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Phaeton

5775
Nominal Guns38B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered3.3.1780BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down6.1780B028
Launched12.6.1782B028
First Commissioned3.1782B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardLiverpool - Lancashire B028
Ship ClassMinerva Class (1778)B028
Designed by
Edward HuntBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1731-1740
BWAS-1714
Constructor
John SmallshawBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigate B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Sold for Break Up26.3.1828B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck141' 0"Imperial Feet42.9768 
Length of Keel116' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet35.3632 
Breadth39' 0 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold13' 10 ¼"Imperial Feet3.9688 
Burthen944 494Tons BM 

Armament


12.6.1782Broadside Weight = 390.5 Imperial Pound ( 177.0921 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck6 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.11.1778270Design Complement

17 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
21.3.1782 - 29.4.1783Captain
William WaldegraveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1810
ADM 6/22/428
BWAS-1714
29.4.1783 - 26.8.1785Captain
John ColpoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1809
ADM 6/23/58
BWAS-1714
26.8.1785 - 20.9.1786Captain
George DawsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1788
ADM 6/23/296
ADM 6/23
20.9.1786 - 20.11.1788Captain
George DawsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1788
ADM 6/23/356
BWAS-1714
22.11.1790Captain
George LosackBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1814
ADM 6/24/88
ADM 6/24
26.12.1792 - 31.3.1794Captain
Sir Andrew Snape DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1797
Transfered ADM 6/24/188
BWAS-1714
31.3.1794 - 7.7.1794Captain
William BentinckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1810
Transfered ADM 6/25/25
ADM 6/25
7.7.1794 - 13.7.1799Captain
Robert StopfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1830
: on board from 16.7.1794 Transfered ADM 6/25/57
BWAS-1714
7.1799 - 3.1802Captain
James Nicoll MorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1825
BWAS-1714
7.1803 - 10.1806Captain
George CockburnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1851
BWAS-1714
10.1806 - 7.1808Captain
John WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1808
BWAS-1714
7.1808 - 13.10.1808Commander
Fleetwood Broughton Reynolds PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1822
BWAS-1714
14.10.1808 - 8.1812Captain
Fleetwood Broughton Reynolds PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1822
BWAS-1714
10.1816 - 1817Captain
Francis StanfellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1820
BWAS-1714
14.4.1818 - 10.1819Captain
William Henry DillonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1853
BWAS-1714
29.10.1819 - 23.9.1822Captain
William Augustus MontaguBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1822
RNB1823
9.1822 - 1825Captain
Henry Evelyn Pitfield SturtBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1825
BWAS-1714

13 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.8.1784 - 1784First Lieutenant
Richard HarrisonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1784
ADM 6/23/237
ADM 6/23
1794First Lieutenant
Edward FellowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
ref:924
1794Second Lieutenant
John NashBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1816
ref:924
1794Third Lieutenant
John ForfarBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1807
ref:924
24.12.1794 - 9.1797Lieutenant
George WolfeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1811
RNB1823
10.5.1796 - 12.11.1800Lieutenant
Francis BeaufortBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1847
RNB1823
1800 - 13.11.1800First Lieutenant
Francis BeaufortBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1847
NBD1849
31.10.1815 - 7.1.1818Lieutenant
Richard HoareBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1813-1827
RNB1823
31.10.1815 - 3.4.1818First Lieutenant
John Norman CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1845
NBD1849
4.1818 - 10.1819Lieutenant
John GearyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1831
RNB1823
29.10.1819 - 17.5.1822Lieutenant
Charles Philip YorkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1819-1828
RNB1823
29.10.1819 - 23.9.1822First Lieutenant
Henry Fage BelsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1845
NBD1849
1.11.1819 - 28.1.1822Lieutenant
Coote Hely HutchinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1817-1822
RNB1823

9 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.7.1781 - 16.8.1781Purser
Titus LivieBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1777-1790
Transfered ADM 6/22/317
ADM 6/22
1794Master
William BruceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Pilot
John FlochBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Surgeon
Andrew BairdBritish
Naval Sailor
Medic
Service 1781-1822
ref:924
1794Purser
George C GroutBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Gunner
John AustinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Carpenter
Joshua ReynoldsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Boatswain
Thomas LittleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
8.7.1808 - 21.1.1809Master
Stephen ThomasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1809
ADM 29-1

