Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1812BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardTopsham - Devon BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorRobert DavyBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
BecomesBritish sloop 'Pelican' (1850) (16)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Length of Keel76' 7 ⅝"Imperial Feet23.1807 
Breadth30' 9"Imperial Feet9.3726 
Depth in Hold13' 3"Imperial Feet3.9878 
Draught Forward6' 6"Imperial Feet1.9812 
Draught Aft11' 1"Imperial Feet3.3782 
Burthen385 4194Tons BM 


8.1812Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

11.1812 - 15.8.1813CommanderJohn Fordyce MaplesBWAS-179315.8.1813 - 7.6.1814CommanderThomas Mansell (1777-1868)BWAS-17937.6.1814 - 12.1814CommanderWilliam Richard Bamber (d.1843)BWAS-179312.1814 - 10.1815CommanderThomas PrickettBWAS-179310.1815 - 6.1816CommanderRobert Little CoulsonBWAS-179323.7.1816 - 7.12.1818CommanderEdward Curzon (1789-1862)BWAS-17938.1826 - 1.7.1827CommanderCharles Leonard Irby (1789-1845)BWAS-17937.1828 - 8.1828CommanderWilliam Price Hamilton (d.1847)BWAS-17938.1828 - 4.1830CommanderFrancis D. HutchesonBWAS-17934.1830 - 1833CommanderJoseph GapeBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

28.4.1827 - 3.12.1827LieutenantJames BroomanNBD18491828LieutenantWilliam Cheselden BrowneNBD1849

2 Petty Officers

1824 - 1828MidshipmanFrancis William Austen (1808-?)BWAS-17938.1826 - 1827MidshipmanJames CampbellNBD1849

Service History

7.9.1812Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
11.1812Commissioned for the Irish StationBWAS-1817
11.12.1812Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5903.0.0dBWAS-1793
14.8.1813Argus vs Pelican
14.8.1813Took the Sloop Argus (16)
13.1.1814Took the Schooner Siro (12)
1817Paid off at PortsmouthBWAS-1817
7.1820Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
3.1821Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7234.0.0dBWAS-1793
8.1826Recommissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1817
8.1826Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
10.1826Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4730.0.0dBWAS-1793
8.1834Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
12.1834Recommissioned for the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1817
1.1835Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2981.0.0dBWAS-1793
6.1839Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
1.1841Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5621.0.0dBWAS-1793
14.1.1845Paid off at PortsmouthBWAS-1817


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