Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1805BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardHythe - Kent BWAS-1793
Ship ClassSeagull ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor Mark RichardsBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck93' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet28.3528 
Length of Keel76' 2"Imperial Feet23.1733 
Breadth26' 6"Imperial Feet7.9502 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward7' 4"Imperial Feet2.2352 
Draught Aft9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen284 4894Tons BM 


20.3.1806Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck14 British 24-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

20.3.1806Broadside Weight = 78 Imperial Pound ( 35.373 kg)B181
Gun Deck8 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1.180595Design Complement

4 Ship Commanders

4.1806 - 1810Commander John ThicknesseBWAS-17931811 - 2.1812Commander James Pattison StewartBWAS-17932.1812 - 12.8.1812Commander James Gifford (1768-1853)BWAS-179313.8.1812 - 8.1815Commander George BrineBWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

26.4.1806 - 11.1806Lieutenant Richard KevernNBD1849

Service History

21.3.1806Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
4.1806Commissioned for the Channel IslandsBWAS-1793
28.5.1806Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
12.10.1806Action of 1806-10-12
1809Sailed to the BalticBWAS-1793
27.3.1811Attack on Anholt Island
4.7.1811Action of 1811-07-04
8.1815Paid off into Ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
6.3.1817Sold at Chatham to Mr. Manclerk for £700BWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 14th of January 2020 05:37

12 Oct 1806 Constance, Strenuous, Sheldrake and cutter Britannia chase the French store-ship Salamandre on shore : she was set on fire and destroyed, but the Constance went aground and was lost to the French.
The following casualties were suffered by the Sheldrake:
John Brown, Seaman was killed, Edward Hunt, Seaman and John Culbett, Seaman were wounded. Mr. Henry Fraser, Master, who volunteered to accompany Mr. Richards, First Lieutenant of the Constance, in the second attempt to save the Constance, are amongst the missing,
19 Jan 1809 Mr. Hubbert, acting Master, and a party of 10 men, except 1, were drowned when a prize taken by the Sheldrake sank without warning.

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