Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned6.1787BWAS-1714
ShipyardGravesend - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCarnatic ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1714
Constructor William CleverleyBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck172' 3"Imperial Feet52.4267 
Length of Keel140' 1"Imperial Feet42.6726 
Breadth48' 0"Imperial Feet14.6304 
Depth in Hold20' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet6.1151 
Draught Forward12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Aft17' 6"Imperial Feet5.2034 
Burthen1,716 7194Tons BM 


4.4.1787Broadside 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
6.1787550Design complementBWAS-1793

6 Ship Commanders

14.6.1787 - 12.10.1790Captain Hugh Cloberry Christian (1747-1798): on board from 21.6.1787 Transfered ADM 6/23/401BWAS-171415.10.1790 - 17.9.1791Captain Henry Harvey (1737-1810): on board from 21.10.1790 ADM 6/24/78BWAS-171420.2.1793 - 1.6.1795Captain Charles Morice Pole (1757-1830) ADM 6/24/211BWAS-17147.1794 - 1796Commander John MonktonBWAS-17141796 - 1797Captain Richard GrindallBWAS-17141797 - 10.12.1798Captain George MurrayBWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

1793 - 2.8.1793Lieutenant Horace Pine (d.1798) DismissedADM 12/27B7.10.1798 - 10.12.1798Lieutenant Robert Benjamin Young (1773-1846)NBD184927.5.1803 - 1804Lieutenant William Graves NashNAO3.5.1804 - 1805Lieutenant George BulleyNAO23.5.1804 - 23.12.1805Lieutenant Thomas Richard TokerNAO14.7.1804 - 22.7.1805Acting LieutenantSir John Banks (1786-?)NBD1849

2 Petty Officers

1788Midshipman Mathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD184913.1.1796 - 12.2.1796Midshipman William Hill (1779-?)NAO

7 Crewmen

21.6.1787 - 6.17901st Class Volunteer Francis Beaufort (1774-1857)NBD184924.9.1789 - 16.10.1790Captain's Servant Charles Cobbe (d.1811)1.1793 - 17951st Class Volunteer William Hill (1779-?)NAO1795Able Seaman Arthur KingdomADM 171/81795Ordinary Seaman John CoxADM 171/81795Boy David ClarkeADM 171/823.1.1795 - 22.8.1795Volunteer William Hill (1779-?)NAO

Service History

6.1787Commissioned as a guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714

Paid off

4.1793fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8886.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
6.6.1793Took the Lugger Vanneau (4)
9.8.1793Took the Brig Le Vrai Patriote (10) near Flavanger Norvègeref:692
4.1794refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6999.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.6.1795Action of Ile Groix
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent

Loss of the Collusus

It is with much concern I acquaint you with the loss of the Colossus, of 74 guns, Captain G. Murray, on the night of Monday the 10th inst. in St. Mary's Road, Scilly.
On Friday the 7th inst. the above ship came in with a direct contrary wind, having under her convoy eight vessels from Lisbon, that arrived at the same time, the rest of the fleet having parted two days before for Ireland and the northern ports. In the evening, the wind increasing to a gale, her cable parted, and all attempts to secure the ship failing, she drifted on a ledge of rocks, called Southern Wells, near the Island of Sampson, from eighteen to twenty-four feet under water, all the convoy riding in safety then and since not withstanding the wind had risen to a perfect tempest. Most fortunately not a life was lost, save Quarter master Richard King, who dropped overboard in the act of sounding. The inhabitants of the island exerted themselves to the utmost of their ability in cutters anTNC


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