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Bellerophon -> 1824 Captivity

3278
Billy Ruffian
Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered11.1.1782BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down5.1782BWAS-1793
Launched6.10.1786B028
First Commissioned7.1790B028
How acquiredBuilt by ContractB028
ShipyardQuarry House Yard - Frindsbury B028
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1771
BWAS-1793
Constructor
Edward GreavesBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Sold21.1.1836B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel138' 0"Imperial Feet42.0624 
Breadth46' 10 ½"Imperial Feet14.0335 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Burthen1,612 7894Tons BM 

Armament


6.10.1786Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1793
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
25.8.1774550Design Complement

17 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
17.7.1790 - 9.9.1791Captain
Thomas PasleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
ADM 6/24/51
BWAS-1793
11.9.1793 - 9.1.1794Commodore
Thomas PasleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
ref:676
9.1.1794 - 16.10.1794Captain
William Johnstone HopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1789
ADM 6/24/3
BWAS-1793
16.10.1794 - 5.1796Captain
James CranstounBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1796
ADM 6/25/96
BWAS-1793
5.1796 - 10.1796Acting Captain
John Wentworth LoringBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1837
BWAS-1793
10.1796 - 1799Captain
Henry d'Esterre DarbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
BWAS-1793
12.1801 - 1803Captain
John LoringBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1803
BWAS-1793
5.1804 - 21.10.1805Captain
John CookeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1794
BWAS-1793
22.10.1805 - 3.11.1805Lieutenant
William Pryce CumbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1784-1837
E-WIKI
3.11.1805 - 4.11.1805Captain
Richard ThomasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1813
BWAS-1793
4.11.1805 - 8.6.1808Captain
Edward RotherhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1808
BWAS-1793
8.6.1808 - 8.1810Captain
Samuel WarrenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1815
BWAS-1793
8.1810 - 6.1811Captain
Lucius Ferdinand HardymanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1734
BWAS-1793
6.1811 - 2.1813Captain
John HalsteadBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
BWAS-1793
2.1813 - 3.1813Captain
Augustus BrineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1837
BWAS-1793
3.1813 - 3.1814Captain
Edward HawkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1831
BWAS-1793
3.1814 - 1815Captain
Frederick Lewis MaitlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1839
BWAS-1793

7 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.1.1794 - 11.4.1794Commodore
Thomas PasleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
ADM 6/25/3
ADM 6/25
12.4.1794 - 1.6.1796Rear-Admiral of the White
Thomas PasleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
BWAS-1793
4.1802 - 1803Rear-Admiral of the Red
John Thomas DuckworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1817
BWAS-1793
1807Rear-Admiral of the Red
Albemarle BertieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
BWAS-1793
6.1808 - 1808Admiral of the Red
Lord Alan Gardner (1st Baron Gardner of Uttoxeter)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1808
BWAS-1793
1812Rear-Admiral of the Red
John FerrierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
BWAS-1793
3.1813 - 1814Vice-Admiral of the Blue
Richard Goodwin KeatsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1825
BWAS-1793

22 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
30.8.1790 - 17.10.1790Fourth Lieutenant
Daniel McKinlayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1790
ADM 6/24/63
ADM 6/24
30.8.1790 - 3.10.1790Fifth Lieutenant
William AlderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1790
Transfered ADM 6/24/63
ADM 6/24
18.10.1790 - 1790Fourth Lieutenant
James NicollsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1790
ADM 6/24/79
ADM 6/24
18.10.1790 - 1790Fifth Lieutenant
Daniel McKinlayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1790
ADM 6/24/79
ADM 6/24
1798 - 1.8.1798Lieutenant
George JolliffeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1798
TNC
1798 - 1.8.1798Lieutenant
Philip Watson LaunderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1798
† Discharged Dead
TNC
1798 - 1.8.1798First Lieutenant
Robert Savage DanielBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1798
† Discharged Dead
NBD1849
1799 - 30.5.1800Acting Lieutenant
David BoydBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1815
NBD1849
29.4.1802 - 10.1802Lieutenant
George William BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1834
NBD1849
16.10.1804 - 1805Lieutenant
David ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1817
NAO
3.11.1804 - 21.10.1805First Lieutenant
William Pryce CumbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1784-1837
NAO
1805Lieutenant
Edmund Fanning ThomasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1805
NAO
1805Lieutenant
George SaundersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1805
NAO
20.8.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
John Allen DouglassBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
24.12.1805 - 1805Lieutenant
Edward HartleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1805
ref:905
2.6.1808 - 7.7.1809Lieutenant
Charles AllenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1840
NL1865
6.1810 - 7.10.1810Flag Lieutenant
George BenthamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1846
NBD1849
3.2.1813 - 21.4.1813Lieutenant
Charles CumbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1813
NBD1849
8.3.1813 - 2.4.1814Lieutenant
Charles Orlando BridgemanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1846
NBD1849
1814 - 13.9.1815Lieutenant
John BowerbankBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1815
NBD1849
4.6.1815 - 9.1815First Lieutenant
William WalfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1846
NBD1849
3.8.1836 - 1.4.1841Lieutenant
James CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1821-1841
NBD1849

