Edgar -> 1814 Retribution

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down26.8.1776BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEdgar ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor George WhiteBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up2.1835BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel138' 0"Imperial Feet42.0624 
Breadth46' 10"Imperial Feet14.0208 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 4"Imperial Feet3.7084 
Draught Aft17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,609 9394Tons BM 


30.6.1779Broadside 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
30.6.1779600Design ComplementBWAS-1714

19 Ship Commanders

22.5.1779 - 19.2.1780Captain John Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/21/558BWAS-17149.2.1780 - 17.5.1780Captain Erasmus Gower (1742-1814) ADM 6/22/143
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 19.6.1780
ADM 6/22
17.5.1780 - 19.7.1781Captain John Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/22/130BWAS-171419.7.1781 - 2.3.1782Captain Thomas Boston (c.1735-1808) ADM 6/22/315BWAS-17142.3.1782 - 6.5.1782Captain John Moutray (d.1785) Transfered ADM 6/22/417BWAS-17141.5.1782 - 31.3.1783Captain William Cayley (1742-1801) ADM 6/22/461BWAS-17142.4.1783 - 9.8.1786Captain Adam Duncan (1731-1804) ADM 6/23/44BWAS-171423.1.1787 - 27.1.1790Captain Charles Thompson (1740-1799): on board from 29.1.1787 ADM 6/23/375BWAS-171427.1.1790 - 26.8.1790Captain Anthony James Pye Molloy (d.1815) ADM 6/24/18ADM 6/2426.8.1791 - 16.3.1792Captain Anthony James Pye Molloy (d.1815) ADM 6/24/130BWAS-171416.3.1792 - 20.1.1794Captain Albemarle Bertie (1755-1824) Transfered ADM 6/24/157BWAS-171430.7.1794 - 8.1796CaptainSir Charles Henry Knowles (2nd Baronet) (1754-1831) ADM 6/25/69BWAS-17148.1796 - 11.1799Captain John McDougallBWAS-171411.1799 - 1.3.1801Captain Edward Buller (1764-1824)BWAS-171426.2.1801 - 12.9.1802Captain George MurrayBWAS-17147.1805 - 2.1806Captain John Clarke SearleBWAS-17142.1806 - 5.1807Captain Robert JacksonBWAS-17145.1807 - 1809Captain James MacnamaraBWAS-17143.1810 - 8.12.1810Captain Stephen Poyntz (d.1847)BWAS-1714

5 Flag Officers

1.5.1782 - 31.3.1783Commodore William Hotham (1736-1813)BWAS-171411.6.1787 - 23.9.1787CommodoreThe Hon. John Leveson Gower (1740-1792) ADM 6/23/400ADM 6/2324.9.1787 - 9.1787Rear-Admiral of the BlueThe Hon. John Leveson Gower (1740-1792)BWAS-17141789Rear-Admiral of the White Joseph Peyton (1725-1804) ADM 107/3/26BWAS-17141807Admiral of the WhiteLord George Keith Elphinstone (Baron Keith) (1745/46-1823)BWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers

27.5.1779 - 27.11.1781Fifth Lieutenant James Kellie ADM 6/21/560ADM 6/212.4.1783 - 1.11.1785Second Lieutenant Terence McDonald ADM 6/23/44ADM 6/2315.4.1783 - 9.8.1786First Lieutenant James Bissett ADM 6/23/50ADM 6/234.7.1787 - 1.10.1787Fifth Lieutenant William Bedford Transfered ADM 6/23/403ADM 6/231801 - 2.4.1801First Lieutenant Edmund Johnson (d.1801)BG1801 - 2.4.1801Second Lieutenant Joshua JohnsonBG1801 - 2.4.1801Fifth Lieutenant William Goldfinch (d.1815)BG3.8.1805 - 3.6.1807Lieutenant Colin MacDonaldNBD18491806 - 3.1810Lieutenant John CampbellNBD1849

2 Warrant Officers

6.1.1793 - 25.2.1794Master Bartholomew JacksonADM 29-114.8.1794 - 1.3.1796Master Robert LilburneADM 29-1

5 Petty Officers

1782Midshipman Hugh Downman (1765-1858)WWNH3.6.1788 - 12.10.1788Midshipman Edward Brace (1770-1843)WWNH3.1801 - 8.1801Midshipman Charles BowenBWAS-17146.1801 - 1802Master's Mate Flowers Beckett (1779-?)NBD18491808 - 3.1810Midshipman Joseph O'BrienNBD1849

5 Crewmen

28.5.1778 - 11.1778Captain's Servant John Surman Carden (1771-1858)ref:6163.8.1785 - 20.9.1785Able Seaman William Gordon Rutherford (1765-1818)NAO22.2.1793 - 25.2.1794Unknown John Parry DischargedADM 29/88.1804 - 8.18051st Class Volunteer Edwin Ludlow RichNBD184925.6.1807 - 18081st Class Volunteer Joseph O'BrienNBD1849

1 Marine

1801 - 2.4.1801Lieutenant of Marines Benjamin Spencer (d.1801)BG

Service History

6.9.1779Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £42362.0.11dBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
16.1.1780Battle of Cape St. Vincent
19.1.1780The relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
13.3.1781Sailed for the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
12.4.1781Arrived at GibraltarBWAS-1714
12.12.1781Action of 1781-12-12
12.12.17812nd Battle of Ushant
1782Relief of Gibraltar in the AutumnBWAS-1714
2.1782refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8017.1.9dBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel

Paid off

4.1783Recommissioned as a guard ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
4.1783fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6028.4.9dBWAS-1714

Paid off

9.1786Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1787Recommissioned as a guard ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
6.1787Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £14243.4.7dBWAS-1714
5.1788refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2601.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1790Recommissioned for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1714
5.1790refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1792refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5980.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793Took the Privateer Le Dumouriez
4.1795refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £10791.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1796refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £11356.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen

Paid off

3.1805Began refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
8.1805Completed refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £19605.0.0dBWAS-1714
1808To the BalticBWAS-1714
1.1808Began making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1808Completed making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £11439.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.8.1808Took the Sloop Fama (18)
11.8.1808Took the Cutter Søormen (10) by boats off Nyborg
4.1809Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1809Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8667.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.12.1810Paid offADM 51
1812In ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1714
10.1813Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
12.1813Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
12.1813Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £9179.0.0dBWAS-1714
1814Convict hulk at Sheerness until 1833BWAS-1714
19.8.1814Converted to a convict hulk at SheernessBWAS-1714
19.8.1814Refitted as a Unrated Hulk
19.8.1814Renamed RetributionBWAS-1714
2.1835Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1782-12.1782Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799) 

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