Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.1783BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Designed by Edward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up2.1813BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1715
Length of Gundeck170' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)55.216 (181′ 1″ Imperial)
Length of Keel138' 11"French Feet (Pied du Roi)44.8231 (147′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth47' 8 ¾"French Feet (Pied du Roi)15.2859 (50′ 1″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold20' 3 ⅞"French Feet (Pied du Roi)6.5197 (21′ 4″ Imperial)
Draught Forward13' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)4.2765 (14′ 0″ Imperial)
Draught Aft18' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.8667 (19′ 2″ Imperial)
Burthen1,683 2994Tons BM 


16.6.1783Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1714
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
1779590Design Complement

15 Ship Commanders

16.8.1783 - 8.6.1786Captain Rowland Cotton (c.1740-1794) ADM 6/23/113BWAS-171411.6.1786 - 25.6.1789CaptainSir Thomas Rich (5th Baronet Rich) (1733-1803) ADM 6/23/340BWAS-171425.6.1789 - 19.3.1791Captain Henry Colins (d.1791) ADM 6/23/533BWAS-171419.3.1791 - 20.9.1791Captain Thomas Mackenzie (1753-1813) ADM 6/24/111BWAS-171422.12.1792 - 12.4.1794CaptainSir Thomas Rich (5th Baronet Rich) (1733-1803) ADM 6/24/186BWAS-17146.1794 - 12.1794Captain Isaac SchombergBWAS-17147.8.1794 - 1794Captain Richard Rundle Burgess (1754-1797) ADM 6/25/72BWAS-171412.1794 - 6.1800Captain Thomas Troubridge (1758-1807)BWAS-17146.1800 - 16.8.1800Commander John RichardsBWAS-171412.11.1802 - 4.1803Captain Charles Henry Lane (d.1807)BWAS-17144.1803 - 5.1803Captain Robert Waller Otway (1770-1846)BWAS-17145.1803 - 2.1804Captain Barrington Dacres (d.1806)BWAS-17142.1804 - 6.1804Captain George ReynoldsBWAS-17146.1804 - 10.1807Captain Christopher Cole (1770-1836)BWAS-171412.1808 - 31.7.1809Captain Pownall Bastard PellewBWAS-1714

5 Flag Officers

12.4.1794 - 1795Rear-Admiral of the BlueSir Thomas Rich (5th Baronet Rich) (1733-1803)BWAS-17143.1803 - 5.1803Rear-Admiral of the Blue George Campbell (1759-1821)BWAS-17146.2.1804 - 1.5.1804Rear-Admiral of the Red Cuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)BWAS-17142.5.1804 - 6.5.1804Vice-Admiral of the Blue Cuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)BWAS-17146.1804 - 1807Rear-Admiral of the WhiteSir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers

9.11.1790 - 20.9.1791Lieutenant Edward Walpole Browne (1767-1846)NBD184921.12.1792 - 12.3.1794Lieutenant Charles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18491794First Lieutenant Edward Rotherham (1753-1830)ref:9241794Second Lieutenant Samuel Suttonref:9241794Third Lieutenant Tristram Whitter (d.1801)ref:9241794Acting Fourth Lieutenant Anselm John Griffiths (d.1842)ref:92416.12.1794 - 15.3.1797Lieutenant Thomas Lyne (1768-?)NBD1849

9 Warrant Officers

21.6.1786 - 18.10.1788Master James DovesADM 29-11794Surgeon Robert Ramseyref:9241794Purser Brinsley Sydney Oliverref:9241794Gunner William Simpsonref:9241794Carpenter Thomas Dickesref:9241794Boatswain Henry Youngref:9241794Master Edward Loudref:9241794Quartermaster Alexander BainADM 171/817.3.1797 - 22.12.1800Carpenter William Bunce (1750-1832)NAO

13 Petty Officers

1786 - 10.1789Midshipman Charles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18491794Midshipman William Fitzwilliam Owen (1774-1857)ADM 171/81794Midshipman Samuel GilesADM 171/81794Midshipman James SedewayADM 171/81796 - 6.4.1804Midshipman Arden Adderley (1783-1864)NBD184911.1802 - 3.1804Midshipman George Charles BlakeNBD18493.1803 - 1811Midshipman Richard BartonNBD18492.1804 - 5.1804Midshipman Herbert Caiger (1786-?)NBD18493.1804 - 4.1805Midshipman George Charles BlakeNBD18495.1804 - 21.9.1806Midshipman Charles Bagehot (1786-1857)NBD184921.9.1806 - 31.1.1808Master's Mate Charles Bagehot (1786-1857)NBD184912.1806 - 1.1808Midshipman Alexander KennedyNBD18498.1807Midshipman John George Aplin (1790-1861)NBD1849

