HMS Apollo (1794)

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Career Royal Navy Ensign 1707-1800
Name: Apollo
Namesake: Apollo
Builder: Blackwall Yard, London
Launched: 1794
Fate: Wrecked, 1799
General characteristics
Type: Fifth-rate frigate
Armament: 38 guns

HMS Apollo, the third ship of the Royal Navy to be named for the Greek god Apollo, was a fifth-rate frigate of 38 guns launched in 1794 and wrecked in 1799.

She was built at Blackwall Yard in 1794, and served from 1796 under Captain Manley. In June of that year, she and Doris captured a French ship of 22 guns which was taken into service by the Navy as Legere. In 1798 Captain Peter Halkett was appointed to the command of Apollo; on 7 January 1799 she was wrecked on the Haak Sands, off the coast of Holland, whilst chasing a Dutch vessel. In a subsequent court martial, the pilot was found guilty of negligence and Captain Halkett exonerated; he was appointed to a newly built 36-gun frigate, also named Apollo.[1]