|Ordered||31 December 1807|
|Builder||Robert Guillaume, Northam, Southampton|
|Laid down||May 1808|
|Launched||29 July 1808|
|Completed||17 November 1808|
|Fate||Sunk in action|
|Class and type|
|Tons burthen||238 52⁄94 (tons bm)|
|Beam||24 ft 8 in (7.5 m)|
|Draught||6 ft 6 in (2 m) (bow) 9 ft 3 in (3 m)|
|Depth of hold||10 ft 10+1⁄2 in (3 m)|
HMS Redpole was a sailing brig of the Royal Navy, launched in July 1808. She was 238 52⁄94(tons bm), armed with eight 18-pounder carronades and two 6-pound bow chasers, and carried a crew of 75. One of the notorious Cherokee class, dubbed 'coffin brigs' because of the large numbers that were wrecked or foundered, she was sunk in action in August 1828 but prior to that played an active part in the Napoleonic Wars.
After the war, Redpole was converted for use as a
Design and armament
HMS Redpole was a 10-gun
Launched on 29 July 1808, her dimensions were: 89 feet 11 inches (27.4 m) along the gun deck, 73 feet 8+1⁄2 inches (22.5 m) at the keel, with a
Her armament comprised eight 18-pounder carronades and two 6-pound long guns directed forward for use as bow chasers. The carronades were lighter so could be manoeuvred with fewer men and had a faster rate of fire but had a much shorter range than the long gun.
Redpole was first commissioned in September 1808 under Commander John Joyce and was taken to
At 12:00 on 13 April, after
Later in 1809, Redpole was sent to the
In 1811, Redpole was attached to the
On 20 September Napoleon arrived to inspect his invasion fleet and on discovering HMS Naiad lying off the coast, ordered Rear Admiral Baste to take a division of 12-gun prames, a bomb vessel and ten 4-gun brigs, and attack her. Naiad, anchored with springs,[a] forced the French to retreat beneath the shore batteries after an hour-and-a-half-long engagement at distance.
The following day, the prames were again sent out with 15 smaller vessels but by then, Naiad had been reinforced by Redpole and Rinaldo, the 18-gun HMS Castillian and 8-gun HMS Viper. Baste only just managed to avoid being captured, and the 12-gun Ville de Lyon, in attempting to rescue his prame, was badly damaged by Redpole and Rinaldo, then boarded and captured by men from the Naiad. The British ships withdrew when the battle drifted within range of the French batteries.
By October 1812, Redpole was back in the Downs and under Commander Alexander Fraser.
Post-war service and fate
Redpole was undergoing repairs at Plymouth from June 1816 until May 1817 then refitted for foreign service, still at Plymouth from September to November 1817. She was recommissioned in September 1817 under Commander James Pasley for a further trip to St Helena. In October 1819, Redpole was at Portsmouth under Commander William Evance, who remained her captain until November 1820 when she was recommissioned by D. D. H. Haye and sailed to the Mediterranean.
Between July 1824 and February 1825, Redpole was converted for use as a
- A spring was a second rope attached to the anchor cable so that by pulling on it, the ship could be slewed round contrary to wind and tide, which would otherwise determine the angle of the vessel.
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