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
ConstructorRobert 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 Commanding Officers

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

1 Flag Officer

13.2.1797 - 15.2.1797CommodoreHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)NA-ROA

6 Commissioned Officers

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

5 Warrant Officers

11.7.1790 - 3.11.1790MasterGeorge Scollough (1748/49-1809)ADM29-126.10.1790 - 10.6.1796GunnerFrancis HarrisNAO1795ChaplainThomas Morgan (1768-1851)ADM 171/87.4.1796 - 26.5.1797Acting MasterPhilip Thomas (d.1830)ADM29-15.8.1806 - 13.6.1808MasterJohn BryceADM29-1

4 Petty Officers

1.6.1793 - 20.7.1795MidshipmanCharles Cobbe (d.1811)1795Master's MatePeter SamwellADM 171/86.1797 - 5.1798MidshipmanWilliam Bowles (1780-1869)NBD18491806 - 2.1807MidshipmanJohn William Montagu (1790-1882)NBD1849

5 Crewmen

17.5.1793 - 31.5.1793Able SeamanCharles Cobbe (d.1811)21.6.1793 - 17961st Class VolunteerJohn Read BindonNBD18491795Able SeamanWalter SaundersADM 171/81795Able SeamanThomas PileADM 171/81795Able SeamanJohn 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


Previous comments on this page

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

Make a comment about this page

Recent comments to other pages

Date postedByPage
Sunday 12th of July 2020 09:24PIERRE VILLIEFrench Sixth Rate flûte 'La Nourrice' (1792) (24)
Tuesday 7th of July 2020 01:38Scott William HawleyJohn Mowbray
Monday 6th of July 2020 21:07judith hendersonWilliam Beauchamp Proctor
Monday 6th of July 2020 16:41Mr.E.P.DalyBritish Sixth Rate frigate 'Dido' (1784) (28)
Monday 6th of July 2020 04:29Gustavo ParedesFrench Fourth Rate screw frigate 'La Pallas' (1861) (60)