Nominal Guns64B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1777BWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassArdent ClassB028
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1793
Constructor Henry Adams (1713-1805)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


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 


10.4.1781Broadside Weight = 575 Imperial Pound ( 260.7625 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 4-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 678 Imperial Pound ( 307.473 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1781500Design establishmentBWAS-1793

9 Ship Commanders

28.3.1781 - 10.6.1783Captain Benjamin Caldwell (1739-1820) ADM 6/22/268BWAS-179331.1.1793 - 10.6.1796Captain Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) ADM 6/24/199BWAS-17936.1796 - 9.1796Captain John Samuel SmithBWAS-179311.1796 - 4.1802Captain Robert Devereux Fancourt (c.1742-1826)BWAS-17937.1804 - 9.1805Captain John Harvey (d.1837)BWAS-17934.9.1805 - 10.8.1806CaptainSir Edward Berry (1768-1831)BWAS-17936.1806 - 11.1806Commander Joseph Spear (d.1837)BWAS-179311.1806 - 1807Captain William Charles Fahie (1763-1833)BWAS-17931807 - 16.6.1809Captain Jonas RoseBWAS-1793

11 Commissioned Officers

1793 - 11.9.1793Lieutenant Joseph Bullen (1761-1857)ref:6165.10.1795 - 6.1796Lieutenant James Noble (1774-1851)ODNB5.11.1795 - 10.6.1796Lieutenant Edward Berry (1768-1831)ref:61610.1796Lieutenant Edward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:6163.8.1804 - 29.6.1806Lieutenant Hugh Cook (d.1834)NAO10.8.1804 - 27.10.1806Lieutenant Samuel ClarkeNAO9.12.1804 - 4.6.1806Lieutenant William Coote (c.1782-1857)NAO6.1.1805 - 28.7.1807Lieutenant Thomas PintoNAO11.2.1806 - 27.4.1807Lieutenant John Thomas Sadler (1782-1808)NAO1.7.1806 - 7.8.1809Lieutenant Alexander Forsyth Parr (1784-1856)NAO24.5.1807 - 12.12.1807Lieutenant John Thomas Sadler (1782-1808)NAO

12 Warrant Officers

11.6.1796 - 6.5.1799Gunner Francis HarrisNAO20.9.1796 - 25.5.1799Carpenter William Lemon DischargedADM 29/825.12.1796 - 5.1.1800Master John DuckerADM 29-13.8.1804 - 23.12.1806Purser Charles RossNAO28.8.1804 - 7.8.1809Carpenter George RobinsNAO26.3.1805 - 22.11.1809Gunner Archibald FreeburneNAO10.9.1805 - 16.4.1806Surgeon John JemmisonNAO23.9.1805 - 7.8.1809Boatswain Thomas NeedhamNAO29.9.1805 - 7.8.1809Sailmaker John Smith (1774-?)NAO18.10.1805 - 29.10.1805Master George JonseNAO2.3.1807 - 7.8.1809Quartermaster James Robb (1782-?)NAO2.3.1807 - 7.8.1809Quartermaster Roger Judson (1778-?)NAO

