Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1780/03BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1781/06/22
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDover BWAS-1714
Ship ClassTisiphone Class
ConstructorHenry LaddBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship
Sold for Break Up1816/01/11BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 9"Imperial Feet32.947 
Length of Keel90' 6 ½"Imperial Feet27.4447 
Breadth29' 8 ½"Imperial Feet8.8519 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen425 2494Tons BM 


1781/05/09Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 12-Pounder

1791/09Broadside Weight = 132 Imperial Pound ( 59.862 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 6-Pounder

1797/09Broadside Weight = 1 Imperial Pound ( 0.4536 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
177955Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1781/06/22 - 1781/08/23CommanderJohn StoneBWAS-17141781/08/23 - 1782/02/07CommanderJames SaumarezODNB1782/02/07 - 1783/03CommanderCharles SandysBWAS-17141790/05 - 1790/09/21CommanderCharles TylerBWAS-17141790/09/21 - 1790/11/22CommanderHenry CurzonBWAS-17141790/11/22 - 1793CommanderAnthony HuntBWAS-17141793/05/22 - 1793/11/05CommanderThomas Byam MartinODNB1794/03 - 1794/10CommanderCharles Fullerton ElphinstoneBWAS-17141794/10/07 - 1795/11CommanderJoseph TurnerBWAS-17141796/09 - 1797/05CommanderJames WallisBWAS-17141797/05 - 1798/12/10CommanderRobert HoneymanBWAS-17141798/12/10 - 1800/09/06CommanderCharles GrantBWAS-17141800/09/06 - 1802/03CommanderJohn DavieBWAS-17141802/03 - 1802/04/29CommanderJohn HayesBWAS-17141802/04/29 - 1802/07CommanderUlick JenningsBWAS-17141802/07 - 1803CommanderJohn ThompsonBWAS-17141803/06 - 1809/09CommanderWilliam FooteBWAS-17141809/09 - 1812CommanderWilliam LoveBWAS-17141813/05 - 1815CommanderEdward HodderBWAS-1714

Warrant Officers

1801/09/17 - 1803/01/19Acting MasterJohn BurnettADM29-1

Petty Officers

1791 - 1793/05MidshipmanThomas Masterman HardyODNB

Service History

1780/03Began building at Dover BWAS-1714
1781/05/09Completed building at Dover at a cost of £9195.3.9dBWAS-1714
1781/06/08Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/09/05Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/12Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1781/12/122nd Battle of Ushant
1782/03Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
1784/11Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1785/03Laid up at Woolwich?BWAS-1714
1785/03Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £3342.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1791Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £3529.0.0dBWAS-1714
1791/09Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Sloop-of-War
1793/03/05Took the Privateer L'Outarde (12)
1793/05/22Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1795/11Paid offBWAS-1714
1796/04Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1796/09Recommissioned for the North SeaBWAS-1714
1796/10Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £9099.0.0dBWAS-1714
1797/07/22Took the Privateer Brig Le Prosper (14) off the Dogger Bank
1797/09/06Took the Privateer Le Cerf Volant (14) off Heligoland
1799/11/20Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1802/11Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1803/06Recommissioned for LymingtonBWAS-1714
1803/07Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Floating Battery
1803/07Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1811/06/22Took the Unrated Ship-Sloop Hazard (16) off the Needles
1815Placed in ordinaryBWAS-1714
1816/01/11Sold at Deptford for £1,000BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document

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Posted by AvM on Wednesday 18th of October 2017 20:01

From expirience and my research that ships sold for £8090 or more were later converted into a merchant vessels.
Tisiphone was actioned on 14.12.1815 at Deptford.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 17th of October 2017 16:31

Circa 27 Jun 1803 Mr Heydon, apptd to be Purser of the Tisiphone.

NB 18 gun not eight

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