12 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.1786 - 1786Cook
Michael HoganBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786
B161
10.1786 - 1786Purser
Aaron GrahamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786
B161
10.1786 - 1786Gunner
John HindmarshBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1795
B161
10.1786 - 1786Carpenter
Thomas WatkinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1797
B161
10.1786 - 1786Boatswain
Robert RobertsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786
B161
20.7.1790 - 7.11.1791Boatswain
William CunninghamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1802
ADM 29-1
23.3.1791 - 1.6.1794Surgeon
Thomas FargherBritish
Naval Sailor
Medic
Service 1780-1795
ref:1665
6.1794 - 7.1795Master
Samuel BlythBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1813
N-GAZ
9.1796 - 1800Surgeon
George BellamyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1817
ref:847
15.10.1804 - 2.11.1805Boatswain
Thomas RobinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1805
NAO
1805Surgeon
Alexander WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
1805 - 21.10.1805Master
Edward OvertonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO

28 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1789 - 19.10.1790Midshipman
Henry DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1840
ref:616
1793 - 1795Midshipman
Mathew FlindersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1810
NMM
1794Midshipman
Robert RamsayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1815
ADM 171/8
1794Midshipman
James WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Midshipman
William ReikieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1800
ADM 171/8
1794Quarter Gunner
John WitteyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1795Midshipman
Alexander Garthshore StirlingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1847
ADM 171/8
1795Midshipman
Manley Hall DixonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1860
ADM 171/8
10.1796 - 5.1800Midshipman
Leslie BouldersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1836
NBD1849
8.8.1804 - 24.10.1807Midshipman
John FranklinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1834
NAO
11.10.1804 - 8.1807Midshipman
William WalfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1846
NAO
5.11.1804 - 1805Midshipman
William Nunn JewellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1812
NAO
16.11.1804 - 1805Midshipman
Robert PattonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1827
NAO
25.11.1804 - 1805Midshipman
John WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1807
NAO
1805 - 23.12.1805Master's Mate
Edward HartleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1805
NAO
1805Midshipman
Henry WalkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1813
NAO
1805Midshipman
Daniel CharlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
1805Midshipman
James CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1828
NAO
3.1.1805 - 1805Midshipman
William SandersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1809
NAO
2.3.1805 - 1805Midshipman
Hugh PattonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1819
NAO
25.4.1805 - 24.10.1807Midshipman
William FairweatherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1807
NAO
28.4.1805 - 1805Midshipman
Thomas BantBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
28.4.1805 - 1805Midshipman
Mark WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
NAO
1.5.1805 - 21.10.1805Midshipman
John SimmonsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
12.1808 - 7.1810Midshipman
Josiah OakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1846
NBD1849
1812Midshipman
James BurneyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1835
NBD1849
2.1813 - 29.7.1814Midshipman
John KiddleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1831
NBD1849
4.1814 - 1.1815Midshipman
Edward BelcherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1812-1842
NBD1849

