Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1796BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Green - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1793
Designed by James GambierBWAS-1793
Constructor Frances Barnard (d.1825)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck142' 0"Imperial Feet43.2816 
Length of Keel123' 0 ⅛"Imperial Feet37.4936 
Breadth36' 2"Imperial Feet10.9813 
Depth in Hold11' 10 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen855 8094Tons BM 


9.1796Broadside Weight = 270 Imperial Pound ( 122.445 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

3 Ship Commanders

9.1796 - 1800Captain John Gore (1772-1836)BWAS-17931801 - 4.1802Captain Robert Lewis FitzgeraldBWAS-17937.1803 - 1809Commander William CashmanBWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

29.8.1803 - 1.4.1808Lieutenant James Brockman (d.1845)NBD1849

3 Petty Officers

2.1797 - 1797Midshipman George BarnardNBD184911.1799 - 12.2.1802Midshipman Alexander BorthwickNBD184924.7.1800 - 24.4.1801Master's MateThe Hon. William Cathcart (1782-1804)B125

Service History

6.9.1796Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
31.10.1796Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
10.2.1797Took the Cutter Le Recovery (14) in the ChannelBG
11.2.1797Took the Brigantine La Jeune Emilie (10) in the ChannelBG
12.2.1797Took the Cutter Le Difficile (18) in the ChannelBG
3.6.1797Took the Privateer La Rusée (14) in the Channel
11.8.1797Action of 1797-08-11
23.10.1797Took the Schooner Le Furet (4) BG
12.1797Took the Privateer La Hélène in the Channel
28.9.1798Took the Schooner L'Araignée (5) in a heavy gale of windBG
10.12.1798Took the Brig L'Impromptu (14)
11.12.1798Took the Brig La Rusée (14) TNC
11.12.1798Took the Privateer San Joseph (4) BG
5.1.1799Took the Brig Name Unknown (14) TNC
29.1.1799Took the Brig L'Aimable Victoire (18) in the ChannelTNC

Sailed from Plymouth for Africa


Sailed from Plymouth


Sailed from Plymouth with dispatches

13.9.1799Took the Lugger Le Saint Jacques (6)
15.10.1799Capture of Spanish Treasure Ships
17.10.1799Took the Frigate Santa Brigida (34) off Cape Finisterre
10.2.1800Took the Brig Vedette (14) in the East Indies
10.2.1800Took the Brig Vedette (14) near Black Rocks
4.1802Paid offBWAS-1793
7.1803Recommissioned as a guard ship at WaterfordBWAS-1793
7.1803Refitted as a Other Vessels Receiving Ship
8.1810fitting as a Guardship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793


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Posted by James Crowden on Monday 18th of May 2020 20:07

My great great great Dennis Crowden was there at the time of the gun burst And may have been wounded. He was later discharged with a Hurt Certificate from Greenwich Hospital and pension of £16 a year. He was a quarter gunner. Jane Austen's brother Lt Francis Austen also served on board Triton September 1796 to March 1797, but he left Triton before the action with the Spanish frigates and thus dipped out of significant prize money. Hence the interest in naval officers and the prospect of prize money within Jane Austen's novels.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 12th of May 2020 20:36

12 Mar 1801 a most melancholy accident happened on board the Triton, of 32 guns, during her late cruise off the Penmark Rocks, in chase of a cutter, as she was firing at her, the eleventh gun abaft the main mast, on the larboard side, burst, by which accident the Second Lieutenant, Mr. Alford, a gunner's mate were killed, and 18 seamen and marines badly wounded ; the deck ripped up, and the Captain's cabin much damaged. Captain Gore had Lieutenant Alford, Lieutenant Thompson, and the Purser dining with him ; on this gun being reported ready Lieutenant Alford, just went out of the cabin door, when the explosion so dreadful in its operation ................ The man who fired the gun, escaped almost unhurt. The wounded men were conveyed to the Royal Naval Hospital.13 Mar 1801 this forenoon the remains of Lieutenant Alford, and the gunner's mate, killed by the bursting of a gun on board the Triton, 32, were conveyed from the Royal Naval Hospital to Stonehouse chapel-yard, and interred with naval and military honours. Captain Gore and all the Officers attending in deep mourning. The service was performed in a solemn manner suitable to the occasion, by the Rev. J. Bidlake, A.B. Chaplain to his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence.

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