HMS Orpheus (1809)
|Ordered:||27 February 1808|
|Laid down:||August 1808|
|Launched:||12 August 1809|
|Completed:||By 21 September 1809|
|Fate:||Broken up in August 1819|
|Class and type:||Apollo-class frigate|
|Tons burthen:||94728/94 (bm)|
|Length:||145 ft (44 m) (gundeck); 121 ft 8.75 in (37.1031 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)|
|Depth of hold:||13 ft 4 in (4.06 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
Ordered on 27 February 1807 and laid down in August 1808 at Deptford Dockyard. Launched on 12 August 1809 and completed on 21 September 1809.
While in Long Island Sound, she chased the American privateer Holkar and ran her aground, before destroying Holkar by cannon fire. Orpheus also saw service in the War of 1812 and was part of the British patrolling squadron in Long Island Sound. When the British fleet encountered an American fleet, commanded by Stephen Decatur it chased them to New London where the American fleet escaped. The British squadron there formed a blockade, confining the American fleet until the end of the war.
She was broken up at Chatham Dockyard in August 1819.
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