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HMS Briseis (1808)
Career
Name: HMS Briseis
Builder: John King, Upnor
Launched: 19 May 1808
Fate: Wrecked 5 November 1816
General characteristics
Class & type: Cherokee-class brig-sloop
Tons burthen: 239 bm
Length: 90 ft 3 in (27.51 m)
Beam: 24 ft 7 in (7.49 m)
Draught: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Brig
Complement: 75 men and boys
Armament: 8 x 18-pounder carronades
2 x 6-pounder guns

HMS Briseis was a 10-gun Cherokee-class Royal Navy brig launched in 1808 at Upnor, on the River Medway. She was wrecked off Cuba on 5 November 1816.

In fiction[]

Briseis appears as part of Jack Aubrey's squadron in Patrick O'Brian's The Hundred Days, where she is described as "the little Briseis, one of that numerous class called coffin-brigs" (however, the real Briseis did not serve in the Mediterranean, where the novel's action is set).

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