Ambuscade -> 1803 Helder

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyDutch Fifth Rate frigate 'Embuscade' (1795) (32)
ShipyardRotterdam - Holland M01
Ship TypeFloating Battery


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck127' 0"Imperial Feet38.7096 
Length of Keel103' 4 ¾"Imperial Feet31.4135 
Breadth37' 5"Imperial Feet11.2957 
Depth in Hold12' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen770Tons BM 


4.1803Broadside Weight = 360 Imperial Pound ( 163.26 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck24 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 18-Pound Carronade

3 Commanding Officers

4.1803 - 6.1804CommanderEdward Hawkins (d.1839)BWAS-17936.1804 - 1805CommanderThomas Searle (1777-1849)BWAS-17931805CommanderBenjamin WalkerBWAS-1793

Service History

9.7.1801Foundered at Sheerness, but salvagedBWAS-1793
25.3.1803Renamed HelderBWAS-1793
4.1803Commissioned as a floating battery in the HumberBWAS-1793
4.1803Refitted as a 32 gun Unrated Floating Battery
6.1807Sold at SheernessBWAS-1793


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