HMS Orpheus (1780)
|Ordered:||2 October 1778|
|Builder:||Adams & Barnard, Deptford|
|Laid down:||7 July 1779|
|Launched:||3 June 1780|
|Completed:||By 15 July 1780|
|Fate:||Wrecked on 23 January 1807|
|Class and type:||32–gun Amazon-class fifth-rate|
|Tons burthen:||68866⁄94 (bm)|
|Beam:||35 ft 2 1⁄4 in (10.7 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
American War of Independence
French Revolutionary Wars
In August 1797 Orpheus was reported as being in Madras and Captain William Hill was appointed commander.
On 16 April 1806, Orpheus, Captain Thomas Briggs, was in company with the revenue cutter Badger. They shared in the proceeds of the capture of two merchant vessels, Vrou Fingina and Vyf Gesusters.[Note 1]
Orpheus, under the command of Captain Thomas Briggs, arrived off Jamaica from England in the evening of 22 January 1807. Being short of water, Briggs decided to try to sail her into Port Royal, rather than wait for a pilot. Around midnight Orpheus grounded on a reef that was not accurately marked on her charts. Efforts to lighten her failed and she took on water. When the water reached her main deck, the crew took to the boats, abandoning her.
Notes, citations and references
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Hepper, David J. (1994). British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650-1859. Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot. ISBN 0-948864-30-3.
- Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-295-X.