Venus -> 1807 Heroine

Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down16.8.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool BWAS-1714
Ship ClassVenus Class
Designed byThomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-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 


11.3.1758Broadside 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
13.7.1756240Design Complement

14 Commanding Officers

3.1758 - 3.1763CaptainThomas Harrison (1725-1768)BWAS-17146.1768 - 1770CaptainSamuel Barrington (1729-1800)BWAS-171410.1770 - 4.1772CaptainGeorge Balfour (c.1720-1794)BWAS-17143.1777 - 11.1778CaptainWilliam Peere Williams (1741-1832)BWAS-171411.1778 - 10.1780CaptainJames Ferguson (1723-1793)BWAS-171420.10.1780 - 11.1781CaptainJames Douglas (1755-1839)BWAS-17143.1783 - 6.1786CaptainCharles Hudson (d.1803)BWAS-17141.1793 - 5.1794CaptainJonathon Faulknor (d.1809)BWAS-17145.1794 - 12.1794CaptainWilliam BrownBWAS-171412.1794 - 2.1795CaptainCharles Stirling (1760-1833)BWAS-17142.1795 - 12.1795CaptainLawrence William HalsteadBWAS-171412.1795 - 1801CaptainSir Thomas GravesBWAS-17147.1803 - 7.1807CaptainHenry MatsonBWAS-17143.1809 - 11.1809CaptainHood Hanway ChristianBWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

4.1758 - 5.1761Second LieutenantWilliam Abdy (1732-1803)ADM 1061761LieutenantThomas Dumaresq (1729-1802)ref:8491794First LieutenantGeorge Tilson (d.1795)ref:9241794Second LieutenantThomas Innes (d.1831)ref:9241794Third LieutenantJohn Warrenref:92429.5.1795 - 2.2.1796LieutenantEdward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:616

9 Warrant Officers

9.4.1783 - 3.6.1786MasterWilliam ThurmanADM29-11794SurgeonJohn Buchanref:9241794PurserRichard Bromleyref:9241794GunnerJohn Knowlesref:9241794CarpenterSamuel Battarsref:9241794BoatswainJohn Williamsref:9241794MasterWilliam Banksref:9241794UnknownHenry Osborne (d.1858)ADM 171/87.8.1799 - 31.5.1802MasterJohn W TrotterADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

1768 - 9.1768MidshipmanLord Henry Frederick (1st Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn) (1745-1790)ODNB

5 Crewmen

1769 - 1770UnknownRoger Curtis (1746-1816)ref:6161794Ordinary SeamanGabriel GrayADM 171/81794Able SeamanGeorge GibbonsADM 171/81794Able SeamanJoseph CenturADM 171/85.2.1804 - 1.18061st Class VolunteerGeorge Butler (1791-?)NBD1849

2 Marines

1794Lieutenant of MarinesJohn Loddingtonref:9241794DrummerWilliam OatesADM 171/8

Service History

11.3.1758building at Liverpool at a cost of £6645.3.8dBWAS-1714
30.6.1758fitting at Liverpool BWAS-1714
18.5.1759Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Aréthuse (32)
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
30.1.1761Took the Fifth Rate Frigate La Brune (30) in the Soundings
3.4.1761Took the Merchantman East Indiaman Le Bertin (64) off Cadiz
7.3.1762Took the Privateer Aimable Josepha (14)
1.5.1762Took the Privateer Le Miquilet (14) off the Lizard and sent into Plymouth .BG
4.6.1762Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora de Bignonia (16)
15.9.1762Took the Privateer Cannibul (8)
18.9.1762Took the Privateer Le Duc de Penthièvre (14)
15.10.1762Took the Unrated Schooner Le Crozen (6)
3.1763Paid offBWAS-1714
3.5.1763Surveyed, no repairsBWAS-1714
15.10.1763Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
5.1765Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1765Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1767Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7997.6.9dBWAS-1714
7.1768fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4834.4.0dBWAS-1714
1769In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1770Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1772Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1776Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1777Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £13002.0.1dBWAS-1714
24.8.1777Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
11.8.1778Howe's encounter with d'Estaing
4.11.1778Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.3.1779Took the Privateer Ship-Sloop Governor Trumbull (16)
1780In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
15.5.1780Action of 15th March 1780
19.5.1780Action of 19th March 1780
12.7.1781Took the Privateer Sloop Royal Louis (16)
11.1781Paid offBWAS-1714
8.1782Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1783Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £9434.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1791Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1792Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £18520.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.7.1792Refitted as a 32 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
1.1793Began fitting at Deptford BWAS-1714
3.1793Completed fitting at Deptford at a cost of £1506.0.0dBWAS-1714
24.5.1793Took the Privateer Le Sans Culottes (16)
27.5.1793Venus vs Semillante
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
14.4.1796Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
20.4.1797Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
3.1798Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

Arrived at Plymouth escorting the damaged merchant Mariner, Chivers.


Sailed from Plymouth

26.3.1799Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.1800Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
21.6.1803Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago
7.1807Paid off into ordinary at WoolwichBWAS-1714
14.7.1807Renamed HeroineBWAS-1714
3.1809Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1809Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
28.7.1809Walcheren Expedition
11.1809Paid off and laid up at SheernessBWAS-1714
1817Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
12.1823Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1824Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.9.1828Sold 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 ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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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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