Orpheus

5640
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 BWAS-1714
Ship ClassLowestoffe Class - 32 guns
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.4.1773 - 8.1774CaptainJohn Macbride (c.1735-1800) ADM 6/20/490BWAS-171425.7.1775 - 5.8.1778CaptainCharles Hudson (d.1803) ADM 6/21/107BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
2.9.1775 - 1775Master's MateJames Bartholomew (1752-1828)B110

Service History


DateEventSource
7.5.1773building at Harwich at a cost of £12654.16.11dBWAS-1714
11.6.1773fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £835.7.7dBWAS-1714
8.1774Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1775Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
30.9.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
10.1775Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £3729.11.8dBWAS-1714
7.10.1775Moved from Hamoaze into the SoundB110
30.10.1775Sailed for America in company with Chatham (50) BWAS-1714
31.1.1776Arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia after a passage of 97 daysB110
5.8.1778Abandoned and burnt at Rhode IslandBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B110NRS Vol 006 - The Journal of Bartholemew JamesJohn Knox Laughton Ed.Book
 

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