Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'Topaze' (1790) (32)
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1774
Ship ClassMagicienne ClassNNF-1774
Designed byJoseph-Marie-Blaise Coulomb (1728-1803)NNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck144' 7"Imperial Feet43.8952 
Length of Keel120' 6 ¾"Imperial Feet36.5951 
Moulded Breadth37' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet11.2967 
Breadth37' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet11.2967 
Depth in Hold12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen916 8294Tons BM 


8.1795Broadside Weight = 308 Imperial Pound ( 139.678 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.1795280 BWAS-1793

7 Commanding Officers

8.1795 - 9.1801CaptainStephen George Church (d.1801)BWAS-17931802CaptainRobert HoneymanBWAS-17934.1803 - 7.1806CaptainWilloughby Thomas Lake (1773-1847)BWAS-17937.1806 - 9.1809CaptainAnselm John Griffiths (d.1842)BWAS-17939.1809 - 11.1810CaptainHenry HopeBWAS-179311.1810 - 1811CaptainJohn Richard Lumley (d.1821)BWAS-179318.4.1811 - 12.1812CaptainEdward Harvey (1783-1865)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

15.5.1802 - 27.5.1802Acting LieutenantWilliam Hill (1779-?)NAO

1 Warrant Officer

12.8.1795 - 3.1.1796MasterThomas SmithADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

1809 - 1810MidshipmanAlexander BoyterNBD1849

Service History

18.12.1794Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
17.11.1795Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4487.0.0dBWAS-1793
3.1796Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1793
28.8.1796Took the Frigate L'Elizabeth (36) off the Cape of Good Hope
11.1798Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
3.1799Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
2.1801Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
3.1803Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
5.1803Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
25.7.1804Took the Privateer Le Minerve (14)
13.2.1805Took the Privateer Le Général Augereau (14) after 47 days without making a CaptureBG
7.5.1805Took the Privateer Napoleon (20)
20.5.1805Took the Privateer Fenix (6) off Havana
1807On the Irish StationBWAS-1793
8.1.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
12.3.1809Action of 1809-03-12
31.5.1809Attack at Santa Maura
31.10.1809Action in Rosas Bay
12.1809Took the Privateer Le Joubert (8)
12.1809Took the Privateer Le Mentor (6)
12.1809Took the Privateer L'Espérance (3)
12.1812Paid offBWAS-1793
1813In Ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
1.9.1814Sold at Portsmouth for £1,300BWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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