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Indefatigable

4860
Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered3.8.1780BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down5.1781BWAS-1714
Launched7.1784BWAS-1714
First Commissioned12.1794BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassArdent Class (1762)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1756
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Henry AdamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1713-1805
BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up8.1816BWAS-1714

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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


DatesRankNameSource
12.1795 - 1799Captain
Sir Edward PellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
BWAS-1714
3.1799 - 1800Captain
The Hon. Henry CurzonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1830
BWAS-1714
1.1801 - 1801Captain
Mathew Henry ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1816
BWAS-1714
12.1803 - 10.1805Captain
Graham MooreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1824
BWAS-1714
10.1805 - 10.1809Captain
John Tremayne RoddBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1825
BWAS-1714
10.1809 - 12.1809Captain
Henry Edward Reginald BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1814
BWAS-1714
12.1809 - 6.1812Captain
John BroughtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1813
BWAS-1714
6.1812 - 1815Captain
John FyffeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1815
BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.11.1790 - 1790First Lieutenant
William LloydBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1794
ADM 6/24/89
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 16.12.1790Second Lieutenant
Richard PelloweBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1802
Transfered ADM 6/24/90
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 1790Third Lieutenant
John BurrowsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1796
ADM 6/24/90
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 1790Fourth Lieutenant
Henry Folkes EdgellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
ADM 6/24/91
ADM 6/24
1797 - 20.1.1797First Lieutenant
John ThomsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1797
TRN4

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1.9.1799 - 8.4.1802Midshipman
John ManBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1808
NAO
12.9.1803 - 12.1807Midshipman
Edward BiddulphBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1823
NBD1849
2.1806 - 22.1.1812Midshipman
Frederick BullockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1869
NBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
15.12.1795 - 17991st Class Volunteer
George CadoganBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1857
NBD1849
23.5.1797 - 31.8.1799Able Seaman
John ManBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1808
NAO
28.11.1804 - 2.18061st Class Volunteer
Frederick BullockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1869
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
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) 1794-1796
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

11.6.1796Took the Brig
Les Trois Couleurs (10) 1796-1796
French 10 Gun
Privateer Brig
off Brest

11.6.1796Took the Brig
La Blonde (16) 1796-1796
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig

2.10.1796Took the Schooner
La Revanche (12) 1796-1796
French 12 Gun
Privateer Schooner

13.1.1797Drove
Les Droits de l'Homme (74) 1794-1797
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
ashore off the Penmarcks
BWAS-1714
14.1.1797Chase of the Droits de l'Homme
30.4.1797Took the Privateer
Les Basque (8) 1797-1797
French 8 Gun
Privateer

11.5.1797Took the Brig
La Nouvelle Eugenie (16) 1796-1797
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig
in the Channel

14.10.1797Took the Cutter
Ranger (12) 1794-1797
French 12 Gun
Unrated Cutter
near the Canaries

14.10.1797Took the Corvette
L'Hyene (24) 1793-1797
French 24 Gun
Privateer Corvette
off Teneriffe

4.1.1798Took the Privateer
Le Vengeur (12) 1798-1798
French 12 Gun
Privateer
in the Channel

16.1.1798Took the Schooner
L'Inconcevable (8) 1798-1798
French 8 Gun
Privateer Schooner

28.1.1798Took the Ship
L'Heureuse Nouvelle (22) 1798-1798
French 22 Gun
Privateer Ship
in company with HMS Cambrian
BG
5.8.1798Took the Ship
L'Heureux (16) 1797-1798
French 16 Gun
Privateer Ship
BG
7.8.1798Took the Corvette
Danaé (20) 1796-1798
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
1798 Renamed "Danaé"
in the Bay of Biscay

31.12.1798Took the Corvette
La Minerve (16) 1793-1798
French 16 Gun
Privateer Corvette
Ushant bearing N. E. five leagues
TNC
13.2.1799

Docked at Plymouth

TNC
25.3.1799

Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise

TNC
26.3.1799

Arrived at Plymouth with a sprung bowsprit and stove in headrails

TNC
14.4.1799

Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise

TNC
8.5.1799

Arrived at Plymouth

TNC
14.5.1799

Sailed from Plymouth on a cruise

TNC
31.5.1799Took the Brig
La Vénus (14) 1799-1799
French 14 Gun
Privateer Brig
after a cruise of 9 weeks from La Rochelle
BG
12.6.1800Took the Brig
Le Vengeur (14) 1799-1800
French 14 Gun
Privateer Brig
BG
25.8.1800Attack on Ferrol
22.10.1800Took the Corvette
Vengeance (28) 1794-1800
French 28 Gun
6th Rate Corvette
1795 Renamed "Vénus"
1796 Renamed "Vengeance"
off the Portugese Coast
BG
5.10.1804Battle of Cape St Maria
31.7.1808Took the Ship
La Diane (14) 1808-1808
French 14 Gun
Privateer Ship
off the Gironde

14.1.1809Took the Lugger
La Clarisse (14) 1807-1809
French 14 Gun
Privateer Lugger
in the Channel
BG
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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