Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.7.1778BWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPortland ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorPeter Baker (1732-1796)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck145' 1"Imperial Feet44.1966 
Length of Keel119' 9"Imperial Feet36.2832 
Breadth40' 8"Imperial Feet12.3952 
Depth in Hold17' 6"Imperial Feet5.2034 
Burthen1,053 3794Tons BM 


12.3.1781Broadside Weight = 414 Imperial Pound ( 187.749 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.4.1766350Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

24.1.1781 - 6.8.1783CaptainJames Worth (c.1722-?) ADM 6/22/239BWAS-17146.8.1783 - 15.9.1783CaptainNathan Brunton ADM 6/23/106ADM 6/2315.9.1783 - 1.1784CaptainWilliam Bentinck (1764-1813) ADM 6/23/139BWAS-171415.7.1790 - 10.4.1792CaptainJames Cranstoun (d.1797) ADM 6/24/51BWAS-171410.4.1792 - 7.2.1793CaptainJohn Samuel Smith ADM 6/24/161BWAS-17146.2.1793 - 19.6.1793CaptainArthur Kaye Legge ADM 6/24/204BWAS-171419.6.1793 - 5.1795CaptainNathan Brunton: on board from 21.6.1793 ADM 6/24/247BWAS-17145.1795 - 14.4.1798CaptainHenry Mowat (1734-1798)BWAS-171412.1798 - 12.1799CaptainJohn Oakes HardyBWAS-171418.11.1799 - 1.1801CaptainRobert HallBWAS-17141.1801 - 29.3.1802CaptainRichard LeeBWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

15.9.1783 - 1.1784CommodoreSir Charles Douglas (1st Baronet Carr) (1726/27-1789)BWAS-171426.1.1785 - 8.1786CommodoreHerbert Sawyer (c.1731-1798)BWAS-17148.1792 - 1.1793Rear-Admiral of the RedSir Richard King (1st Baronet of Bellevue) (1730-1806)BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers

5.12.1790 - 12.1792LieutenantHenry William Bayntun (1766-1840)ref:61612.4.1792 - 28.6.1792First LieutenantCharles John Moore Mansfield (1760-1813)HMS0126.10.1793 - 5.1795Third LieutenantWilliam Pryce Cumby (1771-1837)ref:61617.6.1799 - 11.11.1799Acting LieutenantEbenezer Geale (1772-1805)NAO

4 Petty Officers

27.4.1792 - 20.6.1793Master's MateWilliam Pryce Cumby (1771-1837)ref:6168.6.1795 - 1801MidshipmanSamuel Brown (1776-1852)NBD184927.9.1796 - 15.7.1799Master's MateWilliam SpiersADM29-112.1798 - 12.1799MidshipmanJohn CampbellNBD1849

4 Crewmen

4.6.1791 - 9.1791Able SeamanDonald Campbell (1788-?)NBD18494.6.1791 - 9.1791Able SeamanColin York CampbellNBD184912.4.1792 - 1792Master's ServantSamuel Perkins Pritchard (1787-?)NBD184912.4.1792 - 26.6.1792Captain's ServantThomas Bladen Capel (1776-1853)NAO

Service History

31.12.1781fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10908.3.3dBWAS-1714
2.5.1782Sailed with a convoy for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1783Paid off early in the yearBWAS-1714
2.1783fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
7.1783Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
9.1783Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4387.9.11dBWAS-1714
17.10.1783Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714
8.1786Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
7.1789Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.1790Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £15259.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1790fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4474.0.0dBWAS-1714


3.1796Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
10.1800Began making good defects at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1801Completed making good defects at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £8379.0.0dBWAS-1714
29.3.1802Wrecked on a sandbank between Dunkirk and GravelinesBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
HMS01HMS MinotaurVariousWeb Site
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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