America -> 1795 Impetueux

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'L'América' (1788) (74)
First Commissioned9.1796BWAS-1793
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1774
Ship ClassTéméraire ClassNNF-1774
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up12.1813BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck182' 0"Imperial Feet55.4736 
Length of Keel149' 8 ¼"Imperial Feet45.4216 
Breadth48' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet14.6495 
Depth in Hold21' 7"Imperial Feet6.5786 
Burthen1,884 1694Tons BM 


9.1796Broadside Weight = 1128 Imperial Pound ( 511.548 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck30 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 18-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 18-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 18-Pound Carronade

8 Commanding Officers

9.1796 - 3.1799CaptainJohn Willett Payne (1752-1803)BWAS-17933.1799 - 4.1802CaptainSir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)BWAS-17935.1803 - 7.1803CaptainSamuel GravesBWAS-17937.1803 - 1805CaptainThomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)BWAS-179311.1803 - 6.1812CaptainDavid Milne (1763-1845)BWAS-17931805 - 10.1806CaptainJohn Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-179310.1806 - 8.1811CaptainJohn Lawford (1756-1842)BWAS-17936.1812 - 1813CaptainCharles Inglis (d.1833)BWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

6.1812 - 1813Vice-Admiral of the BlueGeorge Martin (1765-1847)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

26.4.1798 - 14.4.1802First LieutenantJohn Pilfold (1769-1834)NAO12.4.1813 - 12.1813LieutenantJames BlandfordNBD1849

4 Petty Officers

13.6.1797 - 10.3.1799MidshipmanGeorge CanningNAO2.1799 - 1800MidshipmanFrancis Charles Annesley (d.1846)NBD18493.1799 - 2.1802MidshipmanGeorge Cadogan (1783-1864)NBD18498.1812 - 4.9.1812SupernumeraryEdwin Ludlow RichNBD1849

1 Crewman

16.10.1796 - 12.6.1797Able SeamanGeorge CanningNAO

Service History

1.6.1794Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
7.1795Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
14.7.1795Renamed ImpetueuxBWAS-1793
9.1796Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1793
11.1796Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £42030.0.0dBWAS-1793
8.3.1797Took the Cutter Le Vautour in the Channel
4.1797The Spithead MutinyBWAS-1793
11.6.1797Took the Privateer La Zoe (20)
5.4.1798Took the Chasse-Maree La Sainte Famille

Sailed from Portsmouth


Sailed from Plymouth

1.6.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1800Took the Privateer La Petite Cherie (4)
1.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay
29.7.1800Took the Privateer Le Celebre (7) cut out from Port Louis
25.8.1800Attack on Ferrol
4.1802Paid offBWAS-1793
8.1802Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
1803Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
10.1806In the ChannelBWAS-1793
1809In the North SeaBWAS-1793
13.3.1810Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1793
1.3.1812Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1793
1813In ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
12.1813Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 29th of January 2014 22:38

March 1799 members of the crew 1st Lt George Ross [later sided with mutineers], Lt John Stokes, Captain Boys [Royal Marines] a John Smith fell overboard and drowned, mutineers Samuel Sidney, Thomas Harrop, William Jones [all hanged], Stephen Walford, William McAdam [100 lashes] and Michael Pennell. Landsmen William Sugate age 17 and John Fox age 20 dismissed for sodomy

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