Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1784BWAS-1714
First Commissioned6.1790BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBatson's Yard - Limehouse Hole BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCanada Class - ModifiedBWAS-1714
Constructor Robert Batson (1735-1806)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck170' 0"Imperial Feet51.816 
Length of Keel140' 5 ½"Imperial Feet42.6847 
Breadth46' 10"Imperial Feet14.0208 
Depth in Hold20' 6"Imperial Feet6.2484 
Draught Forward12' 4"Imperial Feet3.7084 
Draught Aft18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,638 6394Tons BM 


26.11.1787Broadside Weight = 891 Imperial Pound ( 404.0685 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1781550Design Complement

20 Ship Commanders

28.6.1790 - 3.12.1790Captain Archibald Dickson (c.1739-1803) ADM 6/24/44BWAS-171431.1.1793 - 1.6.1795Captain Samuel Reeve (c.1732-1803): on board from 9.2.1793 ADM 6/22/199BWAS-17148.1795Captain Thomas Seccombe (d.1808)BWAS-17148.1795 - 6.1796Captain John Samuel SmithBWAS-17146.1796 - 8.1796Captain Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)BWAS-17148.1796 - 9.1796Acting Captain Edward Berry (1768-1831)BWAS-171419.9.1796 - 12.1796Captain Charles Stuart (d.c.1814)BWAS-171412.1796 - 5.1797Captain Ralph Willett Miller (d.1799)BWAS-17145.1797 - 11.1797Captain John Aylmer (1759-1841)BWAS-171412.1798 - 3.1799Captain George BowenBWAS-17143.1799 - 9.1801CaptainSir Richard John Strachan (6th Baronet of Thornton, Kincardine) (1760-1828)BWAS-17149.1801 - 7.1802Captain Charles BoylesBWAS-17146.1805 - 3.1806Captain George Hopewell Stephens (d.1819)BWAS-17145.1806 - 7.1806Captain William Granville LobbBWAS-17147.1806 - 7.1807Captain George Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-17147.1807 - 9.1808Captain Isaac WolleyBWAS-17141808 - 1809Captain Hugh Pigot (1775-1857)W02513.9.1808 - 11.1808Captain Edward Rushworth (d.1812)BWAS-171411.1808 - 7.1809Captain James Athol Wood (1756-1829)BWAS-17147.1809 - 12.1809Captain Christopher John Williams NeshamBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

13.2.1797 - 15.2.1797Commodore Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)NA-ROA

6 Commissioned Officers

6.1796 - 7.1796Lieutenant James Noble (1774-1851)ODNB11.6.1796 - 11.11.1796Lieutenant Edward Berry (1768-1831)ref:61610.1796 - 15.12.1796Flag Lieutenant James Noble (1774-1851)ODNB12.11.1796 - 17.2.1797Commander Edward Berry (1768-1831)ref:6163.8.1805 - 9.5.1806Lieutenant James John Gordon Bremer (1786-1850)NBD184911.1805 - 3.1806Lieutenant James Woodford (d.1807)ref:1008

6 Warrant Officers

11.7.1790 - 3.11.1790Master George Scollough (1748/49-1809)ADM 29-126.10.1790 - 10.6.1796Gunner Francis HarrisNAO17.4.1793 - 10.6.1796Carpenter William Lemon DischargedADM 29/81795Chaplain Thomas Morgan (1768-1851)ADM 171/87.4.1796 - 26.5.1797Acting Master Philip Thomas (d.1830)ADM 29-15.8.1806 - 13.6.1808Master John BryceADM 29-1

4 Petty Officers

1.6.1793 - 20.7.1795Midshipman Charles Cobbe (d.1811)1795Master's Mate Peter SamwellADM 171/86.1797 - 5.1798Midshipman William Bowles (1780-1869)NBD18491806 - 2.1807Midshipman John William Montagu (1790-1882)NBD1849

5 Crewmen

17.5.1793 - 31.5.1793Able Seaman Charles Cobbe (d.1811)21.6.1793 - 17961st Class Volunteer John Read BindonNBD18491795Able Seaman Walter SaundersADM 171/81795Able Seaman Thomas PileADM 171/81795Able Seaman John CameronADM 171/8

Service History

26.11.1787Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.1788Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4183.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.5.1788fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7386.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1790Commissioned for the Spanish armamentBWAS-1714

Paid off

2.1793Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1793Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5173.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.10.1793At GenoaBWAS-1714
11.10.1793Took the Frigate L'Impérieuse (36) off La Spezia
17.10.1793Took the Frigate La Modeste (32)
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
14.2.1797Took the Ship of the Line San Nicolas de Bari (80)
11.1797Began making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
5.1798Completed making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £18167.0.0dBWAS-1714

Sailed from Portsmouth


Arrived at Cawsand Bay, Plymouth

6.5.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
19.6.1799Capture off Cape Sicie
8.1800At FerrolBWAS-1714
25.8.1800Attack on Ferrol
7.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1805Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1805Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £27505.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1806Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1806Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1806Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £13902.0.0dBWAS-1714
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
20.11.1807Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
24.12.1807Occupation of Madeira
26.12.1807At the occupation of MadeiraBWAS-1714
28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
2.1809At the capture of MartiniqueBWAS-1714
12.1809Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1809Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
12.1809fitting at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1714
22.3.1813Accidentally burnt and sunk at Plymouth with two men killedBWAS-1714
7.1813Wreck was raised and broken up at PlymouthBWAS-1714


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Posted by Mark Iliff on Friday 6th of March 2020 15:54

Captain's bosun 11/06 to 12/12/1796 was Joseph King (1785-1804). He transferred in with Nelson from Agamemnon, and left to take up an appointment at Gibraltar Yard.

source: Pursuit of Victory, Roger Knight

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