Tuscan (1793 ship)

Tuscan was built at Hull in 1793. She reportedly made one voyage for British East India Company (EIC). A French privateer captured her in 1798, but she returned to British hands c.1805. She was wrecked at Memel in November 1823.

Great Britain
Name: Tuscan
Owner: Donoghue,[1] or Donoghue[2]
Builder: Hull
Launched: 1793
Captured: 1798
United Kingdom
Name: Tuscan
Owner: Charlton
Acquired: 1805
Fate: Wrecked November 1823
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 261,[1] or 262,[3] or 276[4](bm)
Propulsion: Sail
  • 1798:4 × 4-pounder guns + 4 × 3-pounder guns[1]
  • 1805:6 × 18-pounder carronades[3]
  • 1810:6 × 18-pounder carronades[4]


Between 3 August 1795 and 19 December 1797, while under the command of Captain William Owens, she made one voyage for the EIC.[2][Note 1]

Tuscan only appears in Lloyd's Register (LR) in 1798, at which time her trade is London — Gibraltar; her master is still Owens.[1] Lloyd's List of 25 December 1798 reported that a French privateer had captured Tuscan, Owens, master, in the West Indies as Tuscan was on her way from Demerara to London.[6]

In a process that is still unclear, Tuscan returned to British ownership. She reappeared in Lloyd's Register in 1805.

Year Master Owner Trade
1805[3] Charlton Charlton Plymouth transport
1810[4] Charlton Captain & Company Whitby-Shields
1815 J. Harland Charlton Newcastle—London
1820 Thompson Charlton London—Prince Edward Island
1824 J. Dale Charlton Exmouth-Gothenburg
1825 Dale Charlton Falmouth—New Brunswick


Although the Register of Shipping carried Tuscan in 1825, her last entry in Lloyd's Register was in 1824.

Lloyd's List reported from Memel that Tuscan, Dale, master, had sailed from there on 16 November 1823, bound for London. However, she had put back having lost an anchor a cable. During the night of the 17th, a gale drove her onshore to the north of the harbour. Her crew was saved and it was believed that her cargo could be saved, but she was probably wrecked.[7] A further report dated "Memel 29 November" stated that most of Tuscan's materials had been saved.[8]

Notes, citations and references


  1. The British Library has no record of the voyage. However, Hardy does list her among non-Indiamen that carried cargoes on behalf of the EIC. He shows her as having returned on 22 December 1797 from Bengal.[5]



  • Hackman, Rowan (2001) Ships of the East India Company. (Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society). ISBN 0905617967
  • Hardy, Charles (1800) A Register of Ships, Employed in the Service of the Hon. the United East India Company, from the Union of the Two Companies, in 1707, to the Year 1760: Specifying the Number of Voyages, Tonnage, Commanders, and Stations. To which is Added, from the Latter Period to the Present Time, the Managing Owners, Principal Officers, Surgeons, and Pursers; with the Dates of Their Sailing and Arrival: Also, an Appendix, Containing Many Particulars, Interesting to Those Concerned in the East India Commerce. (Charles Hardy)
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