Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1761BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.1776BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRamillies ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor John & William WellsBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 6"Imperial Feet51.2086 
Length of Keel137' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet41.7767 
Breadth47' 3"Imperial Feet14.3365 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 5"Imperial Feet3.7211 
Draught Aft17' 3"Imperial Feet5.1925 
Burthen1,630 5994Tons BM 


11.1776Broadside 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
25.4.1760550Design Complement

11 Ship Commanders

2.11.1776 - 23.1.1778Captain Hyde Parker (1713/14-1783) ADM 6/21/226BWAS-171423.1.1778 - 2.5.1778Captain John Evans (1717-1794) ADM 6/21/356ADM 6/212.5.1778 - 26.3.1779Captain Anthony Parrey (d.1789) ADM 6/21/402BWAS-171426.3.1779 - 9.9.1779Captain John Laforey (1729-1796) ADM 6/21/531BWAS-17149.9.1779 - 21.3.1780Captain Samuel Cornish (1739-1816) ADM 6/22/25BWAS-171421.3.1780 - 2.5.1780Captain George Falconer (c.1725-1780) ADM 6/22/102BWAS-17142.5.1780 - 1.8.1783Captain Charles Saxton (c.1732-c.1808) ADM 6/22/122BWAS-17149.2.1781 - 5.1781Captain Richard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832)BWAS-17146.5.1793 - 18.10.1795CaptainThe Hon. Thomas Pakenham (1757-1836) ADM 6/24/236BWAS-171418.10.1795 - 3.1.1801Captain William Cayley (1742-1801)† Discharged DeadBWAS-17142.1801 - 16.3.1801Captain John Rennie (d.1801)BWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

5.1778 - 1778Commodore John Evans (1717-1794)BWAS-17142.1801 - 16.3.1801Rear-Admiral of the Blue Thomas Totty (d.1802)BWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

20.2.1778 - 15.5.1778First Lieutenant David Collins (c.1734-1787) ADM 6/21/369ADM 1048.1781 - 12.1781Lieutenant William Domett (1754-1828)ref:6167.1793 - 2.6.1794Lieutenant Henry Blackwood (1770-1832)ref:6161794Lieutenant William McGuire (d.1847)ADM 171/831.7.1799 - 25.6.1800Lieutenant John Read BindonNBD184910.1.1801 - 16.3.1801Lieutenant Charles Kempthorne Quash (1778-1817)W041

6 Warrant Officers

1794Boatswain Jeremiah McNamararef:9241794Chaplain Arthur McGuireref:9241794Surgeon Thomas Kenningref:9241794Purser John Harmar (1755-1839)ref:9241794Gunner Charles Gattenref:9241794Carpenter Thomas Powellref:924

3 Petty Officers

9.1777 - 12.1777Midshipman Richard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832)ref:6161794Midshipman Thomas Ussher (1779-1848)ADM 171/815.7.1794 - 1795Midshipman William Borough (1781-1852)NBD1849

12 Crewmen

5.1793 - 10.1795Captain's Servant John Nugent (1782-?)NBD18491.8.1793 - 10.1793Able Seaman Christopher William BettyNBD18491794Able Seaman John SimpsonADM 171/81794Able Seaman Henry PiperADM 171/81794Able Seaman Christopher HanlonADM 171/81794Able Seaman Benjamin AshleyADM 171/81794Landman Thomas PearsonADM 171/81794Landman Charles LewisADM 171/81794Landman Thomas BoulkADM 171/81794Captain's Cook James HughesADM 171/81794Captain's Servant John Myers GreerADM 171/81794Captain's Servant Thomas CookADM 171/8

5 Marines

1794Captain of Marines James Casselref:9241794Lieutenant of Marines Alexander MacKenzie (d.1847)ADM 171/81794Lieutenant of Marines Thomas Peersref:9241794Private Robert WilliamsADM 171/81794Private William WebberADM 171/8

Service History

6.4.1765Moved to Sheerness DYBWAS-1714
1.1777Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1777Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £30879.19.2dBWAS-1714
2.1777Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £11746.7.0dBWAS-1714
8.1.1779Attack on Caraccas shipsBWAS-1714
4.1779Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1779Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8541.2.8dBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
16.1.1780Battle of Cape St. Vincent
29.11.1780Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1714
3.2.1781At St EustatiusBWAS-1714
29.4.1781At encounter off MartiniqueBWAS-1714
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
5.1781At TobagoBWAS-1714
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
2.1782At Jamaica for a refitBWAS-1714
21.7.1782Sailed to AmericaBWAS-1714
5.9.1782Arrived at New YorkBWAS-1714
24.10.1782Sailed from New YorkBWAS-1714
11.1782Blockade of Cape FrancoisBWAS-1714
2.1783At Puerto CavelloBWAS-1714
19.2.1783Retook the Argo (44) BWAS-1714
1.8.1783Paid offADM 51
2.1784fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1788Began large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1791Completed large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £35333.12.0dBWAS-1714
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
3.1796refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9820.0.0dBWAS-1714
21.3.1796Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1.4.1796Took the Privateer L'Alexandre (10)
16.2.1797Capture of Trinidad
8.1799At the capture of SurinamBWAS-1714
11.8.1799Surrender of Surinam
8.1800Returned homeBWAS-1714
12.1800Began making good defects at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1801Completed making good defects at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £15671.0.0dBWAS-1714
16.3.1801Wrecked on the Harborough Sand off Yarmouth with over 400 drownedBWAS-1714


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Posted by Louise Watling on Thursday 12th of April 2012 15:00

According to reports at the time of her loss, HMS Invincible sunk after striking Hammond's Knoll.

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