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
Constructor John 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 Ship Commanders

22.2.1760 - 25.2.1760Captain William Long (c.1704-1778) Transfered ADM 6/19/138ADM 6/1925.2.1760 - 21.11.1760Captain Peter Denis (c.1713-1778) ADM 6/19/139BWAS-171421.11.1760 - 7.4.1762Captain Robert Faulknor (1721-1769) TransferedBWAS-171410.5.1762 - 19.1.1763Captain Charles Ellys (c.1730-1794) ADM 6/19/407BWAS-17146.6.1763 - 17.5.1765Captain John Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/19/505BWAS-171417.5.1765 - 22.7.1766CaptainLord William Campbell (1730-1778) ADM 6/20/75BWAS-171422.7.1766 - 26.7.1769Captain Michael Everitt (1716-bef.1776) ADM 6/20/128BWAS-171426.7.1769 - 25.10.1770Captain John Montagu (1719-1795) ADM 6/20/245BWAS-171425.10.1770 - 24.5.1771Captain Edward Vernon (1723-1794) ADM 6/20/304BWAS-171421.2.1780 - 7.6.1783Captain Richard Onslow (1741-1817) ADM 6/22/91BWAS-17143.10.1787 - 7.12.1787Captain George Bowyer (1740-1800) ADM 6/22/423BWAS-17149.2.1789 - 24.12.1792Captain Francis John Hartwell (1757-1831) Transfered ADM 6/23/507ADM 6/2310.7.1793 - 2.1799Captain George Wilson ADM 6/24/253BWAS-17142.1799 - 3.4.1801CaptainSir Thomas Boulden Thompson (1766-1828)BWAS-17143.4.1801 - 30.4.1801Commander George McKinleyBWAS-171430.4.1801 - 6.7.1802Captain Thomas Hoar (1758-1825)BWAS-17147.1805 - 2.1806Captain Charles Dudley PaterBWAS-17142.1806 - 12.10.1807Captain John Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-171412.10.1807 - 1808Captain John Bastard (c.1787-1835)BWAS-17141808 - 1809Captain John Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-17141809Captain Stair DouglasBWAS-17141809 - 1812Captain John Erskine Douglas (1758-1847)BWAS-17141812 - 1813Captain George McKinleyBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

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

6 Commissioned Officers

28.9.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant Thomas Hardy ADM 6/24/71ADM 6/241801 - 2.4.1801Lieutenant Thomas WilkesBG1801 - 2.4.1801Lieutenant Thomas 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 - 29.4.1814Lieutenant William BranderNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

19.2.1789 - 12.9.1791Master William ThurmanADM 29-1

9 Petty Officers

2.1760 - 1763Midshipman John Williamson (d.1798)ref:6768.1793 - 8.1794Midshipman Edward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:6161801 - 2.4.1801Master's Mate James EmmertonBG1801 - 2.4.1801Midshipman William FiggBG1801 - 2.4.1801Midshipman William SitfordBG1801 - 2.4.1801Midshipman Edward DaubennyBG8.1805 - 3.1809Midshipman John Willison (1789-1847)NBD18492.1808 - 30.11.1808Master's Mate Provo William Parry Wallis (1791-1892)NBD18491809 - 5.1.1810Midshipman Henry William Bruce (1792-1863)NBD1849

4 Crewmen

5.1790 - 17921st Class Volunteer Charles Philip Butler Bateman (1776-?)NBD18494.1797 - 1.17991st Class Volunteer William Bowers (1784-1845)NBD184922.11.1811 - 1813Midshipman Thomas Metcalfe Currie (1800-1846)NBD184925.12.1811 - 5.18121st Class Volunteer Robert Augustus Bradshaw (1800-?)NBD1849

1 Marine

1801 - 2.4.1801Captain, 49th Regiment of Foot Alexander 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 Schooner La Légère (6) off DescadaBG
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 Schooner Le Héros du Nord (14) in the North SeaBG
1813In ordinary at Chatham


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

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