Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyItalian brig-corvette 'Ronco' (1808) (14)
ShipyardVenice BWAS-1793
Ship ClassFriedland ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byJean TupinierBWAS-1793
Constructor CocconMIdN
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck97' 7"Imperial Feet29.591 
Length of Keel76' 5"Imperial Feet23.186 
Breadth28' 8"Imperial Feet8.5598 
Depth in Hold18' 3"Imperial Feet5.4959 
Burthen334 394Tons BM 


8.1808Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2695 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck14 British 24-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.1808100 BWAS-1793

5 Commanding Officers

8.1808 - 1809LieutenantJohn GourleyBWAS-17939.1808 - 27.12.1808LieutenantJohn WilsonBWAS-179327.12.1808 - 12.1810CommanderJohn WilsonBWAS-179313.12.1810 - 1.1811CommanderGeorge Matttew Jones (d.1831)BWAS-17935.1813 - 1814CommanderGeorge Matttew Jones (d.1831)BWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

17.8.1808 - 7.1.1809Acting LieutenantPascoe Dunn (d.1826)ADM97.1.1809 - 30.10.1812First LieutenantPascoe Dunn (d.1826)ADM91812Second LieutenantWilliam Ody (1787-1842)BG

Service History

8.1808Commissioned in the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
31.10.1809Action in Rosas Bay
29.1.1818Sold at Plymouth to Thomas Pitman for £800BWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
MIdNLa Marina Italiana di NapoleoneVirgilio Ilari & Piero CrocianiDigital Book
ADM9ADM 9 Survey Returns of Officers' Services - 1817-1848  Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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Posted by Roger Hutchins on Monday 12th of November 2018 20:17

ADM 1/375 (33) is a report by Tuscan's Captain George Matthew Jones to Admiral A.K. Legge, commanding the Cadiz Squadron, of a desperate night action on 11 July 1812 in company with gun-brig HMS Endeavour (14). Jones was attempting to cut out three privateers sheltering in the little harbour of Chipiona beneath the cover of a battery of two guns. Chipiona is just north of Cadiz, on an estuary with shoals. One privateer was bought out despite the three being joined by iron chains. But Endeavour grounded and was lost, several of her crew wounded, several made prisoners (her Captain John Talbott was exonerated by court martial 20 July). Tuscan had one killed, two mortally wounded, 15 others wounded including, remarkably 6 of her 8 NCOs including the Captain's Clerk. In addition 1st Lieut Pascoe Dunn was severely wounded in the legs during the initial attack. He and 2nd Lieut William Ody were highly commended by Jones for their gallantry. Several casualties were marines, suggesting that the little ship had some 120 souls aboard at the time.

Posted by Roger Hutchins on Wednesday 1st of August 2018 15:29

From his memorandum of Service (1817 - ADM 9/5/1401) Pascoe Dunn (1786-1826), Master's Mate and Acting Lieut on HMS Excellent (74) off Cadiz, joined Ronco 17 August 1808 after her capture in May, and was Acting Commander 24 August to November 1808. He then served as Actng Lieut to Captain John Wilson in the Mediterranean until 7 Jan 1809, when Dunn was commissioned Lieutenant. He then served under Captain G.M. Jones on the Cadiz Station, until suffering four wounds (details of action unknown) and discharged 30 October 1812. Dunn was promoted Commander (for rank and pension) 15 June 1814.

Posted by AvM on Monday 28th of May 2018 15:09

She served till 1830s under the same name in the South Seas Trade.

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