Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1793
Ship ClassBittern ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor John Dudman (1750-1817)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck110' 2"Imperial Feet33.5331 
Length of Keel90' 8 ½"Imperial Feet27.4447 
Breadth29' 9"Imperial Feet8.8646 
Depth in Hold8' 6"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Forward7' 11"Imperial Feet2.159 
Draught Aft11' 10"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen427 394Tons BM 


23.4.1796Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1794121Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers

5.1796 - 13.6.1796Commander d'Arcy Preston (d.1847)BWAS-179313.6.1796 - 1.3.1799Commander David LloydBWAS-17931.3.1799 - 10.1799Commander Richard Allen (d.1799)BWAS-17931800 - 1801Commander William SkipseyBWAS-179329.4.1802 - 6.1802CommanderSir Charles Marsh Schomberg (d.1835)BWAS-17936.1802 - 22.10.1802Lieutenant Charles Foote (d.1811)BWAS-17938.1803 - 2.1.1804Commander George ElliottBWAS-17932.1.1804 - 4.1807Commander Robert PettetBWAS-179310.1808 - 21.10.1810Commander Henry Evelyn Pitfield SturtBWAS-179311.1810Commander Richard BuckBWAS-17934.12.1811 - 1813Captain Gawen William HamiltonBWAS-17931813 - 7.1814Captain John William Andrew (1783-1854)BWAS-1793

1 Petty Officer

1810Midshipman Richard BurridgeNBD1849

Service History

5.1795Began building at Deptford - London
23.4.1796Completed building at Deptford - London at a cost of £5524.0.0d
23.4.1796Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
9.6.1796Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2719.0.0dBWAS-1793
20.12.1797Took the Schooner La Victoire (14) off Spurn Point bearing W. N.W. . distant 4 leagues after a chace of 4 hoursBG
4.1799Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1793

Sailed from Plymouth with a convoy for America

8.1800Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1.9.1800Took the Polacca La Capricieuse (6) off CorsicaBG
4.9.1800Took the Privateer Le Général Holt (2) BG
1803In the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
4.1807Placed in Ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
2.1808Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
3.1809Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
3.4.1809Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1793
70.1.1810Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
12.1811Refitted as a 20 gun Sixth Rate Post Ship
22.7.1812Took the Privateer L'Intrépide (3)
1813In the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
10.1816Laid up at ChathamBWAS-1793
3.2.1819Sold to James Graham of Harwich at Chatham for £1,460BWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Adam Quigley on Thursday 22nd of January 2015 11:49

May 1811. Together with the Cambrian fired broadsides for three hours against french troops trying to break ground before Tarragona. Her gundecks were seriously damaged by the rebound of her own guns.
NA ADM 7/44 f320-325

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 22nd of August 2012 17:30

1 Sept 1800 French Capricieuse 6 taken by Termagant 18 ship sloop commander [William ?] Skipsey, off Corsica

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