Sir Francis Drake

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Merchant east indiaman 'Asia' (1797) (32)
ShipyardBombay - Maharashtra BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
BecomesPortugese Fifth Rate frigate 'Dona Maria II' (1831) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck132' 3 ½"Imperial Feet40.2463 
Length of Keel112' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet34.144 
Breadth35' 5 ½"Imperial Feet10.6807 
Depth in Hold14' 0 ½"Imperial Feet4.2799 
Burthen751 3094Tons BM 


1814Broadside Weight = 234 Imperial Pound ( 106.119 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck14 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
181488 BWAS-1793

9 Ship Commanders

10.1805 - 3.1806Commander James Haldane Tait (1771-1845)BWAS-17933.1806 - 1808Captain Pownall Bastard PellewBWAS-17931808 - 1811Captain George Harris (d.1837)BWAS-17931812 - 8.1812Commander Henry John PeacheyBWAS-17938.1812 - 8.1813Captain Barrington Reynolds (1795-1861)BWAS-179323.8.1813 - 1814Captain John Fordyce MaplesBWAS-17931814Master Thomas HoskinsBWAS-179312.2.1817 - 11.1819Captain John Bowker (1770-1847)NBD184912.1819 - 1822Lieutenant Valentine MunbeeBWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers

1817 - 2.1818Vice-Admiral of the White Francis Pickmore (d.1818)BWAS-17932.1818 - 1819Vice-Admiral of the BlueSir Charles Hamilton (2nd Baronet of Trebinshun House) (1767-1849)BWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

9.8.1811 - 6.1813Lieutenant Edward Brown Addis (1790-1866)NBD184912.9.1824 - 8.10.1824Acting Lieutenant Ralph BartonNBD18498.10.1824 - 17.9.1825Lieutenant Ralph BartonNBD1849

2 Petty Officers

1808 - 1811Midshipman Philip BondNBD18491810 - 9.8.1811Midshipman Edward Brown Addis (1790-1866)NBD1849

Service History

10.1805Commissioned in the East Indies as a 12-pdr frigateBWAS-1793
28.5.1813Arrived at DeptfordBWAS-1793
7.1813Began fitted as a storeship at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
9.1813Completed fitted as a storeship at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
1814Refitted as a Unrated Storeship
1817Flagship at NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
2.1817Began fitting as a Flagship at UnknownBWAS-1793
5.1817Completed fitting as a FlagshipBWAS-1793
13.10.1825Sold at Deptford to Mr. Young for £3,010BWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

Previously HEICo Asia, launched 1797 at Bombay


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 27th of December 2018 18:54

Among the wounded in storming the town of Samanap, was Lieutenant Roch of the Sir-Francis-Drake's marines, who was speared twice by two natives, while resolutely endeavouring to wrest the colours out of the hands of a French officer.

Posted by AvM on Sunday 23rd of July 2017 17:57

Firstly she was "sold" to Argentine, where she have to be renamed 'Buenos Ayres'

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