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Africa

384
Nominal Guns64B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered11.2.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down2.3.1778BWAS-1714
Launched11.4.1781B028
First Commissioned3.1781B028
How acquiredBuilt by ContractB028
ShipyardDeptford Green - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards B028
Ship ClassInflexible ClassB028
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1765
BWAS-1714
Constructor
William BarnardBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1735-1795
B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up5.1814BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck169' 10"Imperial Inch4.2926 (14′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel132' 9"Imperial Inch3.3528 (10′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 9"Imperial Inch1.1176 (3′ 7″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold18' 1"Imperial Inch0.4572 (1′ 5″ Imperial)
Draught Forward11' 9"Imperial Inch0.2794 (0′ 10″ Imperial)
Draught Aft16' 0"Imperial Inch0.4064 (1′ 3″ Imperial)
Burthen1,425Tons BM 

Armament


11.4.1781Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

1794Broadside Weight = 678 Imperial Pound ( 307.473 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1777500Design Complement

18 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
25.4.1781 - 8.1.1782Captain
Thomas NewnhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1794
Transfered ADM 6/22/278
BWAS-1714
8.1.1782 - 17.5.1784Captain
Robert McDougallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1813
ADM 6/22/395
BWAS-1714
3.11.1790 - 14.12.1791Captain
James KempthorneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1805
ADM 6/24/84
ADM 6/24
9.10.1793 - 11.10.1796Captain
Roddam HomeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1896
: on board from 22.10.1793 ADM 6/24/273
BWAS-1714
9.1798 - 1800Lieutenant
John BryantBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1800
BWAS-1714
1800Lieutenant
John DixonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1801
BWAS-1793
31.7.1805 - 19.2.1806Captain
Henry DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1840
NAO
1.1806 - 2.1806Captain
James R FarquharsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806
BWAS-1714
2.1806 - 1806Captain
Isaac WolleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1831
BWAS-1714
6.1806 - 1807Captain
James RossBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1807
BWAS-1714
1807 - 2.1808Captain
Henry William BayntunBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1837
BWAS-1714
2.1808 - 2.1809Captain
John BarrettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1810
BWAS-1714
10.1809 - 4.1810Captain
Thomas DundasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1812
BWAS-1714
4.1810 - 7.1810Captain
George Frederick RyvesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1825
BWAS-1714
7.1810 - 10.1810Captain
Stair DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1810
BWAS-1714
10.1810 - 1811Captain
Thomas BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1837
BWAS-1714
1.1811 - 11.1811Captain
John Surman CardenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1855
BWAS-1714
11.1811 - 1812Captain
John BastardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1832
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
11.1811 - 1812Vice-Admiral of the Blue
Herbert SawyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1825
BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
3.11.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant
Edward BoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
ADM 6/24/84
ADM 6/24
3.11.1790 - 1790Third Lieutenant
William RoweBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
ADM 6/24/84
ADM 6/24
1.8.1805 - 23.12.1805Lieutenant
John SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1813
NAO
29.8.1805 - 18.12.1805Lieutenant
George MacraeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1805
NAO
2.9.1805 - 9.9.1809Lieutenant
George William BournBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1809
NAO
5.9.1805 - 30.1.1806Lieutenant
John S PierceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
2.10.1805 - 3.12.1805Acting Lieutenant
Mathew HayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO

6 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.12.1793 - 7.11.1795Master
Peter PetersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1806
ADM 29-1
14.11.1795 - 31.5.1797Boatswain
George William ForsterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1873
NAO
1799Purser
Edward EilbeckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1799
SNL1799
30.3.1803 - 31.1.1806Gunner
William ShepherdBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1811
NAO
1.8.1805 - 6.2.1806Surgeon
David GardnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
13.8.1805 - 8.4.1809Boatswain
William ScarthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1826
NAO

