Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1781BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMinerva Class
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


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 


23.9.1782Broadside 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

2.1805Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

7.1805Broadside 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
6.11.1778270Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers

9.1782 - 5.1786CaptainJohn Blankett (1741-1801)BWAS-171412.1792 - 9.1793CaptainFrancis John Hartwell (1757-1831)BWAS-171411.1793 - 11.1798CaptainAlexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832)BWAS-17142.1800 - 2.1802CommanderHenry Edward Reginald Baker (d.1820)BWAS-17142.1802 - 6.1802CommanderLewis ShepheardBWAS-17147.1805 - 3.1808CaptainWilliam Hall Gage (1777-1864)BWAS-17143.1808 - 6.1810CaptainGeorge Miller (d.c.1813)BWAS-171415.6.1810 - 1811CaptainBenjamin WalkerBWAS-17141811 - 1813CaptainWilliam Henry ByamBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

1795Acting LieutenantThomas Cochrane (1775-1860)ADM 171/8

3 Warrant Officers

29.12.1792 - 14.9.1793MasterWilliam ThurmanADM29-110.10.1793 - 3.12.1798MasterAndrew Mackie (d.1813)ADM29-11795Surgeon's MateRobert HumeADM 171/8

2 Petty Officers

1783 - 1786MidshipmanThomas BrowneNBD18493.1800 - 1802Master's MateJoseph Vallack (1776-1847)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

1793 - 7.1797Captain's ServantWilliam Cunningham Cavendish Dalyell (1784-1865)ref:61617951st Class BoyJames ReadADM 171/8

Service History

23.9.1782building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £12704.8.9dBWAS-1714
23.9.1782Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
15.11.1782Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £8628.9.10dBWAS-1714
23.9.1783Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1790Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1791Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £12169.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1793fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2123.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1793Paid offBWAS-1714
18.5.1794Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
17.5.1795Action of 1795-05-17
17.5.1795Took the Sixth Rate Flûte La Prévoyante (24) off Cape Henry
17.5.1795Took the Sixth Rate Flûte La Prévoyante (24)
17.5.1795Took the Unrated Flûte La Raison (18)
5.1798Took the Privateer La Revanche (14)
5.1798Took the Privateer Name Unknown (6) off Halifax, NS
11.1798Sailed for England and paid offBWAS-1714
1.1800Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1800Refitted as a 24 gun Unrated Troop Ship
6.1800Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £9240.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1804Began repairs at Northfleet BWAS-1714
19.2.1805Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
17.4.1805Refitted as a 38 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
8.1805Completed repairs at Northfleet at a cost of £20590.0.0dBWAS-1714
1807Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
15.4.1808Sailed with a convoy for St HelenaBWAS-1714
31.3.1809Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.12.1809Took the Unrated Brig-Corvette La Nisus (16) at Guadeloupe
13.12.1809Actions of December 1809
1813Paid off into ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1714
9.6.1814Sold at Chatham for £3,430BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook

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