Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1793
Ship ClassPenelope ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorGeorge Parsons (1729-1812)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck150' 0"Imperial Feet45.72 
Length of Keel125' 4 ⅛"Imperial Feet38.1032 
Breadth39' 8 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Forward10' 3"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft14' 3"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen1,051 2494Tons BM 


26.9.1798Broadside Weight = 398 Imperial Pound ( 180.493 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797274Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

10.1798 - 3.1799CaptainCharles Paget (1778-1839)BWAS-179311.1798 - 5.1802CaptainHenry Blackwood (1770-1832)BWAS-179317.5.1802 - 28.5.1807CaptainWilliam Robert Broughton (1762-1821)BWAS-179328.5.1807 - 9.1810CaptainJohn DickBWAS-179311.1813 - 12.1814CommanderCharles Sullivan (1789-1862)BWAS-179312.1814 - 1.5.1805CommanderJames GallowayBWAS-1793

4 Commissioned Officers

10.1798 - 1799Acting LieutenantWilliam BlackNBD18491802 - 4.1802Acting LieutenantRobert Yule (d.1849)NBD184920.1.1804 - 28.5.1805LieutenantRobert Yule (d.1849)NBD184913.3.1815 - 1.5.1815LieutenantCharlton Booth Bayly (d.1852)NBD1849

6 Petty Officers

30.10.1798 - 28.2.1799Master's MateParkins Prynn (1777-?)NAO11.1798 - 1802MidshipmanRobert Yule (d.1849)NBD18498.1799 - 1800MidshipmanWilliam Borough (1781-1852)NBD18491800 - 5.1802MidshipmanJames Bayly (1785-1857)NBD18491802 - 1805MidshipmanPeter Bayly (d.1853)NBD184913.6.1802 - 26.7.1803MidshipmanJohn Portal Woodin (1780-1805)NAO

2 Crewmen

27.1.1799 - 1799Able SeamanWilliam Silvester Addington (1783-1863)NBD18496.3.1799 - 18001st Class VolunteerJames Bayly (1785-1857)NBD1849

Service History

3.1.1799Sailed for Madeira with an East Indies convoyBWAS-1793

Arrived at Portsmouth from Madiera

5.9.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
31.3.1800Capture of the Guillaume Tell
26.1.1801Took the Unrated Nuestra Señora del Carmen (16)
16.5.1804Attack on Ver Huell's squadron
26.8.1806Chase of the Vétéran
13.2.1808Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1793
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
9.1810Paid off into Ordinary at PlymouthBWAS-1793
8.1813Began fitting as a Troopship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
11.1813Refitted as a Unrated Troop Ship
2.1814Completed fitting as a Troopship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
1.5.1815Wrecked in the St Lawrence River, 216 drowned or froze to deathBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 13th of April 2012 20:53

Captain Henry Blackwood transfered from Brilliant Nov 1798 to Penelope, present at the capture of the Guillaume Tell

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