British Vessels off New London, 1812-15

This list includes vessel name, year built, nominal number of guns, dimensions when known, name of captain, and time of service off New London or in Long Island Sound. The list includes several Canadian privateers that occasionally cruised Long Island Sound.

In 1812, before the Royal Navy established a regular station off New London, several British frigates cruised off southern New England. They included:


Battle between HMS Belvidera and USS President on 23 August 1812







HMS Belvidera (1809, 44 guns, 145’x38’x13’) Captain Richard Byron, in first engagement of the war, with USS President, June 23, 1812


This painting shows a 36 gun fifth rate of the size and type of the Aeolus.







HMS Aeolus (1801, 40 guns, 144’x38’x12’), Captain James Townsend

HMS Spartan (1806, 46 guns, 154’x39’x13’) Captain Edward P. Brenton

HMS Maidstone (1811, 36 guns, 142’x38’x13’), Captain George Burdett

HMS Shannon (1806, 38 guns, 150’x40’x13’)) Captain Philip Broke



The Royal Navy established a regular presence directly off New London in April 1813.



HMS Ramillies (1785, 74 guns, 170’x47’x20’), Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy, April 1813- August 1814

HMS Albion (1802, 74 guns, 175’x47’x20’), Captain Charles Bayne Hodgson Ross, flagship of Admiral Sir George Cockburn, fall 1813

HMS Valiant (1807, 74 guns, 174’x47’x20’), Captain Robert Dudley Oliver, fall 1813

HMS Sceptre (1802, 74 guns, 174’x47’x20’), Captain Charles B.H. Ross, flagship of Admiral Sir George Cockburn, early 1814

HMS Victorious (1808, 74 guns, 173’x47’x21’), Captain John Talbot, early 1814

HMS La Hogue (1811, 74 guns, 176’x47’x21’), Captain Thomas Blayden Capel, spring 1814

HMS Bulwark (1807, 74 guns, 182’x49’x20’), Captain David Milne, spring 1814

HMS Superb (1798, 74 guns, 182’x49’x21’), Captain Charles Paget, flagship of Admiral Henry Hotham, 1814-15

HMS Majestic (1785, 56 guns, 170’x47’x20’), Captain John Hayes, late 1814



HMS Orpheus (1809, 36 guns, 145’x38’x13’), Captain Hugh Pigot, 1813

HMS Loire (formerly French frigate Loire, 1797, 38 guns, 152’x40’x20’), Captain Blayney, summer-fall 1813

HMS Acasta (1797, 40 guns, 154’x41’x14’), Captain Alexander Robert Kerr, fall 1813

HMS Statira (1807, 38 guns, 154’x40’x13’), Captain Hassard Stackpoole, 1813-14

HMS Maidstone (1811, 36 guns, 142’x38’x13’), Captain George Burdett, spring, fall 1814

HMS Endymion (1797, 46 guns, 159′x42′x13′), Captain Henry Hope, 1814

HMS Pactolus (1813, 38 guns, 150′x40′x13′), Captain Frederick William Aylmer, summer-fall 1814

HMS Pomone (formerly French frigate Astree, 1809, 38 guns), Captain Philip Carteret, fall 1814

HMS Narcissus (1801, 32 guns, 142’x38’x13’), Captain Alexander Gordon, 1815



HMS Loup Cervier (formerly USS Wasp, 1807, 18 guns, 105’x31’x14’), Commander William Bowen Mends, 1813-14 (renamed HMS Peacock and commanded by Richard Coote, summer 1814)

HMS Atalante (1808, 18 guns, 107’x30’x15’), Commander Frederick Hickey, 1813

HMS Sylph (1812, 18 guns), Commander George Dickins, spring 1814

HMS Morgiana (1811, 18 guns), Commander David S. Scott, fall 1814



HMS Borer (1802, 14 guns), Commander Richard Coote, 1813-14

HMS Dispatch (1812, 18 guns, 100’x30’x13’), Commander James Galloway, off Stonington August 1814

HMS Nimrod (1812, 18 guns, 100’x30’x13’), Lieutenant George Hilton, 1814



HMS Terror (1813, 2 mortars, 102’x27’x22’), Commander John Sheridan, off Stonington August 1814



Sir John Sherbrooke, (formerly American privateer Thorn, 18 guns), Captain Joseph Freeman, spring 1813

Lively (5 guns), Captain Bartlett, summer 1814

Liverpool Packet (5 guns), spring, fall 1814

Rolla (5 guns), fall 1814