Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.3.1761BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1778
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Designed byWilliam BatelyBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Randall (d.1776)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up2.1803BWAS-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 


22.2.1765Broadside 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

1782Broadside Weight = 540 Imperial Pound ( 244.89 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
25.4.1760550Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

12.5.1778 - 8.12.1778CaptainAdam Duncan (1731-1804) ADM 6/21/403BWAS-17148.12.1778 - 17.1.1780CaptainHugh Cloberry Christian (1747-1798) ADM 6/21/485BWAS-171417.1.1780 - 9.1781CaptainAbraham Crespin (c.1741-1786) ADM 6/22/170
Issued by Hyde Parker (1713/14-1783), East Indies
Commission confirmed 14.9.1780
5.1782 - 8.1782CaptainSir George Home (7th Baronet of Blackadder) (1740-1803)BWAS-17148.1782 - 10.1782CaptainJohn Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817)BWAS-171410.1782 - 6.1783CaptainSir George Home (7th Baronet of Blackadder) (1740-1803)BWAS-17141.1793 - 1.6.1795CaptainPeter Rainier (1741-1808)BWAS-17141.6.1795 - 6.1798CaptainRobert Stuart Lambert (1771-1836)BWAS-17146.1798 - 4.1802CaptainPulteney Malcolm (1768-1838)BWAS-171414.4.1802 - 7.1802CaptainRoger Curtis (d.1802)BWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

12.1778 - 29.3.1779CommodoreJoshua Rowley (1734-1790)BWAS-171429.3.1779 - 3.1780Rear-Admiral of the BlueJoshua Rowley (1734-1790)BWAS-17141.6.1795 - 6.1796Rear-Admiral of the BluePeter Rainier (1741-1808)BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

12.5.1778 - 28.11.1778First LieutenantRobert Nourse (c.1733-?) ADM 6/21/403ADM10425.12.1795 - 1795Fifth LieutenantWilliam Hugh Dobbie (1771-1830)SOTON

2 Warrant Officers

31.8.1762 - 1762CarpenterAlexander Fall ADM 6/19/434ADM 6/1927.6.1793 - 18.3.1796MasterJames DovesADM29-1

3 Petty Officers

1795MidshipmanWilliam Hugh Dobbie (1771-1830)RNB18236.1795 - 30.7.1795MidshipmanGeorge Ralph Collier (1774-1824)ref:6164.1800 - 6.7.1800Master's MateJohn Burn (1772-?)NBD1849

3 Crewmen

1778Captain's ClerkJames Morrison (1760-1807)EWIKI2.8.1778 - 20.8.1778LandmanWilliam Gordon Rutherford (1765-1818)NAO21.8.1778 - 7.12.1778Captain's ServantWilliam Gordon Rutherford (1765-1818)NAO

Service History

13.1.1761Design draughts approvedBWAS-1714
28.1.1761Builder's contract agreed as £16.10.0d per ton, with the ship to be launched in 30 monthsBWAS-1714
22.2.1765Launched and laid up at ChathamBWAS-1714
22.2.1765Completed at Rotherhithe at a cost of £31300.2.0dBWAS-1714
12.1777Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1778First CommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1778Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £10419.10.11dBWAS-1714
29.12.1778Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
21.12.1779Action of 1779-12-21
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
15.5.1780Action of 15th March 1780
19.5.1780Action of 19th March 1780
1781Returned home as a convoy escortBWAS-1714
9.1781Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1782Began coppering at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1782Completed coppering at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £20875.14.9dBWAS-1714
9.1782Sailed to the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel
11.1782To the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1784fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1790Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £34739.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.4.1794Sailed for the East Indies as a convoy escortBWAS-1714
21.7.1795Sailed from MadrasBWAS-1714
8.1795Capture of CeylonBWAS-1714
16.2.1796Capture of AmboynaBWAS-1714
8.3.1796Capture of BandaBWAS-1714
4.1802Returned to ChathamBWAS-1714
2.1803Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1782/091782/12Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document
SOTONShips of the Old NavyMichael PhilipsWeb Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
RNB1823Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
NAOThe 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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