Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.7.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardGrove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAmazon ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 4"Imperial Feet38.4087 
Length of Keel104' 5 ⅜"Imperial Feet31.7087 
Breadth35' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet10.6744 
Depth in Hold12' 2"Imperial Feet3.683 
Burthen688 6694Tons BM 


3.6.1780Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1770220Design Complement

16 Ship Commanders

1.1.1780 - 21.10.1782Captain John Colpoys (1742-1821) ADM 6/22/74BWAS-171421.8.1782 - 30.12.1782Captain James Richard Dacres (1749-1810) Transfered ADM 6/22/531ref:61630.12.1782 - 8.3.1783Captain George Campbell (1759-1821) ADM 6/22/567BWAS-17148.3.1783 - 26.7.1783Captain George Campbell (1759-1821) ADM 6/23/31ADM 6/2321.9.1790 - 22.11.1790Captain Walter Gwennap (d.1798) ADM 6/24/68ADM 6/2422.11.1790 - 3.12.1792Captain James Glasford (c.1736-1796) ADM 6/24/88ADM 6/243.12.1792 - 1797Captain Henry Newcome (d.1797)†: on board from 4.12.1792 ADM 6/24/183BWAS-171412.1797Captain Benjamin William Page (1765-1845)BWAS-171412.1797 - 3.1798Commander Joseph TurnerBWAS-17143.1798 - 1799Captain William Hills (d.1804)BWAS-17141799Lieutenant Robert Evans (d.1828)BWAS-17141799 - 1800Captain William Hills (d.1804)BWAS-171427.2.1801 - 1802Captain Charles Fullerton Elphinstone (1784-1807)BWAS-17144.1803 - 8.1805Captain Henry HillBWAS-17148.1805 - 14.12.1805Captain Charles Worsley Boys (1777-1809)BWAS-171414.12.1805 - 23.1.1807Commander Thomas Briggs (1780-1852)NBD1849

1 Commissioned Officer

3.1797 - 28.2.1800Acting Lieutenant Richard Arthur (1779-1854)NL1865

1 Petty Officer

12.1805 - 23.1.1807Midshipman Charles Bruce (d.1843)NBD1849

Service History

3.6.1780Began CompletedBWAS-1714
15.7.1780Completed Completed at a cost of £16108.7.8dBWAS-1714
23.8.1780Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.4.1781Took the Privateer Fame
14.4.1781Action of 1781-04-14
14.4.1781Took the Frigate Confederacy (36)
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
3.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
24.7.1783Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

8.1790Began great repairBWAS-1714
10.1791Completed great repair at a cost of £11181.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1792Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
1.1793Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5218.0.0dBWAS-1714
28.11.1793Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
5.5.1794Orpheus vs Duguay Trouin
1796Took the Frigate Harlingen (46)
16.2.1796At AmboynaBWAS-1714
1800rebuilding at Bombay Dockyard - Bombay BWAS-1714
4.1803Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
5.1803Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5161.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1805Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
25.9.1806Took the Privateer La Guadeloupe (3)
12.11.1806Took the Schooner Susannah (4)
20.11.1806Took the Privateer Dolores (3) off Campeche
23.1.1807Wrecked off Port RoyalBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 12th of April 2014 20:16

Edinburgh Advertiser January 9, 1801
The Orpheus, of 32 guns, was attacked in the night by two Dutch frigates, to which, astonished by her fire, and concluding her to be much larger than she was, the both struck and were carried into Ausboyna?? The First Lieutenant of the Orpheous was wounded in the arm; hoping no material ill will result from it.

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