14 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
4.1783 - 1787Midshipman
John HancockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1815
RNB1823
21.11.1786 - 3.12.1788Midshipman
Richard CurryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1846
RNB1823
1793 - 4.1794Midshipman
Graham Eden HamondBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1836
RNB1823
1794Midshipman
William PayneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1795
ADM 171/8
9.1794 - 9.5.1796Midshipman
Francis BeaufortBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1847
RNB1823
1795 - 10.5.1796Midshipman
Francis BeaufortBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1847
NBD1849
1798 - 7.7.1799Midshipman
Francis MasonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1843
RNB1823
7.1799 - 10.1.1802Midshipman
Anthony Collins StantonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1814
RNB1823
6.1802 - 3.1807Midshipman
James AndersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1823
NBD1849
9.1803 - 6.1805Midshipman
James ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1809
RNB1823
1810 - 19.9.1810Midshipman
Nicholas AtkinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1814
NBD1849
1815 - 1816Master's Mate
William BoultonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1817
NBD1849
30.10.1819 - 8.1824Midshipman
Edward John CarpenterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1819-1836
RNB1823
1825 - 3.1825Midshipman
Richard Brydges BeecheyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1821-1846
NBD1849

8 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1794Able Seaman
Hugh Tilly ShellshearBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Able Seaman
George SaverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Able Seaman
James KemptonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Able Seaman
Robert DuncanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
Matthew StaffordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Captain's Servant
William FitzroyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1812
ADM 171/8
1795Boy
John LittleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795
ADM 171/8
10.12.1819 - 4.18221st Class Volunteer
St Leger AldworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1819-1842
NL1865

3 Marines


DatesRankNameSource
1794Lieutenant of Marines
Abraham James TregentBritish
Marine
Service 1779-1804
ref:924
1794Private
William SorthonBritish
Marine
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794 - 1795Private
John SherrardBritish
Marine
Service 1794-1847
ADM 171/8

Service History


DateEventSource
3.1782First CommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1782Began fitting at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1714
27.12.1782Completed at Plymouth - Devon at a cost of £18986.8.1dBWAS-1714
27.12.1782Completed fitting at Plymouth - Devon at a cost of £7565.18.4dBWAS-1714
4.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.10.1783Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
8.1785Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1786RecommissionedBWAS-1714
17.12.1786Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
12.1788Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1790Began large repair at Portsmouth - Hampshire BWAS-1714
12.1792RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1793Completed large repair at Portsmouth - Hampshire at a cost of £15788.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1793Took the Lugger
L'Aimable Liberte 1793-1793
French Privateer Lugger

14.4.1793Took the Brig
Le Général Dumourier (22) 1793-1793
French 22 Gun
Privateer Brig
ref:692
28.5.1793Took the Corvette
La Prompte (22) 1792-1793
French 22 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
off the Spanish coast
BWAS-1714
6.1793Took the Privateer
Le Général Washington 1793-1793
French Privateer
BWAS-1714
19.6.1793Took the Lugger
Le Poisson Volant (10) 1793-1793
French 10 Gun
Privateer Lugger
BG
27.11.1793Took the Frigate
La Blonde (20) 1781-1793
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Frigate

2.1794Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1794RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.6.1794Took the
Defence (74) 1762-1811
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
in tow having briefly engaged the
L'Impétueux (74) 1787-1794
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line

1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
1795Part of the royal escort for Princess Carolina of BrunswickBWAS-1714
7.6.1795Assisted at the capture of eight vessels laden with wine and naval stores from Bourdeaux; during which she endeavouried to take a corvette that had sought refuge under a battery on the south end of Belleisle, the Phaeton had 1 man killed, 7 others wounded, and 2 guns dismounted.RNB1823
16.6.1795First Battle of Groix
10.3.1796Took the Corvette
La Bonne Citoyenne (20) 1794-1796
French 20 Gun
Unrated Corvette
off Cape Finisterre
BWAS-1714
6.3.1797Took the Brig
L'Actif (18) 1796-1797
French 18 Gun
Privateer Brig
Ushant bearing E. by W. 46 leagues
BG
16.9.1797Took the Schooner
Le Chasseur (6) 1797-1797
French 6 Gun
Privateer Schooner
BG
24.9.1797Took the Privateer
L'Indienne (16) 1797-1797
French 16 Gun
Privateer
BG
7.10.1797Took the Brig
Découverte (10) 1786-1797
French 10 Gun
Unrated Brig
1795 Renamed "Parleur"
1795 Renamed "Découverte"
in the Channel
BWAS-1714
28.12.1797Took the Unrated
Le Hasard (12) 1797-1797
French 12 Gun
Unrated

