Nominal Guns64B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1777/05BWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassArdent Class
Designed byThomas SladeBWAS-1793
ConstructorHenry AdamsBWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck160' 2"Imperial Feet48.7688
Length of Keel131' 10 ¾"Imperial Feet39.9479
Breadth44' 5"Imperial Feet13.443
Depth in Hold18' 11"Imperial Feet5.4896
Draught Forward12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703
Draught Aft17' 3"Imperial Feet5.1925
Burthen1,383 5794Tons BM


1781/04/10Broadside Weight = 575 Imperial Pound ( 260.7625 kg) BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10British 4-Pounder
Forecastle2British 9-Pounder
1794Broadside Weight = 678 Imperial Pound ( 307.473 kg) BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2British 9-Pounder
Roundhouse6British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1781500Design establishmentBWAS-1793


1781/031783/06CaptainBenjamin CaldwellBWAS-1793
1793/01/131796/06/10CaptainHoratio NelsonBWAS-1793
1796/061796/09CaptainJohn Samuel SmithBWAS-1793
1796/111802/04CaptainRobert Devereux FancourtBWAS-1793
1804/071805/09CaptainJohn HarveyBWAS-1793
1805/09/041806/08/10CaptainSir Edward BerryBWAS-1793
1806/061806/11CommanderJoseph SpearBWAS-1793
1806/111807CaptainWilliam Charles FahieBWAS-1793
18071809/06/16CaptainJonas RoseBWAS-1793

Commissioned Officers

17821782Second LieutenantRichard Incledon BuryMarshall
17931793/09/11LieutenantJoseph Bullenref:616
1795/10/051796/06LieutenantJames NobleODNB
1795/11/051796/06/10LieutenantEdward Berryref:616
1796/101796/10LieutenantEdward Pelham Brentonref:616
1804/08/031806/06/29LieutenantHugh CookNAO
1804/08/101806/10/27LieutenantSamuel ClarkeNAO
1804/12/091806/06/04LieutenantWilliam CooteNAO
1805/01/061807/07/28LieutenantThomas PintoNAO
1806/02/111807/04/27LieutenantJohn Thomas SadlerNAO
1806/07/011809/08/07LieutenantAlexander Forsyth ParrNAO
1807/05/241807/12/12LieutenantJohn Thomas SadlerNAO

Warrant Officers

1796/06/111799/05/06GunnerFrancis HarrisNAO
1804/08/031806/12/23PurserCharles RossNAO
1804/08/281809/08/07CarpenterGeorge RobinsNAO
1805/03/261809/11/22GunnerArchibald FreeburneNAO
1805/09/101806/04/16SurgeonJohn JemmisonNAO
1805/09/231809/08/07BoatswainThomas NeedhamNAO
1805/09/291809/08/07SailmakerJohn SmithNAO
1805/10/181805/10/29MasterGeorge JonseNAO
1807/03/021809/08/07QuartermasterJames RobbNAO
1807/03/021809/08/07QuartermasterRoger JudsonNAO

Petty Officers

17971802/04MidshipmanPhilip Henry BridgesNBD1849
1804/08/031807/09/29MidshipmanCharles RossNAO
1804/08/121806/07/15MidshipmanStewart BlackerNAO
1804/08/151809/08/06MidshipmanJoseph Chappell WoolnoughNAO
1804/08/191807/02/04MidshipmanThomas JacksonNAO
1804/08/301806/07/14MidshipmanJames EmeryNAO
1804/09/011806/02/10Master's MateJohn Thomas SadlerNAO
1804/09/061807/11/24MidshipmanJohn Charles CosensNAO
1804/09/211807/01/04MidshipmanWilliam WatkinsNAO
1804/09/251805/07/31Master's MateThomas BagnallNAO
1804/10/281805/11/30MidshipmanCharles StewartNAO
18051805MidshipmanHenry BotelerNBD1849
1805/08/011805/09/30MidshipmanThomas BagnallNAO
1805/08/161805/10/01MidshipmanJohn ReeveNAO
1805/10/011807/01/04Master's MateThomas BagnallNAO
1805/10/021806/07/14Master's MateJohn ReeveNAO
1805/10/021807/03/01MidshipmanRoger JudsonNAO
1805/10/021807/03/01MidshipmanJames RobbNAO
1805/10/021807/03/02MidshipmanRobert JeffryNAO
1805/10/091807/12/26MidshipmanCharles Alexander JohnstonNAO
1805/10/101806/06/09MidshipmanCharles LambNAO
1805/10/291806/02/10MidshipmanAlexander Forsyth ParrNAO
1806/02/111806/06/30Master's MateAlexander Forsyth ParrNAO
1806/07/161809/04/19Master's MateStewart BlackerNAO
1807/03/031809/08/07Master's MateRobert JeffryNAO
18081810MidshipmanJohn Courtnay BluettNBD1849
1808/08/031808/08/07MidshipmanCharles Alexander JohnstonNAO
1809/08/071809/08/07Master's MateJoseph Chappell WoolnoughNAO


