Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench brig 'Le Papillon' (1793) (14)
ShipyardNantes - Brittany NNF-1792
Ship ClassCerf-Volant ClassNNF-1792
Ship TypeGun-brig BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck64' 0"Imperial Feet19.5072 
Length of Keel54' 0"Imperial Feet16.4592 
Breadth22' 6"Imperial Feet6.7818 
Burthen145 3994Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1804121 BWAS-1714

3 Commanding Officers

4.5.1804 - 1805CommanderJohn SmythBWAS-17141805 - 14.3.1805LieutenantWilliam Woolsey (d.1806)BWAS-171414.3.1805 - 1.1806CommanderWilliam Woolsey (d.1806)BWAS-1714

Service History

15.4.1805Took the Privateer La Conception (1) off Savannah la Mer
1.1806Lost with all hands in the AtlanticBWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Des grant on Sunday 28th of January 2018 19:36

it sank in sept 1805, escort duty with Vanguard. Admiralty recorded 1806 in a note and the error went viral. Woolsey peerage records 2
1805 . I'll hunt down some sources that are better. He was the last officer to die before Nelson .

Posted by Cy on Saturday 27th of January 2018 12:42

Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817 gives lost in the Atlantic Jan. 1806 and Colledge gives foundered 1806. What is your source for a different date?

Posted by Des grant on Saturday 27th of January 2018 11:38

the papillon sank in 1805 not 1806.

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