Santa Margarita

Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslySpanish Fifth Rate frigate 'Santa Margarita' (1774) (34)
First Commissioned22.11.1779BWAS-1714
ShipyardFerrol - Spain BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck145' 6"Imperial Feet44.1994 
Length of Keel123' 6 ⅛"Imperial Feet37.4936 
Breadth38' 10 ½"Imperial Feet11.5951 
Depth in Hold11' 8 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen992 7894Tons BM 


3.1781Broadside Weight = 258 Imperial Pound ( 117.003 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
21.12.1780255 BWAS-1714

9 Ship Commanders

22.11.1779 - 28.3.1781Captain William Knell (d.1798) ADM 6/22/73
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), Portugal - Iberian Peninsula
Confirmed 31.12.1779
ADM 6/22
28.3.1781 - 1783Captain Elliott Salter (d.1790) ADM 6/22/268BWAS-171421.9.1790 - 24.5.1793Captain John Dilkes (c.1742-1827) ADM 6/24/68ADM 6/2424.5.1793 - 4.1795Captain Eliab Harvey (1758-1830) ADM 6/24/241BWAS-17144.1795 - 12.1796Captain Thomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)BWAS-171412.1796 - 4.1802Captain George Parker (1767-1847)BWAS-171428.4.1802 - 3.8.1802Captain Augustus Leveson Gower (1782-1802)BWAS-17141803 - 1804Commander Henry Whitby (d.1812)BWAS-17141804 - 1807Captain Wilson Rathborne (1748-1831)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

1794Lieutenant Edward Codrington (1770-1851)ref:616

1 Petty Officer

1782 - 3.1784Midshipman Robert JacksonNBD1849

1 Crewman

20.4.1781 - 1782Ordinary Seaman Robert JacksonNBD1849

Service History

24.2.1780Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
15.6.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £16017.3.9dBWAS-1714
29.7.1782Santa Margarita vs Amazone
30.9.1782Took the Privateer Hendrick
10.1790Began repairs at Buckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
4.1793Completed repairs at Buckler's Hard - Hampshire at a cost of £18583.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1793Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1793Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6447.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.12.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
2.1794Capture of MartiniqueBWAS-1714
23.8.1794Destruction of the Volontaire
29.3.1795Took the Unrated Le Jean Bart (18) in the Channel
8.6.1796Action of 1796-06-08
8.6.1796Took the Frigate La Tamise (32)
24.10.1796Took the Privateer Le Buonoparte (16)
25.10.1796Took the Privateer Le Vengeur (18)
21.6.1797Took the Privateer San Francisco (14) off the Irish Coast
10.7.1797Took the Privateer L'Adour (20) off Cape Clear bearing N. E. by E. 8 leaguesBG
8.8.1797Took the Schooner La Victorine (16) off Cape Clear bearing N. 60 deg. E. distant 91 LeagueBG
3.1798Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.1798Took the Privateer Le Quatorze Juillet (14) in the Leeward IslandsTNC
8.1801Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.1805coppering at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
4.11.1805Battle of Cape Ortegal
1814Quarantine ship at MilfordBWAS-1714
4.1814Refitted as a Other Vessels Lazarette
4.1814fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1824Began fittingBWAS-1714
8.1826Completed fittingBWAS-1714
8.9.1836Sold at Liverpool for £1,710BWAS-1714


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Posted by Niek van Diepen on Saturday 12th of September 2015 08:39

BWAS-1793 gives her armament as UD 26x12pdr, QD 8x24pdr carronades, Fc 2x24pdr carronades

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