Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardMistley - Essex BWAS-1793
Ship ClassBittern ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJames BettsBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Length of Keel90' 7 ½"Imperial Feet27.4447 
Breadth29' 7"Imperial Feet8.859 
Depth in Hold8' 6"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Forward9' 10"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Draught Aft10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Burthen421 8294Tons BM 


23.4.1796Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1794121Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

4.1796 - 1800CommanderJohn Chesshyre (1758-1843)BWAS-17931.1800 - 29.4.1802CommanderEdward GalwayBWAS-17936.1803 - 25.9.1806CommanderRichard Turner HancockBWAS-179325.9.1806 - 19.6.1810CommanderPhilip Browne (1772-?)BWAS-179319.6.1810 - 1813CommanderColin CampbellBWAS-17936.1814 - 1816CommanderJohn SkekelBWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

20.11.1812 - 1813LieutenantJames Kerr (1791-?)NBD184910.1813 - 1814LieutenantThomas Atkinson (d.1864)NBD184910.6.1814 - 1.1815LieutenantMathew BlackNBD1849

1 Petty Officer

12.1812 - 10.6.1814Master's MateMathew BlackNBD1849

Service History

5.1795Began building at Mistleythorne - Essex BWAS-1793
23.4.1796Completed building at Mistleythorne - Essex at a cost of £5362.0.0dBWAS-1793
16.5.1796Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
10.8.1796Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1794.0.0dBWAS-1793
28.12.1798Took the Privateer Schooner L'Erin-go-Brah (10) between 3 and 4 leagues S. W. of FairleighBG
10.3.1800Took the Privateer Le Messina (4) off Dunkirk
4.1802Paid offBWAS-1793
1.1.1807Took the Privateer L'Eliza (14) in the Channel
30.10.1807Took the Privateer Lugger La Bohémienne (2)
22.1.1809Took the Privateer L'Amiral Martin (4)
28.7.1809Walcheren Expedition
18.9.1809Took the Privateer L'Aurore (16)

Recapture the "Mary" of Boston , American Ship and the "Ecce Homo" , Spanish Ship.

22.10.1809Took the Privateer Schooner L'Hirondelle (10) off FalmouthBG
6.11.1809Took the Privateer Le Lizard (14)
10.1.1810Took the Privateer Le Saratu (14) off the Scilly Isles
6.7.1811Took the Privateer Le Figaro (10) off the Naze of NorwayBG
23.10.1811Took the Privateer Le Petit Edouard (16) in the North Sea
16.11.1811Destroyed three small privateers in the ChannelBWAS-1793
1812In the BalticBWAS-1793
15.1.1813Sailed with a convoy for QuebecBWAS-1793
1814Sailed with a convoy to the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
10.1816Loaned to the Commitee for Distressed Seamen at DeptfordBWAS-1793
1.1818Returned to the Royal NavyBWAS-1793
8.3.1819Sold to G. T. Young of Limehouse for £1,520BWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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