HMS Eugenie (1804)

HMS Eugenie was launched at Ipswich in 1800 as the mercantile Friends. She sailed as a West Indiaman between London and Jamaica until the British Royal Navy purchased her in 1804. By 1807 the Navy had withdrawn her from service, and in 1810 it sold her. She then returned to mercantile service having resumed the name Friends. She was last listed in 1830.

United Kingdom
Name: Friends
Builder: Ipswich
Launched: 1800
Fate: Sold in 1804
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Eugenie
Acquired: in 1804 by purchase
Fate: Sold in 1810
United Kingdom
Name: Friends
  • 1810:Stevenson
  • 1825:Taylor
Acquired: in 1810 by purchase
Fate: Last listed in 1830
General characteristics [1]
Tons burthen: 2412694 (bm)
  • Overall:90 ft 6 in (27.6 m)
  • Keel:73 ft 1 in (22.3 m)
Beam: 26 ft 6 in (8.1 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 0 in (5.2 m)
Sail plan: Brig
Complement: 65


Friends appeared in Lloyd's Register in 1801 with T. Read, master, W. Thurlby, owner, and trade London.[3] Thereafter her trade became London–Jamaica. Lloyd's Register carried the same information even after the Royal Navy purchased her.

Royal Navy: The Admiralty purchased Friends in June 1804 and renamed her HMS Eugenie. She underwent fitting in May–June by Tibbott & Co., Thames, and then Woolwich between 15 June and 4 August.[1]

Commander Charles Webb commissioned her in June for convoys and cruising. She made several voyages to the Channel Islands ferrying troops.[1]

Then on 31 January 1805 she sailed from Spithead for the coast of Africa carrying the Scottish explorer Mungo Park. By 1807 Eugenie was in ordinary at Sheerness. She was sold there on 22 October 1810.[1]

Friends appeared in Lloyd's Register with new data in 1811. Her master was Stevenson, her owner Sherwood, and her trade London–Honduras.[4]

Year Master Owner Trade Notes & Source
1815 Stevenson Sherwood London–Buenos Aires Small repairs in 1812; Register of Shipping (RS)[2]
1820 R. Goodland Sherwood London–Quebec RS
1825 Smithson Sherwood Hull–America Damages repaired and "good repair" 1824; RS
1829 White
J. Taylor
Sherwood Hull–Murmansk Repairs 1823 and damages repaired 1824; Lloyd's Register
1830 Taylor Capt. & Co. Hull–America "Good repair" 1829; RS

Incident: Lloyd's List reported on 6 January 1824 that Friends, Smithson, master, had gone onshore at Holm Sand (in the Thames Estuary), while sailing from Wyborg. She was gotten off and arrived at Hull on 31 December 1823.[5]


Friends was last listed in 1830.

Citations and references



  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
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