Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.5.1758BWAS-1714
First Commissioned22.2.1760BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBellona ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Lock (d.1762)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up9.1814BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel138' 0"Imperial Feet42.0624 
Breadth46' 11"Imperial Feet14.025 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Aft18' 2"Imperial Feet5.4928 
Burthen1,615 7094Tons BM 


19.2.1760Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
31.1.1758550Design Complement

23 Commanding Officers

22.2.1760 - 25.2.1760CaptainWilliam Long (c.1704-1778) ADM 6/19/138ADM 6/1925.2.1760 - 21.11.1760CaptainPeter Denis (c.1713-1778) ADM 6/19/139BWAS-171421.11.1760 - 7.4.1762CaptainRobert Faulknor (1721-1769)BWAS-171410.5.1762 - 19.1.1763CaptainCharles Ellys (c.1730-1794) ADM 6/19/407BWAS-17146.6.1763 - 17.5.1765CaptainJohn Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/19/505BWAS-171417.5.1765 - 22.7.1766CaptainLord William Campbell (1730-1778) ADM 6/20/75BWAS-171422.7.1766 - 26.7.1769CaptainMichael Everitt (1716-bef.1776) ADM 6/20/128BWAS-171426.7.1769 - 25.10.1770CaptainJohn Montagu (1719-1795) ADM 6/20/245BWAS-171425.10.1770 - 24.5.1771CaptainEdward Vernon (1723-1794) ADM 6/20/304BWAS-171421.2.1780 - 7.6.1783CaptainRichard Onslow (1741-1817) ADM 6/22/91BWAS-17143.10.1787 - 7.12.1787CaptainGeorge Bowyer (1740-1800) ADM 6/22/423BWAS-17149.2.1789 - 24.12.1792CaptainFrancis John Hartwell (1757-1831) ADM 6/23/507ADM 6/2310.7.1793 - 2.1799CaptainGeorge Wilson ADM 6/24/253BWAS-17142.1799 - 3.4.1801CaptainSir Thomas Boulden Thompson (1766-1828)BWAS-17143.4.1801 - 30.4.1801CommanderGeorge McKinleyBWAS-171430.4.1801 - 6.7.1802CaptainThomas Hoar (1758-1825)BWAS-17147.1805 - 2.1806CaptainCharles Dudley PaterBWAS-17142.1806 - 12.10.1807CaptainJohn Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-171412.10.1807 - 1808CaptainJohn Bastard (d.1835)BWAS-17141808 - 1809CaptainJohn Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-17141809CaptainStair DouglasBWAS-17141809 - 1812CaptainJohn Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-17141812 - 1813CaptainGeorge McKinleyBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

5.1762 - 2.1763CommodorePeter Denis (c.1713-1778)BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

1801 - 2.4.1801LieutenantThomas WilkesBG1801 - 2.4.1801LieutenantThomas Southey (1777-1838)BG11.2.1807 - 28.8.1807Acting LieutenantThe Hon. Arthur Richard Turnour (1787-1853)NBD184928.7.1807 - 20.1.1808LieutenantThe Hon. Arthur Richard Turnour (1787-1853)NBD184911.12.1811 - 29.4.1814LieutenantWilliam BranderNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

19.2.1789 - 12.9.1791MasterWilliam ThurmanADM29-1

9 Petty Officers

2.1760 - 1763MidshipmanJohn Williamson (d.1798)ref:6768.1793 - 8.1794MidshipmanEdward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:6161801 - 2.4.1801MidshipmanWilliam FiggBG1801 - 2.4.1801MidshipmanWilliam SitfordBG1801 - 2.4.1801MidshipmanEdward DaubennyBG1801 - 2.4.1801Master's MateJames EmmertonBG8.1805 - 3.1809MidshipmanJohn Willison (1789-1847)NBD18492.1808 - 30.11.1808Master's MateProvo William Parry Wallis (1791-1892)NBD18491809 - 5.1.1810MidshipmanHenry William Bruce (1792-1863)NBD1849

4 Crewmen

5.1790 - 17921st Class VolunteerCharles Philip Butler Bateman (1776-?)NBD18494.1797 - 1.17991st Class VolunteerWilliam Bowers (1784-1845)NBD184922.11.1811 - 1813MidshipmanThomas Metcalfe Currie (1800-1846)NBD184925.12.1811 - 5.18121st Class VolunteerRobert Augustus Bradshaw (1800-?)NBD1849

1 Marine

1801 - 2.4.1801Captain, 49th Regiment of FootAlexander SharpBG

Service History

6.4.1760Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £43391.11.4dBWAS-1714
13.6.1761Action of 13th June 1761
13.8.1761Bellona vs Le Courageux
13.8.1761Took the Ship of the Line Le Courageux (74) off Vigo

Paid off

6.1763Recommissioned as a guardship at PortmsouthBWAS-1714
4.1764fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714

Paid off while still a guardship

10.1778Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1780Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £30873.2.3dBWAS-1714
30.12.1780Took the Ship of the Line Prinses Carolina (52) in the Channel
13.3.1781Sailed to the Relief of Gibraltar
9.1782Sailed to the Relief of Gibraltar
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel

Returned home and paid off

ADM 51
8.12.1783Arrived in the West Indies
10.1785Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1786Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £15982.4.3dBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
2.1789Recommissioned as guardship at Portsmouth
7.1789fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
12.1791Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1793Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £27836.0.0dBWAS-1714
13.10.1794Sailed for the West Indies
11.5.1795Took the Schooner La Bellone in the West Indies
13.2.1796Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1.1797Took the Privateer La Légère (6) off Descada
10.1.1797Destroyed a privateerBWAS-1714
2.1797Present at the capture of TrinidadBWAS-1714
16.2.1797Capture of Trinidad
6.5.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
19.6.1799Capture off Cape Sicie
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
7.1801In Irish watersBWAS-1714

Home to pay off

4.1805Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1805Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £27613.0.0dBWAS-1714
14.9.1806Destruction of the Impétueux
1807On the Halifax stationBWAS-1714
11.4.1809Battle of the Basque Roads
28.7.1809Expedition to the Scheldt
18.12.1810Took the Privateer Le Héros du Nord (14) in the North Sea
1813In ordinary at Chatham


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1782-12.1782Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799) 


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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