Unicorn

7247
Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered9.12.1790BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down3.1792BWAS-1793
Launched12.7.1794BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
Ship ClassPallas ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorThomas PollardBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up3.1815BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck135' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet41.1671 
Length of Keel113' 3 ⅝"Imperial Feet34.4583 
Breadth36' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet10.9919 
Depth in Hold12' 5 ¾"Imperial Feet3.6767 
Burthen791 394Tons BM 

Armament


12.7.1794Broadside Weight = 348 Imperial Pound ( 157.818 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
7.1791257Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
18.7.1794 - 9.7.1795CaptainWilliam Cayley (1742-1801) ADM 6/25/63BWAS-17937.1795 - 3.1797CaptainThomas Williams (1761-1841)BWAS-17933.1797 - 4.1799CaptainJames Young (1762-1833)BWAS-17934.1799 - 1801CaptainPhilip WilkinsonBWAS-17931801 - 1802CaptainCharles Wemyss (d.1826)BWAS-17931802CaptainCharles Stuart (d.c.1814)BWAS-17934.1803 - 8.1809CaptainLucius Ferdinand Hardyman (1771-1734)BWAS-17938.1809 - 4.1811CaptainAlexander Robert KerrBWAS-17934.1811 - 1814CaptainGeorge Burgoyne SaltBWAS-17931814CaptainSamuel George PechellBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1805 - 1806LieutenantHenry Bourchier (1787-1852)NBD184925.8.1809 - 6.10.1814First LieutenantHerbert Caiger (1786-?)NBD1849

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
4.11.1794 - 10.7.1795MasterDavid SmithADM29-112.7.1795 - 4.12.1801MasterThomas QuayleADM29-1

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
7.1796 - 1.1797MidshipmanSamuel Burgess (1781-?)NBD18491798MidshipmanRichard BluettNBD18497.1805 - 5.1808MidshipmanHenry BirdNBD18491.5.1811 - 7.10.1814MidshipmanCharles George ButlerNBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
8.1803 - 7.18051st Class VolunteerHenry BirdNBD184924.11.1804 - 18092nd Class VolunteerWilliam Boulton (d.1851)NBD18491.5.1810 - 18101st Class VolunteerGustavus Spicker Baker (1796-1853)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
12.7.1794Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
5.10.1794Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
25.8.1795Taken by Komeet (18) off Ireland
7.1.1796Took the Flûte La Ville de Lorient (28)
8.6.1796Action of 1796-06-08
8.6.1796Took the Frigate Tribune (32) off Waterford
21.10.1796Took the Privateer L'Entreprise (6) in the Irish Sea
11.1.1797Took the Privateer L'Éclair (18) in the Channel
2.7.1799Attack on Aix Roads
6.5.1805Took the Privateer Le Tape-a-Bord taken by boats off San Domingo
3.2.1810Took the Privateer Le Gascon (16)
12.4.1810Took the Frigate L'Espérance (24) off the Ile de Rhe
30.3.1813Took the Privateer La Miquelonnaise (18) in latitude 48 deg. 30 min. N. and longitude 6 deg. 30 min. W.BG
4.1813Took the Schooner L'Hébé (2)


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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