Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1792/03BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardChatham Dockyard BWAS-1793
Designed bySir John HenslowBWAS-1793
ConstructorThomas PollardBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate


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 


1794/06/28Broadside 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
1791/07257Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1794/07 - 1800/03CaptainJoseph Sydney YorkeBWAS-17931800/03 - 1800/09/06CaptainRobert WinthropBWAS-1793

Warrant Officers

1793/04/01 - 1795/02/09GunnerWilliam RussellADM29-1

Petty Officers

1797/06/21 - 1800/09/06MidshipmanAlexander HillsNAO1800 - 1800/09/06MidshipmanWilliam Henry ShirreffNBD1849


1796/09/22 - 1797/06/201st Class VolunteerAlexander HillsNAO

Service History

1794/06/28Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
1794/08/16Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
1795On the Irish StationBWAS-1793
1795/08/22Action of 1795-08-22
1795/08/22Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Alliantie (36) in the North Sea
1797/02/21Destroyed the L'Hirondelle (6) off SicilyBWAS-1793
1797/02/21Took the Privateer Brig L'Appocrate (14) off Sicily
1797/09/30Destroyed the Le Cocyte (4) off PlymouthBWAS-1793
1797/10/07Took the Unrated Brig Découverte (10) in the ChannelBWAS-1714
1798/11/20Took the Sixth Rate Corvette L'Hirondelle (20) in the Channel
1798/12/06Took the Privateer Brig La Ressource (10) BG

Sailed from Plymouth for Spithead

1799/10/19Took the Privateer Corvette L'Heureuse (22)
1800/08At FerrolBWAS-1793
1800/08/25Attack on Ferrol
1800/09/06Wrecked in a storm in Vigo BayBWAS-1793
1800/09/07Wreck burntBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NAO The National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BG The London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook

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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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