1st of her name

The Chronology of HMS COSSACK

1806 – 1816

The first of the name

 [as known at April 2017]


Ex PANDOR (Renamed COSSACK 1806)

Built by Simon Temple, South Shields

6th rate 22 gun Banterer-class post ship of Sir William Rule design which were approved 28 March 1805.

Designed for:

155 crew.

22 x 9- pounders on the upper deck

6 x 24 – pounders on the quarterdeck

2 x 6-pounder (Chase) plus 2 x 24 pounder carronades on the for’castle


30 January 1805 Ordered

July 1805 Keel laid

117feet 11 ½ inches – length on the Gun deck

98 feet 4 ½ inches length x 32 feet 3 ½ inches breadth x 10 feet 6 inches depth in hold.

 Draught 9 feet 1inch forward 12 feet 11 inches aft at launch

54560/94bm  (Builders measurement) Vessels tonnage – carrying capacity of the hull (k x b x ½ b ÷94) where the keel is k and b the breadth of the ship outside the planking but inside the wales. Fractions of a ton are expressed as ninety –fourths. Wales are the thick strakes of timber running along the outside of the hull for structural strength – usually as unbroken exterior ribs running from end to end on either side.

Armament (Not as design)

2 x 9 pounders with 20 carronades on the upper deck – 

2 x 6 pounders plus 4 x 18 pounder carronades on the quarterdeck

2 x 6-pounder (Chase) plus 2 x 24 pounder carronades on the for’castle

24 December 1806 Launched

16 January to 2 July 1807  Completed at Chatham

22 June 1808. Under Captain George Digby boats (with those of COMET) destroyed forts at Santander.

August / September 1808.       Captured the French ship Pierre Caesar (with HMS Seine and HMS Unicorn) and took the schooner LA MOUCHE in the Channel. (With HMS Unicorn). The Pierre Caesar was taken into service as HMS Tigress.

November 1810                       Under Captain Thomas Garth in the Mediterranean

April 1811                               Under Captain Thomas Searle

28 December 1811                  Torbay. Arrived from Cadiz.

30 December 1811                  Plymouth Arrived and put in quarantine.

2 January 1812                       Plymouth Released from quarantine.

12 January 1812                     Deal Sailed for the Nore.

February 1812                        Under Captain William King

19 May 1812                           Deal. Sailed for Portsmouth.

7 June 1812                             Sailed for Portugal

10 June 1812,                          The COSSACK, PREVOYANTE, PIQUE and JASPER, departed Portsmouth, with the Lisbon and Mediterranean convoys, the last two vessels only going as far as Cape Finisterre before returning to England.

February 1813                        Under Captain Francis Stanfell in the Mediterranean

31 July 1813                           Plymouth. Arrived from Bermuda.

Second source                         Arrived from Jamaica with dispatches and some of the crew of HM late brig PEACOCK, wounded in the action with the HORNET

1 September 1813                   Plymouth. Sailed to the westward.

March 1814                            Under Captain Edward Sibly

July 1814                                Under Captain James Wemyss

August 1814                            Under Captain Robert Rodney

15 December 1814,                 Arrived Bermuda

20 December 1814                  Departed Bermuda, for Castine, with 2 or 3 transports in convoy with detachments of the 62nd and 29th regiments on board, but parted with them in a gale off Jeffery’s Bank.

11 January 1815,                    Arrived Halifax, from Bermuda.

21 March 1815                       Arrived Halifax, from a cruise and with the schooner THISTLE, Capt. Clark, from Malaga to Halifax, with wine and fruit, but which was captured on 25 Dec 1814, by the US privateer America, and re-captured later by the COSSACK. THISTLE had lost her foremast and bowsprit in a gale and being out of provisions for 30 days, the crew had subsisted on the wine and fruit in the hold.

21 May 1815                           Portsmouth, came into harbour.

August 1815                            Under Captain Lord Algeron Percy

June 1816                                Broken up at Portsmouth

Research sources:

British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 – 1817 Design, Construction, Careers and Fates.by Rif Winfield. Sea Forth Publishing ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4

The National Archives

The internet (sources not guaranteed)