1804/09/211805/10/01Ordinary SeamanRoger JudsonNAO
1804/09/241804/10/01Able SeamanRobert JeffryNAO
1804/10/0418051st Class VolunteerHenry BotelerNBD1849
1805/09/231805/10/01Able SeamanJames RobbNAO
1805/09/291805/10/09Ordinary SeamanCharles LambNAO
1805/10/081805/10/081st Class VolunteerCharles Alexander JohnstonNAO
1807/01/111807/03/13Able SeamanWilliam WatkinsNAO
1807/04/0218082nd Class BoyJohn Courtnay BluettNBD1849
1808/08/081809/08/07Able SeamanCharles Alexander JohnstonNAO

Service History

DateEvent Source
1781/03First commissionedBWAS-1793
1781/04/10Completed at Buckler's Hard at a cost of £24415.7.0dBWAS-1714
1781/04/15Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/07/09Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £13844.5.10dBWAS-1714
1781/12/122nd Battle of Ushant 
1782/02/06Sailed for the Leeward islandsBWAS-1714
1782/04/12Battle of the Saintes 
1782/07/21Sailed to AmericaBWAS-1714
1783/06Paid offBWAS-1793
1783/06Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714
1783/10Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1784/06Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £12593.0.9dBWAS-1714
1790/10Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1790/11Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £504.9.6dBWAS-1714
1790/11Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1791/08Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £12110.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793/01Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1793/03Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £4882.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793/05/04Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1794In the Mediterranean fleetBWAS-1793
1795/03/13In actionBWAS-1793
1795/03/14Action off Genoa 
1795/07/13In actionBWAS-1793
1796Operations off VadoBWAS-1793
1796/04/25At Loano BayBWAS-1793
1796/05/31Convoy off OnagliaBWAS-1793
1796/05/31Action of 1796-05-31 
1796/09Paid offBWAS-1793
1796/10refitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £10623.0.0dBWAS-1714
1801/04/02Battle of Copenhagen 
1802/04Paid offBWAS-1793
1802/04Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1804/07Recommissioned for the Channel fleetBWAS-1793
1804/09Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £17695.0.0dBWAS-1714
1805/07/223rd Battle of Cape Finisterre 
1805/09refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £51290.0.0dBWAS-1714
1805/10/21Battle of Trafalgar 
1806/02/06Action of San Domingo 
1806/03/24Took the Unrated Brig-Corvette Le Lutin off Martinique 
1806/03/30Took the Privateer Dame Ernouf  
1807/08In the Copenhagen expeditionBWAS-1793
1807/08/15Second Battle of Copenhagen 
1808/01/01Sailed for the Tagus and then to South AmericaBWAS-1793
1809/06/16Wrecked off Maldonado in the River PlateBWAS-1793

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1782/071783Pigot's Fleet to America 


B028 Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
Marshall Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NAO The National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
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Posted by Kurt Loewe on Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:58


I have a question about the decks. I know a ships length is measured by her gun deck. Which deck is that in the case of 2 or 3 decks ( upper, lower, middle)?


Posted by Niek van Diepen on Tuesday 8th of September 2015 09:44

My 2014 reprint of the second (revised) edition of BWAS-1793 gives as armament LD 26x24pdr, UD 26x18pdr, QD 10x9pdr, Fc 2x9pdr (Broadside Weight 600 Lb), augmented by 2x24pdr carronades on the Fc and 6x18pdr carronades on the Roundhouse in the 1794 establishment (so probably installed at the refit in 1796) for an extra 78 Lb per broadside. So the armament with 32pdr carronades or the reference seems incorrect.

Posted by Carol Woolnough on Saturday 15th of August 2015 14:07

Any info on Midshipman Joseph Chappell Woolnough please?

Posted by Brian on Saturday 24th of May 2014 21:55

Agamememnon, Benjamin Caldwell Esq. Commander, at sea, the 23rd day of December 1781.- Ship Marchais, M. Dugay master, 350 tons bound from Bourdeaux to Martinico, laden with 15 large cables from 16 to 24 inches, cordage, wine, 300 barrels of gun powder, flour, provisions, sundry kinds of linen.

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