Illustrious

4840
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered31.12.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down9.1784BWAS-1714
Acquired7.7.1789BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1790BWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEdgar ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorHenry Adams (1713-1805)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked28.3.1795BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 2"Imperial Feet51.2071 
Length of Keel138' 1"Imperial Feet42.0631 
Breadth46' 11"Imperial Feet14.025 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Aft17' 6"Imperial Feet5.2034 
Burthen1,615 5194Tons BM 

Armament


7.7.1789Broadside 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

4 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.5.1790 - 25.10.1790CaptainAlexander Edgar (1736-1817): on board from 16.5.1790 ADM 6/24/26BWAS-171425.10.1790 - 22.12.1790CaptainRobert Watson ADM 6/24/82ADM 6/2426.3.1791 - 22.1.1793CaptainCharles Morice Pole (1757-1830) ADM 6/24/112BWAS-171422.1.1793 - 25.3.1795CaptainThomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799) ADM 6/24/196BWAS-1714

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1795ChaplainJ G BussellADM 171/81795SurgeonJohn ReynoldsADM 171/8

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
13.5.1791 - 19.9.1791MidshipmanGeorge Vandepot Crosbe (1774-1826)BPvN1795MidshipmanAndrew Pellatt GreenADM 171/81806 - 1807MidshipmanRichard Bayley BowdenNBD1849

5 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1795LandmanPeter ApplinADM 171/81795LandmanNicholas WhylandADM 171/81795LandmanWilliam SymADM 171/81795LandmanRichard MerryweatherADM 171/81795LandmanWilliam LutonADM 171/8

1 Marine


DatesRankNameSource
1795PrivateWilliam BakerADM 171/8

Service History


DateEventSource
5.1790Commissioned for the Spanish Armament. the the Russian ArmamentBWAS-1714
6.1790Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
18.6.1790Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £10318.0.0d
18.6.1790Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4257.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.12.1790

Paid off

BWAS-1714
3.1793fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £6962.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.4.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
18.3.1795Grounded in a gale near LivornoBWAS-1714
28.3.1795Abandoned and burntBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
BPvNBiografisch Portaal van Nederland Web Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
 

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