Sultan -> 1805 Suffolk

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1771BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardGrove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRoyal Oak ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor William Barnard (1735-1795)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up1.1816BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 6"Imperial Feet51.2086 
Length of Keel137' 11"Imperial Feet41.7583 
Breadth46' 11"Imperial Feet14.025 
Depth in Hold20' 0"Imperial Feet6.096 
Draught Forward11' 6"Imperial Feet3.5052 
Draught Aft16' 6"Imperial Feet4.9022 
Burthen1,614 7394Tons BM 


23.12.1775Broadside 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
18.12.1765600Design Complement

12 Ship Commanders

28.8.1777 - 24.10.1777Captain William Parker (1740/41-1802) Transfered ADM 6/21/306ADM 6/2124.10.1777 - 14.11.1778Captain John Wheelock (d.1779) ADM 6/21/327BWAS-171414.11.1778 - 14.4.1779Captain Charles Fielding (1738-1783): on board from 24.11.1778 Transfered ADM 6/22/129
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Confirmed 13.5.1780
17.3.1779 - 9.5.1781Captain Alan Gardner (1742-1809) ADM 6/22/62
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Confirmed 7.12.1779
9.5.1781 - 3.9.1782Captain James Watt (c.1733-1782)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/22/284ADM 6/2214.9.1782 - 18.11.1784Captain Andrew Mitchell (1757-1806) Transfered ADM 6/23/284
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Confirmed 7.6.1785
18.11.1784 - 1.6.1785Captain Thomas Troubridge (1758-1807) ADM 6/23/288
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Confirmed 12.7.1785
ADM 6/23
5.6.1803 - 4.6.1806Lieutenant Alexander M'LeodBWAS-171417.10.1808 - 16.10.1809Lieutenant James Hughes Bremer (d.1835)BWAS-17141810 - 1812Lieutenant Alexander GilmourBWAS-17141813Lieutenant James HarleyBWAS-17141814 - 18.3.1815Lieutenant Thomas RobinsBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

1784 - 1.6.1785Vice-Admiral of the Blue Edward Hughes (1720-1794)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

16.3.1779 - 22.1.1780Lieutenant Charles John Moore Mansfield (1760-1813)HMS01

3 Warrant Officers

7.2.1806 - 22.9.1807Gunner William ShepherdNAO19.11.1808 - 21.12.1808Master William SpiersADM 29-127.12.1808 - 14.12.1809Master William SpiersADM 29-1

Service History

23.2.1776Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.11.1776Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £33621.9.1dBWAS-1714
3.11.1776Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5855.9.6dBWAS-1714
9.6.1778Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
20.6.1780Action off Monti Christi
12.1780Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
4.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £11914.2.10dBWAS-1714
26.6.1781Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of Providien
6.7.17822nd Battle of Negapatam
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
10.1782Took the Cutter Le Lezard (18) at Tranquebar, on the Coromandel coast
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
1784Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714

Arrived at Spithead

1.6.1785Paid offADM 51
1.1797Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.1797Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4070.0.0dBWAS-1714
31.7.1799Paid offADM 51
6.1803Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
25.10.1805Renamed SuffolkBWAS-1714
21.10.1809Action of 1809-10-21
19.7.1811Action off Cape Sicie
18.3.1815Paid offADM 51
1.1816Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714


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