Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Formidable' (1794) (74)
First Commissioned10.1800BWAS-1793
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDuquesne Group variant of Téméraire ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byJacques-Noël Sané (1740-1831)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up8.1814B028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck184' 5"Imperial Feet56.0847 
Length of Keel149' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet45.4216 
Breadth48' 9"Imperial Feet14.659 
Depth in Hold21' 7 ½"Imperial Feet6.4135 
Burthen1,889 794Tons BM 


10.1800Broadside Weight = 1178 Imperial Pound ( 534.223 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck30 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 24-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.1800700 BWAS-1793

11 Commanding Officers

10.1800CaptainMichael SeymourBWAS-179310.1800 - 1.1801CaptainWilliam Domett (1754-1828)BWAS-17931.1801 - 2.1801CaptainGeorge LumsdaineBWAS-17932.1801 - 10.1801CaptainCharles BoylesBWAS-179310.1801 - 4.1802CaptainWilliam Domett (1754-1828)BWAS-17934.1802 - 12.1803CaptainWilliam RickettsBWAS-179312.1803 - 9.1807CaptainWilliam Hargood (1762-1839)BWAS-17939.1807 - 9.1808CaptainWilliam MaudeBWAS-179329.9.1808 - 2.1809CaptainEdward WoolcombeBWAS-17932.1809 - 7.1809CaptainWilliam Charles Fahie (1763-1833)BWAS-17937.1809 - 7.10.1809CaptainGeorge Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers

10.1800 - 4.1802Admiral of the BlueThe Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819)BWAS-17939.1807 - 9.1808Rear-Admiral of the White Alexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832)BWAS-1793

13 Commissioned Officers

1.11.1800 - 18.8.1802LieutenantThomas Coleman (1769-1815)NAO1.11.1800 - 23.12.1805LieutenantThomas Fife (1774-1829)NAO19.12.1800 - 21.10.1805LieutenantEbenezer Geale (1772-1805)NAO30.6.1802 - 12.12.1805LieutenantWilliam FerrieNAO14.9.1802 - 14.1.1806LieutenantThomas Coleman (1769-1815)NAO20.6.1803 - 3.9.1803Acting LieutenantRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD18493.9.1803 - 1806LieutenantRobert Bastin (1780-1854)NBD18495.1806 - 4.1807LieutenantJames CrookeNBD18493.1808 - 3.1809Flag LieutenantHumphrey Fleming Senhouse (1781-1841)W0256.1808 - 5.8.1808LieutenantGeorge Pringle (1778-1834)B14521.10.1808 - 27.1.1809Acting LieutenantJohn BulfordNBD184928.11.1808 - 14.9.1809LieutenantThomas Burdwood (1844-?)NBD184927.1.1809 - 7.10.1809LieutenantJohn BulfordNBD1849

2 Warrant Officers

8.1.1801 - 10.12.1801ChaplainJohn CookesleyADM29-112.1803PurserRichard BromleyDISP-HN

3 Petty Officers

11.1800 - 3.1804MidshipmanJohn BulfordNBD18491808 - 22.10.1808MidshipmanJohn BulfordNBD18491808 - 3.1809MidshipmanWilliam BishopNBD1849

Service History

28.10.1795Registered by Admiralty OrderBWAS-1793
8.1799Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
12.1800Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £35842.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.2.1803Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
12.1805Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
4.1806Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £16384.0.0dBWAS-1793
14.9.1806Destruction of the Impétueux
20.1.1807Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
28.7.1809Expedition to the Scheldt
28.7.1809Walcheren Expedition
9.1809Laid up in ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
7.10.1809Paid offADM 51
7.1814Began a large repair at Portsmouth, but broken up insteadBWAS-1793
8.1814Completed break up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

Journal. - W. HARGOOD, Captain.-Official No. 9406.

October 21st.

A.M. - Fresh breezes and squally. Down topgallant yards. Made and shortened sail occasionally. At daylight, saw the enemy's fleet bearing East, distant 9 miles, consisting of 33 sail of the line, 5 frigates, and a brig. 5.40, answered the general signal to form the order of sailing. At 6, answered general signal to bear up and sail large and to prepare for battle. Made all sail, bearing down on enemy. Threw overboard unavoidably, in clearing for action, butts in packs 7. Do., cut for grog and topsail halyard tubs, 2. Do, cut for cook's tubs, 3. Puncheons and harness casks, 2; some beef and pork in harness tubs, iron hoops, 6 parcels, 10 in each; biscuit bags from the different berths, 90 in number. At 8, light airs. Body of enemy's fleet SE 6 miles, formed in line of battle. 3/4 past 8, Royal Sovereign made signal for larboard division to make more sail. At 9, Admiral made general signal to alter course 1 point


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