HMS Narcissus (1781)

For other ships with the same name, see HMS Narcissus.
Great Britain
Name: HMS Narcissus
Ordered: 8 August 1777
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Laid down: 13 June 1777
Launched: 9 May 1781
Completed: By 20 June 1781
Fate: Wrecked on 3 October 1796
General characteristics
Class and type: Sphinx-class 20-gun sixth-rate post ship
Tons burthen: 429 8094 (bm)
  • 108 ft (33 m) (overall)
  • 89 ft 8 in (27.33 m)
Beam: 30 ft 0 12 in (9.157 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 8.5 in (2.959 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 140 (134 from 1794)
  • GD: 20 × 9-pounder guns
  • QD (from 1794): 4 x 12-pounder carronades
  • Fc (1794): 2 x 12-pounder carronades

HMS Narcissus was a Sphinx-class 20-gun sixth-rate post ship of the Royal Navy launched in 1781. Most notably in 1782, while she was under the command of Captain Edward Edwards, a mutiny occurred aboard the vessel that resulted in the hanging of six men, and the flogging of an additional 14. Captain Edwards went on to command HMS Pandora, which was assigned to carry the Bounty mutineers back to England.[1]


Narcissus was wrecked in 1796.


  1. J. McKay, R. Coleman, "Anatomy of the Ship: The 24-Gun Frigate Pandora".
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