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Pallas-class frigate
Class overview
Name: Pallas
Operators: Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Preceded by: Perseverance class
Succeeded by: Artois class
Completed: Three
Lost: Two
General characteristics
Type: frigate
Tons burthen: 776 7794 bm (as designed)
Length: 135 ft 0 in (41.1 m) (gundeck)
112 ft 8 14 in (34.3 m) (keel)
Beam: 36 ft 0 in (11.0 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 257 (altered in 1796 to 254)

Upper Deck: 26 x 18-pounder guns
QD: 4 x 6-pounder guns + 4 x 32-pounder carronades

Fc:2 x 6-pounder bow chasers + 2 x 32-pounder carronades

The Pallas class sailing frigates were a series of three ships built to a 1791 design by John Henslow, which served in the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

The trio were all dockyard-built in order to utilise spare shipbuilding capacity. The orders were originally assigned in December 1790 to the Royal Dockyards at Plymouth and Portsmouth, but in February 1791 the orders were transferred to Chatham and Woolwich Dockyards respectively. They were the first and only 32-gun Royal Navy frigates designed to be armed with the eighteen-pounder cannon on their upper deck, the main gun deck of a frigate.

Ships in classEdit

  • HMS Stag
    • Builder: Chatham Royal Dockyard
    • Ordered: 9 December 1790
    • Laid down: March 1792
    • Launched: 12 July 1794
    • Completed: 5 October 1794
    • Fate: Wrecked in a storm in Vigo Bay 6 September 1800, and burnt the next day.
  • HMS Pallas
    • Builder: Woolwich Royal Dockyard
    • Ordered: 9 December 1790
    • Laid down: May 1792
    • Launched: 19 December 1793
    • Completed: 5 March 1794.
    • Fate: Wrecked in a storm in Cawsand Bay, Plymouth on 4 April 1798


Robert Gardiner, The Heavy Frigate, Conway Maritime Press, London 1994.

Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. 2nd edition, Seaforth Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4.

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