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Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1780BWAS-1714
First Commissioned22.6.1781BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDover - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassTisiphone Class (1779)BWAS-1714
Henry LaddBritish
Ship Builder
Ship TypeFireshipBWAS-1714
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

23 Ship Commanders

22.6.1781 - 23.8.1781Commander
John StoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1786
ADM 6/22/303
23.8.1781 - 7.2.1782Commander
James SaumarezBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1767-1830
ADM 6/22/329
8.2.1782 - 21.1.1783Commander
Charles SandysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1805
ADM 6/22/425
Issued by
Sir Samuel Hood (1st Baronet Hood)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1790
, North America
Confirmed 15.3.1782
1.12.1787 - 10.5.1790Commander
Alexander FraserBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
ADM 6/23/440
ADM 6/23
10.5.1790 - 21.9.1790Commander
Charles TylerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1816
ADM 6/24/27
22.9.1790 - 22.11.1790Commander
The Hon. Henry CurzonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1830
ADM 6/24/70
2.3.1791 - 25.3.1791Commander
Philip Gidley KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1798
ADM 6/24/109
ADM 6/24
25.3.1791 - 6.9.1791Commander
Anthony HuntBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1796
ADM 6/24/111
ADM 6/24
7.9.1791 - 22.5.1793Commander
Anthony HuntBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1796
ADM 6/24/133
ADM 6/24
22.5.1793 - 5.11.1793Commander
Thomas Byam MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1785-1849
ADM 6/25/38
Confirmed 1.5.1794
5.11.1793 - 1793Commander
Samuel Hood LinzeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
ADM 6/25/50
Confirmed 14.6.1794
ADM 6/25
3.1794 - 10.1794Commander
Charles Fullerton ElphinstoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1807
7.10.1794 - 11.1795Commander
Joseph TurnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1799
9.1796 - 5.1797Commander
James WallisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1804
5.1797 - 10.12.1798Commander
Robert HoneymanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1847
10.12.1798 - 6.9.1800Commander
Charles GrantBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
6.9.1800 - 3.1802Commander
John DavieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1818
3.1802 - 29.4.1802Commander
John HayesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1815
29.4.1802 - 7.1802Commander
Ulick JenningsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1803
7.1802 - 1803Commander
John ThompsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1860
6.1803 - 9.1809Commander
William FooteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1810
9.1809 - 1812Commander
William LoveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1817
5.1813 - 1815Commander
Edward HodderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1815

2 Commissioned Officers

28.7.1790 - 3.8.1790Lieutenant
John GloverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1790
ADM 6/24/56
ADM 6/24
4.8.1790 - 1790Lieutenant
John YellandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1806
ADM 6/24/58
ADM 6/24

1 Warrant Officer

17.9.1801 - 19.1.1803Acting Master
John BurnettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1810
ADM 29-1

1 Petty Officer

1791 - 5.1793Midshipman
Thomas Masterman HardyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1837

Service History

3.1780Began building at Dover - Kent BWAS-1714
9.5.1781Completed building at Dover - Kent at a cost of £9195.3.9dBWAS-1714
8.6.1781Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
5.9.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness 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 - Woolwich BWAS-1714
3.1785Laid up at Woolwich?BWAS-1714
3.1785Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £3342.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1791Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £3529.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1791Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Unknown
5.3.1793Took the Privateer
L'Outarde (12) 1793-1793
French 12 Gun

22.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.10.1795Action of 1795-10-07
11.1795Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1796Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
9.1796Recommissioned for the North SeaBWAS-1714
10.1796Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £9099.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.7.1797Took the Brig
Le Prosper (14) 1797-1797
French 14 Gun
Privateer Brig
off the Dogger Bank
6.9.1797Took the Lugger
Le Cerf Volant (14) 1797-1797
French 14 Gun
Privateer Lugger
off Heligoland bearing S. E. by S. Five Leagues
20.11.1799Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.1802Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
6.1803Recommissioned for LymingtonBWAS-1714
7.1803Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Floating Battery
7.1803Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
22.6.1811Took the Privateer
Le Hazard 1811-1811
French Privateer
off the Needles
1815Placed in ordinaryBWAS-1714
11.1.1816Sold at Deptford for £1,000BWAS-1714


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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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