HMS Orontes (1813)

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Name: HMS Orontes
Ordered: 4 May 1812
Builder: Josiah & Thomas Brindley, Frindsbury
Laid down: August 1812
Launched: 29 June 1813
Completed: 13 December 1813
Renamed: Originally ordered as HMS Brilliant
Fate: Broken up in April 1817
General characteristics
Class and type: Scamander-class frigate
Tons burthen: 939 bm
  • 142 ft 10.5 in (43.548 m) (gundeck)
  • 119 ft 9.5 in (36.513 m) (keel)
Beam: 38 ft 4.75 in (11.7031 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Crew: 284

HMS Orontes was a 36-gun Scamander-class fifth rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She was built at Frindsbury as HMS Brilliant, but was renamed in 1812. She was launched in 1813. Her first commander was Captain Nathaniel Day Cochrane, who served on the Irish Station. She was later under Captain William M’Culloch, who may have taken her to the West Indies.

On 31 January 1815 Lloyd's List reported that Orontes was one of the escorts of a fleet that had left St Thomas on 11 December 1814.[1]

On 18 February 1817, Lloyd's List reported that Orontes, just arrived at Portsmouth, had spoke with Grant at 1°32′N 17°15′W / 1.533°N 17.250°W / 1.533; -17.250, out 110 days on her voyage from Madras to England.[2]

Orontes was broken up at Sheerness in April 1817.

Citations and references[edit]



  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. London: Seaforth. ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4.