HMS Nisus (1810)

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Name: HMS Nisus
Namesake: Nisus
Ordered: 28 September 1808
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Laid down: December 1808
Launched: 3 April 1810
Completed: 15 June 1810
Fate: Broken up, September 1822
General characteristics
Class and type: Lively-class frigate
Tons burthen: 1,071 ​5194 tons bm
Length: 154 ft (47 m)
Beam: 39 ft 5 in (12.01 m)
Draught: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 284
  • As ordered:
  • UD: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 2 × 9-pounder guns + 12 × 32-pounder carronades
  • FC: 2 × 9-pounder guns + 2 × 32-pounder carronades

HMS Nisus was a Royal Navy 38-gun fifth rate frigate, launched in 1810 at Plymouth, named for Virgil's character Nisus from The Aeneid.

Nisus entered service in 1810 under the command of Captain Philip Beaver, and sailed for the Indian Ocean, where she participated in the squadron led by Admiral Albemarle Bertie which landed troops on Île de France and captured the island from the French in December 1810.[Note 1]

By agreement, Eclipse and Nisus shared in the prize money for the capture of the Renommée on 20 May 1811 at the Battle of Tamatave, and one week later of the Néréide.[3] In August 1811, Nisus supported the Invasion of Java and was involved in a successful attack on the French fortified port of Cheribon, seizing the fort and defeating a French army sent to drive the British off. In September the force captured Surabaya.

In 1814 command passed to Charles Marsh Schomberg and in 1815 she was laid up at Plymouth, prior to being broken up in 1822.

Notes, citations, and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Admiral's share of the prize money was £2650 5s 2d. A first-class share was worth £278 19sd; a sixth-class share, that of an ordinary seaman, was worth £3 7s 6¼d.[1] A fourth and final payment was made in July 1828. A first-class share was worth £29 19s 5¼d; a sixth-class share was worth 8s 2½d. This time, Bertie received £314 14s 3½d.[2]
  1. ^ "No. 16938". The London Gazette. 24 September 1814. p. 1923.
  2. ^ "No. 18487". The London Gazette. 15 July 1828. pp. 1376–1377.
  3. ^ "No. 16710". The London Gazette. 9 March 1813. p. 511.