Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1806BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardBrightlingsea - Essex BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor Mathew WarrenBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 1 ½"Imperial Feet30.4927 
Length of Keel77' 4 ⅜"Imperial Feet23.4791 
Breadth30' 7"Imperial Feet9.3218 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward5' 9"Imperial Feet1.7526 
Draught Aft11' 1"Imperial Feet3.3782 
Burthen384 8594Tons BM 


16.10.1806Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

12 Ship Commanders

12.1806 - 1808Commander George Andrews (1778-1840)BWAS-179312.1808 - 2.6.1809Commander George Andrews (1778-1840)BWAS-17931809 - 2.6.1809Lieutenant Humphrey Fleming Senhouse (1781-1841)W0252.6.1809Commander Humphrey Fleming Senhouse (1781-1841)BWAS-17933.6.1809 - 22.9.1809Commander George Andrews (1778-1840)BWAS-17931810 - 24.9.1814Commander William DowersBWAS-179311.1814 - 12.1815Commander James CreightonBWAS-179311.1822 - 7.1823Commander George Frederick Rich (d.1863)BWAS-17937.1823 - 8.1826Commander Edwin Ludlow RichBWAS-17936.1824 - 9.1824Lieutenant John Harvey Boteler (1796-?)NBD18498.1826 - 17.4.1827Commander Edward le Cras ThornbroughBWAS-179317.4.1827 - 1829Commander Charles English (1793-1846)BWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

3.12.1822 - 1.5.1823First Lieutenant John Harvey Boteler (1796-?)NBD184931.8.1826 - 19.3.1830Lieutenant James Vashon Baker (1798-1875)NBD184912.9.1826 - 5.5.1827First Lieutenant George BrounNBD1849

1 Petty Officer

1813 - 1814Midshipman William Batt (1793-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman

1823 - 1826Unknown Henry Kellett (1806-1875)NBD1849

Service History

25.10.1806Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
29.1.1807Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
30.3.1808Took the Privateer Tordenskjold (10)
4.12.1808Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
13.12.1809Actions of December 1809
2.6.1813Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1793
1814In JamaicaBWAS-1793
12.1815Paid offBWAS-1793
2.1817Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Unknown
1.1818Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
7.1818Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
80.1820At Halifax, Nova ScotiaBWAS-1793
12.1822Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
2.1823Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
11.6.1829Sold at Halifax to Samuel Cunard and Co. for £505BWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 10th of December 2018 15:11

Later in 1808 Ringdove16 sloop came under the temporary command of Lieutenant George Peak and was deployed to the Shetland Islands. Within a few weeks, Peak had captured the Danish privateer Forden Shieold (or Torden Skiöld) off Bergen, Norway on 30 March. She was only four hours out of port. Initially Forden Shieold would not surrender but after a few shots from Ringdove had killed one man and wounded two others she struck. The bad weather prevented Peak from taking her crew of 62 men prisoners until the next day. The privateer was pierced for 14 guns, but only carried ten 6-pounder guns. She had already captured five prizes in voyages over the previous four months.

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