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Polyphemus

5860
Nominal Guns64B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1.12.1773BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.1776BWAS-1714
Acquired27.4.1782B028
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard - Sheerness B028
Ship ClassIntrepid ClassB028
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1765
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Sir Henry PeakeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1762-1813
BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up15.9.1827B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Imperial Feet48.768 
Length of Keel133' 3"Imperial Feet40.5407 
Breadth44' 7"Imperial Feet13.4557 
Depth in Hold19' 0"Imperial Feet5.7912 
Draught Forward11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Draught Aft16' 9"Imperial Feet4.9149 
Burthen1,408 7394Tons BM 

Armament


27.4.1782Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1777500Design Complement

13 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
2.5.1782 - 25.12.1782Captain
The Hon. William Clement FinchBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1794
ADM 6/22/462
BWAS-1714
25.12.1782 - 27.6.1783Captain
John FordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1795
ADM 6/23/161
Issued by
Hugh PigotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1787
, North America
Confirmed 13.11.1783
BWAS-1714
10.4.1794 - 1800Captain
George LumsdaineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1811
ADM 6/25/28
BWAS-1714
8.1800 - 4.1802Captain
John LawfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1832
BWAS-1714
6.1804 - 9.1806Captain
Robert RedmillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1806
BWAS-1714
9.1806 - 10.1806Captain
Joseph Ore MasefieldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1808
BWAS-1714
10.1806Captain
John BroughtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1813
BWAS-1714
10.1806 - 5.1808Captain
Peter HeywoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1816
BWAS-1714
5.1808 - 3.1811Captain
William Pryce CumbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1784-1837
BWAS-1714
3.1811 - 10.1811Captain
Thomas GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1811
BWAS-1714
10.1811 - 12.1811Commander
Nicholas Lechmere PateshallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1815
BWAS-1714
12.1811 - 1.1812Captain
Cornelius QuintonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1813
BWAS-1714
1.1812 - 11.1812Captain
Peter John DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1812
BWAS-1714

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1796 - 1800Vice-Admiral of the Red
Robert KingsmillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1805
BWAS-1714
10.1806 - 1.1808Rear-Admiral of the White
George MurrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1813
BWAS-1714
5.1808 - 1811Vice-Admiral of the White
Bartholomew Samuel RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1811
BWAS-1714
12.1811 - 1.1812Vice-Admiral of the White
Charles StirlingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1813
BWAS-1714

13 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.4.1794 - 20.12.1795Lieutenant
Edward BraceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1843
WWNH
7.3.1796 - 29.6.1797Lieutenant
Edward BraceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1843
WWNH
30.6.1797 - 10.8.1797Commander
Edward BraceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1843
WWNH
19.8.1804 - 1806Lieutenant
John MedlicottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1814
NAO
1.9.1804 - 1806Lieutenant
William SandeyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1806
NAO
23.10.1804 - 1806Lieutenant
Robert MayneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1806
NAO
15.7.1805 - 1805Lieutenant
Charles SquareyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1805
NAO
7.10.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
George MowbrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1812
NAO
5.1807 - 30.8.1807Acting Lieutenant
Charles BowenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1846
BWAS-1714
27.5.1808 - 5.11.1809Flag Lieutenant
William BlackBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1846
NBD1849
1809 - 1810Flag Lieutenant
John AlexanderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1840
NL1865
7.2.1812 - 23.4.1813Lieutenant
George BlurtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1817
NBD1849
14.5.1812 - 10.11.1812Lieutenant
Joseph NorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1853
ADM 196

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1797 - 1800Surgeon
Gabriel JohnstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1815
NA-ROA
1801 - 2.4.1801Boatswain
Edward BurrBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801
BG

5 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1800 - 5.1802Midshipman
John Donaldson BoswallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1846
NBD1849
8.1800 - 1803Midshipman
Andrew O'BrienBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1807
NBD1849
1801 - 2.4.1801Midshipman
James BellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801
BG
11.1806 - 5.1807Master's Mate
Charles BowenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1846
BWAS-1714
7.1809 - 1809Midshipman
George ArglesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1815
NL1865

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
6.1793 - 2.1797Ordinary Seaman
John BroughtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1831
NBD1849
15.9.1794 - 5.7.1797Able Seaman
John HeadleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1802
ADM 29-1

Service History


DateEventSource
4.1782CommissionedBWAS-1714
24.7.1782Completed at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £37218.5.1dBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel
8.12.1782Arrived in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
27.6.1783

Returned home and paid off

BWAS-1714
12.1783Began small repair at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
9.1784Completed small repair at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £6371.10.4dBWAS-1714
12.1793Began small repair at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
6.1794Completed small repair at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £8771.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.10.1795Present at the capture of the
Overijssel (64) 1794-1795
Dutch 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line

22.10.1795Took the Ship of the Line
Overijssel (64) 1794-1795
Dutch 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
at Queenstown

1796Became flagship on the Irish stationBWAS-1714
5.1796Began refitting at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1714
7.1796Completed refitting at Plymouth - Devon at a cost of £5605.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1796Took the Schooner
Les Deux Amis (14) 1796-1796
French 14 Gun
Privateer Schooner
off the Irish coast

5.1.1797Took the Tortue (40) off IrelandBWAS-1714
5.1.1797Took the Frigate
Tartu (38) 1788-1797
French 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1793 Renamed "Tartu"
off Ireland

6.1797Began making good defects at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1714
8.1797Completed making good defects at Plymouth - Devon at a cost of £2987.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1799Began fitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
3.1800Completed fitting at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £12753.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
4.1802Paid off into ordinaryBWAS-1714
3.1804Began fitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
7.1804RecommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1804Recommissioned for the Channel fleetBWAS-1714
9.1804Completed fitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
7.12.1804Took the Frigate
Santa Gertrudis (24) 1768-1804
Spanish 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
off Cape St Mary

21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
15.7.1806Took the Brig
César (16) 1803-1806
French 16 Gun
Unrated Brig
in the Gironde

1.1808Began refitting at Portsmouth - Hampshire BWAS-1714
2.1808Completed refitting at Portsmouth - Hampshire BWAS-1714
2.7.1808Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
14.4.1809Capture of the d'Hautpoult
11.1812Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1813Began refitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
9.1813Completed conversion to a powder hulkBWAS-1714
9.1813Completed refitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
1815Placed in ordinaryBWAS-1714
1815Moved to the Medway as a powder hulkBWAS-1714
2.1826Began refitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
4.1826Completed fitting for ordinaryBWAS-1714
4.1826Completed refitting at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
15.9.1827Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1782-12.1782Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782
Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)British
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1736-1799
 
 

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