Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.1783BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn 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 Commanding Officers

16.8.1783 - 8.6.1786CaptainRowland 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 - 19.3.1791CaptainHenry Colins (d.1791) ADM 6/23/533BWAS-171419.3.1791 - 20.9.1791CaptainThomas 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 - 12.1794CaptainIsaac SchombergBWAS-17147.8.1794 - 1794CaptainRichard Rundle Burgess (1754-1797) ADM 6/25/72BWAS-171412.1794 - 6.1800CaptainThomas Troubridge (1758-1807)BWAS-17146.1800 - 16.8.1800CommanderJohn RichardsBWAS-171412.11.1802 - 4.1803CaptainCharles Henry Lane (d.1807)BWAS-17144.1803 - 5.1803CaptainRobert Waller Otway (1770-1846)BWAS-17145.1803 - 2.1804CaptainBarrington Dacres (d.1806)BWAS-17142.1804 - 6.1804CaptainGeorge ReynoldsBWAS-17146.1804 - 10.1807CaptainChristopher Cole (1770-1836)BWAS-171412.1808 - 31.7.1809CaptainPownall 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 BlueGeorge Campbell (1759-1821)BWAS-17146.2.1804 - 1.5.1804Rear-Admiral of the RedCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)BWAS-17142.5.1804 - 6.5.1804Vice-Admiral of the BlueCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)BWAS-17146.1804 - 1807Rear-Admiral of the WhiteSir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers

9.11.1790 - 20.9.1791LieutenantEdward Walpole Browne (1767-1846)NBD184921.12.1792 - 12.3.1794LieutenantCharles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18491794First LieutenantEdward Rotherham (1753-1830)ref:9241794Second LieutenantSamuel Suttonref:9241794Third LieutenantTristram Whitter (d.1801)ref:9241794Fourth LieutenantAnselm John Griffiths (d.1842)ref:92416.12.1794 - 15.3.1797LieutenantThomas Lyne (1768-?)NBD1849

9 Warrant Officers

21.6.1786 - 18.10.1788MasterJames DovesADM29-11794CarpenterThomas Dickesref:9241794BoatswainHenry Youngref:9241794MasterEdward Loudref:9241794QuartermasterAlexander BainADM 171/81794SurgeonRobert Ramseyref:9241794PurserBrinsley Sydney Oliverref:9241794GunnerWilliam Simpsonref:92417.3.1797 - 22.12.1800CarpenterWilliam Bunce (1750-1832)NAO

13 Petty Officers

1786 - 10.1789MidshipmanCharles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18491794MidshipmanJames SedewayADM 171/81794MidshipmanWilliam Fitzwilliam Owen (1774-1857)ADM 171/81794MidshipmanSamuel GilesADM 171/81796 - 6.4.1804MidshipmanArden Adderley (1783-1864)NBD184911.1802 - 3.1804MidshipmanGeorge Charles BlakeNBD18493.1803 - 1811MidshipmanRichard BartonNBD18492.1804 - 5.1804MidshipmanHerbert Caiger (1786-?)NBD18493.1804 - 4.1805MidshipmanGeorge Charles BlakeNBD18495.1804 - 21.9.1806MidshipmanCharles Bagehot (1786-1857)NBD184921.9.1806 - 31.1.1808Master's MateCharles Bagehot (1786-1857)NBD184912.1806 - 1.1808MidshipmanAlexander KennedyNBD18498.1807MidshipmanJohn George Aplin (1790-1861)NBD1849

23 Crewmen

16.3.1787 - 3.10.1787VolunteerJames Brisbane (1774-1826)ref:6163.10.1787 - 12.3.1788Able SeamanJames Brisbane (1774-1826)ref:6161794Ordinary SeamanJames KiteADM 171/81794Armourer's MateJames SwiftADM 171/81794Ordinary SeamanRichard HillmanADM 171/81794Able SeamanJames SmithADM 171/81794LandmanJohn GaleADM 171/81794Able SeamanThomas SelbyADM 171/81794BoyJoseph DarlingtonADM 171/81794MidshipmanCharles Frederick Payne (1779-1851)ADM 171/81794LandmanHenry ConnollyADM 171/81794Ordinary SeamanJoseph LenardADM 171/81794BoyHenry BuckinghamADM 171/81794Ordinary SeamanRobert LeckyADM 171/81794Able SeamanEdward BrydenADM 171/81794LandmanJohn LakeADM 171/81794Lieutenant's ServantDigby Willoughby (1769-1856)ADM 171/81794Able SeamanJohn BrenhamADM 171/81794Captain's ServantThomas KnightADM 171/81794Able SeamanSamuel WilesADM 171/87.4.1803 - 5.18031st Class VolunteerGeorge Pryse CampbellNBD18495.1803 - 1805VolunteerJohn Harrison Bowker (d.1848)NBD18495.1804 - 12.18051st Class VolunteerAlexander KennedyNBD1849

6 Marines

1794Lieutenant of MarinesHugh Hollandref:9241794Captain of MarinesWilliam Henvillref:9241794PrivateJohn SalterADM 171/81794PrivateWilliam JobADM 171/81794PrivateWilliam BeerADM 171/81794Lieutenant of MarinesGeorge A Livingstonref:924

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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