Nominal Guns50
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1781
How acquiredPurpose built
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)
ConstructorJames Martin Hillhouse
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up4.1815


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 


9.1782Broadside 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

20 Commanding Officers

11.9.1782 - 10.4.1783CaptainJames Bradby (d.1809) ADM 6/22/514BWAS-17146.8.1783 - 5.9.1783CaptainJohn Faithful Fortescue (d.1819) ADM 6/23/106BWAS-17145.9.1783 - 22.7.1785CaptainMartin Waghorn (d.1788) ADM 6/23/132BWAS-171422.7.1785 - 1789CaptainWilliam Wolseley (1756-1842) ADM 6/23/289BWAS-171410.1785 - 1.1789CommodorePhilips Cosby (1729-1808)BWAS-171416.11.1789 - 1789CaptainPaget Bayly (d.1804) ADM 6/24/11ADM 6/2417.2.1790 - 9.1793CaptainJohn Drew (d.1798) ADM 6/24/19BWAS-171411.1793 - 1785CaptainWilliam O'Bryen Drury (d.1811)BWAS-17141795 - 5.1796CaptainJohn OsbornBWAS-17145.1796CommanderJames Walker (1764-1831)BWAS-17145.1796 - 1797CaptainJohn OsbornBWAS-17143.1798 - 1799CaptainAndrew Todd (d.1803)BWAS-17147.1799 - 1800CaptainGeorge Bowen (d.1817)BWAS-17141800 - 1801CaptainAlexander Wilson (1760-1834)BWAS-171412.1802 - 1803CaptainDaniel Oliver Guion (1776-1811)BWAS-17141.1804 - 1807CaptainGeorge Argles (d.1831)BWAS-17141808CaptainBrian HodgsonBWAS-17144.1809 - 6.1809LieutenantWilliam Needham (d.1824)BWAS-17146.1809 - 1811LieutenantDaniel Little CouchBWAS-17141811 - 1813LieutenantSir Joseph Coxwell (d.1832)BWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

29.8.1783 - 1786Commodore John Lindsay (1737-1788) ADM 6/23/129BWAS-171411.1789 - 9.1793Rear-Admiral of the WhiteJohn Laforey (1729-1796)BWAS-1714

2 Warrant Officers

30.7.1785 - 20.2.1789MasterWilliam TatlockADM29-15.3.1794 - 6.12.1796MasterJohn DuckerADM29-1

2 Petty Officers

7.1785 - 10.1789MidshipmanHenry Blackwood (1770-1832)ref:6161.1806 - 1806MidshipmanThomas Bushby (d.1865)NBD1849

1 Crewman

1.2.1804 - 18041st Class VolunteerGeorge Argles (d.1846)NL1865

Service History

9.10.1782building at Bristol at a cost of £17694.12.10dBWAS-1714
1.1783fitting at Bristol at a cost of £6171.6.6dBWAS-1714
8.1783Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.11.1783Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1785Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1785Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £7862.6.8dBWAS-1714
26.9.1785Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
3.1789Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1790Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £13913.0.0dBWAS-1714
13.3.1790Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
4.1793Capture of TobagoBWAS-1714
8.1793fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1793Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1793fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £13384.0.0dBWAS-1714
14.9.1794Guard ship at WeymouthBWAS-1714
27.6.1796Sailed with a convoy to the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1714
5.1799Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1799Refitted as a 28 gun Unrated Troop Ship
8.1799Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £8686.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1802Refitted as a 50 gun Fourth Rate Ship
11.1803Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1804Recommissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
2.1804Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6004.0.0dBWAS-1714
17.7.1805Action off Calais
4.1809Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
4.1809Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1809Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1815Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 29th of January 2019 19:18

22 Mar 1802 a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, to try Serjeant Charles Cubitt, of the Trusty, for drunkenness and neglect of duty. The charges were fully proved, but, in consideration of his very good character, and particularly for his conduct in the mutiny of the Nore, in supplying the Officers with arms, &c. he was only adjudged to be severely reprimanded.
Circa 25 May 1802 Mr. D. C. Young, Purser of the Trusty, is appointed to the Colossus74, building at Deptford.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 28th of January 2019 18:20

30 May 1800 Portsmouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, for the trial of John Goodman, a private Marine belonging to the Trusty, for robbery, desertion, and quitting his post when sentinel and Thomas Hilton, a seaman of the same ship, for assisting the said John Goodman in taking away a ship's boat, and for robbery and desertion. The Court being of opinion that the charges had been proved against the prisoners, John Goodman was sentenced to suffer death and Thomas Hilton to receive 500 lashes and forfeit all his pay.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 27th of January 2019 21:18

Jun 1800 William Mounier, Esq. late of the Tigre, is appointed First Lieutenant of the Trusty.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 27th of January 2019 21:16

Jun 1800 William Mounier, Esq. late of the Tigre, is appointed First Lieutenant of the Trusty.

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