HMS Pilchard (1805)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Pilchard
Ordered: 23 June 1803
Builder: Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), Bermuda
Laid down: 1803
Launched: 1805
Fate: Sold 23 February 1813
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 Pilchard (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. She was commissioned under Lieut. Samuel Crew in May 1804, launched in 1805, and completed at Plymouth in 1806. [1] Although Pilchard was often near naval engagements, she seems not to have had to fire her cannons before she was laid up in 1812.


On 16 July she was in Sir Samuel Hood's squadron off Rochefort when the boats from that squadron captured the 16-gun brig Caesar.

She was apparently still part of the squadron at the Action of 25 September 1806 though she took no part in the engagement. The action resulted in the capture of four French frigates, Armide, Gloire , Infatigable and Minerve.

On 26 October Pilchard was in sight of the gun brig Rapid as she captured the brig Conductor.

In 1807 Lieut. Clement Ives took command, only to be replaced the next year by the returning Lieut. Crew. Pilchard was in the North Sea in 1809. Lieut. William R. Dore took command that year, being replaced the next year by Lieut. William Hewitt (or Hewett).[1]


From 1812 Pilchard was in Ordinary at Sheerness. She was sold there on 23 February 1813.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Winfield (2008), p.359.
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1861762461.