Queen (1795 ship)

Queen was launched at Quebec in 1795. She made three voyages for the British East India Company (EIC) and then became a West Indiaman, trading between London and West Indies. She was last listed in 1813.

Great Britain
  • 1796:Stewart & Co.
  • 1797:Urquhart & Co.[1]
  • 1799:P. Dawson[2]
  • 1803:Sherriff[3]
  • c.1810:Ward
FateLast listed in 1813
NotesThree decks
General characteristics
Tons burthen484,[4] or 497,[5][1] (bm)
Length115 ft 10 in (35.3 m) (overall);[4] 92 ft 10+14 in (28.3 m) (keel)[4]
Beam31 ft 4 in (9.6 m)[4]
Depth of hold13 ft 2+12 in (4.0 m)[4]
  • 1796:12 × 4&6-pounder guns[5]
  • 1801:16 ×9&12-pounder guns[5]
  • 1808:4 × 6-pounder guns


Queen enters Lloyd's Register in 1796 with C. Venner, master, Stewart & Co., owners, and trade London—Cape of Good Hope.[6]

EIC voyage #1 (1796): Captain Corbyn Morris Venner acquired a letter of marque on 18 February 1796.[5] Venner sailed from Portsmouth on 6 March 1796, bound for the Cape of Good Hope and St Helena. Queen reached Porto Praya on 6 April and arrived at the Cape on 28 May. Homeward bound, she returned to St Helena on 17 September and arrived at the Downs on 7 December.[4] On 10 December she landed a cargo of wheat.[7]

The EIC had the shipbuilder Peter Mestaer measure Queen before her next voyage for the Company.[4] She also underwent some repairs.

EIC voyage #2 (1797–1798): Captain John Fam Timins was Queen's master for her second and third voyage for the EIC. He appears not to have acquired a letter of marque. Timins left Portsmouth on 5 Jun 1797, bound for Bengal. Queen reached the Cape on 1 October and arrived at Calcutta on 30 December. Homeward bound, she was at Kedgeree on 23 February 1798 and Saugor on 10 March. She reached the Cape on 15 June and St Helena on 6 August, and arrived at the Downs on 18 October.[4]

Various issues of Lloyd's Register indicate that Queen underwent damage repairs and a thorough repair in 1799.

EIC voyage #2 (1799–1801): Timins sailed on 26 June 1799 for Madras.[1] Homeward bound, Queen left Madras on 10 October 1800, reached the Cape on 2 December and St Helena on 29 January 1801, and arrived at the Downs on 10 April.[4] For this voyage Queen's ownership changed from Urquhart to P. Dawson.[2]

On her return to England, Queen began trading with the West Indies under a new master, but still with Pl Dawson as owner. Her trade became London–Surinam.[8] On 10 June 1801, Captain Alfred Nicholas acquired a letter of marque.[5] On 21 June Queen sailed from Portsmouth as part of a convoy for the West Indies under the escort of HMS Garland.[9] Garland was also conveying Admiral Robert Montague to Jamaica.

Lloyd's Register for 1803 shows Queen's master changing from Nicholas to W. Stonehouse, and her owner from Dawson to Sherriff & Co.[3]

Although there was a Queen that was returning from Demarara to London when she had to put into Bermuda in distress. There this ship was surveyed, condemned as unseaworthy, and sold for breaking up.[1] However, her master was Pearson, and it is not clear from either Lloyd's Register or the Register of shipping which vessel this was.

Both registers continued to carry Queen for some more years, with changes to the information, suggesting that they were not simply maintaining stale data. The data below are from Lloyd's Register.

Year Master Owner Trade
1809 Stonehouse
Sheriff London—Surinam
1810 Missing pages
1811 Harrison Ward London—Buenos Aires
1812 Harrison Ward London—Buenos Aires
1813 Harrison Ward London—Buenos Aires

On 3 April 1811 Queen, Harrison, master, was sailing from Buenos Aires when she had to put into Rio de Janeiro because of leaking. Some of her cargo had to be landed.[10]

Queen is no longer listed in 1814.

Citations and referencesEdit



  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7.
  • Hardy, Charles (1800). A Register of Ships, Employed in the Service of the Hon. the United East India Company, from the Union of the Two Companies, in 1707, to the Year 1760: Specifying the Number of Voyages, Tonnage, Commanders, and Stations. To which is Added, from the Latter Period to the Present Time, the Managing Owners, Principal Officers, Surgeons, and Pursers; with the Dates of Their Sailing and Arrival: Also, an Appendix, Containing Many Particulars, Interesting to Those Concerned in the East India Commerce. Charles Hardy.