Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1792BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor Thomas PollardBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck135' 11 ¼"Imperial Feet41.1544 
Length of Keel113' 6 ⅛"Imperial Feet34.4456 
Breadth36' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet10.9919 
Depth in Hold12' 5 ¾"Imperial Feet3.6767 
Burthen792 4694Tons BM 


28.6.1794Broadside Weight = 348 Imperial Pound ( 157.818 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.1791257Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders

18.7.1794 - 3.1800Captain Joseph Sydney Yorke (1768-1831) ADM 6/25/63BWAS-17933.1800 - 6.9.1800Captain Robert WinthropBWAS-1793

1 Warrant Officer

1.4.1793 - 9.2.1795Gunner William RussellADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers

21.6.1797 - 6.9.1800Midshipman Alexander Hills (1780-1809)NAO1800 - 6.9.1800Midshipman William Henry Shirreff (1785-1847)NBD1849

1 Crewman

22.9.1796 - 20.6.17971st Class Volunteer Alexander Hills (1780-1809)NAO

Service History

28.6.1794Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
16.8.1794Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
1795On the Irish StationBWAS-1793
22.8.1795Action of 1795-08-22
22.8.1795Took the Frigate Alliantie (36) in the North Sea
21.2.1797Destroyed the L'Hirondelle (6) off SicilyBWAS-1793
21.2.1797Took the Brig L'Appocrate (14) off Sicily
30.9.1797Destroyed the Le Cocyte (4) off PlymouthBWAS-1793
7.10.1797Took the Brig Découverte (10) in the ChannelBWAS-1714
20.11.1798Took the Corvette L'Hirondelle (20) in the Channel
6.12.1798Took the Brig La Ressource (10) BG

Sailed from Plymouth for Spithead

19.10.1799Took the Corvette L'Heureuse (22)
8.1800At FerrolBWAS-1793
25.8.1800Attack on Ferrol
6.9.1800Wrecked in a storm in Vigo BayBWAS-1793
7.9.1800Wreck burntBWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Jeff Wolrige on Tuesday 2nd of October 2018 13:47

My great great grandfather's brother Thomas Wolrige served on the "Stag" and then on the "Jason" with Captain Yorke as Midshipman and Master's Mate. Both he and his older brother William had the dubious distinction of being made French prisoners of war while serving on Jasons, although they were different vessels, although both 38 gun frigates. The first incident occurred when Captain Stirling and crew in 1798 hit an uncharted rock and sank the original HM Jason off Brest. The next HM Jason was captured under Yorke in the Med with the crew taken as prisoners. Both Thomas and William became Post Captains in the end while my own great great grandfather Charles fought at Trafalgar and became Commander in the end and eventually an agent for transports afloat.

Posted by Paul Fields on Friday 14th of July 2017 21:37

HMS Stag 1794 and HMS Pallas 1793 were all members of the Pallas class, source Robert Gardner's The Heavy Frigate. Currently the site only includes HMS Unicorn 1794 as the only member of this class.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 16th of January 2017 20:09

6 Sep 1800 Milbrook16, Schooner was reported to have saved a great many of the crew of the Stag32 Captain Robert Winthrop wrecked in a gale in Vigo Bay.

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