Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.7.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardGrove Street Yard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAmazon Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


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

13 Commanding Officers

1.1.1780 - 3.1783CaptainJohn Colpoys (1742-1821) ADM 6/22/74BWAS-17143.1783CaptainJames Richard Dacres (1749-1810)ref:6163.1783 - 2.1787CaptainGeorge Campbell (1759-1821)BWAS-171412.1792 - 1797CaptainHenry Newcome (d.1797)BWAS-171412.1797CaptainBenjamin William Page (1765-1845)BWAS-171412.1797 - 3.1798CommanderJoseph TurnerBWAS-17143.1798 - 1799CaptainWilliam Hills (d.1804)BWAS-17141799LieutenantRobert Evans (d.1828)BWAS-17141799 - 1800CaptainWilliam Hills (d.1804)BWAS-171427.2.1801 - 1802CaptainCharles Fullerton Elphinstone (1784-1807)BWAS-17144.1803 - 8.1805CaptainHenry HillBWAS-17148.1805 - 14.12.1805CaptainCharles Worsley Boys (1778-1809)BWAS-171414.12.1805 - 23.1.1807CommanderThomas Briggs (1780-1852)NBD1849

1 Commissioned Officer

3.1797 - 28.2.1800Acting LieutenantRichard Arthur (1779-1854)NL1865

1 Petty Officer

12.1805 - 23.1.1807MidshipmanCharles 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 Fifth Rate Frigate Confederacy (36)
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
3.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
24.7.1783Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
2.1787Paid offBWAS-1714
8.1790Began great repairBWAS-1714
10.1791Completed great repair at a cost of £11181.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1792Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1793Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £5218.0.0dBWAS-1714
28.11.1793Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
5.5.1794Orpheus vs Duguay Trouin
1796Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Harlingen (46)
16.2.1796At AmboynaBWAS-1714
1800rebuilding at Bombay Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1803Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1803Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard 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 Privateer Schooner Susannah (4)
20.11.1806Took the Privateer Dolores (3) off Campeche
23.1.1807Wrecked off Port RoyalBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book

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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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