Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1781BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Edward GreavesBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Blown Up24.7.1798BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 2"Imperial Feet42.6733 
Length of Keel116' 0"Imperial Feet35.3568 
Breadth38' 1"Imperial Feet11.5856 
Depth in Hold16' 4 ½"Imperial Feet4.8895 
Draught Forward10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Draught Aft14' 4"Imperial Feet4.2926 
Burthen894 8494Tons BM 


11.7.1782Broadside Weight = 285 Imperial Pound ( 129.2475 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1769280Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

21.3.1782 - 14.6.1783Captain James King (1750-1784) ADM 6/22/428BWAS-171414.6.1783 - 1783Captain Edward O'Bryen (1753-1808) ADM 6/23/201
Confirmed 15.4.1784
ADM 6/23
8.10.1790 - 15.1.1791Commander James Hewett (d.1798) ADM 6/24/75ADM 6/2412.2.1791 - 10.10.1793Commander John O'Bryen (d.1804) Transfered ADM 6/24/107BWAS-171427.6.1793 - 24.7.1798Captain Edward Pakenham (d.1798)† ADM 6/24/250BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

1782Midshipman William Barnham RiderNBD1849

Service History

11.7.1782building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £12264.19.7dBWAS-1714
11.7.1782Began fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
17.9.1782Completed fittingBWAS-1714
2.3.1783Took the Corvette La Coquette (26) off Turk's Island
3.1784Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1785Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1785Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6945.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1791Recommissioned as a troop shipBWAS-1714
2.1791Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Troop Ship
3.1791Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1791Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4040.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1793Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate Ship
7.1793Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1793Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5189.0.0dBWAS-1714
28.11.1793Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
10.1794Took the Unrated Revenge (18)
16.2.1796At AmboynaBWAS-1714
18.3.1796At Banda NeiraBWAS-1714
1797Took the Unrated Yonge Frans (10)
1797Took the Unrated Yonge Lansier (10)
1797Took the Unrated Waaker (10)
1797Took the Unrated Limbi (8)
1797Took the Unrated Resource (6)
1797Took the Unrated Ternate (4)
1797Took the Unrated Juno (4)
24.7.1798Blew up by accident in Bangka Strait off Sumatra with only 4 survivors. Possibly a lightning strike.BWAS-1714
24.7.1798On July 23rd, the Resistance, 44, Captain Edward Pakenham, whilst at anchor in the Straits of Banca, blew up from some unexplained cause. Of the people on board her, 332 were killed and only thirteen survived. These clung to her wreckage, constructed a raft, and set sail for Sumatra, but a sudden storm arising, all but five perished. These five reached Sumatra and were imprisoned by the Malays. Eventually, only one man escaped.TRN4


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