Aeolus -> 1801 Pique

Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Pallas' (1799) (38)
ShipyardSt Malo - Brittany BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Sold for Break Up22.7.1819BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck146' 8"Imperial Feet44.5052 
Length of Keel123' 1 ½"Imperial Feet37.5031 
Breadth39' 7 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold11' 11"Imperial Feet3.3782 
Burthen1,028 2994Tons BM 


6.1800Broadside Weight = 476 Imperial Pound ( 215.866 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1800274 BWAS-1793

6 Commanding Officers

6.1800 - 8.1802Captain James Young (1762-1833)BWAS-17938.1802 - 2.1804Captain William CumberlandBWAS-17932.1804 - 1807Captain Charles Bayntun Hodgson RossBWAS-17938.1811 - 1815Captain Anthony MaitlandBWAS-17932.1816 - 3.1817Captain James Haldane Tait (1771-1845)BWAS-17933.1817 - 12.1818Captain John MackellarBWAS-1793

6 Commissioned Officers

16.9.1804 - 1806Lieutenant Christopher BellNBD18491806 - 13.3.1807First Lieutenant Christopher BellNBD184910.6.1807 - 2.3.1808Lieutenant James BrasierNBD18491.6.1812 - 31.5.1814Lieutenant John Hay (1793-1851)NBD184915.4.1815 - 16.7.1816Lieutenant Francis BraceNBD18499.1815 - 12.1818Lieutenant James Richard Auchinleck (1791-1870)NBD1849

4 Petty Officers

8.1802 - 12.1805Midshipman James BrasierNBD18491.1812 - 2.1815Master's Mate Andrew Baird (d.1881)NBD18496.12.1815 - 1.1819Midshipman John Bradley (1795-?)NBD18491817 - 12.1818Midshipman Robert Augustus Bradshaw (1800-?)NBD1849

Service History

1800Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
3.1800Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
2.3.1800Arrived at Plymouth and registeredBWAS-1793
9.1800Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
1.1801Renamed PiqueBWAS-1793
8.1802On the Irish Station, later sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1793
13.10.1803Took the Brig Le Goéland (16) at Aux Cays, San Domingo
18.3.1804Took the Unrated Terreur (10)
12.1804Took the Corvette Diligencia (22)
8.2.1805Took the Corvette Orquijo (18) off HavanaBWAS-1793
4.11.1805Battle of Cape Ortegal
17.3.1806Took the Privateer Santa Clara (1)
26.3.1806Took the Brig-Corvette Le Phaeton (16) in the West Indies
26.3.1806Took the Brig-Corvette Le Voltigeur (16) in the West Indies
2.11.1806Destroyed two small privateersBWAS-1793
1807Paid offBWAS-1793
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
4.1809Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
9.1811Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
15.7.1812Took the Schooner Nautilus (12) off northern New Jersey
3.11.1812Took the Privateer Snapper (10)
21.6.1814Took the Privateer Hawk (5)
2.1816Commissioned for JamaicaBWAS-1793
12.1818Paid offBWAS-1793
22.7.1819Sold to Mr. Freake at Deptford for £4,250BWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 11th of February 2018 10:19

With ref to my last post "3 Nov 1812 the Childers, Acasta, Maidstone and Aeolus captured a U.S. privateer, the 10 gun schooner Snapper, with 90 men."

Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 10th of February 2018 16:11

Suggest that it was the Aeolus 32 Captain James Townshend that took the Nautilus, Snapper and possibly the Hawk as Pique appears to be on convoy duty to Lisbon and the the Med during this period

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