Boyne -> 1834 Excellent -> 1859 Queen Charlotte

Nominal Guns98BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1806BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
Ship ClassBoyne ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1793
Constructor Nicholas DiddamsBWAS-1793
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up25.6.1861BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck186' 3"Imperial Feet56.6937 
Length of Keel153' 2 ⅞"Imperial Feet46.6566 
Breadth51' 5"Imperial Feet15.6718 
Depth in Hold22' 1"Imperial Feet6.7183 
Draught Forward14' 6"Imperial Feet4.3053 
Draught Aft18' 1"Imperial Feet5.4896 
Burthen2,154 8194Tons BM 


1811Broadside Weight = 966 Imperial Pound ( 438.081 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

9 Ship Commanders

1.1811 - 2.1811Captain Henry Hume SpenceBWAS-17932.1811 - 11.1811Captain John Martin Hanchett (d.1819)BWAS-179311.1811 - 3.1813Captain Charles JonesBWAS-17933.1813 - 8.1814Captain George Burlton (d.1815)BWAS-179311.1814 - 3.1815Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland (1777-1839)BWAS-17933.1815 - 5.1815CaptainSir Charles Brisbane (1769-1829)BWAS-17935.1815 - 1816CaptainSir Archibald Collingwood Dickson (1772-1827)BWAS-17931816 - 7.1816Captain Edmund BogerBWAS-179317.1.1854 - 18.6.1857Captain Thomas Maitland (1803-1878)W025

1 Flag Officer

1.1811Rear-Admiral Harry Burrard NealeBWAS-1793

11 Commissioned Officers

5.1811 - 3.1813Lieutenant Henry BoyesNBD184925.6.1812 - 10.1812Lieutenant William Woodley (1793-?)NBD184910.1814 - 1818Lieutenant Mark Anthony (d.1867)NBD18495.12.1814 - 6.4.1815Lieutenant William Walford (1787-1859)NBD184925.3.1815 - 3.7.1816Lieutenant Samuel Burgess (1781-?)NBD184911.3.1823 - 7.6.1824Lieutenant Henry Esch Atkinson (1792-1857)NBD184918.12.1833 - 1835Lieutenant John Grenfell (1806-1884)W02526.1.1838 - 1839Lieutenant Edward Philips Charlewood (1814-?)W02520.4.1839 - 11.1839Lieutenant John Grenfell (1806-1884)W02514.2.1843 - 12.1844Lieutenant Macdonald Bourchier (1814-?)NBD184921.6.1843 - 20.1.1845Lieutenant Augustus John Burton (1818-?)NBD1849

5 Petty Officers

2.1811 - 6.1811Midshipman James Thomas Cookney ADM 6/24/61NBD18493.1811 - 2.1813Master's Mate William Boyle CrookeNBD18494.1811 - 12.6.1811Master's Mate John Henry BellairsNBD18493.1813 - 8.1814Midshipman Thomas BunnNBD18495.1843 - 1844Master's Mate Frederick Walpole (1822-?)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

9.9.1812 - 18131st Class Volunteer Edward Joseph Bird (1798-1881)NBD18496.8.1813 - 9.18131st Class Volunteer Orbell Oakes (1800-?)NBD1849

Service History

2.4.1811Completed fitting at a cost of £78,429BWAS-1793
2.2.1814In action of ToulonBWAS-1793
4.1814At GenoaBWAS-1793
8.1814Started fitting as a flagship at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
11.1814Recommissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
12.1814Completed fitting as a flagship at a cost of £9,239BWAS-1793
7.1816Started fitting for channel service and as guardshipBWAS-1793
9.1816Completed fitting at a cost of £2,428BWAS-1793
1817Refitted as a 104 gun First Rate Ship of the Line
2.1817Reclassed as a 104 gun First-RateBWAS-1793
7.1818Started a repair at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
11.1819Completed repair at a cost of £44,615BWAS-1793
10.7.1826Ordered cut down to a 76-gun Third-RateBWAS-1793
10.7.1826Refitted as a 76 gun Third Rate Ship of the Line
12.1833Started fitting as a gunnery training ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
3.1834Completed fitting at a cost of £3,340BWAS-1793
3.1834Refitted as a 12 gun Unrated Gunnery Training Ship
1.12.1834Renamed ExcellentB181
22.11.1859Renamed Queen CharlotteB181
12.1859Paid offBWAS-1793
25.6.1861Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


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Posted by Seagrove on Thursday 12th of March 2020 10:56

Add 1. Commanding Officer [Excellent]: mid1832-1845 Capt. Sir Thomas Hastings
Add 2. Staff Warrant Officers [Excellent]: 10.1832-8.1845 Warrant Gunner John Seagrove jnr
Add 3. Service History: 1834 HMS Boyne modified, reduced to 3rd-rate and renamed HMS Excellent Gunnery School at Portsmouth. The first HMS Excellent gunnery school scrapped
Add 4. Sources: 'Gunner John Seagrove- A Royal Navy Life 1796-1851'

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