Nominal Guns64BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyDutch Third Rate ship of the line 'Overijssel' (1794) (64)
ShipyardFerrol - Spain M01
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk as Breakwater1810BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck153' 6 ⅛"Imperial Feet46.6376 
Length of Keel124' 8 ½"Imperial Feet37.8079 
Breadth43' 0"Imperial Feet13.1064 
Depth in Hold183' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet55.7848 
Burthen1,226 4994Tons BM 


1799Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
30.8.1799672 BG

3 Commanding Officers

17.10.1795 - 22.9.1796CaptainWilliam Swaffield (d.1796)BWAS-17933.10.1796 - 16.10.1797CaptainJohn Young (c.1739-1797)BWAS-17933.12.1797 - 21.1.1802CaptainJohn BazelyTRN4

2 Flag Officers

7.1796 - 1799Admiral of the BlueJoseph Peyton (1725-1804)BWAS-17934.1799 - 21.1.1802Vice-Admiral of the RedSkeffington Lutwidge (1737-1814)BWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

5.7.1796 - 25.6.1799First LieutenantEdward Walpole Browne (1767-1846)NBD184912.8.1796 - 17.1.1797LieutenantCharles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD1849

3 Petty Officers

12.1796 - 1797MidshipmanSamuel Allen (1781-1848)NL18651799 - 1.1800Master's MateDonat Henry O'Brien (1785-?)NBD18494.1801 - 12.1801Master's MateDonat Henry O'Brien (1785-?)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

17961st Class VolunteerEdward BoysNBD184916.12.1796 - 1797Ordinary SeamanDonat Henry O'Brien (1785-?)NBD1849

Service History

7.5.1796Arrived at PlymouthBWAS-1793
28.5.1796Registered in the Royal NavyBWAS-1793
6.1796Began fitting as a flagship at PlymouthBWAS-1793
7.1796Commissioned as Flagship in the DownsBWAS-1793
22.9.1796Captain William Swaffield (d.1796) was killed whilst dining on board the Amphion (32) when the frigate suddenly exploded in Plymouth harbour
10.1796Completed fitting at a cost of £3,074BWAS-1793
13.8.1799Left England as part of Vice Admiral Andrew Mitchell (1757-1806)'s squadron escorting the Anglo-Russian invasion of the lowlands.
27.8.1799Covered the landings of the Allied forces at the Helder.TRN4
30.8.1799Present at the capitulation of the Dutch squadron in the VlieterTRN4
30.8.1799Seizure of the Dutch Fleet at Vlieter

Paid off into ordinary

10.1805Began fitted as a storeship at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
12.1805Completed fitted as a storeship at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
1807Placed in ordinaryBWAS-1793
17.6.1809Ordered to be made into a breakwater for HarwichBWAS-1793
8.1809Left Sheerness to be made into a breakwater for HarwichBWAS-1793
1810Used at HarwichBWAS-1793
3.1.1822Wreck sold for £45BWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
M01Dutch Navy Vessels 1700-1799 (Manuscript)Ron von MannenDocument
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book

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