HMS Grouper (1804)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Grouper
Ordered: 23 June 1803
Builder: Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), Bermuda
Laid down: 1803
Launched: 1804
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "GUADALOUPE"
Fate: Wrecked 21 October 1811
General characteristics
Type: Ballahoo-class schooner
Tonnage: 70 41/94 bm
Length: 55 ft 2 in (16.81 m) (overall)
40 ft 10.5 in (12.5 m) (keel)
Beam: 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Schooner
Complement: 20
Armament: 4 x 12-pounder Carronades

HMS Grouper (1804) was a Royal Navy Ballahoo-class schooner of 4 12-pounder carronades and a crew of 20. The prime contractor for the vessel was Goodrich & Co., in Bermuda, and she was launched in 1804.[1] This schooner was the only Royal Navy ship ever to use the name.

She was commissioned under Lieut. Provo Hughes for the Leeward Islands. In 1807 her commander was Lieut. C. Fitch, and then in 1809 she came under the command of Lieut. James Atkins. Grouper participated in the capture of Guadeloupe and its dependencies in February 1810 and was engaged in the protection of trade. In 1847 her surviving crew members would qualify for the Naval General Service Medal with clasp "GUADALOUPE".

Grouper was wrecked on a reef off Guadeloupe on 21 October 1811.[1] At 5am she struck a reef three miles NW of Carret Island, which lies to the west of Baie-Mahault.[2] Her crew made rafts of the wreckage and all were saved. The crew abandoned Grouper and she went to pieces after daybreak. The subsequent court martial on on 7 February 1812 reprimanded Atkins for his want of caution.[2] The board blamed the loss on the neglect of Angus McLeod, the officer of the watch, who deserted, together with many of the crew, before the court martial.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Winfield (2008), p.359.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gossett (1986), pp. 80-1.
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