HMS Haddock (1805)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Haddock
Ordered: 23 June 1803
Builder: Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), shipyard of Isaac Skinner, Bermuda
Laid down: 1803
Launched: 21 March 1805
Captured: 30 January 1809 by French brig Génie
Fate: Unknown
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 Haddock (1805) 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 1805.[1]

1805, 30 Mar the Royal Gazette:
"On Thursday 21st inst launched off the stocks at Mr Isaac Skinner's shipyard his Majesty's Schooner "Haddock". The above schooner is said (by every merchant and shipbuilder) to be the completest vessel ever built in Bermuda".[2]

Haddock only sailed for some three to four years before the French captured her in 1809 in the Channel. This schooner was the only Royal Navy ship ever to use the name.


She was commissioned in April 1805 under Lieut. John Buddle. Between 9 October and 15 November she was in Portsmouth, refitting. [1] At this time the Admiralty had her lines taken. She would then act as the model for the subsequent Cuckoo-class schooners.

Haddock sailed for Jamaica on 11 December. In 1806 she was under Lieut. Edward Foley.[1] In August she captured the Arrogante, for which head money for 19 men was paid in March 1828.[Note 1] In 1808 Lieut. Charles William Selwyn took command.[1]


On 30 Jan 1809 the French 16-gun square-rigged brig Génie captured Haddock in the Channel.[3][Note 2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Winfield (2008), p.359.
  2. Bermuda Historical Quarterly, Vol 18, no 2, 1961
  3. Gossett (1986), p. 70.


  • Gossett, William Patrick (1986) The lost ships of the Royal Navy, 1793-1900. (London:Mansell).ISBN 0-7201-1816-6
  • Roche, Jean-Michel (2005) Dictionnaire des Bâtiments de la Flotte de Guerre Française de Colbert à nos Jours. (Group Retozel-Maury Millau).
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1861762461. 

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