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HMS Cyclops (1779)
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Cyclops
Ordered: 6 March 1778
Builder: James Menetone & Son, Limehouse
Laid down: 3 April 1778
Launched: 31 July 1779
Completed: 26 September 1779 (at Deptford Dockyard)
Commissioned: July 1779
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"[1]
Fate: Sold for breaking up 1 September 1814
General characteristics
Class & type: 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 602 8094 (bm)
Length: 120 ft 6 in (36.73 m) (overall)
99 ft 6 in (30.33 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 9 in (10.3 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200 officers and men

Upper deck: 24 × 9-pounder guns
QD: 4 x 6-pounder guns + 4 x 18-pounder carronades
Fc: 2 x 18-pounder carronades

Also:12 x swivel guns

HMS Cyclops was a 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. The Cyclops was first commissioned in July 1779 under the command of Captain John Robinson.

In January 1783 she captured the French 14-gun brig Railleur on the North American station.[2]

Because Cyclops served in the navy's Egyptian campaign between 8 March 1801 and 2 September, her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal, which the Admiralty authorised in 1850 to all surviving claimants.[Note 1]

Notes and citations

  1. A first-class share of the prize money awarded in April 1823 was worth £34 2s 4d; a fifth-class share, that of an able seaman, was worth 3s 11½d. The amount was small as the total had to be shared between 79 vessels and the entire army contingent.[3]


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  • Robert Gardiner, The First Frigates, Conway Maritime Press, London 1992. ISBN 0-85177-601-9.
  • David Lyon, The Sailing Navy List, Conway Maritime Press, London 1993. ISBN 0-85177-617-5.
  • Winfield, Rif (2007) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. (Seaforth). ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.

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