Polyphemus

5860
Nominal Guns64B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1.12.1773BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.1776BWAS-1714
Acquired27.4.1782B028
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard B028
Ship ClassIntrepid Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorSir Henry Peake (1753-1825)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1782 - 11.1782CaptainThe Hon. William Clement Finch (1753-1794)BWAS-171412.1782 - 6.1783CaptainJohn Ford (d.1796)BWAS-17144.1794 - 1800CaptainGeorge LumsdaineBWAS-17148.1800 - 4.1802CaptainJohn Lawford (1756-1842)BWAS-17146.1804 - 9.1806CaptainRobert Redmill (1758-1819)BWAS-17149.1806 - 10.1806CaptainJoseph Ore MasefieldBWAS-171410.1806CaptainJohn BroughtonBWAS-171410.1806 - 5.1808CaptainPeter HeywoodBWAS-17145.1808 - 3.1811CaptainWilliam Pryce Cumby (1771-1837)BWAS-17143.1811 - 10.1811CaptainThomas GravesBWAS-171410.1811 - 12.1811CommanderNicholas Lechmere PateshallBWAS-171412.1811 - 1.1812CaptainCornelius Quinton (d.1842)BWAS-17141.1812 - 11.1812CaptainPeter John DouglasBWAS-1714

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1796 - 1800Vice-Admiral of the RedRobert Brice (c.1730-1805)BWAS-171410.1806 - 1.1808Rear-Admiral of the WhiteGeorge MurrayBWAS-17145.1808 - 1811Vice-Admiral of the WhiteBartholomew Samuel Rowley (1763-1811)BWAS-171412.1811 - 1.1812Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCharles Stirling (1760-1833)BWAS-1714

12 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.4.1794 - 20.12.1795LieutenantEdward Brace (1770-1843)WWNH7.3.1796 - 29.6.1797LieutenantEdward Brace (1770-1843)WWNH30.6.1797 - 10.8.1797CommanderEdward Brace (1770-1843)WWNH19.8.1804 - 1806LieutenantJohn MedlicottNAO1.9.1804 - 1806LieutenantWilliam SandeyNAO23.10.1804 - 1806LieutenantRobert Mayne (d.1846)NAO15.7.1805 - 1805LieutenantCharles SquareyNAO7.10.1805 - 1806LieutenantGeorge MowbrayNAO5.1807 - 30.8.1807Acting LieutenantCharles BowenBWAS-171427.5.1808 - 5.11.1809Flag LieutenantWilliam BlackNBD18491809 - 1810Flag LieutenantJohn Alexander (d.1857)NL18657.2.1812 - 23.4.1813LieutenantGeorge BlurtonNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1797 - 1800SurgeonGabriel JohnstonNA-ROA

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1800 - 5.1802MidshipmanJohn Donaldson Boswall (1790-?)NBD18498.1800 - 1803MidshipmanAndrew O'BrienNBD184911.1806 - 5.1807Master's MateCharles BowenBWAS-17147.1809 - 1809MidshipmanGeorge Argles (d.1846)NL1865

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
6.1793 - 2.1797Ordinary SeamanJohn BroughtonNBD184915.9.1794 - 5.7.1797Able SeamanJohn HeadleyADM29-1

Service History


DateEventSource
4.1782CommissionedBWAS-1714
24.7.1782Completed at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £37218.5.1dBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel
8.12.1782Arrived in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.1783Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
12.1783Began small repair at Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1784Completed small repair at Chatham at a cost of £6371.10.4dBWAS-1714
4.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
12.1793Began small repair at Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1794Completed small repair at Chatham at a cost of £8771.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.10.1795Present at the capture of the Overijssel (64)
22.10.1795Took the Third Rate Ship of the Line Overijssel (64) at Queenstown
1796Became flagship on the Irish stationBWAS-1714
5.1796Began refitting at Plymouth BWAS-1714
7.1796Completed refitting at Plymouth at a cost of £5605.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1796Took the Privateer Schooner Les Deux Amis (14) off the Irish coast
5.1.1797Took the Tortue (40) off IrelandBWAS-1714
5.1.1797Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Tartu (38) off Ireland
6.1797Began making good defects at Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1797Completed making good defects at Plymouth at a cost of £2987.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1799Began fitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1800Completed fitting at Chatham at a cost of £12753.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
4.1802Paid off into ordinaryBWAS-1714
3.1804Began fitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1804RecommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1804Recommissioned for the Channel fleetBWAS-1714
9.1804Completed fitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
7.12.1804Took the Sixth Rate Frigate Santa Gertrudis (24) off Cape St Mary
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
15.7.1806Took the Unrated Brig César (16) in the Gironde
1.1808Began refitting at Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.1808Completed refitting at Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.7.1808Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
14.3.1809Capture of the d'Hautpoult
11.1812Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1813Began refitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1813Completed conversion to a powder hulkBWAS-1714
9.1813Completed refitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
1815Placed in ordinaryBWAS-1714
1815Moved to the Medway as a powder hulkBWAS-1714
2.1826Began refitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1826Completed fitting for ordinaryBWAS-1714
4.1826Completed refitting at Chatham BWAS-1714
15.9.1827Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1782/091782/12Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
WWNHWho's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
NA-ROAThe National Archive - Records of the Admiralty etc. Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
 

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