HMS Thisbe (1783)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Thisbe.
HMS Thisbe (1783) in a hurricane.jpg
Thisbe at sea in a hurricane on 23 August 1798
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Name: HMS Thisbe
Ordered: 23 February 1782
Builder: Thomas King, Dover
Laid down: September 1782
Launched: 25 November 1783
Completed: 19 April 1784
Commissioned: December 1787
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"[1]
Fate: Sold to be broken up, 9 August 1815
General characteristics
Class and type: Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 5965794 (bm)
  • 120 ft 6 in (36.73 m) (gundeck)
  • 99 ft 5 38 in (30.312 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 7 in (10.24 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200 officers and men
  • Gundeck: 24 ×  9-pounder guns
  • QD: 4 ×  6-pounder guns + 4 x  18-pounder carronades
  • Fc: 2 x  18-pounder carronades

HMS Thisbe was a 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. Thisbe was first commissioned in December 1787 under the command of Captain George Robertson.

Thisbe on fire on 4 January 1786, caused by a lightning strike.
Nicholas Matthew Condy

Because Thisbe 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, citations, and references[edit]

  1. ^ A first-class share of the prize money awarded in April 1823 was worth £34 2s 4d; a fifth-class share, that of a seaman, was worth 3s 11½d. The amount was small as the total had to be shared between 79 vessels and the entire army contingent.[2]