Nominal Guns98BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1791BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDreadnought ClassBWAS-1793
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up10.1818BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck184' 9 ½"Imperial Feet56.0959 
Length of Keel152' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet46.336 
Breadth51' 2"Imperial Feet15.5956 
Depth in Hold21' 5 ½"Imperial Feet6.4135 
Draught Forward14' 8"Imperial Feet4.318 
Draught Aft18' 1"Imperial Feet5.4896 
Burthen2,119 2994Tons BM 


1797Broadside Weight = 1048 Imperial Pound ( 475.268 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

1808Broadside Weight = 958 Imperial Pound ( 434.453 kg)BWAS-1793
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

13 Ship Commanders

4.1797 - 8.1797CaptainSir Henry Edwin Stanhope (1754-1814)BWAS-17938.1797 - 3.1799CaptainSir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814)BWAS-17934.1801 - 9.1801Captain Edward Brace (1770-1843)BWAS-179329.8.1801 - 30.9.1802Captain Francis William Austen (1774-1865): on board from 12.9.1801 Discharged ADM 196/3/2NBD184912.1802 - 5.1804Captain William O'Bryen Drury (d.1811)BWAS-17935.1804 - 6.1805CaptainSir Thomas Williams (1761-1841)BWAS-17931805 - 1806Captain Isaac ShawBWAS-17936.1805 - 12.1806Captain Thomas Francis Fremantle (1765-1819)BWAS-17938.1807 - 1808CaptainSir Thomas Williams (1761-1841)BWAS-17931808 - 1810Captain Charles DilkesBWAS-17931810 - 12.1810CaptainSir James Athol Wood (1756-1829)BWAS-17931813 - 1818Lieutenant George LawrenceBWAS-17935.1813 - 12.1.1814Lieutenant James Fearnley Arnold (d.1854)NBD1849

2 Flag Officers

4.1801 - 1802Vice-Admiral of the Red James Gambier (1756-1833)BWAS-17141808 - 1810Rear-Admiral of the Red Alexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832)BWAS-1793

15 Commissioned Officers

6.1797 - 1798Lieutenant Francis Beauman (1778-1846)NBD184915.9.1798 - 5.10.1798Acting Lieutenant John Quilliam (1771-1829)NAO4.1.1800 - 17.11.1800Lieutenant Colin MacDonaldNBD18491805 - 1806Lieutenant William MowattNAO1805 - 1806Lieutenant Amos Freeman WestroppNAO1805 - 1806Lieutenant George AcklomNAO13.10.1805 - 1806Lieutenant Andrew Pellatt GreenNAO29.9.1807 - 28.11.1808Lieutenant Thomas Burdwood (1844-?)NBD18497.5.1808 - 7.2.1809Lieutenant James BrasierNBD184912.1808 - 1809Lieutenant George Guy BurtonNBD18491809 - 21.9.1809Lieutenant Colin Campbell (1787-?)NBD18495.1809 - 5.7.1809LieutenantThe Hon. Edmund Sexton Pery Knox (1787-1867)NBD184911.10.1809 - 18.3.1810Lieutenant John Thomas Young (1782-1848)NBD184911.5.1810 - 20.7.1810Lieutenant George Guy BurtonNBD18495.10.1810 - 5.12.1810Lieutenant William Bowers (1784-1845)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

24.5.1801 - 29.4.1802Surgeon William WalkerADM 29/8

7 Petty Officers

1797Midshipman Samuel Perkins Pritchard (1787-?)NBD184910.6.1797 - 2.9.1797Midshipman Thomas Fife (1774-1829)NAO11.10.1797 - 7.4.1800Midshipman Thomas Fife (1774-1829)NAO19.11.1807 - 1807Midshipman William Anley (d.1880)NBD18494.1809 - 1809Midshipman William Anley (d.1880)NBD18491810 - 16.7.1810Midshipman Martin Bennett (1789-?)NBD18494.1810 - 14.3.1811Midshipman Henry KentNBD1849

2 Crewmen

12.5.1801 - 18021st Class Volunteer Henry BourneNBD18491.5.1811 - 30.11.1813Shipkeeper William RawlinsADM 29/8

Service History

12.2.1797Completed at a cost of £77,053 including fittingBWAS-1793

Sailed from Portsmouth

21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
12.1806Paid offBWAS-1793
3.1807Began refitting at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
11.1807Completed refitting at a cost of £29,053BWAS-1793
23.9.1808Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
2.1809Took part in the capture of MartiniqueBWAS-1793
14.4.1809Action off the SaintesBWAS-1793
14.1.1810Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
12.1810Fitted for ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
11.1813Fitted as a temporary prison ship at Portsmouth, completed 1813/12BWAS-1793
10.1818Broken up at PlymouthBWAS-1793


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Posted by Henrietta Harrison on Thursday 29th of March 2018 10:20

Sorry, previous message incorrect. A merchant ship with the same name.

Posted by Henrietta Harrison on Thursday 29th of March 2018 10:17

In 1897 the Neptune was in Canton, where her sailors were involved in riots and a famous legal dispute. Source: Hosea Ballou Morse, Chronicles of the East India Company Trading in China vol 3 p 40-70. There is a painting of the trial in the National Maritime Museum.

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