Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1788BWAS-1793
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCarnatic ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck172' 1 ½"Imperial Feet52.4383 
Length of Keel140' 2"Imperial Feet42.6733 
Breadth48' 0"Imperial Feet14.6304 
Depth in Hold20' 7"Imperial Feet6.2738 
Draught Forward12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Aft17' 7"Imperial Feet5.207 
Burthen1,717 7494Tons BM 


6.11.1793Broadside 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
2.1794550 BWAS-1793

6 Commanding Officers

13.3.1794 - 8.1795CaptainThomas Louis (c.1758-1807) ADM 6/25/19BWAS-17938.1795CaptainCharles Jones (d.1800)BWAS-17938.1795 - 1801CaptainThomas Louis (c.1758-1807)BWAS-179311.3.1803 - 17.11.1807CaptainCharles John Moore Mansfield (1760-1813)BWAS-17931807 - 1808CaptainNorborn ThompsonBWAS-17931809 - 22.12.1810CaptainJohn Barrett (d.1810)N-GAZ

5 Flag Officers

4.7.1794 - 1795Vice-Admiral of the BlueJohn Macbride (c.1735-1800)ref:6765.8.1803 - 22.8.1803Rear-Admiral of the RedCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO1806 - 1807Rear-Admiral of the WhiteJohn Child PurvisBWAS-17931807Rear-Admiral of the WhiteWilliam EssingtonBWAS-179312.1807 - 1808Vice-Admiral of the RedSir Charles Cotton (5th Baronet) (1753-1812)BWAS-1793

8 Commissioned Officers

1799 - 29.8.1800Acting LieutenantCharles Anthony (1777-1846)NBD184924.10.1804 - 1806LieutenantCharles GiddyNAO6.11.1804 - 1806LieutenantJeremiah MorganNAO1805LieutenantAlexander M'VicarNAO1805First LieutenantJames StuartNAO1805Third LieutenantNicholas BellNAO19.9.1805 - 1806LieutenantRoderick M'LeodNAO4.11.1807 - 7.3.1809LieutenantRichard BastardNBD1849

2 Warrant Officers

1798 - 1.8.1798MasterJ. S. KirchnerTNC11.4.1800 - 23.9.1800ChaplainSamuel ColeADM29-1

2 Petty Officers

1799 - 1803MidshipmanJohn Bingham (1785-?)NBD18491807 - 1808MidshipmanRichard Bayley BowdenNBD1849

1 Crewman

15.1.1795 - 22.1.17951st Class VolunteerWilliam Hill (1779-?)NAO

Service History

13.3.1794Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £50842.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1796In the West IndiesBWAS-1793
4.1797Involved in the Spithead mutinyBWAS-1793
6.1797Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1798At the blockade of MaltaBWAS-1793
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
3.1802Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
11.1802Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
11.1802Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
4.1803Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
20.5.1803Took the Frigate La Franchise (40)
28.5.1803Took the Frigate La Franchise (40) in the Channel
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
1806In the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1807Flagship on the Lisbon stationBWAS-1793
8.1807On the expedition to CopenhagenBWAS-1793
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
1808In the North SeaBWAS-1793
1809In the BalticBWAS-1793
25.7.1809Attack on Russian gunboats at FrederickshavenBWAS-1714
22.12.1810Wrecked on the Haak Sands off Texel, about 400 drowned including her captainBWAS-1793


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.8.1798-1798Saumarez's Squadron 1798Sir James Saumarez (1757-1836) 


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
N-GAZThe Naval Gazetteer, Biographer and ChronologistJ W NorieBook
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document

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Posted by Brian on Thursday 15th of May 2014 20:29

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 80:pt. 2 (1810).
Intelligence has reached the Admiralty that the Minotaur, of 74 guns, Capt. Barrett, has been wrecked on the Dutch coast off the Haak Sands, close in with the Texel. She was coming from the Baltic with the Plantagenet as her consort, and a fleet of 100 merchantmen. This ship carried 600 men: a 110 men, among whom are a Lieutenant, the head surgeon, and 8 midshipmen, saved themselves on the Isle of the Texel; the rest perished.

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