HMS Thistle (1812)
|Ordered:||16 November 1811|
|Builder:||Mrs Mary Ross, Rochester, Kent|
|Laid down:||March 1812|
|Launched:||13 July 1812|
|Commissioned:||12 September 1812|
|Fate:||Broken up at Portsmouth July 1823|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Bold-class gun-brig|
|Tons burthen:||18639⁄94 bm|
|Beam:||22 ft 3 in (6.8 m)|
|Depth of hold:||11 ft 0 1⁄2 in (3.4 m)|
|Armament:||10 × 18-pounder carronades + 2 × 6-pounder bow chasers|
Design and construction
The Bold class were a revival of Sir William Rule's Confounder-class gun-brig design of 1804. They were armed with ten 18-pounder carronades and two 6-pounder bow chasers. Built at Rochester, Kent by Mary Ross, Bold was launched on 13 July 1812 and commissioned on 12 September 1812 under Commander James K White.
In early January 1814, some crew volunteered to reinforce the squadron on the Great Lakes, together with men from Fantome and Manly. Seventy men left Halifax; they reached Kingston, Ontario on 22 March, having traveled some 900 miles in winter, almost entirely on foot. Mathew Abdy, Master of HMS Thistle was one such volunteer, but he died of exposure in Woodstock, New Brunswick in February 1814, and is buried there. She was subsequently commanded by Lieutenant I Burch during the operations in the Chesapeake, and was present during the actions at Washington and Baltimore.
After the Battle of Lake Borgne, Nymphe with Thistle, Aetna, Meteor, Herald and Pigmy, went up the Mississippi River to create a diversion. These latter five ships were to take part in the Siege of Fort St. Philip (1815).
She was subsequently captained by Commander J Montague in January 1815. She returned to Great Britain after the end of the War of 1812, and was paid off on 7 August 1815.
She was recommissioned in May 1819, and was commanded by Lieutenant Robert Hagan, and deployed to the African station, under whose command he captured 40 sail of vessels and liberated 4000 slaves.
She was broken up at Portsmouth in July 1823.
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