Nominal Guns98BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1788BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDreadnought ClassBWAS-1793
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up31.3.1857BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck184' 11"Imperial Feet56.0835 
Length of Keel152' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet46.3487 
Breadth51' 2 ½"Imperial Feet15.5575 
Depth in Hold21' 6"Imperial Feet6.5532 
Draught Forward14' 7"Imperial Feet4.3117 
Draught Aft17' 6"Imperial Feet5.2034 
Burthen2,123 2394Tons BM 


1801Broadside 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

12 Ship Commanders

4.1803 - 5.1803Captain James Bowen (1751-1835)BWAS-17935.1803 - 7.1803Captain Edward Brace (1770-1843)BWAS-17937.1803 - 9.1803Captain William Domett (1754-1828)BWAS-17939.1803 - 5.1804Captain John Child Purvis (1746/47-1825)BWAS-17935.1804 - 1.1805Captain George ReynoldsBWAS-17931.1805 - 10.1805Captain Edward Rotherham (1753-1830)BWAS-179310.1805 - 11.6.1806Captain John ConnBWAS-179312.1806 - 1808Captain William LechmereBWAS-17931808 - 1810Captain George Burgoyne SaltBWAS-17931810 - 8.1810Captain Valentine CollardBWAS-17938.1810 - 8.2.1812Captain Samuel Hood LinzeeBWAS-17931.1832 - 1837Lieutenant William Bowers (1784-1845)NBD1849

5 Flag Officers

5.1803 - 9.7.1803Admiral of the BlueThe Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819)BWAS-179322.8.1804 - 10.10.1805Vice-Admiral of the Blue Cuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO12.1805 - 3.1806Rear-Admiral of the WhiteLord William Carnegie (7th Earl Northesk) (1756-1831)NAO1808 - 1811Rear-Admiral Thomas SothebyBWAS-17934.2.1810 - 6.2.1810Rear-Admiral of the White Robert Stopford (1768-1847) Transfered ADM 196/68/191ADM 196

17 Commissioned Officers

27.6.1801 - 22.1.1802Lieutenant Henry BaughNBD18491805 - 10.10.1805Lieutenant Brice Gilliland (d.1805) TransferedNAO1805 - 1806Lieutenant George StoneNBD18491805 - 1806Lieutenant Robert MorrisNBD18491805 - 1806Lieutenant James Llewin LloydNBD18491805 - 1806Lieutenant William LandlessNBD18496.3.1805 - 4.1806Lieutenant Christopher William BettyNAO16.4.1805 - 14.1.1806Lieutenant John NealeNBD184911.11.1805 - 1806Lieutenant Nisbet Palmer (d.1811)NBD184911.11.1805 - 1806Lieutenant George HewsonNBD184914.2.1806 - 14.8.1806Flag Lieutenant William Blight (1785-1862)NBD184930.12.1806 - 27.5.1807First Lieutenant William Kelly (1782-?)NBD18491807 - 19.10.1807First Lieutenant Samuel Burgess (1781-?)NBD184912.8.1808 - 12.6.1810Flag Lieutenant John Norman Campbell (d.1849)NBD18495.5.1809 - 20.1.1810Lieutenant George Bowen (d.1872)BWAS-17146.12.1809 - 23.6.1812Lieutenant Flowers Beckett (1779-?)NBD184928.11.1811 - 8.2.1812Lieutenant Francis Anderson CalderNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

1.7.1801 - 26.1.1803Purser Daniel B DawesADM 29/8

6 Petty Officers

11.9.1801 - 12.8.1802Master's Mate James Balfour Robertson (d.1850)NBD18491803 - 1804Midshipman William Henry BoyceNBD18494.1803 - 8.1804Midshipman Francis Beaumont (1787-?)NBD184921.8.1804 - 10.10.1805Midshipman Gilbert Dutton Kennicott (1789-1874)NBD18492.1806 - 1806Midshipman Emanuel Blight (1790-?)NBD18491811 - 19.11.1811Midshipman George ButlerNBD1849

Service History

9.8.1801Completed at a cost of £60,484 including fittingBWAS-1793
17.5.1803Sailed from Cawsand Bay as Flagship of a squadron under Sir William Cornwallis (1744-1819) to cruise off Ushant and watch BrestTRN5
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
11.6.1806Paid offADM 51
9.1806Began refit at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
1.1807Completed refitBWAS-1793

Paid off at Portsmouth

ADM 51
8.1812Started a large repair at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
3.1814Completed large repair at a cost of £72,511 and placed in ordinary.BWAS-1793
9.1825Fitted at Portsmouth as a lazaretteBWAS-1793
3.1831Began fitting as a hospital ship at SheernessBWAS-1793
5.1831Completed fitting as a hospital shipBWAS-1793
6.1831At SheernessBWAS-1793
6.1831Moved to Greenwich as the seaman's hospitalBWAS-1793
24.2.1857Began breaking up at WoolwichBWAS-1793
31.3.1857Break up completed. The stores returned were valued as £3,389BWAS-1793


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Posted by Richard McKinnon on Monday 30th of October 2017 07:14

Lieutennant James Balfour Robertson (1804) was a Midshipman and Masters Mate aboard Dreadnought under the command of James Vashon from 11th Sep 1801 to 10th Feb 1802. they were stationed in the Mediterranean in the Port of Cadiz.
Source: National Archives "Memorandum of the Services of Lieutenant James Balfour Robertson"

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