British Fifth Rate frigate 'Flora' (1780)
   

Flora

7652
Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered6.11.1778BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down21.11.1778BWAS-1793
Launched6.5.1780BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
Ship ClassFlora Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1793
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Wrecked18.1.1808BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck137' 0"Imperial Feet41.7576 
Length of Keel113' 1"Imperial Feet34.4444 
Breadth38' 0"Imperial Feet11.5824 
Depth in Hold13' 3"Imperial Feet3.9878 
Draught Forward10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Draught Aft14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen868 5394Tons BM 

Armament


6.5.1780Broadside Weight = 345 Imperial Pound ( 156.4578 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

1805Broadside Weight = 403 Imperial Pound ( 182.7605 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.11.1778260Design Complement
25.4.1780270 BWAS-1714
7.1801121 BWAS-1714

14 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.1780 - 12.1781CaptainWilliam Peere Williams (1741-1832)BWAS-171412.1781 - 12.1782CaptainSamuel Marshall (1741-1795)BWAS-17145.1783 - 7.1783CaptainGeorge BowenBWAS-17147.1783 - 6.1784CaptainRobert MontaguBWAS-17146.1784 - 9.1786CaptainGeorge Stoney (d.1786)BWAS-171422.11.1790CaptainIsaac George Manley (1755-1837)BWAS-17141.1793 - 9.1794CaptainSir John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow) (1753-1822)BWAS-17149.1794 - 11.1794CaptainWilliam Albany OtwayBWAS-171411.1794 - 12.1794CaptainThomas DruryBWAS-171412.1794 - 9.7.1795CommanderHenry Lidgbird Ball (1756-1818)BWAS-17149.7.1795 - 10.1795CaptainHenry Lidgbird Ball (1756-1818)BWAS-171410.1795 - 1801CaptainRobert Gambier MiddletonBWAS-17145.1801 - 4.1802CommanderEdward KendallBWAS-17146.5.1805 - 18.1.1808CaptainLoftus Otway Bland (d.1810)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
11.4.1795 - 19.6.1801LieutenantSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
9.1787 - 12.1793MidshipmanJohn Baker (1770-1845)NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
3.11.1801 - 18011st Class VolunteerBenjamin Baynton (1789-1854)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
6.5.1780Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £19788.15.10dBWAS-1714
10.8.1780Flora vs Nymphe
1781Took the Privateer L'Hercule (20) off Cape Clear
30.5.1781Action of 1781-05-30
19.6.1781Action of 1781-06-19
15.1.1782Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
12.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.11.1783Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
9.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
8.1790Began great repairBWAS-1714
1.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1793Completed great repair at a cost of £18214.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1793fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £6022.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.1.1794Took the Unrated Brig-Corvette La Vipère (12) off Cape Clear
23.4.1794Action of 1794-04-23
6.1794Took the Privateer Le Phoenix (12) off Cape Clear
6.1794Took the Privateer La République Française (16) off Cape Clear
23.8.1794Destruction of the Volontaire
27.11.1795Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
15.5.1796Took the Privateer Lugger L'Epervier (2)
16.4.1797Took the Privateer L'Incroyable (24)
2.5.1798Took the Fifth Rate La Corcyre (16)
13.5.1798Took the Unrated Brig Le Mondovi (16)
7.1798Off the AzoresBWAS-1714
4.10.1798Took the Privateer Cutter Le President Parker (12) in the Azores
25.1.1799Took the Privateer L'Intrépide (20) on the Lisbon station
15.2.1799Took the Privateer L'Aventure (14) on the Lisbon stationBG
27.2.1799Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora del Carmen (2)
20.4.1799Took the Privateer Schooner La Légère (14) on the Lisbon stationBG
25.7.1799Took the Privateer Brig Le Rhuiter (14) on the Lisbon stationBG
20.3.1800Took the Privateer Corunesa (16) off the coast of Portugal
9.4.1800Took the Privateer San Antonio y Animas (10)
22.6.1800Took the Other Vessels Cortez (14) BG
1801Operations off EgyptBWAS-1714
23.5.1801Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Sloop
7.1801Guard vessel for the Needles PassageBWAS-1714
4.1802Paid off and placed in ordinaryBWAS-1714
12.1804Began repairs at Deptford BWAS-1714
4.1805Completed repairs at Deptford at a cost of £9717.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.5.1805Refitted as a 36 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
1806In the North SeaBWAS-1714
25.11.1806Took the Privateer El Espedarte (6) in the Mediterranean
18.1.1808Broached on Terschelling off the Dutch coast, 9 men were lostBWAS-1714


Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
   Book
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BG The London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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