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Nominal Guns10BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned8.1797BWAS-1793
ShipyardSouth Shields - Durham - River Tyne BWAS-1793
Ship TypeBomb VesselBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck99' 9"Imperial Feet30.2006 
Length of Keel82' 10 ½"Imperial Feet25.0063 
Breadth28' 10 ½"Imperial Feet8.5471 
Depth in Hold12' 11"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen367 5294Tons BM 


3.1797Broadside Weight = 190 Imperial Pound ( 86.165 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck4 British 68-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 10" Mortar
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
179767Design Complement

4 Ship Commanders

8.1797 - 1799Commander
Isaac CotgraveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1802
1.1.1801 - 1803Commander
James WatsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1806
9.1803 - 1.1805Commander
James Haldane TaitBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1841
1.1805 - 2.1806Commander
Edward KillwickBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1815

1 Petty Officer

9.1797 - 4.9.1798Master's Mate
Hopewell Hayward BuddBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1836

Service History

4.1797Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
8.1797Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1793
14.11.1797Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £10267.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.7.1799Attack on Aix Roads
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
8.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
9.1803Recommissioned for the North SeaBWAS-1793
1.1804Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
22.12.1810Sold at WoolwichBWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

Mercantile Cornwall, built in 1796.


Previous comments on this page

Posted by AvM on Saturday 4th of December 2021 12:50

According to
Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Monday 17 December 1810
she was offered for sale at Deptford

Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 8th of September 2019 06:58

11 Feb 1799 Volcano10 bomb vessel Commander Isaac Cotgrave Plymouth, This morning a duel was fought at Devil's Point Battery between Mr. Pitt, surgeon, and Mr. Shaw, master of the Volcano gun-vessel; when, after two shots were exchanged at twelve paces, Mr. Pitt hit Mr. S. on the knee, and fractured the pan bone. He was conveyed to the Royal Naval Hospital, where he lies dangerously ill.

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