23 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
10.9.1791 - 9.17911st Class Volunteer
Thomas BriggsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1847
NBD1849
25.4.1793 - 27.12.1794Able Seaman
Andrew KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1824
NAO
1794Able Seaman
Francis EgglistoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Able Seaman
William WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
John WebbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
William WattsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
Thomas TuckerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
John PardyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
James McLaughlanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Ordinary Seaman
James MaitlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Landman
Richard BennillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Landman
Richard BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Landman
John BaileyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Landman
Peter ParkesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Servant
John HindmarshBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1795
ADM 171/8
1794 - 1795Carpenter's Crew
John GaleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1795
ADM 171/8
1795Volunteer
John HindmarshBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1795
ADM 171/8
10.9.1796 - 10.1796Able Seaman
Leslie BouldersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1836
NBD1849
14.11.1804 - 24.4.1805Able Seaman
William FairweatherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1807
NAO
16.11.1804 - 1.3.18051st Class Volunteer
Hugh PattonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1819
NAO
30.4.1805 - 1.5.1805Able Seaman
John SimmonsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
1.5.1805 - 18051st Class Volunteer
George PearsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1811
NAO
2.11.1807 - 9.1809Ordinary Seaman
Archibald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
NBD1849

1 Marine


DatesRankNameSource
1794 - 1795Private
John HattonBritish
Marine
Service 1794-1795
ADM 171/8

Service History


DateEventSource
1787Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1787Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £30232.14.4dBWAS-1714
3.1787Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £8378.15.2dBWAS-1714
7.3.1787Docked at Chatham to be copperedB161
20.3.1787Launched from the dock coppered and fitted for ordinary at a cost of £3,389.8.7d for hull masts and yards and £4,987.6.7d for rigging and storesB161
5.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1790Commissioned for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1793
8.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4620.8.4dBWAS-1714
15.8.1790Left Chatham having been fitted for sea at a total cost of £4,620.8.4dB161
21.11.1790Arrived at Sheerness to be "Taken in hand Mar & Completed"B161
20.4.1791Left Sheerness, the work having cost £1,828 (£1,733 for rigging and stores)B161
9.9.1791

Paid off

BWAS-1793
26.4.1793Fitted at Chatham at a cost of £4,164BWAS-1793
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
16.6.1795First Battle of Groix
10.1795Began repairs at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
11.1795Completed repairs at a cost of £8,103BWAS-1793
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
9.1800Began a middling repair and refit at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
8.1801Completed middling repair and refit at a cost of £32,608BWAS-1793
4.1802Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
24.7.1803Took the Ship of the Line
Le Duquesne (74) 1788-1803
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
off San Domingo

25.7.1803Capture of the Duquesne
25.7.1803Took the Corvette
L'Oiseau (16) 1803-1803
French 16 Gun
Privateer Corvette
off San Domingo

30.11.1803Present at the surrender of the French squadron at Cap FrancoisBWAS-1793
9.1804Began a refit at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
11.1804Completed refit at a cost of £11,914BWAS-1793
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
12.1805Started repairs for defects at PlymouthBWAS-1793
2.1806Completed repairs at a cost of £18,082BWAS-1793
1808In the BalticBWAS-1793
1812In the North SeaBWAS-1793
22.4.1813Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
19.12.1813Took the Lugger
Le Génie (16) 1808-1813
French 16 Gun
Privateer Lugger
off Portland .
BG
26.4.1814Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
15.7.1815Accepted the surrender of Napoleon IBWAS-1793
12.1815Began fitting as a convict hulk at SheernessBWAS-1793
12.1816Completed conversionBWAS-1793
12.1816Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
5.10.1824Renamed Captivity
4.1826Fitted to move to Plymouth and became a convict hulk thereBWAS-1793
1834Out of serviceBWAS-1793
21.1.1836Sold at Plymouth for £4,030BWAS-1793


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.8.1798-1798Saumarez's Squadron 1798
Sir James SaumarezBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1767-1830
 
 

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 3rd of April 2014 17:51

Providence Gazette,
October 7, 1815, p. 2
The following particulars respecting the embarkation of Bonaparte on board the Northumberland, have been received from a source entitled to every credit; we give them to the public as authentic. The Bellerophon and the Tonnant, sailed from the Bay of Plymouth on Friday; but we do not imagine that it was to prevent the application for a writ of habeaus corpus. The fact is, that the concourse of boats was so great, and the danger to which they were exposed that the government thought proper to order the Bellerophon to a greater distance. The process, of which so much has been said, was nothing more than an ordinary subpoena from the Court of Kings bench, procured by some person who had a cause pending in that court, and who amused himself by citing as witnesses, Napoleon, Jerome, and Admiral Villaumes. The Northumberland left Portsmouth on Friday, also, and on Sunday arrived off Torbay. General Bertrand was the first to come on board the Tonnant, where he dined with Lord Keith and Sir George Cockburn. Sir George explained to him his instructions with regard to Bonaparte; one article of which was, that his baggage should be examined before it was taken on board the Northumberland. Bertram warmly protested against sending Bonaparte to St. Helena, when he desired and expected to have lived in peace in England, protected by English laws. Lord Keith and Sir George did not enter into a discussion on this point.