28.12.1797Took the Ship
La Daphne (20) 1794-1797
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship

1.1.1798Took the Privateer
L'Aventure (12) 1797-1798
French 12 Gun
Privateer

19.2.1798Took the Corvette
La Légère (18) 1797-1798
French 18 Gun
Privateer Corvette
BG
22.3.1798Destroyed a large frigate near Cordoban lighthouseBWAS-1714
22.3.1798Chased the French Charente (36) off the il d'Aix, which escaped after running agroundTRN4
31.8.1798Took the Privateer
Le Mercure (18) 1797-1798
French 18 Gun
Privateer
BG
6.9.1798Took the Frigate
La Flore (36) 1798-1798
French 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
after a search of 7 days and a chace of 20 hours
BG
8.10.1798Took the Brig
Le Lévrier (16) 1798-1798
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig
BG
20.11.1798Took the Corvette
L'Hirondelle (20) 1798-1798
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
in the Channel

24.11.1798Took the Privateer
La Résolue (18) 1798-1798
French 18 Gun
Privateer

6.12.1798Took the Brig
La Ressource (10) 1798-1798
French 10 Gun
Privateer Brig
BG
1800To the Mediterranean until 1801BWAS-1714
5.1800Present at the seige of GenoaTRN4
16.5.1800Her boats, together with
Naiad (38) 1797-1866
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, took El Reposo and destroyed La Alcudia at Pontevedro

27.10.1800Took the Polacca
San Jose (14) 1796-1800
Spanish 14 Gun
Unrated Polacca

3.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1802Began large repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
7.1803RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1803Completed large repair at Deptford - London at a cost of £21545.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.8.1805Action of 1805-08-02
1808At NagasakiBWAS-1714
24.4.1811Sailed from MadrasTRN5
21.5.1811Arrived at PenangTRN5
24.5.1811Left PenangTRN5
24.5.1811Left Penang for MalaccaTRN5
11.6.1811Left Malacca as part of the fleet to suppress JavaTRN5
8.1811Present at the reduction of JavaBWAS-1714
31.8.1811Landing parties from the Phaeton and the
Sir Francis Drake (32) 1805-1825
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
rushed and took the fort of Sumenap, in the island of Madura

8.1812Returned home with the East India convoyBWAS-1714
10.1812Began large repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
4.1814Fitted for ordinary at SheernessBWAS-1714
4.1814Completed large repair at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
11.1815Began fitting at Sheerness - Kent BWAS-1714
1.1816Completed fitting at Sheerness - Kent BWAS-1714
10.1816Commissioned for St HelenaBWAS-1714
4.1818Commissioned for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
10.1819Paid off and then recommissionedBWAS-1714
1825Paid offBWAS-1714
11.7.1827Sold to Mr Freake for £3,430. The sale was cancelled Mr Freake having been declared insaneBWAS-1714
26.3.1828Resold to Joshua Cristall for £2,500 for breaking upBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Mr.E.P.Daly on Friday 28th of August 2020 12:28

Note 8thOctober1783 the Phaeton frigate left Portsmouth for the Mediterranean captained by JohnColpoys but carrying with him SirJohnLindsayKB as commodore and C-in-C of the Med.Fleet.
SirJohn at Gibraltar left to command the HMS.Trusty also a frigate but returned after just over a year due to severe gout
but was later promoted on Sept.24th1787 to R.AdmiralOfTheRed.
SirJohnLindsay's natural daughter was DidoElizabethBelle who was raised by LordMansfield at CaenWoodHouse in Hampstead,London.

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