HMS Oberon (1805)

HMS Oberon was a 16-gun brig-sloop of the Seagull class built at Kingston upon Hull and launched in 1805. She was constructed at the James Shepheard Shipyard, Sutton.

Seagull (1805); Nightingale (1805); Oberon (1805); Imogen (1805); Savage (1805); Electra (1806); Paulina (1805); Delight (1806); Satellite (1806); Sheldrake (1806); Skylark (1806); Orestes (1805); Julia (1806) RMG J4422.png
United Kingdom
NameHMS Oberon
Ordered12 December 1804
BuilderJames Shepherd Shipyard, Kingston upon Hull
Laid downMarch 1805
Launched13 August 1805
CommissionedSeptember 1805
FateBroken up, May 1816
General characteristics [1]
Class and type16-gun brig-sloop
Tons burthen282 6494 bm
  • 93 ft 2 in (28.40 m) (overall)
  • 75 ft 11 in (23.14 m) (keel)
Beam26 ft 5+12 in (8.065 m)
Depth of hold11 ft 11+12 in (3.645 m)


She was commissioned in September 1805 under her first commander, John Bushby. However from January 1806 she was under Commander George Manners Sutton off the Downs, in the North Sea. On 6 June 1806 she was in company with Earnest when they captured the Yonge Heinrick H.H. Berg, master.[2]

On 13 November 1807 she gave chase to the French privateer lugger Ratifia, capturing her after four hours, some 30 miles east of Lowestoft. The Ratifia commanded by Lieutenant Gilbert Laforeste, had been carrying 14 guns, but at the time had only two mounted for action, the rest being in the hold. She had sailed on 9 November from Delfzijl, on the Ems but had not made any captures before being taken by the Oberon. Captain Sutton sailed her to the Yarmouth Roads and landed 38 prisoners.[3]

On 5 December 1808 Oberon recaptured the Prince of Wales.[4] Sutton removed to Derwent in April 1810, and by May 1810 the Oberon was off the Downs again, commanded by John Murray. On 4 May Oberon was in company with the gun-brig Furious when she recaptured the Galen.[5]

Oberon moved to Leith in 1812. On 23 October, Oberon, Clio and Chanticleer detained the Jonge Henrick. The next day, Clio and Oberon captured the Danish privateer Wegonsende. The same vessels were also involved in the capture of the privateer Stafeten on 24 December.[6] Prize money for Wegonsende was paid in August 1816.[Note 1]

On 18 March 1813 Oberon sailed to search for two American schooners, suspected to be privateers, cruising between Shetland and Norway in the hope of intercepting British whalers returning from Greenland waters. Oberon met the Whitby whaler Esk on 20 March, but the Esk reported that she had not seen any suspicious vessels. Oberon continued cruising until Saturday 3 April, before entering the Sound at Lerwick at 10pm, where she again met the Esk, which was sheltering from storms and adverse winds.

In 1814 Oberon sailed to the Baltic.[1]


Oberon paid off from service into ordinary in 1814 at Sheerness. She was first offered for sale on 9 February 1815,[8] and then broken up there in May 1816.[1]


  1. ^ A first-class share was worth c.£4 13s 7d; a sixth-class share, that of an ordinary seaman, was worth 2s 6d.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Winfield (2008), p. 307.
  2. ^ "No. 16301". The London Gazette. 26 September 1809. p. 1566.
  3. ^ "No. 16088". The London Gazette. 17 November 1807. pp. 1541–1542.
  4. ^ "No. 16231". The London Gazette. 21 January 1809. p. 245.
  5. ^ "No. 16420". The London Gazette. 30 October 1810. p. 1733.
  6. ^ "No. 17048". The London Gazette. 5 August 1815. p. 1598.
  7. ^ "No. 17166". The London Gazette. 24 August 1815. p. 1645.
  8. ^ "No. 16979". The London Gazette. 28 January 1815. p. 152.