Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1780BWAS-1714
First Commissioned22.6.1781
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDover BWAS-1714
Ship ClassTisiphone Class
ConstructorHenry Ladd (d.1790)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship
Sold for Break Up11.1.1816BWAS-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 


9.5.1781Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 12-Pounder

9.1791Broadside Weight = 132 Imperial Pound ( 59.862 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 6-Pounder

9.1797Broadside Weight = 1 Imperial Pound ( 0.4536 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
177955Design Complement

19 Commanding Officers

22.6.1781 - 23.8.1781CommanderJohn Stone ADM 6/22/303BWAS-171423.8.1781 - 7.2.1782CommanderJames Saumarez (1757-1836) ADM 6/22/329ODNB8.2.1782 - 21.1.1783CommanderCharles Sandys ADM 6/22/425
Issued by Sir Samuel Hood (1st Baronet Hood) (1724-1816), North America
Commission confirmed 15.3.1782
10.5.1790 - 21.9.1790CommanderCharles Tyler (1760-1835) ADM 6/24/27BWAS-171421.9.1790 - 22.11.1790CommanderHenry Curzon (1765-1846)BWAS-171422.11.1790 - 1793CommanderAnthony Hunt (d.1798)BWAS-171422.5.1793 - 5.11.1793CommanderThomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)ODNB3.1794 - 10.1794CommanderCharles Fullerton Elphinstone (1784-1807)BWAS-17147.10.1794 - 11.1795CommanderJoseph TurnerBWAS-17149.1796 - 5.1797CommanderJames Wallis (d.1808)BWAS-17145.1797 - 10.12.1798CommanderRobert HoneymanBWAS-171410.12.1798 - 6.9.1800CommanderCharles Grant (1770-1824)BWAS-17146.9.1800 - 3.1802CommanderJohn DavieBWAS-17143.1802 - 29.4.1802CommanderJohn HayesBWAS-171429.4.1802 - 7.1802CommanderUlick JenningsBWAS-17147.1802 - 1803CommanderJohn Thompson (1776-1864)BWAS-17146.1803 - 9.1809CommanderWilliam FooteBWAS-17149.1809 - 1812CommanderWilliam LoveBWAS-17145.1813 - 1815CommanderEdward HodderBWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

17.9.1801 - 19.1.1803Acting MasterJohn BurnettADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

1791 - 5.1793MidshipmanThomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)ODNB

Service History

3.1780Began building at Dover BWAS-1714
9.5.1781Completed building at Dover at a cost of £9195.3.9dBWAS-1714
8.6.1781Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.9.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1781Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.12.17812nd Battle of Ushant
3.1782Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
11.1784Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1785Laid up at Woolwich?BWAS-1714
3.1785Completed 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
9.1791Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated  
5.3.1793Took the Privateer L'Outarde (12)
22.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
11.1795Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1796Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1796Recommissioned for the North SeaBWAS-1714
10.1796Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £9099.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.7.1797Took the Privateer Brig Le Prosper (14) off the Dogger Bank
6.9.1797Took the Privateer Le Cerf Volant (14) off Heligoland
20.11.1799Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.1802Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1803Recommissioned for LymingtonBWAS-1714
7.1803Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Floating Battery
7.1803Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.6.1811Took the Unrated Sloop Hazard (16) off the Needles
1815Placed in ordinaryBWAS-1714
11.1.1816Sold at Deptford for £1,000BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM29-1ADM 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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