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HMS Thisbe (1783)
HMS Thisbe (1783) in a hurricane.jpg
Thisbe at sea in a hurricane on 23 August 1798
Career (Great Britain) RN Ensign
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
awards:
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"[1]
Fate: Sold to be broken up, 9 August 1815
General characteristics
Class & type: Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 596 5794 (bm)
Length: 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
Armament:

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 first was commissioned in December 1787 under the command of Captain George Robinson.

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 | edit source]

Notes
  1. A first-class share of the prize money awarded in April 1823 was worth £34 2s 4d; a fifth-class share, that of an able 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]
Citations
References
  • Robert Gardiner, The First Frigates, Conway Maritime Press, London 1992. ISBN 0-85177-601-9.
  • David Lyon, The Sailing Navy List, Conway Maritime Press, London 1993. ISBN 0-85177-617-5.
  • Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792, Seaforth Publishing, London 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.


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