Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down26.9.1778BWAS-1714
First Commissioned6.1783BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPortland ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorSir Henry Peake (1753-1825)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck145' 11"Imperial Feet44.1966 
Length of Keel119' 4 ⅝"Imperial Feet36.2871 
Breadth40' 7 ¼"Imperial Feet12.1984 
Depth in Hold17' 5 ½"Imperial Feet5.1943 
Draught Forward10' 4"Imperial Feet3.1496 
Draught Aft16' 10 ½"Imperial Feet4.8895 
Burthen1,046 9194Tons BM 


6.1783Broadside 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
2.4.1766350Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

16.6.1783 - 8.8.1783CaptainCharles Napier (c.1730-1831)BWAS-17148.8.1783 - 6.9.1783CaptainPatrick Napier (d.1801) ADM 6/23/108ADM 6/236.9.1783 - 12.2.1784CaptainThe Hon. Michael de Courcy (d.1824) ADM 6/23/133BWAS-171412.2.1784 - 25.10.1784CaptainEdward Tyrrel Smith ADM 6/23/270
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
Commission confirmed 19.2.1785
25.10.1784 - 10.1786CaptainRichard Fisher ADM 6/23/248BWAS-171410.1786 - 14.9.1789CaptainAlan Gardner (1742-1809)BWAS-171410.9.1792 - 1.1795CaptainGeorge Gregory ADM 6/24/173BWAS-171412.1794 - 14.9.1795CaptainThomas Surridge (d.1820)BWAS-17142.1798 - 1801CaptainJames StevensonBWAS-17149.1801 - 22.11.1802CaptainJohn Stewart (d.1811)BWAS-1714

4 Flag Officers

6.11.1783 - 12.2.1784Vice-Admiral of the BlueJames Gambier (1723-1789)BWAS-171412.2.1784 - 21.1.1786Rear-Admiral of the WhiteAlexander Innes (c.1713-1786)BWAS-171410.9.1792 - 12.4.1794CommodoreJohn Ford (c.1738-1796)BWAS-171412.4.1794 - 14.9.1795Rear-Admiral of the BlueJohn Ford (c.1738-1796)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

2.4.1783 - 1786MidshipmanHenry Digby (1770-1842)ref:616

2 Crewmen

11.1784 - 9.17871st Class VolunteerJohn Baker (1770-1845)NBD18491787Able SeamanRobert Barrie (1774-1841)ref:616

Service History

10.9.1783building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £29351.14.7dBWAS-1714
6.11.1783Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

6.1790Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
6.1791Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £18223.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1792Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1792Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5686.0.0dBWAS-1714
19.9.1793Capture of Jeremie
4.1.1794Operations against San Domingo
14.9.1795Paid offADM 51
1.1798Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1798Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9124.0.0dBWAS-1714
1800Operations in Quiberon BayBWAS-1714
1.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay
1801Egyptian operationsBWAS-1714

Paid off

1805Prison ship for POW's at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1805Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
1807In ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
11.8.1814Sold at Portsmouth for £3,000BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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