Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down21.2.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEdgar ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate frigate 'Goliath' (1813) (58)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel138' 0"Imperial Feet42.0624 
Breadth46' 9"Imperial Feet14.0589 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 5"Imperial Feet3.7211 
Draught Aft17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,604 2794Tons BM 


19.10.1781Broadside 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

29.12.1806Broadside Weight = 888 Imperial Pound ( 402.708 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder (Gover)
Quarterdeck10 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 24-Pounder (Gover)
Forecastle4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 24-Pounder (Gover)

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
25.8.1774600Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers

16.10.1781 - 8.4.1783CaptainSir Hyde Parker (1739-1807): on board from 18.11.1781 ADM 6/22/351BWAS-171415.4.1783 - 22.5.1786CaptainSir Hyde Parker (1739-1807): on board from 21.4.1783 ADM 6/23/50BWAS-17149.8.1786 - 18.9.1789CaptainArchibald Dickson (c.1739-1803): on board from 12.8.1786 ADM 6/23/349BWAS-171418.9.1789 - 30.9.1789CaptainSir Andrew Snape Douglas (1761-1797) ADM 6/24/2BWAS-171430.9.1789 - 10.5.1790CaptainSir Andrew Snape Douglas (1761-1797) ADM 6/24/4ADM 6/241796 - 3.1797CaptainSir Charles Henry Knowles (2nd Baronet) (1754-1831)BWAS-17143.1797 - 7.12.1799CaptainThomas Foley (1755-1833)BWAS-17146.1801 - 7.1802CaptainWilliam EssingtonBWAS-17147.1802 - 1805CaptainCharles Brisbane (1769-1829)BWAS-17141805 - 12.1805CaptainRobert BartonBWAS-171412.1805 - 1806CaptainMathew Henry Scott (d.1837)BWAS-17142.1807 - 12.12.1808CaptainPeter PugetBWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers

9.4.1783 - 7.7.1783First LieutenantCharles Smyth ADM 6/23/49ADM 6/239.4.1783 - 15.12.1783Second LieutenantFrancis Wheatley (d.1838) ADM 6/23/49ADM 6/2315.12.1783 - 22.5.1786Third LieutenantFrancis Wheatley (d.1838) ADM 6/23/172ADM 6/2330.9.1789 - 14.5.1790First LieutenantSolomon Ferris (1748-1803) ADM 6/24/4ADM 6/2418.6.1801 - 1.9.1803First LieutenantRobert Benjamin Young (1773-1846)NBD18491804 - 15.2.1805LieutenantLeslie BouldersonNBD184924.11.1804 - 8.3.1805Acting LieutenantSamuel Walters (1778-1834)ref:5748.3.1805 - 9.3.1805LieutenantSamuel Walters (1778-1834)ref:574

9 Petty Officers

12.8.1786 - 21.11.1788MidshipmanRichard Curry (1772-?)RNB18233.12.1788 - 7.1792MidshipmanRichard Curry (1772-?)RNB182310.10.1789 - 11.1789MidshipmanJames Brisbane (1774-1826)ref:6161803 - 7.1805MidshipmanEdward Boxer (1784-?)NBD184929.10.1803 - 5.1805MidshipmanJohn Henry BellairsNBD18493.1804 - 2.1806MidshipmanHenry KentNBD18491807 - 12.1808MidshipmanJohn Mort Bate (d.1845)NBD18493.1807 - 1807MidshipmanJohn BarnesNBD18494.1807 - 8.1808MidshipmanThomas BaxterNBD1849

3 Crewmen

12.8.1787 - 1787Captain's ServantJohn Ayscough (1775-1864)NBD18498.7.1801 - 10.4.18021st Class VolunteerWilliam BranderNBD18491806 - 1808Able SeamanThomas Simonds Akers (1784-1863)NL1865

2 Marines

1798Lieutenant of MarinesWilliam Bulkleyref:92917981st Lieutenant of MarinesCharles Harveyref:929

Service History

31.10.1781Began Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
2.1.1782Completed Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £38583.11.10dBWAS-1714
11.9.1782Sailed to the Relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel

Paid off

7.1783fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
6.1786Began repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1787Completed repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8254.10.5dBWAS-1714
1.1795Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1796Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £21495.0.0dBWAS-1714
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
25.8.1798Took the Ketch La Torride Near Alexandria
1799Blockade of MaltaBWAS-1714

Paid off

9.1800Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
8.1801Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1801Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.1803Returned homeBWAS-1714
9.12.1803Boats attacked a convoy off Sables d'OlonneBWAS-1714
15.8.1805Took the Brig-Corvette La Faune (16) in the Channel
16.8.1805Took the Corvette La Torche (16)
1806Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1807Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1807Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
1808In the BalticBWAS-1714
11.1808Laid up at ChathamBWAS-1714
1812Moved to Portsmouth and laid upBWAS-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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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 9th of April 2018 07:26

23 Apr 1803 Leviathan74 Captain Richard Dalling Dunn Rear-AdmiralWhite John Thomas Duckworth, resulting from the court martials at Port Royal, felt it necessary to observe that it appeared that discipline had broken down in the wardroom of the Goliath, particularly regarding Lt Kent, RM's irregular conduct, and made it known that he felt that the First Lieutenants on all the ships under his command would be held responsible for ensuring that good order and officerlike behavour &c were maintained, and that any breaches should be reported to captains and commanding officers, or otherwise answer for his neglect at a court martial.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 9th of April 2018 07:22

14 Apr 1803 Leviathan74 Capt O. Fitzgerald, RM, of the Goliath, was court martialled on board the Ganges at Port Royal, for charges brought against him by Lt B Kent, for sending him a challenge, for treating him with contempt and disrespect, and for defrauding the wardroom mess charges 1 and 2 being in part proved he was dismissed from the Goliath, and rendered incapable of ever serving on full pay in the RM forces.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 9th of April 2018 07:04

13 Apr 1803 Lt C C Dobson, RM, of the Goliath, court martialled on board the Ganges at Port Royal, for ungentlemanlike behaviour, and the charges being proved was dismissed the Goliath.

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