Ganges

4416
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.7.1779BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down4.1780BWAS-1714
Acquired30.3.1782BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassGanges Class
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up3.1816BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck169' 6"Imperial Feet51.5134 
Length of Keel138' 7 ¾Imperial Feet42.0815 
Breadth47' 8 ½"Imperial Feet14.3383 
Depth in Hold20' 3"Imperial Feet6.1722 
Draught Forward12' 6"Tons BM 
Draught Aft18' 4"Tons BM 
Burthen1,678 5394Tons BM 

Armament


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
1782590EstablishmentBWAS-1714

19 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.3.1782 - 11.1.1783CaptainCharles Fielding (1738-1783)† ADM 6/22/426ADM 6/2216.12.1782 - 27.1.1783CaptainGeorge Vandeput (d.1800)BWAS-171414.1.1783 - 13.3.1783CaptainThe Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) ADM 6/23/8ADM 6/2211.4.1783 - 6.5.1784CaptainThe Hon. James Luttrell (c.1751-1788) ADM 6/23/48ADM 6/236.5.1784 - 15.12.1787CaptainSir Roger Curtis (1746-1816) ADM 6/23/208BWAS-171422.12.1792 - 23.12.1793CaptainAnthony James Pye Molloy (d.1815) ADM 6/24/186BWAS-171421.1.1794 - 9.1.1795CaptainWilliam Truscott (1734-1798) ADM 6/25/7BWAS-17147.1795 - 1796CaptainBenjamin Archer (d.1795)BWAS-17141796 - 4.1796CaptainLancelot Skynner (1766-1799)BWAS-17142.4.1796 - 30.4.1799CaptainRobert McDougall (1729-1816)BWAS-17148.1800 - 6.1801CaptainThomas Francis Fremantle (1765-1819)BWAS-17146.1801CaptainJames Brisbane (1774-1826)BWAS-171410.1801 - 9.1802CaptainJoseph Baker (1767-1817)BWAS-17149.1802 - 7.1803CaptainGeorge McKinleyBWAS-17147.1803 - 10.12.1804CaptainThomas Francis Fremantle (1765-1819)BWAS-17144.1806 - 1807CaptainPeter HalkettBWAS-171411.1809 - 10.4.1811CaptainThomas DundasBWAS-17141812 - 1814LieutenantFrederick James LerouxBWAS-171412.1814 - 1816LieutenantJames SprattBWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
24.9.1787Rear-Admiral of the RedSir Francis Samuel Drake (1st Baronet Drake) (1729-1789): on board from 10.1787BWAS-17141807 - 1809Rear-Admiral of the BlueRichard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834)BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.4.1783 - 19.4.1783Second LieutenantSamuel Arthur (d.1792) ADM 6/23/48ADM 6/2312.4.1783 - 19.4.1783Third LieutenantEdward Riou (1762-1801) ADM 6/23/48ADM 6/2312.4.1783 - 3.5.1783Fourth LieutenantLawrence William Halstead ADM 6/23/48ADM 6/2319.4.1783 - 1783First LieutenantSamuel Arthur (d.1792) ADM 6/23/53ADM 6/2319.4.1783 - 1783Second LieutenantEdward Riou (1762-1801) ADM 6/23/53ADM 6/233.5.1783 - 1783Third LieutenantLawrence William Halstead ADM 6/23/62ADM 6/2319.4.1806 - 11.3.1808LieutenantJames Bayly (1785-?)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
24.2.1807 - 22.6.1808MasterLuke BrokenshaNAO

6 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
4.1796 - 11.1799MidshipmanAlexander BorthwickNBD18491801 - 1804MidshipmanCharles Crowdy (1786-?)NBD18491802MidshipmanCharles Cowper BenettNBD18495.1806 - 1806MidshipmanGeorge Inglis (1787-1849)NBD18491.1808 - 6.1808MidshipmanJonathon Butcher (1789-?)NBD18491.1808 - 4.1811MidshipmanGeorge Henry Bowlby (d.1847)NBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
31.5.1806 - 1.18081st Class VolunteerGeorge Henry Bowlby (d.1847)NBD18496.1807 - 18081st Class VolunteerAlexander Buchanan (1793-?)NBD18497.1807 - 5.18101st Class VolunteerSamuel BrokenshaNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
30.3.1782Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
20.4.1782Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £11238.5.9dBWAS-1714
20.4.1782Began coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
26.6.1782Completed coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £3042.6.9dBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel
11.1.1783

Paid off

BWAS-1714
3.1783Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1783Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5154.13.5dBWAS-1714
12.1783Recommissioned as guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
11.1790Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1791Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £30023.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1792RecommissionedBWAS-1714
25.10.1794Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
30.10.1794Took the Sixth Rate Frigate La Jacobin (24)
4.1796At St LuciaBWAS-1714
26.4.1796Capture of St Lucia
6.1796At GrenadaBWAS-1714
1.1797refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £13899.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1800Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1800RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1800Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £14133.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
7.1803Paid off and then recommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1804Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1806RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1806Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1806Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
1.1.1808Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1714
1809In the North SeaBWAS-1714
11.1809Commissioned for the BalticBWAS-1714
1811Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1811Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1811Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1811Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
10.1811fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1814May have been lent to the Navy Board?BWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1782/091782/12Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
 

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