Proserpine

5991
Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.5.1776BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down6.1776BWAS-1714
Launched7.7.1777BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.7.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked1.2.1799BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 6"Imperial Feet36.5836 
Length of Keel99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752 
Breadth33' 7 ½"Imperial Feet10.0711 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen595 3794Tons BM 

Armament


7.7.1777Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

1780Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1.1771200Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.7.1777 - 5.5.1778CaptainEvelyn Sutton ADM 6/21/298BWAS-17145.5.1778 - 8.3.1779CaptainFrancis Parry (c.1739-1803)BWAS-171425.8.1779 - 16.10.1781CaptainGeorge Anson Byron (d.1793) ADM 6/22/195
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Commission confirmed 9.11.1780
BWAS-1714
16.10.1781 - 25.10.1781CaptainThomas Taylor ADM 6/22/351BWAS-17141.12.1787 - 19.7.1790CaptainWilliam Heath ADM 6/23/439ADM 6/2319.7.1790 - 12.5.1791CaptainEdward Tyrrel Smith ADM 6/24/52BWAS-171412.5.1791 - 15.6.1791CaptainThe Hon. Henry Curzon (1765-1846) ADM 6/24/121ADM 6/2415.6.1791 - 29.7.1794CaptainJames Alms (c.1755-1816) ADM 6/24/125BWAS-171429.7.1794 - 1794CaptainAlexander Fraser (d.1829) ADM 6/25/68ADM 6/254.1.1796 - 1798CaptainWilloughby Thomas Lake (1773-1847)BWAS-17141798 - 1.2.1799CaptainJames Wallis (d.1808)BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
3.11.1790 - 1791LieutenantHenry Blackwood (1770-1832)ref:6161799 - 1.2.1799First LieutenantJohn Wrightref:8181799 - 1.2.1799Second LieutenantJohn Cardew Perryref:818

5 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
11.8.1790 - 3.5.1791MasterRobert LilburneADM29-130.5.1791 - 27.10.1793MasterJames Banks Robinson (c.1748-1819)ADM29-11799 - 1.2.1799SurgeonM Kentref:8181799 - 1.2.1799PurserPeter Elleryref:8181799 - 1.2.1799MasterW Anthonyref:818

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
10.1781 - 1.1782Captain's ServantRichard Byron (1769-1837)ref:616

1 Marine


DatesRankNameSource
1799 - 1.2.1799Lieutenant of MarinesJohn Ridleyref:818

Service History


DateEventSource
7.7.1777building at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £6326.2.0dBWAS-1714
21.7.1777Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
23.9.1777Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £4649.1.3dBWAS-1714
11.1777In the ChannelBWAS-1714
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
27.3.1779Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
21.10.1779Took the Frigate L'Alcmene (32)
29.12.1779Took the Ship Le Sphinx (20)
9.6.1781Sailed with a convoy to OportoBWAS-1714
23.3.1782Took the Packet Active
2.8.1782Took the Privateer Le Voltigeur (12)
11.9.1782Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
9.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1784Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
12.1785Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10220.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1790Began fitting at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
7.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1790Completed fitting at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £5395.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.8.1791Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
3.8.1797Took the Schooner Unity (10) to the Southward of ShetlandBG
28.1.1799

Sailed from Great Yarmouth.

TNC
1.2.1799Wrecked in the Elbe estuaryBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1782-12.1782Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799) 
 

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