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Orpheus

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Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered25.12.1770BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down5.1771BWAS-1714
Launched7.5.1773BWAS-1714
First Commissioned23.4.1773BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassLowestoffe Class - 32 guns (1760)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1756
BWAS-1714
Constructor
John BarnardBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1740-1782
BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Burnt to avoid capture15.8.1778BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Length of Keel108' 2 ½"Imperial Feet32.9311 
Breadth35' 1"Imperial Feet10.6731 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Burthen708 4094Tons BM 

Armament


7.5.1773Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
24.4.1760220Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
23.4.1773 - 9.8.1774Captain
John MacbrideBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1799
ADM 6/20/490
BWAS-1714
25.7.1775 - 5.8.1778Captain
Charles HudsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1793
Transfered ADM 6/21/107
BWAS-1714

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
2.9.1775 - 1775Master's Mate
James BartholomewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1764-1825
NRS006
2.9.1775 - 9.6.1776Master's Mate
Bartholomew JamesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1764-1825
Transfered
NRS006

Service History


DateEventSource
7.5.1773building at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £12654.16.11dBWAS-1714
11.6.1773fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £835.7.7dBWAS-1714
8.1774Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1775Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
30.9.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
10.1775Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £3729.11.8dBWAS-1714
7.10.1775Moved from Hamoaze into the SoundNRS006
30.10.1775Sailed for America in company with
Chatham (50) 1758-1814
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1810 Renamed "Tilbury"
BWAS-1714
31.1.1776Arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia after a passage of 97 daysNRS006
5.8.1778Abandoned and burnt at Rhode IslandBWAS-1714

 

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