Calcutta

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Nominal Guns54BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Merchant east indiaman 'Warley' (1788) (26)
Named12.5.1795BWAS-1793
Purchased9.3.1795BWAS-1793
First Commissioned5.1795BWAS-1793
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1793
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Captured26.9.1805BWAS-1793
BecomesFrench Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Calcutta' (1805) (60)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck156' 11"Imperial Feet47.5493 
Length of Keel129' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet39.3383 
Breadth41' 3 ½"Imperial Feet12.5095 
Depth in Hold17' 2"Imperial Feet5.1889 
Burthen1,175 7394Tons BM 

Armament


1795Broadside Weight = 677 Imperial Pound ( 307.0195 kg)B028
Lower Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6.1796Broadside Weight = 480 Imperial Pound ( 217.68 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade

10.1802Broadside Weight = 198 Imperial Pound ( 89.793 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

5.9.1804Broadside Weight = 700 Imperial Pound ( 317.45 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.1795 - 2.1796CaptainWilliam Bligh (1754-1817)BWAS-17936.1796 - 8.1797LieutenantRobert Arnold (d.1831)BWAS-17938.1797 - 1.1798LieutenantEdward Jekyll Canes (d.1801)BWAS-17931.1798 - 1799CommanderRichard PouldenBWAS-17931799CommanderJohn Anderson (d.1815)BWAS-179311.1802 - 26.9.1805CaptainDaniel Woodriff (d.1842)BWAS-1793

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
14.12.1802 - 10.18041st Class VolunteerWilliam Walford (1787-1859)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
9.3.1795RegisteredBWAS-1793
2.1796Delivered to the Transport BoardBWAS-1793
2.1796Paid offBWAS-1793
2.1796Refitted as a 26 gun Unrated Transport
6.1796RecommissionedBWAS-1793
11.1798Capture of MinorcaBWAS-1793
1802Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Prison Ship
5.1802Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
11.1802RecommissionedBWAS-1793
2.1803Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
25.4.1803Sailed for Port Philip, AustraliaBWAS-1793
1804Reduced to a 24 gun transportBWAS-1714
24.7.1804At homeBWAS-1793
26.9.1805Captured by the French off the Scilly Isles, losing 6 killed and 6 woundedBWAS-1793
26.9.1805Taken by the French by Allemands squadron off Scily


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
 

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