Medusa

635
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1.8.1775BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down3.1776BWAS-1714
Named20.10.1775BWAS-1714
Launched23.7.1785BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.1790BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassExperiment ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas PollardBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked26.11.1798BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 9 ½"Imperial Feet42.6847 
Length of Keel115' 11 ½"Imperial Feet35.0647 
Breadth38' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet11.6015 
Depth in Hold16' 7"Imperial Feet4.9064 
Draught Forward10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Draught Aft14' 5"Imperial Feet4.299 
Burthen920 1694Imperial Feet0.0043 

Armament


8.1790Broadside Weight = 302 Imperial Pound ( 136.957 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.1790300EstablishmentBWAS-1714

4 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
24.8.1790 - 17.12.1792CaptainJohn Nicholson Inglefield (1748-1828) ADM 6/24/62BWAS-17141.1.1793 - 12.1795CaptainJames Norman (c.1735-1806) ADM 6/24/189BWAS-17143.1796 - 7.1797CommanderJohn EatonBWAS-17147.1797 - 26.11.1798CommanderAlexander BecherBWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
24.8.1790 - 9.10.1792MasterDavid AtchisonADM29-1

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
2.5.1811 - 21.5.1814MidshipmanGeorge Atkinson (1793-1865)NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
3.6.1810 - 2.5.18111st Class VolunteerGeorge Atkinson (1793-1865)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
23.7.1785building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £26417.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1790Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
15.9.1790Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £3296.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.9.1790Sailed for the African coastBWAS-1714
1.1793CommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1793Fitted as a receiving ship at Chatam. At a cost of £3,446BWAS-1714
2.1793Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
2.1793fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3446.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1793At CorkBWAS-1714
12.1793Refitted as a 38 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
15.2.1795Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
12.1795Returned from Jamaica with a convoy and paid offBWAS-1714
1796Possibly a troopshipBWAS-1714
2.1796Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1796Commissioned as a hospital shipBWAS-1714
3.1796Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
1.1797Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £8961.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1797Commissioned as a troopshipBWAS-1714
7.1797Refitted as a Unrated Troop Ship
10.1798Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
26.11.1798Wrecked off Rosia Bay near GibraltarBWAS-1714

 

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