Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1781BWAS-1714
First Commissioned12.1794BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassArdent ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Henry Adams (1713-1805)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up8.1816BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet48.7744 
Length of Keel131' 10 ¾"Imperial Feet39.9479 
Breadth44' 5"Imperial Feet13.443 
Depth in Hold19' 0"Imperial Feet5.7912 
Burthen1,384 394Tons BM 


1795Broadside Weight = 437 Imperial Pound ( 198.1795 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck10 British 4-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

1795Broadside Weight = 234 Imperial Pound ( 106.119 kg)E-WIKI
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder

8 Ship Commanders

12.1795 - 1799CaptainSir Edward Pellew (1757-1833)BWAS-17143.1799 - 1800CaptainThe Hon. Henry Curzon (1765-1846)BWAS-17141.1801 - 1801Captain Mathew Henry Scott (d.1837)BWAS-171412.1803 - 10.1805Captain Graham Moore (1764-1843)BWAS-171410.1805 - 10.1809Captain John Tremayne RoddBWAS-171410.1809 - 12.1809Captain Henry Edward Reginald Baker (d.1820)BWAS-171412.1809 - 6.1812Captain John BroughtonBWAS-17146.1812 - 1815Captain John Fyffe (d.1835)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

1797 - 20.1.1797First Lieutenant John Thomson (d.1803)TRN4

3 Petty Officers

1.9.1799 - 8.4.1802Midshipman John Man (1783-?)NAO12.9.1803 - 12.1807Midshipman Edward BiddulphNBD18492.1806 - 22.1.1812Midshipman Frederick Bullock (1788-1874)NBD1849

3 Crewmen

15.12.1795 - 17991st Class Volunteer George Cadogan (1783-1864)NBD184923.5.1797 - 31.8.1799Able Seaman John Man (1783-?)NAO28.11.1804 - 2.18061st Class Volunteer Frederick Bullock (1788-1874)NBD1849

Service History

13.9.1784Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £36154.18.7dBWAS-1714
9.1794Refitted as a 38 gun Fifth Rate Frigate
9.1794Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1794First commissioned, "for cruising"BWAS-1714
5.1795Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8764.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.4.1796Action of 1796-04-20
22.4.1796Took the Frigate Virginie (40)
11.6.1796Took the Brig Les Trois Couleurs (10) off Brest
11.6.1796Took the Brig La Blonde (16)
2.10.1796Took the Schooner La Revanche (12)
13.1.1797Drove Les Droits de l'Homme (74) ashore off the PenmarcksBWAS-1714
14.1.1797Chase of the Droits de l'Homme
30.4.1797Took the Privateer Les Basque (8)
11.5.1797Took the Brig La Nouvelle Eugenie (16) in the Channel
14.10.1797Took the Cutter Ranger (12) near the Canaries
14.10.1797Took the Corvette L'Hyene (24) off Teneriffe
4.1.1798Took the Privateer Le Vengeur (12) in the Channel
16.1.1798Took the Schooner L'Inconcevable (8)
28.1.1798Took the Ship L'Heureuse Nouvelle (22) in company with HMS CambrianBG
5.8.1798Took the Ship L'Heureux (16) BG
7.8.1798Took the Corvette Danaé (20) in the Bay of Biscay
31.12.1798Took the Corvette La Minerve (16) Ushant bearing N. E. five leaguesTNC

Docked at Plymouth


Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise


Arrived at Plymouth with a sprung bowsprit and stove in headrails


Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise


Arrived at Plymouth


Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise

31.5.1799Took the Brig La Vénus (14) after a cruise of 9 weeks from La RochelleBG
12.6.1800Took the Brig Le Vengeur (14) BG
25.8.1800Attack on Ferrol
22.10.1800Took the Corvette Vengeance (28) off the Portugese CoastBG
5.10.1804Battle of Cape St Maria
31.7.1808Took the Ship La Diane (14) off the Gironde
14.1.1809Took the Lugger La Clarisse (14) in the ChannelBG
1812On the South American stationBWAS-1714


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Adam Quinan on Monday 29th of June 2020 20:04

She was built as a small 64 gun two deck third rate ship of the line. However before being commissioned, she was laid up in ordinary and later had the top deck removed (razeed) to make her into a large heavy frigate with only one deck of guns. She only ever fought as a frigate.

Posted by Niek van Diepen on Sunday 13th of September 2015 08:50

BWAS-1793 gives her 6 42-pdr carronades instead of the 32-pdr carronades.

Posted by Mario Jugel on Friday 8th of August 2014 15:27

Why is she called a ship of the line, but a frigate? And why we have 64 nominal guns?

Posted by Brian on Thursday 15th of May 2014 23:38

The Gentleman's magazine. v.79 1796.
Indefatigable, Falmouth, April 23, 1796
(Informing his Lord Commissioners of his arrival at this port)
accompanied by the French National frigate La Virginie, of 44 guns eighteen and nine pounders, and 340 men commanded by Citizen Bergeret, Capitaine de Vaisseau who sailed from Brest singly, four days ago, to cruize off the Lizard in this favorite frigate, which is considered the finest ship and fastest sailer in the French navy, and of the largest dimensions, being 158 feet long, and 43 broad. On Wednesday morning, the 20th instant, after I had sealed my dispatches for their Lordships, laying to under the Lizard, with the squadron, waiting for the French frigate La Unite, our prize, to weather that point, I observed a ship coming in from the sea, which, in my mind, looked rather suspicious; and on her not answering the private signal, when she tacked from us, I immediately gave chase to her, accompanied by the Amazon and La Concorde. The superior sailing of the Indefatigable gave me the satisfaction of coming up with her , after a chase of fifteen hours and running 168 miles. Fortunately the wind prevented her from steering for Ushant, or she must have escaped. A little past midnight, I commenced action with the enemy, which was closely continued , under a crowded sail, for one hour and forty five minutes. The enemy, who fought gallantly, was by this time much crippled, her mizen-mast and main top-mast being shot away; the Indefatigable was not much less disabled, having lost her gaff and mizen-top-mast, the main top-sail was rendered useless by an unlucky shot cutting both leech ropes. In this situation we passed the enemy without the power of avoiding it, having no after sail to back, and I had long discovered we had not only to combat a ship of large force, but that her commander was completely master of his profession, in whose presence I could not commit myself with impunity, by throwing my ship in the wind, without submitting to be raked by him. She had not at this time struck, and we kept close ahead of her, receiving new braces to enable us to bring the ship to, to renew the attack. At this period, the La Concorde appeared in sight, close under her stern, and upon the enemy seeing her, she fired a gun to leeward, and struck her light, as a signal of surrender etc....Edw. Pellew

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