Centaur

3526
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered17.1.1788BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down11.1790BWAS-1793
Named23.10.1788BWAS-1793
Launched14.3.1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn ToveryBWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up11.1819BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck176' 0"Imperial Feet53.6448 
Length of Keel144' 3"Imperial Feet43.8929 
Breadth49' 0"Imperial Feet14.9352 
Depth in Hold20' 0"Imperial Feet6.096 
Draught Forward13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Aft17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,842 2494Tons BM 

Armament


14.3.1797Broadside Weight = 880 Imperial Pound ( 399.08 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
22.3.1788640Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
3.1797 - 3.1801CaptainJohn MarkhamBWAS-17933.1801 - 10.1801CaptainHarry Burrard NealeBWAS-179310.1801 - 4.1802CaptainArthur Kaye LeggeBWAS-17934.1802 - 1804CaptainBendall Robert LittlehalesBWAS-17931804 - 1805CaptainMurray MaxwellBWAS-179331.12.1804 - 1805CaptainCharles Richardson (d.1850)BWAS-17931805CaptainHenry Whitby (d.1812)BWAS-179312.1805 - 1807CaptainJohn Talbot (1769-1851)BWAS-17931807 - 1810CaptainWilliam H WebleyBWAS-17939.1814 - 1815CaptainThomas Gordon CaulfieldBWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1802 - 2.10.1807CommodoreSamuel Hood (1762-1814)BWAS-17932.10.1807 - 1810Rear-Admiral of the Blue Samuel Hood (1762-1814)BWAS-1793

9 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
21.7.1798 - 7.1798LieutenantDavid Keys (d.1847)NBD184919.6.1801 - 26.3.1802LieutenantSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)NBD18491804 - 1.5.1804LieutenantRobert Carthew Reynolds (d.1804)ODNB4.1804 - 5.1804LieutenantRobert Henderson (1778-?)RNB182320.1.1805 - 20.3.1805LieutenantGeorge Guy BurtonNBD184923.1.1805 - 7.1.1806LieutenantFrederick William Burgoyne (1778-1848)NBD18499.1808 - 12.1810LieutenantGeorge CanningNAO25.7.1811 - 1811LieutenantAlexander KennedyNBD184924.10.1814 - 8.2.1816LieutenantMark John Currie (1795-1874)NBD1849

7 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1801MidshipmanHenry Dilkes Byng (1781-1860)NBD18495.1802 - 7.11.1804MidshipmanJohn Donaldson Boswall (1790-?)NBD184910.1806 - 11.1810MidshipmanJohn Budgen (1794-?)NBD18492.9.1809 - 11.1810MidshipmanRichard BudgenNBD18491810 - 2.1815MidshipmanJames Richard Auchinleck (1791-1870)NBD18491811 - 31.1.1812MidshipmanSir James Athill (d.1863)NBD184911.1814 - 6.12.1815MidshipmanJohn Bradley (1795-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
24.4.1806 - 2.9.18091st Class VolunteerRichard BudgenNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
11.1790Began building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
14.3.1797Completed building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £59538.0.0dBWAS-1793
17.3.1797Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
11.6.1797Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
2.6.1798Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
11.1798Occupation of MinorcaBWAS-1793
2.2.1799Took the Privateer La Vierga del Rosario (14) at the Action off Rochefort
19.6.1799Capture off Cape Sicie
21.6.1803Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago
3.2.1804Capture of the Curieux
4.2.1804Took the Brig Le Curieux (16) cut out at Port Royal
2.1806Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
6.1806Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £41413.0.0dBWAS-1793
25.9.1806Action off Rochefort
25.9.1806Took the Frigate La Gloire (40) off Ile d'Aix
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
12.1807Occupation of MadeiraBWAS-1793
24.12.1807Occupation of Madeira
1808In the BalticBWAS-1793
25.8.1808Capture of the Vsevolod
1809Operations in the ScheldtBWAS-1793
2.11.1809Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
11.1812Began making good defects at UnknownBWAS-1793
1.1813Completed making good defects at a cost of £15253.0.0dBWAS-1793
1815In North AmericaBWAS-1793
11.1815Laid up at PlymouthBWAS-1793
11.1819Broken up at PlymouthBWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
RNB1823Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
 

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