After dinner, they accompanied Bertrand on board the Bellerophon. Before their arrival, they had taken from Bonaparte his pistol and all his arms. Those who were not to accompany him were sent on board the frigate Eurotas. They showed a great unwillingness to be separated from him. Bonaparte took leave of them individually; Savery and L'Allemand were, however, left on board the Bellerophon.

When Lord Keith and Sir George Cockburn came on board, Bonaparte was on deck ready to receive them. After the usual salutation Lord Keith addressed himself to Bonaparte, and requested him to say at what hour he proposed to go on board the Northumberland. Bonaparte protested with the greatest vehemency against this act of British Government. "He had not expected it, he could see no reasonable objection to his residing in England in tranquility, for the remainder of his days." Lord Keith and Sir George Cockburn made no reply. An English officer who stood near him observed, that if he was not sent to St. Helena, he would be sent to the Emperor Alexander, "God keep me from the Russians," replied he, shrugging his shoulders and addressing Bertrand. "At what hour tomorrow morning, shall I come, General, and accompany you on board the Northumberland," asked Sir George Cockburn. Bonaparte appeared somewhat surprised at hearing himself addressed simply as General, but replied at 10 o’clock. Bertrand and his Lady, Savary, L'Allemand, Count Montholon and his Lady, were near Bonaparte; Sir George Cockburn asked them if they wished anything before they sailed? Bertrand replied, that he wanted 20 packs of cards, a backgammon board and a set of dominoes. Madame Bertrand required some articles of furniture. One of the French officers, nephew of Josephine, complained, that they had not kept their word with Bonaparte, who expected to reside in England with his suite. Bonaparte asked Lord Keith's opinion; who merely replied, that he must obey the orders he had received form his government. Bonaparte requested a second interview; Lord Keith refused, observing, that he could give him a little satisfaction, in as mush his orders were peremptory, and it was impossible to make nay change in the sentence which had been announced to him. An officer who stood near observed, "Had you remained one hour longer, you would have been taken and sent to Paris." Bonaparte turned his eyes upon the speaker, but made no reply.

Sir George the next morning very early went on board the Bellerophon, to inspect the baggage of Bonaparte. It consisted of two services of plate, some articles of gold, a superb silver toilet set, books, bed &c. The whole was carried on board the Northumberland at 10 o’clock. At half past 11, Lord Keith came in the Tonnant's cutter on board the Bellerophon, to receive Bonaparte and those who were to accompany him. Before its arrival and afterward, he conversed with Captain Maitland and the officers of the Bellerophon. He ten went on board the cutter, and again took off his hat to them. Lord keith received on board the cutter the following persons; Bonaparte, Bertrand, lady and three children; the Count and Countess Montholon and child, Count Lascassos, General Gourgaud, nine male and three female servants. Savary and L'Allemand were left on board the Bellerophon. Savary appeared mush to dread the idea of being given up to the French government, after repeating that the honour of England would not suffer him to be sent to France. At noon the cutter came alongside the Northumberland. Bertran was the first who went on board. Bonaparte followed him, as soon as he came on deck, he said to Sir George Cockburn, "I am under your orders," He bowed to Lord Lowther and Mr. Littleton; who were near the Admiral, and said something to them, to which they replied. He asked one of the officers in which corp he served. The officer replied, "In the Artillery" "I sparan from that service," Bonaparte briskly rejoined. After taking leave of the officers who accompanied him from the Bellerophon, he went into the cabin, where, besides his principal attendants, were Lord Keith and Sir George Cockburn, Lord Lowther, and the Hon. Mr. Lyttleton. Lord Keith took leave of him, and went on board the Tonnant. Lord Lowther and Mr. Lyttlton remained, and had conversation of nearly two hours with him.

