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Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.2.1777BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down10.1778BWAS-1714
Launched6.12.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned3.1783BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAlbion Class - ModifiedBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up9.1806BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel138' 10"Imperial Feet42.0624 
Breadth47' 2"Imperial Feet14.3329 
Depth in Hold18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Draught Forward11' 9"Imperial Feet3.5814 
Draught Aft15' 9"Imperial Feet4.6177 
Burthen1,642 8294Tons BM 

Armament


6.12.1782Broadside 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
1777600Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.12.1782 - 20.3.1783CaptainThe Hon. George Murray (1741-1797) ADM 6/22/550ADM 6/2220.3.1783 - 22.6.1785Commodore George Bowyer (1740-1800): on board from 25.3.1783 ADM 6/23/37BWAS-171422.6.1785 - 28.3.1788CaptainSir Andrew Snape Hamond (1st Baronet of Holly Grove) (1738-1828) ADM 6/23/285BWAS-171426.4.1793 - 3.5.1794Captain John Henry (1731-1829): on board from 3.5.1793 ADM 6/24/233BWAS-17149.12.1794 - 26.12.1794Captain John Leigh Douglas (1741-1810) ADM 6/25/114BWAS-171426.12.1794 - 4.6.1795Captain Richard GrindallBWAS-17146.1795 - 3.1798Captain George Martin (1765-1847)ODNB3.1798 - 6.1798Captain Robert Plampin (1762-1834)BWAS-17146.1798 - 8.1798Captain Edward William Campbell Rich Owen (1771-1849)ODNB4.1801 - 7.1801Captain William Bligh (1754-1817)BWAS-17147.1801 - 27.5.1802Captain Christopher ParkerBWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.2.1797 - 20.2.1797Commodore Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)BWAS-171420.2.1797 - 3.1797Rear-Admiral of the Blue Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)ODNB

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.4.1783 - 7.4.1783Second Lieutenant Charles John Moore Mansfield (1760-1813) ADM 6/23/44ADM 6/237.4.1783 - 1783Third Lieutenant Charles John Moore Mansfield (1760-1813) ADM 6/23/46ADM 6/237.4.1783 - 1.11.1785Fourth Lieutenant Solomon Ferris (1748-1803) ADM 6/23/46ADM 6/236.11.1801 - 5.7.1803Lieutenant Samuel Brown (1776-1852)NBD1849

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
30.3.1794 - 6.12.1794Master Thomas PriceADM 29-12.10.1795 - 11.1.1796Chaplain William Pargeter (1760-1810)ADM 29-1

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
29.12.1782 - 1.3.1783Midshipman Henry William Bayntun (1766-1840)ref:616aft.24.6.1795 - 1795Midshipman Frederick William Burgoyne (1778-1848)NBD18491797 - 1799Midshipman William Balfour (1781-1846)NBD1849

6 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1783 - 1787Boy John BroughtonNBD18491785 - 1789Captain's Servant Richard KevernNBD18491794Able Seaman John OsbornADM 171/81794Gunner James HoskenADM 171/81794Able Seaman George FarthingADM 171/81795Able Seaman Robert AtwellADM 171/8

1 Marine


DatesRankNameSource
17942nd Lieutenant of Marines Thomas HallsADM 171/8

Service History


DateEventSource
3.1783Commissioned as guard ship at ChathamBWAS-1714
9.1787Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
26.9.1787Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £30570.12.3dBWAS-1714
26.9.1787Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £14824.11.6dBWAS-1714
28.3.1788

Paid off

BWAS-1714
11.1789Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1791Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £7994.17.9dBWAS-1714
4.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1793fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2574.0.0dBWAS-1714
24.11.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
4.1.1794Operations against San Domingo
2.2.1794At MatiniqueBWAS-1714
6.1794At Port-au-PrinceBWAS-1714
20.11.1794

Paid off

BWAS-1714
12.1794RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1795refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10297.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.6.1795Action of Ile Groix
4.1.1797Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
26.4.1797Action of 1797-04-26
26.4.1797Took the Frigate Ninfa (34)
8.11.1797

Paid off

BWAS-1714
7.1798At DeptfordODNB
3.1801Began repairs at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1801RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1801Completed repairs at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £18271.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1803fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1806Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714

 

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