Dragon -> 1842 Fame

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorWilliam WellsBWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up8.1850BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck178' 0"Imperial Feet54.2544 
Length of Keel146' 6 ⅝"Imperial Feet44.5167 
Breadth48' 3"Imperial Feet14.6399 
Depth in Hold20' 6"Imperial Feet6.2484 
Draught Forward12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Aft18' 9"Imperial Feet5.515 
Burthen1,815 7594Tons BM 


2.4.1798Broadside Weight = 790 Imperial Pound ( 358.265 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1798640 BWAS-1793

7 Commanding Officers

6.1798 - 1.1801CaptainGeorge Campbell (1759-1821)BWAS-17931.1801 - 7.1803CaptainJohn Aylmer (1759-1841)BWAS-17937.1803 - 1806CaptainEdward Griffith (1767-1832)BWAS-17931806 - 1807CaptainMathew Henry Scott (d.1837)BWAS-17939.1810 - 5.1812CaptainThomas Forrest (d.1844)BWAS-17935.1812 - 10.1812CaptainFrancis Augustus Collier (1785-1849)BWAS-179310.1812 - 8.1815CaptainRobert Barrie (1774-1841)BWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

9.1810 - 5.1812Rear-Admiral of the BlueSir Francis Laforey (2nd Baronet Laforey) (1767-1835)BWAS-1793

8 Commissioned Officers

27.10.1799 - 4.1800Acting LieutenantSamuel Bromley (d.1845)NBD18499.10.1801 - 1801LieutenantJohn Aylmer (d.1849)NBD18492.3.1805 - 2.7.1805Second LieutenantJohn Pilfold (1769-1834)NAO14.4.1812 - 6.6.1813LieutenantJames BulkeleyNBD184927.11.1812 - 31.5.1813Acting LieutenantWilliam Henry Woodin (d.1864)NBD184922.12.1812 - 13.6.1815First LieutenantNicholas Alexander (1789-1852)NBD184931.5.1813 - 8.1815LieutenantWilliam Henry Woodin (d.1864)NBD184913.11.1813 - 30.8.1815LieutenantRichard HoareRNB1823

6 Petty Officers

2.11.1804 - 3.1807MidshipmanMichael Quin (1791-1870)NBD184910.1805 - 1.1809MidshipmanNicholas Atkin (1791-1852)NBD18491810 - 14.4.1812MidshipmanJames BulkeleyNBD184912.1810 - 9.1815Master's MateEmanuel Blight (1790-?)NBD18491.1811 - 27.11.1812MidshipmanWilliam Henry Woodin (d.1864)NBD18497.1812 - 1812MidshipmanJohn Robert BensonNBD1849

Service History

8.1795Began building at Deptford BWAS-1793
2.4.1798Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
2.4.1798Completed building at Deptford at a cost of £36181.0.0dBWAS-1793
11.5.1798Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £17329.0.0dBWAS-1793
1799In Lord Bridport's fleetBWAS-1793

Sailed from Portsmouth


Sailed from Plymouth for Torbay


Sailed from Plymouth to join the Channel fleet


Sailed from Plymouth to join the Channel fleet

1.6.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1.1801Off CadizBWAS-1793
18.6.1803Took the Unrated Brig La Colombe (16) off Ushant
8.1804Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
11.1804Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £12263.0.0dBWAS-1793
22.7.18053rd Battle of Cape Finisterre
1806In the ChannelBWAS-1793
1.1807Off RochefortBWAS-1793
2.1807Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
6.1807Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £14370.0.0dBWAS-1793
4.1809Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
10.1810Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £51887.0.0dBWAS-1793
30.10.1810Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
8.1815Paid off? and laid up at PlymouthBWAS-1793
1817At PortsmouthBWAS-1793
8.1824Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
9.1824Lazarette at PembrokeBWAS-1793
9.1824Refitted as a Other Vessels Lazarette
9.1824Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1829Hauled ashore and fitted as a receiving ship and marine barracks at PembrokeBWAS-1793
1829Refitted as a Other Vessels Receiving Hulk
15.7.1842Refitted as a Other Vessels Hulk
15.7.1842Renamed FameBWAS-1793
23.8.1850Breaking up completed at PembrokeBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
RNB1823Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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