Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1781/12BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMinerva Class
Designed byEdward HuntBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn RandallBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck141' 6"Imperial Feet42.9805 
Length of Keel117' 1 ⅛"Imperial Feet35.6648 
Breadth39' 1 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999 
Depth in Hold13' 8"Imperial Feet4.0301 
Draught Forward10' 5"Imperial Feet3.175 
Draught Aft15' 3"Imperial Feet4.5872 
Burthen953 4094Tons BM 


1782/09/23Broadside Weight = 390.5 Imperial Pound ( 177.0921 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck6 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

1805/02Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1805/07Broadside Weight = 429 Imperial Pound ( 194.5515 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1778/11/06270Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1782/09 - 1786/05CaptainJohn BlankettBWAS-17141792/12 - 1793/09CaptainFrancis John HartwellBWAS-17141793/11 - 1798/11CaptainAlexander Inglis CochraneBWAS-17141800/02 - 1802/02CommanderHenry Edward Reginald BakerBWAS-17141802/02 - 1802/06CommanderLewis ShepheardBWAS-17141805/07 - 1808/03CaptainWilliam Hall GageBWAS-17141808/03 - 1810/06CaptainGeorge MillerBWAS-17141810/06/15 - 1811CaptainBenjamin WalkerBWAS-17141811 - 1813CaptainWilliam Henry ByamBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1795Acting LieutenantThomas CochraneADM 171/8

Warrant Officers

1792/12/29 - 1793/09/14MasterWilliam ThurmanADM29-11793/10/10 - 1798/12/03MasterAndrew MackieADM29-11795Surgeon's MateRobert HumeADM 171/8

Petty Officers

1783 - 1786MidshipmanThomas BrowneNBD18491800/03 - 1802Master's MateJoseph VallackNBD1849


1793 - 1797/07Captain's ServantWilliam Cunningham Cavendish Dalyellref:61617951st Class BoyJames ReadADM 171/8

Service History

1782/09/23building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £12704.8.9dBWAS-1714
1782/09/23Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1782/11/15Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £8628.9.10dBWAS-1714
1783/09/23Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1786/05Paid offBWAS-1714
1790/06Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1791/02Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £12169.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793/01fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2123.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793/09Paid offBWAS-1714
1794/05/18Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
1795/05/17Action of 1795-05-17
1795/05/17Took the Sixth Rate Flûte La Prévoyante (24) off Cape Henry
1795/05/17Took the Sixth Rate Flûte La Prévoyante (24)
1795/05/17Took the Unrated Flûte La Raison (18)
1798/05Took the Privateer La Revanche (14)
1798/05Took the Privateer Name Unknown (6) off Halifax, NS
1798/11Sailed for England and paid offBWAS-1714
1800/01Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1800/02Refitted as a 24 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1800/06Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £9240.0.0dBWAS-1714
1802/06Paid offBWAS-1714
1804/10Began repairs at Northfleet BWAS-1714
1805/02/19Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1805/04/17Refitted as a 38 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
1805/08Completed repairs at Northfleet at a cost of £20590.0.0dBWAS-1714
1807Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1808/04/15Sailed with a convoy for St HelenaBWAS-1714
1809/03/31Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1809/12/12Took the Unrated Brig-Corvette La Nisus (16) at Guadeloupe
1809/12/13Actions of December 1809
1813Paid off into ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1714
1814/06/09Sold at Chatham for £3,430BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 171/8 ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook

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