Latona (1789 ship)

Latona was launched at Whitby in 1789. She made one voyage for the British East India Company and one as a whaling ship. She spent the rest of her career as a merchantman. She was wrecked in 1841.

Kingdom of Great Britain
Name: Latona
Namesake: Leto
  • 1789:John & Francis Barry[1]
  • Subsequently:Various
Builder: John Barry
Launched: 1789
Fate: Wrecked 1841
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 292,[2] or 295,[3] or 297,[4] or 300,[1] (bm)
  • Overall:95 ft 9 in (29.2 m)[2]
  • Keel:75 ft 4 in (23.0 m)[2]
Beam: 27 ft 0 in (8.2 m)[2]
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 26[3]
  • 1794: 10x4-pounder guns[3]
  • 1800: 10x4-pounder guns[5]
  • 1810:6 × 18-pounder carronades
Notes: Three decks


Latona was launched in 1789 at Whitby. Although some records state 1790, which is when she was sold to London investors and registered there.[1]

One source has suggested that it was a different Latona that made a voyage for the EIC.[6] The data from Lloyd's Register supports that it was the Whitby Latona that made the voyage.

Year Master Owner Trade Notes
1790 F. Barry
J. Ranter
Barry (Senior)
W. Christopher
Launched in 1789 at Whitby
1793 J. Ranter Christopher London–Virginia
1794 J. Ranter
H. Christopher
Christopher London–Virginia
Launched in 1789 at Whitby[7]

EIC voyage (1794-1795): On 3 June 1794 Captain Henry Christopher acquired a letter of marque.[3] Before she was ready for a voyage for the EIC, Hill repaired her.[2] Before Latona left England, the Court of Directors had agreed that she would be allowed to stop at Madeira.[8]

On 25 June Gilbert Ferguson and William Gillett certified to the EIC's Court of Directors that before she, and seven other vessels, had left the Thames, "everything was done, that in our opinion was necessary, to make them sufficiently strong to bring home a cargo from India".[9]

Christopher sailed from Plymouth on 22 June. Latona reached the Cape of Good Hope on 8 October, and arrived at Calcutta on 15 February 1795. On her way home she reached St Helena on 5 August.[2] On 3 September she sailed from St Helena. She sailed together with Boddam, Rockingham, and Indian Trader, and a number of other vessels, all under the escort of HMS Hector.[10] Latona arrived at The Downs on 25 November.[2]

For reasons that are currently obscure Latona disappears from Lloyd's Register for several years. She is listed in the Register of Shipping for 1800, the year in which this register started publication.

Year Master Owner Trade Notes
1800 Fotheringham
G. Young
W. Dodds London–Jamaica Launched in 1790 at Whitby[5]
1805 Greenleaf W. Dodds London–Jamaica
1810 Hannah Barkworth Hull transport Good repair 1808
1815 Hannah Barkworth Hull transport
1818 D. Cherry
J. Donovan
Barkworth Hull–Quebec
London–South Seas
Good repair 1816
1819 Donovan Barkworth London–South Seas

Whaling voyage (1818–1820): Captain Donovan (or Denamon, or Dennaman, or Denniman) sailed from England on 30 January 1818, bound for the Isle of Desolation. She was at Desolation Island on 7 March 1819 and at the Galapagos in November. She returned to England on 5 October 1820.[11]

Year Master Owner Trade Notes
1820 Donovan Barkworth London–South Seas
1822 Donovan
London–South seas
Launched in 1799 at Whitby[12]
1825 Patterson Patterson Liverpool–Riga Launched in 1799 at Whitby
1830 Patterson Patterson London–Quebec Small repair 1830

The Register of Shipping last published in 1833. The data below are from Lloyd's Register

Year Master Owner Trade Notes
1835 J. Taylor Young & Son Newcastle–Quebec Large repair 1834
Launched in 1790 at Whitby
Homeport Newcastle
1840 W.Sutton Young & Son London–Quebec Homeport South Shields
1841 W.Sutton Young & Son London–Quebec
Large repair 1841
some repairs 1841[4]


The entry for Latona in the 1841 volume of Lloyd's Review is marked "wrecked".[4]

Citations and references



  • Proceedings Relative to Ships Tendered for the Service of the United East-India Company, from the Twenty-sixth of March, 1794, to the Sixth of January, 1795: With an Appendix.
  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7.
  • Weatherill, Richard (1908) The ancient port of Whitby and its shipping. (Whitby: Horne and Son)
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