The Bellerophon, Tonnant, and Eurotas, returned to Plymouth Bay on Tuesday. The Northumberland cruised off that port the whole day, although the wind was favourable. It is supposed that they are waiting the arrival of the Weymouth, which was to bring them supplies the following day.








He asked one of the officers in which corp he served. The officer replied, "In the Artillery" "I sparan from that service," Bonaparte briskly rejoined. After taking leave of the officers who accompanied him from the Bellerophon, he went into the cabin, where, besides his principal attendants, were Lord Keith and Sir George Cockburn, Lord Lowther, and the Hon. Mr. Lyttleton. Lord Keith took leave of him, and went on board the Tonnant. Lord Lowther and Mr. Lyttlton remained, and had conversation of nearly two hours with him.


Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 3rd of April 2014 17:42

From a London paper,
Private Correspondence
On board the Bellerophon
By some passengers who came in the Bellerophon, it appears that Bonaparte was quite at his ease on board that ship; took possession of the Captains cabin, sana ceremonie, invited the officers of the ship to his table, talked with great freedom on the state of things; said it was impossible for the Bourbons to govern France, and that Napoleon II. would be very soon recalled to the throne. That Fouche was an ass and totally unfit for the office assigned to him. He acknowledged that England alone had ruined all his grand plans, and that not for her he had been Emperor of the East as well as the West. He walked on the poop and quarter deck, conversed with the seamen and effected great gaiety and unconcern, is short, such is the talent of his "child and companion of jacobinism," that before they arrived in Torbay, he was considered by all on board as a devilish good fellow.

From: The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland
September 7, 1815 page 2

BONAPARTE

Copy of a letter from a young Somersetshire sailor, on board the Bellerophon
His Majesty's Ship Bellerophon, Torbay
July 24, 1815

I avail myself of an opportunity of informing you of an occurrence that will doubtless be felt with pleasure. Nothing less than that we have in our possession the common disturber of the repose of Europe, who finding himself foiled in all his attempts to regain that power he so recently lost, endeavored to escape to America; but the vigilance of his Majesty's cruisers has prevented it, and I have to boast of being in the ship that claims the honour of his capture, which was effected in the following manner.

The French coast was blockaded very closely; the part to which we were stationed was Basque Roads, and at this place it was that he endeavored to escape; but finding it impossible and being pressed on shore by the advance of hostile troops, together with the turning of the people to the side of Louis, he determined to give himself up to our Captain rather than run the risk of falling into the hands of the more unceremonious enemies on shore. The white flag was displayed at Rochelle on the 12th, and on the 14th a flag of truce came out from Rochefort, with part of Bonaparte's suite, who gave us to understand that he would surrender on the following morning, which he did about half-past seven, coming out in the Epervier man-of-war brig, out of which we brought him in our barge.







We are to lie here for orders; the rumor is, however, that we shall go up the river with him, it being considered an act of policy rather than let his travel through the country

Plymouth, Wednesday night.
The Bellerophon is this moment anchored in the Sound, with Napoleon on board, having been ordered to this port from Torbay by the Admiralty. What is to be done with him is kept profoundly secret. No one is allowed to go into or near the ship; not even Mrs. Maitland, wife of the Captain.


Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 3rd of April 2014 17:38

The Providence Gazette
From Lloyds, Torbay,July 24

Arrived this day his Majesty's ships Myrmidon and Bellerophon; on board the latter, is Napoleon Bonaparte, Gen. Bertram, his wife, and three children; the Count Montholon, his wife and one child; Savery, Les Casses and his son, General L'Allemand and several others, in all about 34. The Port Admiral at Plymouth and my Lord Keith are expected this afternoon from that port, when it will be known what is to become of Napoleon and his party: at present we know nothing of what is intended
to be done with them. No strangers are permitted to go along side the Bellerophon, but Napoleon has been seen plain enough by all the stern-gallery, and those that go round the ship have full view of him.

Another letter of the same date, from Torbay, after confirming all that is said in the preceding, states that the Duke of Rovigo, Count Las Casses, Count Montholon and family. two Lieut. Cols, three Captains, and two Lieutenants, are on board his Majesty's ship Myrmidon.

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