Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.6.1763BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.1.1771BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRamillies ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 8 ½"Imperial Feet51.2191 
Length of Keel140' 3 ⅛"Imperial Feet42.6752 
Breadth46' 11"Imperial Feet14.025 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Burthen1,642 1294Imperial Feet0.0032 


1.1771Broadside 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

12 Commanding Officers

14.1.1771 - 1.11.1773CaptainRichard Bickerton (1727-1792) ADM 6/20/335BWAS-17141.11.1773 - 25.7.1776CaptainSamuel Hood (1724-1816) ADM 6/20/525BWAS-17147.6.1779 - 22.7.1783CaptainTaylor Penny (c.1722-1786) ADM 6/21/564BWAS-171410.5.1790 - 21.9.1790CaptainSamuel Pitchford (1739-1816) ADM 6/24/26BWAS-17141.10.1790 - 23.2.1791CaptainJohn Trigge ADM 6/24/72ADM 6/2423.2.1791 - 6.9.1791CaptainJohn Bazely (1741-1809) ADM 6/24/108BWAS-171427.3.1793 - 6.1794CaptainGeorge Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818): on board from 29.3.1793 ADM 6/24/224BWAS-17146.1794 - 3.1795Acting CaptainJohn MonktonBWAS-17144.1795 - 8.5.1797CaptainHenry NichollsBWAS-17146.1797 - 8.1797Acting CaptainJohn EatonBWAS-17148.1797 - 11.1798CaptainJoseph Ellison (d.1816)BWAS-17141.1798 - 4.11.1800CaptainThomas SothebyBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

1.11.1773 - 25.7.1776Vice-Admiral of the WhiteSir James Douglas (1703-1787)BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

1794Second LieutenantAlexander Ruddach (d.1812)ref:9241794Third LieutenantAndrew Sprouleref:9241794Fifth LieutenantMichael Seymourref:92424.7.1794 - 12.3.1795LieutenantJohn Surman Carden (1771-1858)ref:61610.3.1795 - 6.12.1796First LieutenantMathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD1849

8 Warrant Officers

12.5.1790 - 1790PurserWilliam Lefebvre ADM 6/24/28ADM 6/241794PurserRichard Farquharsonref:9241794GunnerWilliam Mitchellref:9241794CarpenterNicholas Bennettref:9241794BoatswainJohn Minikinref:9241794MasterDaniel Stewartref:9241794ChaplainJohn Harrisref:9241794SurgeonThomas Romney (d.1814)ref:924

7 Petty Officers

2.1775 - 3.1775MidshipmanWilliam Domett (1754-1828)ref:6161788 - 9.11.1790MidshipmanEdward Walpole Browne (1767-1846)NBD18491793 - 23.7.1794MidshipmanJohn Surman Carden (1771-1858)ref:6163.1793 - 3.1795Master's MateWilliam Pardoe (d.1861)NBD18491794Master's MateWilliam Pardoe (d.1861)ADM 171/81794 - 7.1795MidshipmanRobert Bloye (d.1847)NBD18499.1797 - 8.1800MidshipmanBuckland Stirling Bluett (d.1845)NBD1849

14 Crewmen

5.8.1793 - 1794Able SeamanRobert Bloye (d.1847)NBD18491794LandmanJames DoddADM 171/81794LandmanJohn SaundersADM 171/81794LandmanWilliam BrettADM 171/81794LandmanWilliam PartridgeADM 171/81794Able SeamanPhilip AndrewsADM 171/81794Captain's ServantCornelius O'BrienADM 171/81794Captain's ServantJames NipperADM 171/81794LandmanWilliam LangleyADM 171/81794Captain's ServantThomas GarrettADM 171/81794Captain's ServantWilliam FreemanADM 171/81794Ordinary SeamanSamuel FoxADM 171/81794Able SeamanHenry StreetADM 171/810.1795 - 17951st Class VolunteerRichard Israel Alleyn (1782-1866)NBD1849

1 Marine

1794Lieutenant, 25th Regiment of FootJames Lyon (d.1843)ref:924

Service History

1.10.1767Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £33319.0.0dBWAS-1714
1771fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £4848.11.2dBWAS-1714
1.1771Commissioned as guard ship inthe MedwayBWAS-1714
22.6.1773Spithead ReviewBWAS-1714
9.1777Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1779Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £25581.7.1dBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on Caraccas shipsBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
16.1.1780Battle of Cape St. Vincent
24.2.1780Took the Ship of the Line Le Protée (64) off Madeira
30.12.1780Took the Ship of the Line Prinses Carolina (52) in the Channel
15.1.1782Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
21.7.1782Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.9.1782Arrived in New YorkBWAS-1714
24.10.1782Left New YorkBWAS-1714
11.1782Blockade of St FrancoisBWAS-1714
26.4.1783Sailed for homeBWAS-1714

Paid off

1.1784fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
6.1787Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1789Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £33552.19.5dBWAS-1714
6.1790Commissioned for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1714

Paid off

1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
9.1794fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £13008.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.5.1797Captain turned out of ship by MutineersBWAS-1714
7.5.1798Mutiny at BerehavenBWAS-1714
2.6.1798Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
4.11.1800Wrecked on a shoal off BelleisleBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Wednesday 10th of February 2016 02:46

June 1776- Twelve seamen, three women and three children, were this morning blown up by gunpowder on board the Marlborough man of war at Portsmouth, and at the same time more that 50 men were wounded by the explosion, and carried to the hospital. By the court martial appointed to enquire into the cause of the accident, it appeared to be owing to negligence or rougery of the gunner and his mates, who on removing the powder from the said ship, had made a reserve, of which the people on board were ignorant.

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