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Orpheus

5641
Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered2.10.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down7.7.1779BWAS-1714
Launched3.6.1780BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardGrove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAmazon Class (1770)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked23.1.1807BWAS-1714

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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


DatesRankNameSource
1.1.1780 - 21.10.1782Captain
John ColpoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1809
ADM 6/22/74
BWAS-1714
21.8.1782 - 30.12.1782Captain
James Richard DacresBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1808
Transfered ADM 6/22/531
ref:616
30.12.1782 - 8.3.1783Captain
George CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1819
ADM 6/22/567
BWAS-1714
8.3.1783 - 26.7.1783Captain
George CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1819
ADM 6/23/31
ADM 6/23
21.9.1790 - 22.11.1790Captain
Walter GwennapBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1790
ADM 6/24/68
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 3.12.1792Captain
James GlasfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1750-1792
ADM 6/24/88
ADM 6/24
3.12.1792 - 1797Captain
Henry NewcomeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1797
†: on board from 4.12.1792 ADM 6/24/183
BWAS-1714
12.1797Captain
Benjamin William PageBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1841
BWAS-1714
12.1797 - 3.1798Commander
Joseph TurnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1799
BWAS-1714
3.1798 - 1799Captain
William HillsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1800
BWAS-1714
1799Lieutenant
Robert EvansBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1810
BWAS-1714
1799 - 1800Captain
William HillsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1800
BWAS-1714
27.2.1801 - 1802Captain
Charles Fullerton ElphinstoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1807
BWAS-1714
4.1803 - 8.1805Captain
Henry HillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1811
BWAS-1714
8.1805 - 14.12.1805Captain
Charles Worsley BoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1809
BWAS-1714
14.12.1805 - 23.1.1807Commander
Thomas BriggsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1847
NBD1849

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.11.1790 - 1790First Lieutenant
George Stevenson WintourBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1824
ADM 6/24/91
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 5.1.1791Second Lieutenant
Henry RasherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1791
Transfered ADM 6/24/91
ADM 6/24
3.1797 - 28.2.1800Acting Lieutenant
Richard ArthurBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1853
NL1865

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
12.1805 - 23.1.1807Midshipman
Charles BruceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
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 1781-1781
American Privateer

14.4.1781Action of 1781-04-14
14.4.1781Took the Frigate
Confederacy (36) 1778-1781
American 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
3.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
24.7.1783Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
26.2.1787

Paid off

BWAS-1714
8.1790Began great repairBWAS-1714
10.1791Completed great repair at a cost of £11181.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1792RecommissionedBWAS-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) 1781-1797
Dutch 46 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

16.2.1796At AmboynaBWAS-1714
8.3.1796BandaBWAS-1714
1800rebuilding at Bombay Dockyard - Bombay BWAS-1714
4.1803RecommissionedBWAS-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) 1806-1806
French 3 Gun
Privateer

12.11.1806Took the Schooner
Susannah (4) 1806-1806
Spanish 4 Gun
Privateer Schooner

20.11.1806Took the Privateer
Dolores (3) 1806-1806
Spanish 3 Gun
Privateer
off Campeche

23.1.1807Wrecked off Port RoyalBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Daniel Shaw on Friday 4th of June 2021 16:02

Boatswain in 1780 - Barlow Fielding, a black sailor (Source: The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815, N.A.M. Rodger)


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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