HMS Lee (1814)

HMS Lee was a 20-gun Cyrus-class sixth-rate post ship of the Royal Navy built in 1814 by Josiah and Thomas Brindley, nephews to Lord Nelson, at one of their three yards in Frindsbury in Kent.

United Kingdom
Name: HMS Lee
Ordered: 18 November 1812
Builder: Josiah and Thomas Brindley, Frindsbury, Kent
Laid down: March 1813
Launched: 24 January 1814
Commissioned: January 1815
Fate: Broken up in May 1822
General characteristics
Class and type: 20-gun Cyrus-class sixth-rate post ship
Tons burthen: 462 7394 (bm)
  • 115 ft 7 in (35.2 m) (gundeck)
  • 96 ft 11 12 in (29.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 29 ft 11 12 in (9.1 m)
Depth of hold: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 135
Armament: 20 × 32-pounder carronades + 2 × 6-pounder chase guns

The Lee was first commissioned in January 1815 under Captain James Bremer. Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, in August 1815 Captain John Pasco was given command of HMS Lee and was employed in the English Channel for the suppression of smuggling. He remained her captain until Lee was paid off in September 1818. Lee was retained in ordinary for another four years before she was sold for breaking up in May 1822.


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