Nominal Guns50
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1781/07
How acquiredPurpose built
Designed byEdward Hunt
ConstructorJames Martin Hillhouse
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Broken Up1815/04


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck150' 5 ½"Imperial Feet45.7327 
Length of Keel124' 0 ¾"Imperial Feet37.8143 
Breadth40' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet12.2111 
Depth in Hold17' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet5.2007 
Burthen1,088 1694Tons BM 


1782/09Broadside Weight = 414 Imperial Pound ( 187.749 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

Commanding Officers

1782/09 - 1783/06CaptainJames BradbyBWAS-17141783/06 - 1786CommodoreSir John LindsayBWAS-17141783/08/06 - 1785CaptainJohn Faithful FortescueBWAS-17141785/07 - 1785/08CaptainMartin WaghornBWAS-17141785/08 - 1789CaptainWilliam WolseleyBWAS-17141785/10 - 1789/01CommodorePhilips CosbyBWAS-17141789/11 - 1793/09CaptainJohn DrewBWAS-17141793/11 - 1785CaptainWilliam O'Bryen DruryBWAS-17141795 - 1796/05CaptainJohn OsbornBWAS-17141796/05CommanderJames WalkerBWAS-17141796/05 - 1797CaptainJohn OsbornBWAS-17141798/03 - 1799CaptainAndrew ToddBWAS-17141799/07 - 1800CaptainGeorge BowenBWAS-17141800 - 1801CaptainAlexander WilsonBWAS-17141802/12 - 1803CaptainDaniel Oliver GuionBWAS-17141804/01 - 1807CaptainGeorge ArglesBWAS-17141808CaptainBrian HodgsonBWAS-17141809/04 - 1809/06LieutenantWilliam NeedhamBWAS-17141809/06 - 1811LieutenantDaniel Little CouchBWAS-17141811 - 1813LieutenantSir Joseph CoxwellBWAS-1714

Flag Officers

1789/11 - 1793/09Rear-Admiral of the WhiteJohn LaforeyBWAS-1714

Warrant Officers

1785/07/30 - 1789/02/20MasterWilliam TatlockADM29-11794/03/05 - 1796/12/06MasterJohn DuckerADM29-1

Petty Officers

1785/07 - 1789/10MidshipmanHenry Blackwoodref:6161806/01 - 1806MidshipmanThomas BushbyNBD1849


1804/02/01 - 18041st Class VolunteerGeorge ArglesNL1865

Service History

1782/10/09building at Bristol at a cost of £17694.12.10dBWAS-1714
1783/01fitting at Bristol at a cost of £6171.6.6dBWAS-1714
1783/08Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1783/11/09Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1785Paid offBWAS-1714
1785/09Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £7862.6.8dBWAS-1714
1785/09/26Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1789/03Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1790/03Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £13913.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790/03/13Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1793/04Capture of TobagoBWAS-1714
1793/08fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1793/09Paid offBWAS-1714
1793/11fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £13384.0.0dBWAS-1714
1794/09/14Guard ship at WeymouthBWAS-1714
1796/06/27Sailed with a convoy to the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1714
1799/05Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1799/07Refitted as a 28 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1799/08Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £8686.0.0dBWAS-1714
1802/12Refitted as a 50 gun Fourth Rate Ship
1803/11Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1804/01Recommissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
1804/02Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6004.0.0dBWAS-1714
1805/07/17Action off Calais
1809/04Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
1809/04Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1809/05Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1815/04Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NL1865 The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book

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