Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardNorthfleet Dockyard - Northfleet BWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor Thomas Pitcher (1745-1837)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up1.1813BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck102' 0"Imperial Feet31.0896 
Length of Keel80' 5 ⅝"Imperial Feet24.3999 
Breadth29' 11"Imperial Feet8.842 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward7' 0"Imperial Feet2.1336 
Draught Aft10' 5 ½"Imperial Feet3.0607 
Burthen385 3594Tons BM 


7.10.1797Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.1797121 BWAS-1793

6 Commanding Officers

10.1797 - 3.1801Commander John Watts (d.1801)BWAS-17936.1801 - 1802Commander George Irwin (d.1810)BWAS-17931802 - 6.9.1804Commander George Younghusband (1776-1806)BWAS-17936.9.1804 - 6.1805Commander William Henry ByamBWAS-17936.1805 - 12.8.1812Commander Timothy ClinchBWAS-179310.1812 - 1.1813Commander Richard WalesBWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

29.5.1799 - 1803Lieutenant Robert Henderson (1778-?)ref:

1 Warrant Officer

6.12.1799 - 30.6.1800Master Alexander Pyper (d.1826)ADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

1.6.1800 - 1805Midshipman John Allen (1789-1857)NBD1849

Service History

5.1797Began building at Northfleet - Kent BWAS-1793
7.10.1797Completed building at Northfleet - Kent at a cost of £4772.0.0dBWAS-1793
8.10.1797Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
18.12.1797Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £4690.0.0dBWAS-1793
21.6.1803Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago
26.10.1803Capture of the Ressource
26.10.1803Took the Privateer La Ressource (4) by boat off Trinidad
27.10.1803Took the Privateer La Mima (1) by boat off Trinidad
23.3.1804Osprey vs Egyptienne
17.5.1805Took the Schooner Le Teazer (7) in the West Indies after a cruise of 3 monthsBG
16.7.1812Took the Privateer L'Éole (5) in the North Sea


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Posted by regis on Friday 1st of April 2016 13:31

see The Trade Winds: A Study of British Overseas Trade During the French Wars ...

challenge with British four-masted 'Transit' (1809)

Posted by Brian on Monday 16th of June 2014 16:03

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 74:pt. 1 (1804).
Sloop, Osprey off Martinique Oct. 31
Sir, I beg leave to quaint you, that on the 26th instant I discovered a suspicious sail under the land of Trinidad, and immediately chased; but on arriving within 4 miles of her it fell calm, and, as I was now convinced she was an enemy's privateer by the number of sweeps she was rowing, and having no chance of coming up to her in the Ospry, I sent 3 boats to attack her, under the command of Lieutenant Robert Henderson; the cutter in which he was rowing much faster than the other boats, he, without waiting to be joined by them, in the most brave and determined manner, and under heavy fire from the guns and musketry of the schooner, boarded and captured the French schooner privateer La Resource mounting four 4 pounders, and having on board 43 men, two of whom were killed and twelve wounded. Lieut. Henderson, with 3 seamen, are slightly wounded and one dangerously. The cutter had only 17 seamen in her, who all behaved with the utmost bravery. I have further to inform you, that having put Lieut. Collier and 16 men on board the prize, he the next day, chased and captured La Mimi French schooner privateer of 1 gun and 2? men. I am George Younghusband.

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