29 Petty Officers

1795Midshipman S E ChethamADM 171/81797 - 4.1802Midshipman Philip Henry Bridges (d.1848)NBD18493.8.1804 - 29.9.1807Midshipman Charles Ross (1790-?)NAO12.8.1804 - 15.7.1806Midshipman Stewart Blacker (1785-?)NAO15.8.1804 - 6.8.1809Midshipman Joseph Chappell Woolnough (1785-1839)NAO19.8.1804 - 4.2.1807Midshipman Thomas Jackson (1784-?)NAO30.8.1804 - 14.7.1806Midshipman James Emery (1778-?)NAO1.9.1804 - 10.2.1806Master's Mate John Thomas Sadler (1782-1808)NAO6.9.1804 - 24.11.1807Midshipman John Charles Cosens (1784-?)NAO21.9.1804 - 4.1.1807Midshipman William Watkins (1784-?)NAO25.9.1804 - 31.7.1805Master's Mate Thomas Bagnall (1777-?)NAO28.10.1804 - 30.11.1805Midshipman Charles Stewart (1784-?)NAO1805Midshipman Henry Boteler (1793-?)NBD18491.8.1805 - 30.9.1805Midshipman Thomas Bagnall (1777-?)NAO16.8.1805 - 1.10.1805Midshipman John Reeve (1781-?)NAO1.10.1805 - 4.1.1807Master's Mate Thomas Bagnall (1777-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 14.7.1806Master's Mate John Reeve (1781-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 1.3.1807Midshipman Roger Judson (1778-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 1.3.1807Midshipman James Robb (1782-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 2.3.1807Midshipman Robert Jeffry (1782-?)NAO9.10.1805 - 26.12.1807Midshipman Charles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO10.10.1805 - 9.6.1806Midshipman Charles Lamb (1778-?)NAO29.10.1805 - 10.2.1806Midshipman Alexander Forsyth Parr (1784-1856)NAO11.2.1806 - 30.6.1806Master's Mate Alexander Forsyth Parr (1784-1856)NAO16.7.1806 - 19.4.1809Master's Mate Stewart Blacker (1785-?)NAO3.3.1807 - 7.8.1809Master's Mate Robert Jeffry (1782-?)NAO1808 - 1810Midshipman John Courtnay Bluett (1792-?)NBD18493.8.1808 - 7.8.1808Midshipman Charles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO7.8.1809Master's Mate Joseph Chappell Woolnough (1785-1839)NAO

9 Crewmen

21.9.1804 - 1.10.1805Ordinary Seaman Roger Judson (1778-?)NAO24.9.1804 - 1.10.1804Able Seaman Robert Jeffry (1782-?)NAO4.10.1804 - 18051st Class Volunteer Henry Boteler (1793-?)NBD184923.9.1805 - 1.10.1805Able Seaman James Robb (1782-?)NAO29.9.1805 - 9.10.1805Ordinary Seaman Charles Lamb (1778-?)NAO8.10.18051st Class Volunteer Charles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO11.1.1807 - 13.3.1807Able Seaman William Watkins (1784-?)NAO2.4.1807 - 18082nd Class Boy John Courtnay Bluett (1792-?)NBD18498.8.1808 - 7.8.1809Able Seaman Charles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO

Service History

3.1781First commissionedBWAS-1793
10.4.1781Completed at Buckler's Hard - Hampshire at a cost of £24415.7.0dBWAS-1714
15.4.1781Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.7.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £13844.5.10dBWAS-1714
12.12.17812nd Battle of Ushant
6.2.1782Sailed for the Leeward islandsBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
21.7.1782Sailed to AmericaBWAS-1714
6.1783Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714

Paid off

10.1783Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1784Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £12593.0.9dBWAS-1714
10.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
11.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £504.9.6dBWAS-1714
11.1790Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
8.1791Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £12110.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1793Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1793Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4882.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1794In the Mediterranean fleetBWAS-1793
13.3.1795In actionBWAS-1793
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
13.7.1795In actionBWAS-1793
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
1796Operations off VadoBWAS-1793
25.4.1796At Loano BayBWAS-1793
31.5.1796Convoy off OnagliaBWAS-1793
31.5.1796Action of 1796-05-31
9.1796Paid offBWAS-1793
10.1796refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £10623.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.3.1800Took the Brig La Sophie ref:692
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
4.1802Paid offBWAS-1793
4.1802Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1804Recommissioned for the Channel fleetBWAS-1793
9.1804Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £17695.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.7.18053rd Battle of Cape Finisterre
9.1805refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £51290.0.0dBWAS-1714
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
6.2.1806Action of San Domingo
24.3.1806Took the Brig-Corvette Le Lutin (16) off Martinique
30.3.1806Took the Schooner La Dame Ernouf (16) BG
8.1807In the Copenhagen expeditionBWAS-1793
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
1.1.1808Sailed for the Tagus and then to South AmericaBWAS-1793
16.6.1809Wrecked off Maldonado in the River PlateBWAS-1793


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
7.1782-1783Pigot's Fleet to America  

Previous comments on this page

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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