Colossus

3640
Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.11.1797B028
Keel Laid Down5.1799B028
Launched23.4.1803B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard B028
Ship ClassColossus Class
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)B028
ConstructorSir Henry Peake (1753-1825)B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up8.2.1826B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck181' 1 ½"Imperial Feet55.1815 
Length of Keel148' 4 ½"Imperial Feet45.1231 
Breadth48' 11"Imperial Feet14.6336 
Depth in Hold21' 0"Imperial Feet6.4008 
Draught Forward13' 3"Imperial Feet3.9878 
Draught Aft18' 0"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,888 4794Tons BM 

Armament


23.4.1803Broadside 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
1779640Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
3.1803 - 3.1804CaptainGeorge Martin (1765-1847)ODNB4.1804 - 10.1808CaptainJames Nicoll Morris (1763-1830)BWAS-179310.1808 - 7.1809CaptainThomas Alexander (d.1843)ODNB10.1809 - 5.1814CaptainThomas Alexander (d.1843)BWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
26.12.1803 - 5.2.1804Rear-Admiral of the RedCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
8.3.1805 - 12.11.1805LieutenantGeorge Bague (d.1856)NBD184924.7.1811 - 11.8.1812First LieutenantThomas Morley BlaineyNBD1849

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
12.1803 - 2.1804MidshipmanHerbert Caiger (1786-?)NBD18491805 - 10.1806MidshipmanWilliam CarletonNBD1849

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
9.6.1803 - 3.18041st Class VolunteerGeorge Bury (1790-?)NBD18491.7.1803 - 18031st Class VolunteerJohn Ralph BloisNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
23.4.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1793
20.6.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1793
1804Channel fleetBWAS-1793
1805Lord Cuthbert Collingwood (1st Baron Collingwood, of Caldburne and Hethpool) (1750-1810) squadron off Cadiz
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
4.1806Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
6.1806Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £18105.0.0dBWAS-1793
7.1806RecommissionedBWAS-1793
1808In Sir Richard John Strachan (d.1828) squadron off Rochefort
30.7.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
2.1811Began making good defects at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1793
4.1811Completed making good defects at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £14525.0.0dBWAS-1793
1812In Captain Sir John Gore (1772-1836) squadron off Lorient
5.1.1812Took the Privateer Dolphin
1813In the North SeaBWAS-1793
5.1814Laid up at ChathamBWAS-1793
8.2.1826Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
 

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Posted by D.Wheldon on Monday 12th of March 2012 19:43

does anyone know how William Wheldon got the injuries that killed him during the Battle on the 21st while on the Colossus.?

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