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Elephant

4066
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered27.12.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down2.1783BWAS-1714
Launched24.8.1786BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEdgar Class (1774)BWAS-1714
Constructor
George ParsonsBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1729-1812
BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up11.1830BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel137' 9 ⅞"Imperial Feet41.7798 
Breadth46' 11 ½"Imperial Feet14.0335 
Depth in Hold19' 9 ½"Imperial Feet5.8039 
Draught Forward12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Aft17' 8"Imperial Feet5.2106 
Burthen1,616 4994Tons BM 

Armament


24.8.1786Broadside 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

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
25.8.1774550Design Complement

6 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
14.6.1790 - 1.12.1790Captain
Charles ThompsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1799
: on board from 15.6.1790 ADM 6/24/40
BWAS-1714
12.1799 - 6.1801Captain
Thomas FoleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1830
BWAS-1714
6.1801 - 1.1805Captain
George DundasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
BWAS-1714
5.1805 - 1807Captain
George DundasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
BWAS-1714
1807 - 19.9.1807Commander
George MorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1846
BWAS-1714
9.7.1811 - 7.5.1814Captain
Francis William AustenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1848
ADM 196/3/2
BWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.1799 - 3.1801Rear-Admiral of the Red
Sir Charles Cotton (5th Baronet)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1810
BWAS-1714
27.3.1801 - 4.4.1801Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.8.1790 - 1790Fifth Lieutenant
Robert WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1809
ADM 6/24/57
ADM 6/24
30.9.1790 - 1790Fourth Lieutenant
John BarnsleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1790
ADM 6/24/72
ADM 6/24
26.10.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant
Henry CarewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1804
ADM 6/24/82
ADM 6/24
28.12.1802 - 1803Lieutenant
Edward BurtBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1847
NBD1849
5.1804 - 1805Lieutenant
Henry BourchierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1846
NBD1849
1806 - 9.1806Lieutenant
Humphrey Fleming SenhouseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1841
W025
18.6.1806 - 28.8.1807Acting Lieutenant
Benjamin AshleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1844
NL1865
30.11.1813 - 14.5.1814Lieutenant
Edward BiddulphBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1823
NBD1849
24.12.1813 - 10.5.1814Lieutenant
Henry BirdBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1814
NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
15.6.1790 - 1.12.1790Purser
Thomas Legal YatesBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1766-1828
ADM 29/8

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1801 - 2.4.1801Midshipman
Robert GillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801
BG
1801 - 2.4.1801Midshipman
Hugh MitchelBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801
BG
6.1805 - 7.1807Midshipman
Henry BelseyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1815
NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
9.10.1790 - 1.12.1790Captain's Servant
Daniel McQuieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1798
ADM 29/8

Service History


DateEventSource
24.8.1786Completed at Bursledon - Hampshire at a cost of £30772.2.4dBWAS-1714
26.8.1786Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.11.1786Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £10108.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1790fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4157.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.8.1790Sailed for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1714
1.12.1790Paid offADM 51
10.1793fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £190.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1799Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1800Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £21521.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
10.1801Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.1804Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1.1805

Paid off

BWAS-1714
7.1805Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £17695.0.0dBWAS-1714
19.9.1807Paid offADM 51
4.1809Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1811Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £51290.0.0dBWAS-1714
28.12.1812Took the Schooner
Swordfish (12) 1812-1812
American 12 Gun
Privateer Schooner

7.5.1814Paid offADM 51
2.1817Began rebuilding at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1818Refitted as a Fourth Rate Frigate
3.1818Completed rebuilding at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £39407.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1830Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Mike Webb on Monday 17th of May 2021 14:54

This ship appears to have been on convoy duty in Jamaica, July 1807. It is named in a letter from John Coloquhoun Grant to Joseph Foster Barham II (sugar plantation owner), 6 July 1807 (in Bodleian, MS. Clar. dep. c. 357). Described there as Elephant of 74 guns.

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