Venus -> 1807 Heroine

Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1756/08/16BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool BWAS-1714
Ship ClassVenus Class
Designed byThomas SladeBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn OkillBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck128' 4 ½"Imperial Feet39.0271 
Length of Keel106' 3"Imperial Feet32.3215 
Breadth35' 9"Imperial Feet10.7137 
Depth in Hold12' 4"Imperial Feet3.7084 
Draught Forward8' 8"Imperial Feet2.6416 
Draught Aft13' 1"Imperial Feet3.9709 
Burthen722 2994Tons BM 


1758/03/11Broadside Weight = 189 Imperial Pound ( 85.7118 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1793Broadside Weight = 222 Imperial Pound ( 100.677 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1809Broadside Weight = 282 Imperial Pound ( 127.887 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1756/07/13240Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1758/03 - 1763/03CaptainThomas HarrisonBWAS-17141768/06 - 1770CaptainSamuel BarringtonBWAS-17141770/10 - 1772/04CaptainGeorge BalfourBWAS-17141777/03 - 1778/11CaptainWilliam Peere WilliamsBWAS-17141778/11 - 1780/10CaptainJames FergusonBWAS-17141780/10/20 - 1781/11CaptainJames DouglasBWAS-17141783/03 - 1786/06CaptainCharles HudsonBWAS-17141793/01 - 1794/05CaptainJonathon FaulknorBWAS-17141794/05 - 1794/12CaptainWilliam BrownBWAS-17141794/12 - 1795/02CaptainCharles StirlingBWAS-17141795/02 - 1795/12CaptainLawrence William HalsteadBWAS-17141795/12 - 1801CaptainSir Thomas GravesBWAS-17141803/07 - 1807/07CaptainHenry MatsonBWAS-17141809/03 - 1809/11CaptainHood Hanway ChristianBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1758/04 - 1761/05Second LieutenantWilliam AbdyADM 1061761LieutenantThomas Dumaresqref:8491794First LieutenantGeorge Tilsonref:9241794Second LieutenantThomas Innesref:9241794Third LieutenantJohn Warrenref:9241795/05/29 - 1796/02/02LieutenantEdward Pelham Brentonref:616

Warrant Officers

1783/04/09 - 1786/06/03MasterWilliam ThurmanADM29-11794UnknownHenry OsborneADM 171/81794MasterWilliam Banksref:9241794BoatswainJohn Williamsref:9241794CarpenterSamuel Battarsref:9241794GunnerJohn Knowlesref:9241794PurserRichard Bromleyref:9241794SurgeonJohn Buchanref:9241799/08/07 - 1802/05/31MasterJohn W TrotterADM29-1

Petty Officers

1768 - 1768/09MidshipmanLord Henry Frederick (1st Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn)ODNB


1769 - 1770UnknownRoger Curtisref:6161794Able SeamanJoseph CenturADM 171/81794Able SeamanGeorge GibbonsADM 171/81794Ordinary SeamanGabriel GrayADM 171/81804/02/05 - 1806/011st Class VolunteerGeorge ButlerNBD1849


1794DrummerWilliam OatesADM 171/81794Lieutenant of MarinesJohn Loddingtonref:924

Service History

1758/03/11building at Liverpool at a cost of £6645.3.8dBWAS-1714
1758/06/30fitting at Liverpool BWAS-1714
1759/05/18Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Aréthuse (32)
1759/11/20Battle of Quiberon Bay
1761/01/30Took the Fifth Rate Frigate La Brune (30) in the Soundings
1761/04/03Took the Merchantman East Indiaman Le Bertin (64) off Cadiz
1762/03/07Took the Privateer Aimable Josepha (14)
1762/05/01Took the Privateer Le Miquilet (14) off the Lizard and sent into Plymouth .BG
1762/06/04Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora de Bignonia (16)
1762/09/15Took the Privateer Cannibul (8)
1762/09/18Took the Privateer Le Duc de Penthièvre (14)
1762/10/15Took the Unrated Schooner Le Crozen (6)
1763/03Paid offBWAS-1714
1763/05/03Surveyed, no repairsBWAS-1714
1763/10/15Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1765/05Paid offBWAS-1714
1765/06Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1767/02Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7997.6.9dBWAS-1714
1768/07fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4834.4.0dBWAS-1714
1769In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1770Paid offBWAS-1714
1772/04Paid offBWAS-1714
1776/09Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1777/07Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £13002.0.1dBWAS-1714
1777/08/24Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1778/08/11Howe's encounter with d'Estaing
1778/11/04Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1778/12/14Battle of St. Lucia
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1779/03/06Took the Privateer Ship-Sloop Governor Trumbull (16)
1780In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1780/04/17Battle of Martinique
1780/05/15Action of 15th March 1780
1780/05/19Action of 19th March 1780
1781/07/12Took the Privateer Sloop Royal Louis (16)
1781/11Paid offBWAS-1714
1782/08Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1783/07Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £9434.0.0dBWAS-1714
1786/06Paid offBWAS-1714
1791/02Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1792/03Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £18520.0.0dBWAS-1714
1792/07/22Refitted as a 32 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
1793/01Began fitting at Deptford BWAS-1714
1793/03Completed fitting at Deptford at a cost of £1506.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793/05/24Took the Privateer Le Sans Culottes (16)
1793/05/27Venus vs Semillante
1794/06/01Glorious 1st of June
1796/04/14Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1797/04/20Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1798/03Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

Arrived at Plymouth escorting the damaged merchant Mariner, Chivers.


Sailed from Plymouth

1799/03/26Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1800/07Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1803/06/21Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago
1807/07Paid off into ordinary at WoolwichBWAS-1714
1807/07/14Renamed HeroineBWAS-1714
1809/03Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1809/05Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1809/07/28Walcheren Expedition
1809/11Paid off and laid up at SheernessBWAS-1714
1817Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
1823/12Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1824/06Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1828/09/22Sold to John Small Sedger at Deptofrod for £1,710BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 106 ADM 106 1674-1832 Navy Board: Entry Book of Out Letters Document
ref:849 A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831Samantha CavellThesis
ref:924 A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet under the Command of Earl HoweA C de PoggiBook
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ADM 171/8 ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BG The London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook

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Posted by Brian on Saturday 17th of May 2014 19:05

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 32 (1762).
Capt. Harrison of the Venus frigate, brought into Plymouth, the Boulogne from the Isle of France, laden with coffee and pepper, M. de St. Romaine, commander. She was taken after an hours engagement, in which time she had 7 men killed and 20 wounded. She had been about 3 months from the Isle of France and left M. de Apobe's squadron there.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 2nd of August 2012 12:26

17 June 1793 under repair at Falmouth due to damage from the action May 27 1793

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