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
ConstructorHenry 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 Commanding Officers

28.3.1781 - 10.6.1783CaptainBenjamin Caldwell (1739-1820) ADM 6/22/268BWAS-179331.1.1793 - 10.6.1796CaptainHoratio Nelson (1758-1805) ADM 6/24/199BWAS-17936.1796 - 9.1796CaptainJohn Samuel SmithBWAS-179311.1796 - 4.1802CaptainRobert Devereux Fancourt (c.1742-1826)BWAS-17937.1804 - 9.1805CaptainJohn Harvey (d.1837)BWAS-17934.9.1805 - 10.8.1806CaptainSir Edward Berry (1768-1831)BWAS-17936.1806 - 11.1806CommanderJoseph Spear (d.1837)BWAS-179311.1806 - 1807CaptainWilliam Charles Fahie (1763-1833)BWAS-17931807 - 16.6.1809CaptainJonas RoseBWAS-1793

11 Commissioned Officers

1793 - 11.9.1793LieutenantJoseph Bullen (1761-1857)ref:6165.10.1795 - 6.1796LieutenantJames Noble (1774-1851)ODNB5.11.1795 - 10.6.1796LieutenantEdward Berry (1768-1831)ref:61610.1796LieutenantEdward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:6163.8.1804 - 29.6.1806LieutenantHugh Cook (d.1834)NAO10.8.1804 - 27.10.1806LieutenantSamuel ClarkeNAO9.12.1804 - 4.6.1806LieutenantWilliam Coote (c.1782-1857)NAO6.1.1805 - 28.7.1807LieutenantThomas PintoNAO11.2.1806 - 27.4.1807LieutenantJohn Thomas Sadler (1782-1808)NAO1.7.1806 - 7.8.1809LieutenantAlexander Forsyth Parr (1784-1856)NAO24.5.1807 - 12.12.1807LieutenantJohn Thomas Sadler (1782-1808)NAO

11 Warrant Officers

11.6.1796 - 6.5.1799GunnerFrancis HarrisNAO25.12.1796 - 5.1.1800MasterJohn DuckerADM29-13.8.1804 - 23.12.1806PurserCharles RossNAO28.8.1804 - 7.8.1809CarpenterGeorge RobinsNAO26.3.1805 - 22.11.1809GunnerArchibald FreeburneNAO10.9.1805 - 16.4.1806SurgeonJohn JemmisonNAO23.9.1805 - 7.8.1809BoatswainThomas NeedhamNAO29.9.1805 - 7.8.1809SailmakerJohn Smith (1774-?)NAO18.10.1805 - 29.10.1805MasterGeorge JonseNAO2.3.1807 - 7.8.1809QuartermasterJames Robb (1782-?)NAO2.3.1807 - 7.8.1809QuartermasterRoger Judson (1778-?)NAO

29 Petty Officers

1795MidshipmanS E ChethamADM 171/81797 - 4.1802MidshipmanPhilip Henry Bridges (d.1848)NBD18493.8.1804 - 29.9.1807MidshipmanCharles Ross (1790-?)NAO12.8.1804 - 15.7.1806MidshipmanStewart Blacker (1785-?)NAO15.8.1804 - 6.8.1809MidshipmanJoseph Chappell Woolnough (1785-1839)NAO19.8.1804 - 4.2.1807MidshipmanThomas Jackson (1784-?)NAO30.8.1804 - 14.7.1806MidshipmanJames Emery (1778-?)NAO1.9.1804 - 10.2.1806Master's MateJohn Thomas Sadler (1782-1808)NAO6.9.1804 - 24.11.1807MidshipmanJohn Charles Cosens (1784-?)NAO21.9.1804 - 4.1.1807MidshipmanWilliam Watkins (1784-?)NAO25.9.1804 - 31.7.1805Master's MateThomas Bagnall (1777-?)NAO28.10.1804 - 30.11.1805MidshipmanCharles Stewart (1784-?)NAO1805MidshipmanHenry Boteler (1793-?)NBD18491.8.1805 - 30.9.1805MidshipmanThomas Bagnall (1777-?)NAO16.8.1805 - 1.10.1805MidshipmanJohn Reeve (1781-?)NAO1.10.1805 - 4.1.1807Master's MateThomas Bagnall (1777-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 14.7.1806Master's MateJohn Reeve (1781-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 1.3.1807MidshipmanJames Robb (1782-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 1.3.1807MidshipmanRoger Judson (1778-?)NAO2.10.1805 - 2.3.1807MidshipmanRobert Jeffry (1782-?)NAO9.10.1805 - 26.12.1807MidshipmanCharles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO10.10.1805 - 9.6.1806MidshipmanCharles Lamb (1778-?)NAO29.10.1805 - 10.2.1806MidshipmanAlexander Forsyth Parr (1784-1856)NAO11.2.1806 - 30.6.1806Master's MateAlexander Forsyth Parr (1784-1856)NAO16.7.1806 - 19.4.1809Master's MateStewart Blacker (1785-?)NAO3.3.1807 - 7.8.1809Master's MateRobert Jeffry (1782-?)NAO1808 - 1810MidshipmanJohn Courtnay Bluett (1792-?)NBD18493.8.1808 - 7.8.1808MidshipmanCharles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO7.8.1809Master's MateJoseph Chappell Woolnough (1785-1839)NAO

9 Crewmen

21.9.1804 - 1.10.1805Ordinary SeamanRoger Judson (1778-?)NAO24.9.1804 - 1.10.1804Able SeamanRobert Jeffry (1782-?)NAO4.10.1804 - 18051st Class VolunteerHenry Boteler (1793-?)NBD184923.9.1805 - 1.10.1805Able SeamanJames Robb (1782-?)NAO29.9.1805 - 9.10.1805Ordinary SeamanCharles Lamb (1778-?)NAO8.10.18051st Class VolunteerCharles Alexander Johnston (1792-?)NAO11.1.1807 - 13.3.1807Able SeamanWilliam Watkins (1784-?)NAO2.4.1807 - 18082nd Class BoyJohn Courtnay Bluett (1792-?)NBD18498.8.1808 - 7.8.1809Able SeamanCharles 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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