HMS Naiad (1797)

HMS Naiad (1797)

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HMS Naiad was a Royal Navy fifth-rate frigate that served in the Napoleonic Wars. She was built by Hall and Co. at Limehouse on the Thames, launched in 1797 and commissioned in 1798. She served in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and her last actions occurred in 1824-5. She was paid off in 1826. She then served for many years in Latin America as a depot ship, first for the Royal Navy and then for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company. She was broken up in 1898, 101 years after her launching.


Naiad was built to a design by Sir William Rule. She was an expanded version of his Amazon-class frigates.

French Revolutionary Wars

Capt. William Pierrepoint took command of Naiad in April 1797. On 23 April 1798, she and Jason captured the gun vessel Arrogante.

Then on 11 August, some 42 leagues from Cape Finisterre, and after a chase of four hours, Naiad captured the French privateer Tigre, which was under the command of Stephen Bonaventure Aggaret. Tigre was armed with eight 4pounder guns and eight swivels. She had a crew of 31 men, having put another 22 men aboard the prizes that she had taken in the eight days since she had left Groire.

Next, on 24 August, Naiad was chasing a French frigate, which chase joined. After about three hours the two British ships had caught up with the French ship, which proceeded for the next hour...
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