Cameleon

7531
Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered13.7.1795BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down7.1795BWAS-1793
Launched14.10.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDiligence Class
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1793
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigBrig
Broken Up4.1811BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck95' 1"Imperial Feet28.9611 
Length of Keel75' 1 ½"Imperial Feet22.8727 
Breadth28' 3"Imperial Feet8.5439 
Depth in Hold12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Forward6' 4"Imperial Feet1.9304 
Draught Aft10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Burthen318 8594Tons BM 

Armament


14.10.1795Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
22.4.1795121Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
11.1795 - 1.1.1796CommanderRichard Henry Alexander BennetBWAS-17931.1.1796 - 5.1797CommanderRichard Runwa Bowyer (d.1823)BWAS-17935.1797 - 11.1797LieutenantRichard Falkland (1765-1825)BWAS-179311.1797 - 2.5.1798CommanderRichard Runwa Bowyer (d.1823)BWAS-17932.5.1798 - 24.6.1799CommanderJohn StilesBWAS-179324.6.1799 - 3.1800CommanderFrederick Lewis Maitland (1777-1839)BWAS-17933.1800 - 5.1800LieutenantRobert JacksonNBD18495.1800 - 12.1800CommanderFrederick Lewis Maitland (1777-1839)BWAS-179312.1800CommanderJames Dalrymple (d.1803)BWAS-179326.12.1800 - 3.8.1801CommanderGeorge Heneage Laurence DundasBWAS-17935.1802 - 26.7.1802LieutenantThomas Staines (1776-1830)BWAS-179326.7.1802 - 9.1805CommanderThomas Staines (1776-1830)ODNB

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.7.1803 - 9.12.1803Acting LieutenantThomas Bennett (1785-?)NBD18499.12.1803 - 5.1805LieutenantThomas Bennett (1785-?)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
7.1795Began building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
14.10.1795Completed building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £4615.0.0dBWAS-1793
14.10.1795Began coppering at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
27.10.1795Completed coppering at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £466.0.0dBWAS-1793
27.10.1795Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
26.12.1795Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3442.0.0dBWAS-1793
22.2.1796Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
2.3.1798Took the Privateer Le Souffleur (4) in the Channel
4.3.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
9.1805Paid off and laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
4.1811Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
 

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