Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1799B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Ship ClassColossus ClassB028
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)B028
ConstructorSir Henry Peake (1753-1825)B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up8.2.1826B028


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 


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

3.1803 - 3.1804CaptainGeorge Martin (1765-1847)ODNB24.4.1804 - 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

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

2 Commissioned Officers

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

2 Petty Officers

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

2 Crewmen

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

Service History

23.4.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
20.6.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich 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 - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.1806Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £18105.0.0dBWAS-1793
1808In Sir Richard John Strachan (6th Baronet of Thornton, Kincardine) (1760-1828) squadron off Rochefort
30.7.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
2.1811Began making good defects at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
4.1811Completed making good defects at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham 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


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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