Opossum

5621
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered31.12.1807BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down3.1808BWAS-1793
Launched8.7.1808BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardGillingham - Kent BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCherokee ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir Henry Peake (1753-1825)BWAS-1793
ConstructorEdward MuddleBWAS-1793
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
Sold3.2.1819BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck90' 2 ½"Imperial Feet27.4447 
Length of Keel73' 6 ½"Imperial Feet22.2631 
Breadth24' 7 ½"Imperial Feet7.3279 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Draught Forward5' 10"Imperial Feet1.524 
Draught Aft8' 11"Imperial Feet2.4638 
Burthen237 4494Tons BM 

Armament


8.7.1808Broadside Weight = 78 Imperial Pound ( 35.373 kg)B181
Gun Deck8 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
26.11.180775Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
11.1808 - 24.1.1811CommanderWilliam Henry ByamBWAS-179324.1.1811 - 1814CommanderThomas WolrigeBWAS-17933.1815 - 1817CommanderJohn Hay (1793-1851)NBD1849

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.4.1818 - 14.7.1818Acting LieutenantJohn Brothers (1793-?)NBD184914.7.1818 - 8.1818LieutenantJohn Brothers (1793-?)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
4.1815 - 14.7.1818MidshipmanHenry Bolton (1796-?)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
9.7.1808Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
15.3.1809Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
26.3.1809Sailed with a convoy for the West IndiesBWAS-1793
1811In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
3.1815On the Halifax StationBWAS-1793
3.2.1819Sold at Portsmouth to George Bailey for £900BWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
B181Sail and Steam Navy ListDavid Lyon and Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
 

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