Comeet -> 1798 Penguin

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyDutch brig 'Komeet' (1789) (18)
First Commissioned5.1796BWAS-1793
ShipyardAmsterdam - Holland M01
Ship TypeBrig-Corvette BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck92' 9 ⅛"Imperial Feet28.0448 
Length of Keel73' 3 ⅞"Imperial Feet22.2726 
Breadth29' 4 ⅜"Imperial Feet8.8487 
Depth in Hold16' 4 ½"Imperial Feet4.8895 
Burthen336 2694Tons BM 


5.1796Broadside Weight = 81 Imperial Pound ( 36.7335 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck14 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1796125 BWAS-1793

7 Commanding Officers

5.1796 - 1798CommanderJohn King PullingBWAS-17931798 - 1799CommanderBendall Robert LittlehalesBWAS-17931800 - 2.1801CommanderRobert MansellBWAS-179314.2.1801 - 6.1802CommanderDuncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17936.1802 - 1803LieutenantJames M'FarlaneBWAS-17936.1803 - 1806CommanderGeorge Morris (1778-1857)BWAS-17931806LieutenantWilliam Henry SmithBWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

12.1797Vice-Admiral of the RedRobert Brice (c.1730-1805)BWAS-1793

Service History

14.10.1795Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
10.1.1796Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3943.0.0dBWAS-1793
18.9.1796Took the Privateer La Taupe à l'Oeil (8) off the Irish Coast
24.5.1797Took the Privateer Le Terrible (4) off the Lizard
21.8.1797Took the Privateer L'Oiseau (18) on the Irish Station
2.10.1798Renamed PenguinBWAS-1793
2.1801Sailed for the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1793
18.2.1801Action with an unidentified French ship in the South AtlanticBWAS-1793
5.1803Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
10.1803Recommissioned for the West coast of AfricaBWAS-1793
11.1803Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
24.3.1804Destroyed La Renommée (14) in the Senegal RiverBWAS-1793
1806Paid off into Ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
1806Took the Privateer Marsullois (3)
27.7.1809Sold at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
M01Dutch Navy Vessels 1700-1799 (Manuscript)Ron von MannenDocument

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