Phoenix

5796
Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered20.6.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down8.1781BWAS-1714
Launched15.7.1783BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.1787
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPerseverance Class
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn ParsonsBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Wrecked20.2.1816BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck137' 1"Imperial Feet41.7583 
Length of Keel113' 2 ⅞"Imperial Feet34.4646 
Breadth38' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet11.6015 
Depth in Hold13' 5"Imperial Feet4.0047 
Draught Forward10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Draught Aft15' 1"Imperial Feet4.5771 
Burthen884 1094Tons BM 

Armament


15.7.1783Broadside Weight = 354.5 Imperial Pound ( 160.7661 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1779260Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.1787 - 12.1787CaptainJohn Willett Payne (1752-1803)BWAS-171410.1788 - 4.1792CaptainGeorge Anson Byron (d.1793)BWAS-17144.1792 - 8.1793CaptainRichard John Strachan (d.1828)BWAS-171410.1795 - 6.1802CaptainLawrence William HalsteadBWAS-17144.1803 - 12.1805CaptainThomas Baker (1771-1845)BWAS-171412.1805 - 2.1810CaptainZachariah Mudge (1770-1852)BWAS-17142.1810 - 1812CaptainSir James BowenBWAS-17141813 - 9.1814CaptainWilliam H WebleyBWAS-17149.1814 - 20.2.1816CaptainCharles John Austen (1779-1852)NBD1849

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.10.1790 - 12.1792LieutenantCharles Wollaston (1777-1845)NBD184914.11.1791 - 16.11.1791LieutenantRichard King (1774-1834)NAO2.2.1796 - 10.1796LieutenantEdward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:6161805 - 10.8.1805LieutenantJohn Bounton (d.1805)BG30.1.1805 - 5.11.1805First LieutenantSamuel Brown (1776-1852)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
20.5.1803 - 29.9.1805MasterJames Woodford (d.1807)ADM29-1

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1788 - 1792MidshipmanSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)NBD184928.8.1790 - 1791MidshipmanRichard Byron (1769-1837)ref:61611.1805 - 10.1808MidshipmanJacon Ley YoungNBD1849

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
15.11.1788 - 28.8.1790Able SeamanRichard Byron (1769-1837)ref:61627.11.1788 - 30.1.1794Able SeamanGeorge Coulbert (1773-1839)PMD

Service History


DateEventSource
15.7.1783building at Bursledon at a cost of £15813.5.9dBWAS-1714
5.1784Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1784Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2553.15.8dBWAS-1714
12.1787Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1788RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.12.1788fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1961.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.2.1789Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
11.1791Phoenix vs Resolue
8.1793Returned homeBWAS-1714
8.1794Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1795RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1796Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £25236.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.5.1796Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Argo (36) in the North Sea
2.1797Took the Privateer Cutter Le Difficile (18) in the ChannelBG
3.1797Joined the Channel FleetBWAS-1714
18.5.1797Took the Privateer Lugger L'Espiègle (4)
24.4.1798Took the Privateer Corvette Le Brave (22) off Cape Clear
31.5.1798Took the Privateer La Caroline (18) in Lat. 49 Deg. 02 Min. N. Long. 15 Deg. 38 Min. W.BG
23.1.1799Took the Privateer Corvette Foudroyant (24)
25.4.1799

Arrived at Plymouth

TNC
11.2.1800Took the Privateer L'Éole (10)
3.6.1800Took the Unrated Tartane L'Albanaise (4)
17.6.1800Took the Unrated Le Revanche (4)
3.8.1801Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Le Carrère (44) off Elba
2.9.1801Action of 1801-09-02
2.9.1801Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Le Succès (32)
6.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1802Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1803RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1803Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7925.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.8.1805Phoenix vs Didon
4.11.1805Battle of Cape Ortegal
9.1808Began repairs at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1809Paid off and RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1809Completed repairs at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
29.1.1810Took the Privateer Le Charles (14)
11.5.1810Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
20.2.1816Wrecked off IzmirBWAS-1714
2.3.1816Remains burntBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
PMDPrivate manuscript documents Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 15th of November 2017 19:59

8 Aug 1801 the frigates Phœnix, Pomone, and Pearl, captured the Carrère, a Venetian-built frigate of 1013 tons sailing under French colours, which was added to the British navy as an 18-pounder 36-gun frigate.
Killed. Thomas Cook, Boatswain ; Samuel Herring, Quarter-Master.
Wounded. Charles Douglas, Lieutenant of Marines, since dead ; John Cox, able seaman, since dead ; John Brown, able seaman ; John Boyd, able seaman

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