Nominal Guns22BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Sixth Rate corvette 'Perdrix' (1784) (20)
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypePost Ship BWAS-1714
Broken Up10.9.1799BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck118' 5 ½"Imperial Feet35.9791 
Length of Keel98' 7 ⅜"Imperial Feet29.8799 
Breadth31' 4 ½"Imperial Feet9.4615 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen526 3194Tons BM 

1 Commanding Officer

2.1796 - 1799CaptainWilliam Charles Fahie (1763-1833)BWAS-1714

Service History

2.1796Commissioned in the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.12.1798Took the Privateer L'Armée d'Italie (18)
22.7.1799Arrived at DeptfordBWAS-1714
10.9.1799Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 13th of January 2019 17:15

13 January 1798, Lieutenant Lord Camelford shot and killed Lieutenant Charles Peterson, acting captain of Perdrix for mutiny, in a dispute over which of them was senior to the other. At the time, both vessels were in English Harbour, Antigua, serving as guardships. What triggered the dispute was the departure from the harbour on the previous day of HMS Babet, whose captain, Jemmet Mainwaring, had previously been the senior officer in the port. Peterson had been first lieutenant under Camelford for three months when Camelford had taken over Favourite, even though Peterson was senior on the lieutenants list and represented Captain Fahie of Perdrix, who was away in St. Kitts. The two ships' companies almost fired on each other when Camelford shot Petersen. Captain Henry Mitford of Matilda arrived that evening and put Camelford under arrest. Mitford put Lieutenant Parsons of Favourite in command of Perdrix and sent her out to sea. The subsequent court martial acquitted Camelford.

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