Iphigenia -> 1805 Imperieuse

Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslySpanish Fifth Rate frigate 'Medea' (1797) (40)
First Commissioned8.1806BWAS-1793
ShipyardFerrol - Spain 3DECKS
Constructor Julian Martin de Retamosa3DECKS
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck147' 2"Imperial Feet44.8067 
Length of Keel122' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet37.192 
Breadth40' 1"Imperial Feet12.2174 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen1,045 6194Tons BM 


8.1806Broadside Weight = 613 Imperial Pound ( 277.9955 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6 Ship Commanders

8.1806 - 6.1809Captain Thomas John Cochrane (1789-1872)BWAS-17938.1806 - 6.1809Captain Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860)BWAS-17936.1809 - 9.1810Captain Thomas GarthBWAS-17939.1810 - 11.1813Captain Henry Duncan (1786-1835)BWAS-179311.1813 - 1814Captain Philip Dumaresq (d.1819)BWAS-17931814 - 1815Captain Joseph James (d.1837)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

1807Lieutenant David MapletonBWAS-179325.7.1820 - 12.6.1821Lieutenant James KingstonNBD1849

2 Petty Officers

1810 - 1814Midshipman Charles James Adams (d.1853)NBD184911.1812 - 12.1813Midshipman Charles CaldecotNBD1849

Service History

19.10.1804Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
3.12.1805Renamed ImperieuseBWAS-1793
2.1806Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
11.1806Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
7.1.1807The boats of the Imperieuse under Lieutenant David Mapleton, landed a detachment of seamen, stormed Fort Roquette, protecting the French port of Arcachon, spiked four 36-prs., two field guns, and a 13-inch mortar, and burnt the fort. The shipping in the harbour, consisting of several gunboats and some small merchant vessels, was then destroyed. Lord Cochrane did not lose a man; which indicates that his plans were skilfully laid.TRN5
14.10.1807Took the Privateer King George off Corsica
19.2.1808Action of 1808-02-19
21.2.1808A French ship laden with supplies was captured by the boats with the loss of only one officer, and this close under the batteries of AlmeriaTRN5
13.4.1808Bombarded a barrack at Ciudadela, Minorca, and all but demolished itTRN5
9.5.1808Chased a large Spanish xebec, and captured her under a tower near the mouth of the Ebro, having first silenced the guns mounted in the towerTRN5
31.7.1808In combination with the Spanish insurgents, captured the fort of Mongat, an important position on the road between Barcelona and Gerona, receiving the surrender of the French garrison, and blowing up the workTRN5
15.8.1808In company with a gunboat, anchored off the mouth of the RhoneTRN5
17.8.1808Destroyed a French semaphore station at the mouth of the Rhone, another at La Pinede, and yet another at Frontignan; followed up by capturing two more close to Marseilles, and destroying a French battery, with a loss of only one man.TRN5
3.9.1808Bombarded La CiotatTRN5
10.9.1808In concert with the Spartan (38) , 38, Captain Jahleel Brenton, destroyed a signal station in the Gulf of Fos, captured a battery at Port Vendres, threw rockets into Cette, burnt two pontoons near Montpellier, and captured or destroyed a convoy of coastersTRN5
30.12.1808Attack on Caldagues Bay
30.12.1808Took the Cutter La Gauloise (7) in Gauloise Bay
30.12.1808Took the Cutter La Julie (5) in Gauloise Bay
11.4.1809Attack on the Basque Roads
27.6.1811Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
19.10.1811Action of 1811-10-19
27.6.1812Attack at Laigueglia 2
31.8.1813Took the Privateer L'Audacieux (3) off Bonifaccio
5.10.1813Attack off Anzio
3.1818Began fitting as a Lazarette at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
5.1818Completed fitting as a Lazarette at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
10.9.1838Sold to John Small Sedger at Sheerness for £1,705BWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 17th of May 2012 06:42

commanded by Lord Cochrane after refit at Plymouth forced to sea by port Admiral with carpenters still on-board

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