HMS Vestal (1779)
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Ordered:||18 March 1778|
|Builder:||Robert & John Batson, Limehouse|
|Laid down:||1 May 1778|
|Launched:||24 December 1779|
|Completed:||25 February 1780 (at Deptford Dockyard)|
|Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"|
|Fate:||Sold February 1816|
|Class & type:||28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||601 35⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||120 ft 6 in (36.73 m) (overall)
99 ft 6 in (30.33 m) (keel)
|Beam:||33 ft 8 1⁄2 in (10.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||11 ft 0.5 in (3.366 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||200 officers and men|
|Armament:||Upper deck: 24 × 9-pounder guns swivel guns|
She took part in the Action of 22 August 1795 between British and Dutch frigate squadrons off the Norwegian coast.
Because Vestal served in the navy's Egyptian campaign (8 March to 2 September 1801), her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorized in 1850 to all surviving claimants.[Note 1]
Notes and citations
- Robert Gardiner, The First Frigates, Conway Maritime Press, London 1992. ISBN 0-85177-601-9.
- David Lyon, The Sailing Navy List, Conway Maritime Press, London 1993. ISBN 0-85177-617-5.
- Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792, Seaforth Publishing, London 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.
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