Iris -> 1809 Solebay

Nominal Guns32B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1782B028
First Commissioned6.1790
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardGrove Street Yard - Deptford BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAmazon Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)B028
ConstructorBalthazar Adams (1766-1821)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up10.1833B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 2 ½"Imperial Feet38.4175 
Length of Keel104' 3 ⅛"Imperial Feet31.7024 
Breadth35' 3 ½"Imperial Feet10.6807 
Depth in Hold12' 2 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen687 9094Tons BM 


2.5.1783Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1770220Design Complement

16 Commanding Officers

1.12.1787 - 1787CaptainPiercy Brett (d.1792) ADM 6/23/439ADM 6/2315.6.1790 - 11.4.1793CaptainThomas Wells (1759-1811) ADM 6/24/40BWAS-171412.1790 - 1791LieutenantThomas SmithBWAS-17141.1.1793 - 10.4.1794CaptainGeorge Lumsdaine ADM 6/24/188BWAS-171411.4.1794 - 7.1796CaptainWilliam Hargood (1762-1839) ADM 6/25/29BWAS-17147.1796 - 12.1797CaptainThomas Surridge (d.1820)BWAS-171412.1797 - 1801CaptainGeorge BrisacBWAS-17149.1801 - 12.1801CaptainThe Hon. Philip WodehouseBWAS-17141802CaptainDavid Atkins (d.1811)BWAS-17143.1805 - 9.1805CaptainEdward Brace (1770-1843)BWAS-17149.1805 - 5.1806CaptainThomas Lavie (d.1823)BWAS-17145.1806 - 7.1806CaptainJohn LaugharneBWAS-17147.1806 - 1809CaptainJohn TowerBWAS-17141810CaptainGranville ProbyBWAS-171410.1811 - 1814CaptainRichard Curry (1772-?)BWAS-171426.5.1814 - 1815CommanderJohn Gardner Mcbride M'KillopBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

10.1811 - 1814Vice-Admiral of the WhiteRobert MurrayBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

1.1.1793 - 10.4.1794LieutenantEdward Brace (1770-1843)WWNH

2 Petty Officers

1.1.1795 - 4.8.1796MidshipmanWilliam Westcott Daniel (1776-1833)NAO12.1811 - 12.1.1815MidshipmanJames Thomas CookneyNBD1849

2 Crewmen

8.10.1794 - 31.12.1794VolunteerWilliam Westcott Daniel (1776-1833)NAO5.3.1805 - 18061st Class BoyFrancis BraceNBD1849

Service History

2.5.1783building at Grove Street Yard - Deptford at a cost of £11619.15.2dBWAS-1714
17.5.1783Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
28.8.1783Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
11.1789Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
1790Paid offBWAS-1714
9.7.1790Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3287.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.3.1793Took the Privateer Le Ouistiti (12) in the North Sea
26.4.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
13.5.1793Iris vs Citoyenne Française
13.5.1793Iris vs Citoyenne Française
7.1796Commissioned for the North SeaBWAS-1714
1.6.1798Took the Privateer Le Légère (4) off the Scaw
15.9.1799Took the Privateer Schooner Pegasus (6) in the North Sea
10.1803Lent to Trinity HouseBWAS-1714
10.1803fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
6.1804At WoolwichBWAS-1714
9.1804Began repairs at Rotherhithe - London BWAS-1714
2.1805Completed repairs at Rotherhithe - London at a cost of £12875.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1805Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.1805Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
21.10.1805Took the Privateer San Pedro (16)
24.1.1808Took the Privateer Lugger Le Marsouin (14)
18.11.1809Renamed SolebayBWAS-1714
1810In the BalticBWAS-1714
8.1811Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
10.1811Flagship at YarmouthBWAS-1714
10.1811Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
10.1811Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
11.1814Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
3.1815Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1815Lent to the Marine SocietyBWAS-1714
10.1833Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
WWNHWho's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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