25 Crewmen

16.3.1787 - 3.10.1787Volunteer James Brisbane (1774-1826)ref:6163.10.1787 - 12.3.1788Able Seaman James Brisbane (1774-1826)ref:61619.5.1788 - 21.9.1791Able Seaman William RawlinsADM 29/81794Able Seaman Samuel WilesADM 171/81794Able Seaman James SmithADM 171/81794Able Seaman Thomas SelbyADM 171/81794Able Seaman Edward BrydenADM 171/81794Able Seaman John BrenhamADM 171/81794Ordinary Seaman Richard HillmanADM 171/81794Ordinary Seaman Joseph LenardADM 171/81794Ordinary Seaman Robert LeckyADM 171/81794Ordinary Seaman James KiteADM 171/81794Midshipman Charles Frederick Payne (1779-1851)ADM 171/81794Landman John GaleADM 171/81794Landman Henry ConnollyADM 171/81794Landman John LakeADM 171/81794Captain's Servant Thomas KnightADM 171/81794Lieutenant's Servant Digby Willoughby (1769-1856)ADM 171/81794Armourer's Mate James SwiftADM 171/81794Boy Joseph DarlingtonADM 171/81794Boy Henry BuckinghamADM 171/87.4.1803 - 5.18031st Class Volunteer George Pryse CampbellNBD18495.1803 - 1805Volunteer John Harrison Bowker (d.1848)NBD18495.1804 - 12.18051st Class Volunteer Alexander KennedyNBD184924.10.1805 - 31.7.1809Able Seaman Hugh Jones TransferedADM 29/8

6 Marines

1794Captain of Marines William Henvillref:9241794Lieutenant of Marines George A Livingstonref:9241794Lieutenant of Marines Hugh Hollandref:9241794Private William BeerADM 171/81794Private John SalterADM 171/81794Private William JobADM 171/8

Service History

16.6.1783Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.7.1783Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
5.7.1783Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2438.3.2dBWAS-1714
8.1783Commissioned as a guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
4.1784Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £11372.6.6dBWAS-1714

Paid off


Recommissioned as guardship at Plymouth

19.6.1786Refitted as a Third Rate Guardship BWAS-1714
5.1790refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 35
10.1791Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
24.3.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
5.1793Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £24139.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
23.5.1795Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
24.7.1797Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
2.1799At AlexandriaBWAS-1714
1800Blockade of MaltaBWAS-1714
6.1800Sailed homeBWAS-1714
8.1800Began large repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 35
3.1803Completed large repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.9.1803Action of 1803-09-02
9.7.1804Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
25.6.1806Took the Corvette L'Emilien (16) in the East Indies
27.11.1806At the destruction of Dutch ships in BataviaBWAS-1714
12.1807At SurabayaBWAS-1714
10.6.1808Took the Privateer L'Union (8) in the East Indies
31.7.1809Paid offADM 51
2.1813Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Wednesday 11th of December 2019 15:51

The place to start is probably the National Archives, ADM 36 - Admiralty: Royal Navy Ships' Musters.
There are 31 volumes for the Culloden listed on the Discovery website.

Also ADM 27/10/86 contains the following entry

William Wood; Ship's name: HMS Culloden; Pay book number: SB 705; Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Relation: Wife (name not stated); When Alloted: 1804; Remarks: Discharged 10 August 1809 to Plymouth sick quarters.

ADM 27/2/305 has the following, which may well not be the same person given he was only an ordinary seaman in 1804

William Wood; Ship's name: HMS Lancaster; Pay book number: SB 354; Rank: Able Seaman; Relation: Wife Sarah; When Alloted: 1797; Remarks: Not stated.

William Wood; Ship's name: HMS Lancaster; Pay book number: SB 354; Rank: Quartermaster's Mate; Relation: Wife Sarah; When Alloted: 1799; Remarks: Not stated.

Posted by Suzanne Battison on Wednesday 11th of December 2019 14:03

I am looking for information on William Wood who was mentioned on his gravestone as being a member of HMS Culloden, he died in September 1808 aged 32 and I'd like to find out more about him, thank you, Suzanne

Posted by Suzanne Newbury on Thursday 6th of April 2017 11:16

Was James Meredith Captain of Marines on the Culloden?

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