HMS Tamar (1814)

HMS Tamar was a 26-gun Conway class sixth rate launched in 1814, converted into a coal hulk in 1831 at Plymouth, and sold in 1837.

United Kingdom
Class and type: Conway class sixth rate
Name: Tamar
Namesake: River Tamar
Ordered: 18 January 1813
Builder: Josiah & Thomas Brindley, Frindsbury
Laid down: May 1813
Launched: 23 March 1814
Completed: 5 November 1814
Fate: Sold in 1837
General characteristics [1]
Type: Sixth-rate post ship
Tons burthen: 4508394
  • 108 ft 0 12 in (32.9 m) (gundeck)
  • 89 ft 7 34 in (27.3 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 9 in (9.4 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 155
  • 20 guns (from 1817, 28 guns):
  • Upper Deck: 18 × 32-pounder carronades
  • QD: 6 × 12-pounder carronades
  • Fc: 2 × 12-pounder carronades and 2 × 6-pounder guns

Josiah & Thomas Brindley launched Tamar at Frindsbury in 1814. She arrived in Halifax, after 75 men died of fever, including Captain Arthur Stowe. She was driven ashore on the coast of Labrador, British North America, in early August 1819, but later was refloated.[2] Under the command of Captain George Richard Pechell, she captured a large pirate brig near San Domingo in 1820. She was part of the failed settlement on Melville Island at Fort Dundas in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

On 3 March 1821 Tamar came into Kingston, Jamaica, with the brigantine Jupiter. Tamar had detained Jupiter in the Mona Passage on 23 May after a long chase. Jupiter, of eight guns and 190 men, was flying the Buenos Ayrean flag and did not surrender until Tamar had fired several shots into her that killed one man and wounded another, and that had severely damaged her rigging. A few days later Tamar sailed for Savanilla with Jupiter.[3]


Converted to a coal hulk in 1831, based at Plymouth. Tamar was sold in 1837.

Citations and references


  1. Winfield (2008), p.240.
  2. "The Marine List". Lloyd's List (5422). 17 September 1819.
  3. Lloyd's List №5591.


  • Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1793-1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates, Chatham Publishing, London 2005. ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4.
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