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


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 13th of October 2019 11:43

Circa 20 Feb 1804 Penelope36 Captain William Robert Broughton a court martial was held at Sheerness, on Capt Broughton of the Penelope, on charges preferred against him by the first lieutenant of the Penelope, Gedges, and acquitted, the charges proving frivolous.

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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