stair DouglasBWAS-17143.1807 - 16.4.1808Captain Conway Shipley (d.1808)BWAS-17145.1808 - 8.1808Commander George Pigot (d.1809)BWAS-17148.1808 - 1810Captain Jocelyn PercyBWAS-17141810 - 18.12.1810Captain Edward Snyd ClayBWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

21.9.1790 - 1790Third Lieutenant Andrew Thompson ADM 6/24/69ADM 6/241793Lieutenant Richard PelloweTNC1793 - 25.6.1793First Lieutenant Amherst MorrisTNC1793Second Lieutenant George LukeBG21.5.1797 - 8.5.1799First Lieutenant Thomas BrowneNBD1849

3 Warrant Officers

22.12.1780 - 16.12.1784Carpenter William Lemon DischargedADM 29/820.10.1787 - 9.11.1787Master Andrew TraceyADM 29-11793 - 19.6.1793Boatswain Tobias James (d.1793)BG

13 Petty Officers

1793 - 19.6.1793Master's Mate Richard Pearse (d.1793)BG1793Quartermaster John GazeADM 171/81793Midshipman John PlaineBG1793Midshipman John Arthur Norway (d.1814)BG1793 - 19.6.1793Midshipman Samuel Edsall (d.1793)BG1793 - 19.6.1793Midshipman John Davie (d.1793)BG1793 - 19.6.1793Midshipman George Boyd (d.1793)BG6.1794 - 7.1795Midshipman James AtkinsNBD18497.1794 - 23.6.1795Master's Mate Frederick William Burgoyne (1778-1848)NBD184921.7.1797 - 9.12.1798Midshipman Robert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184915.3.1799 - 18.12.1800Midshipman Robert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184929.5.1800 - 30.8.1801Clerk William LangleyADM 29/827.2.1801 - 7.5.1802Midshipman Robert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD1849

9 Crewmen

1793Captain's Servant John SmartADM 171/81793Gunner's Crew Joseph SimpsonADM 171/817953rd Class Boy James AtkinsADM 171/814.5.1796 - 27.1.17971st Class Volunteer Robert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184928.1.1797 - 20.7.1797Able Seaman Robert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184921.2.1797 - 14.7.1797Able Seaman William LangleyADM 29/815.7.1797 - 28.5.1800Purser's Steward William LangleyADM 29/823.1.1799 - 14.3.1799Able Seaman Robert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD184931.8.1801 - 7.5.1802Purser's Steward William LangleyADM 29/8

2 Marines

17932nd Lieutenant of Marines John WhitakerBG1793Corporal of Marines John KellyADM 171/8

1 Passenger

6.1793 - 21.6.1793Lieutenant Israel PellewTNC

Service History

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
12.1787Paid offBWAS-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
1.1793Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
24.5.1793Took the Privateer Le Sans Culottes (16)
18.6.1793Nymphe vs Cléopâtre
18.6.1793Took the Frigate La Cléopâtre (32) off the Start losing 23 killed, 27 woundedTNC

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

7.1793Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £6308.0.0dBWAS-1714
30.11.1793Took the 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
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 Frigate Resistance (40) off Brest
6.9.1798Took the Merchantman Edad del Oro about 6 miles distant from Corunna Light-HouseBG

Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise.


Arrived at Plymouth

1.6.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1801In the ChannelBWAS-1714
6.1806Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-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


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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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