20 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
11.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Captain's Clerk
John Page BaileyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
27.9.1805 - 22.2.1806Midshipman
Charles BeckhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
10.10.1805 - 24.12.1805Midshipman
John ClarkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
10.10.1805 - 31.12.1806Midshipman
Thomas BleaseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1809
NAO
11.10.1805 - 24.12.1805Midshipman
Charles FrazierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
11.10.1805 - 15.1.1806Midshipman
Philip James ElmhurstBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1814
NAO
11.10.1805 - 11.2.1806Midshipman
John Page BaileyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
11.10.1805 - 22.2.1806Midshipman
Joseph FordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
11.10.1805 - 12.10.1807Midshipman
Donald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1808
NAO
15.10.1805 - 27.2.1810Midshipman
John ChancellorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1810
NAO
16.10.1805 - 19.2.1806Midshipman
Andrew WinterscaleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
19.10.1805 - 3.12.1805Midshipman
Frederick WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1812
NAO
19.10.1805 - 4.3.1810Midshipman
James WightmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1810
NAO
11.11.1805 - 31.12.1805Midshipman
James GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1808
NAO
11.11.1805 - 31.12.1805Midshipman
William FrazierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
12.2.1806 - 19.2.1806Captain's Clerk
John Page BaileyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
2.7.1806 - 21.2.1808Midshipman
James GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1808
NAO
1.1.1807 - 18.3.1809Captain's Clerk
Thomas BleaseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1809
NAO
13.8.1807 - 9.5.1808Master's Mate
Donald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1808
NAO
4.1809 - 12.1810Midshipman
Andrew BarclayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1823
NBD1849

16 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1.8.1805 - 15.10.18051st Class Volunteer
Andrew WinterscaleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
1.8.1805 - 15.10.18051st Class Volunteer
John ChancellorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1810
NAO
30.8.1805 - 18.10.18051st Class Volunteer
James WightmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1810
NAO
2.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Able Seaman
Donald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1808
NAO
3.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Able Seaman
Philip James ElmhurstBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1814
NAO
3.9.1805 - 18.10.18051st Class Volunteer
Frederick WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1812
NAO
13.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Able Seaman
James GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1808
NAO
13.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Able Seaman
William FrazierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
13.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Able Seaman
Joseph FordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
15.9.1805 - 9.10.1805Able Seaman
John ClarkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805
NAO
15.9.1805 - 10.10.1805Able Seaman
Charles FrazierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
15.9.1805 - 9.10.1805Landman
Thomas BleaseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1809
NAO
25.12.1805 - 27.1.1806Able Seaman
Charles FrazierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
1.1.1806 - 14.1.1806Able Seaman
William FrazierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
1.1.1806 - 1.7.1806Able Seaman
James GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1808
NAO
10.5.1808 - 30.5.1808Able Seaman
Donald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1808
NAO

Service History


DateEventSource
7.1781Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £39003.24.7dBWAS-1714
6.2.1782Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
5.1784Paid off after service in the East IndiesBWAS-1793
6.1784Fitted for ordinary at PlymouthBWAS-1793
12.1784Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
7.1785Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10727.3.4dBWAS-1714
11.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
12.1790Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1793Began fitting at PlymouthBWAS-1714
10.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1793
2.1794Completed fitting at a cost of £8,460BWAS-1714
18.5.1794Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714
21.3.1796Participated in the attack on LeoganeBWAS-1714
21.3.1796Attack on Leogane
10.1796Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1798Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
9.1798fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3966.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1804Began fitting at Northfleet - Kent BWAS-1714
7.1805Recommissioned as a Third RateBWAS-1714
7.1805Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate Ship of the Line
7.1805Completed fitting at Northfleet - Kent at a cost of £32208.0.0dBWAS-1714
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
7.1807At the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1714
20.12.1808Action against 25 Danish gunboats in the BalticBWAS-1714
28.1.1811Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
7.6.1812Took the
Nautilus (12) 1803-1812
American 12 Gun
Unrated Schooner

14.8.1812Chase of the
Constitution (44) 1797-1797
American 44 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

3.1813Paid off

 

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Posted by Cy on Friday 11th of June 2021 14:12

The National Archives have pay ADM 34/5, muster ADM 36, captains ADM 51 and masters ADM 52 logs. Some of which cover the Trafalgar period. Search for Africa in ADM.
They are not digitised though so a visit will be required.
You may find some Lieutenants logs, ADM/A, in the Royal Museum Greenwich's archive collections.


Posted by Brian S. Clayton on Friday 11th of June 2021 07:59

Does anyone know the where abouts of HMS Africa's logbooks at the Battle of Trafalgar? Needed for research for a proposed book about the actions of the ship and crew during the battle.

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