Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1761/03/04BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1778/05
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Designed byWilliam BatelyBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn RandallBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up1803/02BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 1 ½"Imperial Feet51.2191
Length of Keel138' 9"Imperial Feet42.0684
Breadth46' 9 ⅝"Imperial Feet14.0367
Depth in Hold20' 2 ½"Imperial Feet6.1087
Burthen1,616 5794Tons BM


1765/02/22Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg) BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4British 9-Pounder
1782Broadside Weight = 540 Imperial Pound ( 244.89 kg) BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1760/04/25550Design Complement 

Flag Officers

1778/121779/03/29CommodoreJoshua RowleyBWAS-1714
1779/03/291780/03Rear-Admiral of the BlueJoshua RowleyBWAS-1714
1795/06/011796/06Rear-Admiral of the BluePeter RainierBWAS-1714


1778/051778/12CaptainAdam DuncanBWAS-1714
1778/12/081780/03CaptainHugh Cloberry ChristianBWAS-1714
1780/031781/09CaptainAbraham CrespinBWAS-1714
1782/051782/08CaptainSir George HomeBWAS-1714
1782/081782/10CaptainJohn Thomas DuckworthBWAS-1714
1782/101783/06CaptainSir George HomeBWAS-1714
1793/011795/06/01CaptainPeter RainierBWAS-1714
1795/06/011798/06CaptainRobert LambertBWAS-1714
1798/061802/04CaptainPulteney MalcolmBWAS-1714
1802/04/141802/07CaptainRoger CurtisBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1778/121780/03LieutenantThomas Hoar Bertieref:616
1795/12/25UnknownFifth LieutenantWilliam Hugh DobbieSOTON

Petty Officers

1795UnknownMidshipmanWilliam Hugh DobbieB163
1795/061795/07/30MidshipmanGeorge Ralph Collierref:616
1800/041800/07/06Master's MateJohn BurnNBD1849


17781778Captain's ClerkJames MorrisonEWIKI
1778/08/021778/08/20LandmanWilliam Gordon RutherfordNAO
1778/08/211778/12/07Captain's ServantWilliam Gordon RutherfordNAO

Service History

DateEvent Source
1761/01/13Design draughts approvedBWAS-1714
1761/01/28Builder's contract agreed as £16.10.0d per ton, with the ship to be launched in 30 monthsBWAS-1714
1765/02/22Launched and laid up at ChathamBWAS-1714
1765/02/22Completed at Rotherhithe at a cost of £31300.2.0dBWAS-1714
1777/12Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1778/05First CommissionedBWAS-1714
1778/07Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £10419.10.11dBWAS-1714
1778/12/29Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1779/07/06Battle of Grenada 
1779/12/21Action of 1779-12-21 
1780/04/17Battle of Martinique 
1780/05/15Action of 1780-05-15 
1780/05/19Action of 1780-05-19 
1781Returned home as a convoy escortBWAS-1714
1781/09Paid offBWAS-1714
1782/03Began coppering at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1782/07Completed coppering at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £20875.14.9dBWAS-1714
1782/09Sailed to the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
1782/10/20Battle of Cape Spartel 
1782/11To the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1783/06Paid offBWAS-1714
1784/02fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1790/02Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1793/02Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £34739.0.0dBWAS-1714
1794/04/26Sailed for the East Indies as a convoy escortBWAS-1714
1795/07/21Sailed from MadrasBWAS-1714
1795/08Capture of CeylonBWAS-1714
1796/02/16Capture of AmboynaBWAS-1714
1796/03/08Capture of BandaBWAS-1714
1802/04Returned to ChathamBWAS-1714
1803/02Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1782/091782/12Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
SOTON Ships of the Old NavyMichael PhilipsWeb Site
B163 Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallBook
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
NAO The National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 15th of January 2017 21:45

Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt C. Malcolm, of the Suffolk, apptd to be Commander of the Albatross.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt H. Lambert, of the Suffolk, apptd to be Lt of the Arrogant.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt P. Percy, of the Victorious, apptd to be Lt of the Suffolk.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Mr. A. Lysaght, Midshipman of the Suffolk, apptd to be Lt of La Chiffonne.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt W. Davidson, of the Albatross, apptd to be Lt of the Suffolk.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt Lord G. Stuart, of the Suffolk, apptd to the rank of a Commander in HM service, and Governor of the Naval Hospital at Madras.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt N. Maucer, of La Sybille, apptd to be Lt of the Suffolk.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt J. Hislop, of the Fox, apptd to be Lt of the Suffolk.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Lt Johnston, of the Suffolk, apptd to be Commander of the Vulcan, vice Pulhatn.

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