Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1769BWAS-1793
First Commissioned27.12.1777B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth B028
Ship ClassElizabeth ClassB028
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
BecomesFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Berwick' (1795) (74)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Breadth47Imperial Feet0.1705 
Moulded Breadth168' 6"Imperial Feet51.2086 
Burthen1,623Tons BM 
Burthen1,622 5694Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck168' 6"Imperial Feet51.2086 
Length of Keel138' 1 ⅛"Imperial Feet42.0656 
Breadth47' 0"Imperial Feet14.3256 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Aft18' 0"Imperial Feet5.4864 


18.4.1775Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1793
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
12.1777550Design ComplementBWAS-1793

10 Commanding Officers

27.12.1777 - 21.3.1781CaptainThe Hon. Keith Stewart (1739-1795) ADM 6/21/349ADM 6/2121.3.1781 - 6.3.1782CaptainJohn Ferguson (c.1731-1818): on board from 28.3.1781 ADM 6/22/263ADM 516.3.1782 - 30.6.1783CaptainThe Hon. Charles Phipps (1753-1786) ADM 6/22/420ADM 6/2228.8.1790 - 25.1.1793CaptainBenjamin Caldwell (1739-1820) ADM 6/24/63ADM 6/2425.1.1793 - 28.1.1794CaptainSir John Collins (c.1734-1794): on board from 28.1.1793 ADM 6/24/197BWAS-17933.1794 - 1794CaptainHenry TowryBWAS-17933.1794 - 1794CaptainGeorge Campbell (1759-1821)BWAS-17933.1794 - 1794Acting CaptainWilliam ShieldBWAS-179327.8.1794 - 1.1795CaptainWilliam Smith ADM 6/25/81BWAS-17931.1795 - 7.3.1795CaptainAdam Littlejohn (d.1795)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

1790First LieutenantWilliam Burgess (d.1840)NBD18491795 - 10.3.1795LieutenantNisbet Palmer (d.1811)BWAS-1793

1 Petty Officer

12.9.1790 - 16.12.1790MidshipmanEdward Nathaniel Greensword (1774-1845)IPC

3 Crewmen

2.1780 - 1781UnknownHenry Raper (1767-1845)ref:10593.1790 - 11.1790ServantSamuel Burgess (1781-?)NBD18497.9.1790 - 11.9.1790Able SeamanEdward Nathaniel Greensword (1774-1845)IPC

Service History

19.5.1778Completed at a cost of £30,774.11.5d plus £4,249.9.7d for fittingBWAS-1793
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant

Underwent a refit and coppering at Portsmouth for a cost of £9,763.12.6d

2.1781Refitted at Plymouth at a cost of £9,194.16.8dBWAS-1793
12.4.1781Took the Privateer Le Calonne (32) ref:692
5.8.1781Battle of Dogger Bank
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel

Paid off

4.1786Began a repair at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
5.1787Completed repair at a cost of £19,661.19.3dBWAS-1793
22.5.1793Sailed for the Mediterranean and later took part in the Toulon operationsBWAS-1793
7.3.1795Captured by three French frigates in the MediterraneanW054
21.10.1805Recaptured at the Battle of TrafalgarB028
22.10.1805Wrecked off San LucarB028


B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
IPCIndividual's Passing Certificate Document
ref:1059Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 Digital Book
ref:692Base de donnés sur les capitaines corsaires , les navires et les armateursJJ SaleinWeb Site
W054Warships (Blog)Ron and Alexander van MaanenWeb Site

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Posted by greg blunt on Thursday 13th of December 2018 00:22

Can any one help with the diameter of a third rate ships bell. Also did these ships have two bells?

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