HMS Cormorant (1794)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Cormorant
Ordered: 18 February 1793
Builder: Randall and Brent, Rotherhithe
Laid down: April 1793
Launched: 2 January 1794
Completed: 10 March 1794 at Deptford Dockyard
Commissioned: January 1794
Out of service: Lost 24 December 1796
General characteristics
Class and type: 16-gun Cormorant-class sloop
Tons burthen: 426 71/94 bm
Length: 108 ft 6 in (33.1 m) (overall)
91 ft 6.375 in (27.9 m) (keel)
Beam: 29 ft 8.5 in (9.1 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft (2.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Sloop
Complement: 121
  • Upper deck: 16 x 6pdrs + 12 x ½pdr swivels

HMS Cormorant was an 16-gun ship-sloop of the Cormorant class in the Royal Navy, launched in 1794 at Rotherhithe.


The Cormorant was the name-ship of the initial batch of six ship-rigged sloops of the Cormorant Class ordered in February 1793 to a joint design by Sir John Henslow and William Rule, shortly after the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars. After launch, she was taken down the Thames to Deptford Naval Dockyard, where she was masted and completed on 10 March 1794.

She entered service under Commander Joshua Morlock. Command passed in July 1794 to Commander Joseph Bingham, under whose command she sailed for Jamaica in February 1795. In March 1796 Commander Peter Francis Collingwood became her captain, but later that year command passed to Commander Thomas Gott.

On Christmas Eve 1796, the Cormorant caught fire by accident at Port-au-Prince and blew up; 95 of her crew were killed (including Gott).


  • Winfield, Rif, British Warships in the Age of Sail: 1793-1817 (Seaforth Publishing, 2007) ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4.