HMS Penelope (1798)
|File:Guillaume Tell PU5634.jpg|
Capture of the William Tell, by Robert Dodd. The Penelope is seen raking the William Tell as the two ships of the line close in
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Fate:||Wrecked in 1815|
|Class and type:||36-gun fifth-rate frigate|
Under Sir Henry Blackwood, she took part in the battle of 30 March 1800 against the Guillaume Tell. Penelope was credited for engaging and dismantling the masts of Guillaume Tell with two raking broadsides from her stern. This delayed her and allowed the Foudroyant and Lion to catch up. Guillaume Tell was captured after a fierce battle. Penelope lost two killed and two wounded.
On 27 April 1815, Penelope, under James Galloway, ran aground near the Cap des Rosiers in Canada. In the night, she broke into three pieces, killing 40 of her crew.