Princess Royal

Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down31.10.1767BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.4.1777
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBarfleur Class
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up10.1807BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck177' 6"Imperial Feet53.9516 
Length of Keel145' 5"Imperial Feet44.1988 
Breadth50' 6"Imperial Feet15.3924 
Depth in Hold21' 0"Imperial Feet6.4008 
Draught Forward14' 7"Imperial Feet4.3117 
Draught Aft17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,972 3694Tons BM 


1773Broadside Weight = 907 Imperial Pound ( 411.3245 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

1778Broadside Weight = 931 Imperial Pound ( 422.2085 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6.1790Broadside Weight = 958 Imperial Pound ( 434.453 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

18 Commanding Officers

5.4.1777 - 4.5.1778CaptainMark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 6/21/274BWAS-17144.5.1778 - 1.1780CaptainWilliam Blair (1741-1782) ADM 6/21/400BWAS-17141.1780 - 6.1780CaptainJohn Cowling (d.1792)BWAS-17143.1780 - 6.1780CaptainHarry Harmood (1739-1809)BWAS-17147.1780 - 1781CaptainJohn Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817)BWAS-17141781CaptainCharles HotchkysBWAS-17145.1782 - 5.1783CaptainJonathon Faulknor (d.1795)BWAS-17145.1790 - 9.1791CaptainJohn Holloway (1747-1826)BWAS-17141.1793 - 1797CaptainJohn Child PurvisBWAS-17146.1797 - 9.1797CaptainThomas Baker (1771-1845)BWAS-17149.1797 - 1799CaptainThomas DraperBWAS-17141799 - 9.1799CaptainJohn Dixon (d.1803)BWAS-17144.1800 - 1.1.1801CaptainThomas Macnamara Russell (1743-1824)BWAS-17141.1801CommanderJames Katon (1770-1845)BWAS-17141.1801 - 2.1802CaptainDavid Atkins (d.1811)BWAS-17146.1803 - 5.1804CaptainWilliam CumingBWAS-17145.1804 - 8.1804CaptainHerbert Sawyer (1783-1833)BWAS-17148.1804 - 1807CaptainRobert Carthew Reynolds (1745-1811)BWAS-1714

10 Flag Officers

1778 - 1.1780Vice-AdmiralJohn Byron (1723-1786)BWAS-17141.1780 - 6.1780Rear-Admiral of the RedHyde Parker (1713/14-1783)BWAS-17146.1780 - 1781Rear-Admiral of the BlueJoshua Rowley (1734-1790)BWAS-17145.1790 - 9.1791Vice-AdmiralWilliam Hotham (1736-1813)BWAS-17141.1793 - 12.4.1794Rear-Admiral of the BlueSamuel Granston Goodall (d.1801)BWAS-171412.4.1794 - 1795Vice-Admiral of the BlueSamuel Granston Goodall (d.1801)BWAS-17146.1797 - 1799Rear-AdmiralSir John Orde (1751-1824)BWAS-17141799 - 9.1799Rear-Admiral of the RedThomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799)BWAS-17141.1801 - 2.1802Rear-AdmiralSir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814)BWAS-17146.1803 - 5.1804Vice-AdmiralSir Robert Calder (1st Baronet of Southwick) (1745-1818)BWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

4.5.1778 - 1778Fifth LieutenantRichard Grindall ADM 6/21/400ADM 6/213.1779 - 21.7.1779LieutenantJohn Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817)WWNH20.12.1780 - 1781LieutenantRobert Faulknor (1763-1795)ODNB20.7.1797 - 8.7.1798LieutenantThomas Folliott BaughNBD184923.3.1804 - 4.8.1804LieutenantJohn Burn (1772-?)NBD18497.12.1805 - 2.1807LieutenantWilliam Borough (1781-1852)NBD1849

3 Warrant Officers

6.6.1780 - 23.7.1780MasterRichard BurlaceADM29-125.5.1793 - 23.10.1794MasterJohn TillyADM29-11.4.1797 - 14.4.1797CookLawrence BeerADM29-1

7 Petty Officers

3.7.1783 - 1785MidshipmanJames Katon (1770-1845)NBD18493.1793 - 7.1795MidshipmanDaniel WeldNBD18492.1794 - 1796Master's MateJames Brockman (d.1845)NBD18491795MidshipmanHenry HeathcoteADM 171/81795MidshipmanWilliam Hall Gage (1777-1864)ADM 171/87.1797 - 8.1799MidshipmanWilliam Borough (1781-1852)NBD18498.1804 - 10.1807MidshipmanFrancis Beaumont (1787-?)NBD1849

5 Crewmen

1795Ordinary SeamanFrancis PattersonADM 171/81795Ordinary SeamanRobert McNamaraADM 171/81795Able SeamanRobert ForrestADM 171/87.1800 - 18011st Class VolunteerThomas Bourchier (1791-?)NBD184911.7.1806 - 18071st Class VolunteerEdward KeaneNBD1849

1 Marine

1795Lieutenant, 30th Regiment of FootDigby MaxwellADM 171/8

Service History

4.1777First commissioned for the Channel stationBWAS-1714
19.7.1777Completed at a first cost of £48,729.8.11d plus £6,453.5.6d for fittingBWAS-1714
1778Refitted as a 98 gun Second Rate
9.6.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
29.9.1778At Sandy HookBWAS-1714
13.12.1778Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
15.5.1780Action of 15th March 1780
19.5.1780Action of 19th March 1780
9.1780Sailed for the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
1781Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
5.1782Fitted and coppered at Chatham at a cost of £18,346.2.0dBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel
4.1783Recommissioned as a guard shipBWAS-1714
5.1783Fitted as a guard ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
9.1784Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1786Started a middling to large repairBWAS-1714
5.1788Completed repair at a cost of £26,844.19.10dBWAS-1714
5.1790Recommissioned for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1714
6.1790Fitted for sea at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
22.4.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
9.1797Fitted at Portsmouth at a cost of £27,150BWAS-1714
10.1797Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
9.1799Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1800Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1803Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
12.5.1807Ordered to be reduced to a 74-gun Third Rate, but was found to be decayedBWAS-1714
10.1807Broken upBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1782/091782/12Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
WWNHWho's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument

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I'm loking for the plans

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Capt Letters 1802 G279, ADM_1_1851, dated 2 Feb 1802, St. Hellens. Daniel Oliver Guion to the admiralty: asks permission to be absent for a short time to be on cruize on this ship with Capt Vashon. For Daniels services see:

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