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Convert, 1793
Type: 5 rate, frigate ; 36 (12-pounder)
Taken : 25 Nov 1793 ; Disposal date or year : Wrecked, 8 Mar 1794, on Gun Bay Reef, East End, Grand Cayman, West Indies, when on convoy duty : crew saved : Captain John Lawford.
Displacement: 930 tons (BM)

25 Nov 1793 The Penelope, Captain Bartholomew Samuel Rowley, in company with the Iphigenia, Captain Patrick Sinclair, cruising in the bight of Leogane, island of St.-Domingo, chase and capture the French 36-gun frigate Inconstante. The prize was purchased for the navy, and registered, under her French name, as a 12-pounder 36. [Re-named Convert.]

8 Mar 1794 along with the Convert 10 merchant vessels mistook her firing of a cannon to warn of a dangerous reef for a warning of pirates, and headed for disaster rather than safety. The merchant vessels involved were the Britannia, Cordelia, Dean, Eagle, Fortune, Ludlow, Moorhall, Nancy, Richard, and the Sally and William.