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Swiftsure

7040
Nominal Guns74
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered19.6.1782
Keel Laid Down5.1784
Acquired4.4.1787
First Commissioned6.1790
ShipyardDeptford - London
Ship ClassElizabeth Class (1765)
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1756
Constructor
John & William WellsBritish
Ship Builder
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Captured24.6.1801
Becomes

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 9 ½"Imperial Feet51.2191 
Length of Keel137' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet41.7767 
Breadth47' 0"Imperial Feet14.3256 
Depth in Hold19' 9 ½"Imperial Feet5.8039 
Draught Forward12' 3"Imperial Feet3.6957 
Draught Aft16' 2"Imperial Feet4.8853 
Burthen1,621 2394Tons BM 

Armament


4.4.1787Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.12.1765550Design Complement

6 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
24.6.1790 - 13.9.1791Captain
Sir James WallaceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1799
: on board from 3.7.1790 ADM 6/24/44
BWAS-1714
1.7.1793 - 6.12.1795Captain
Charles BoylesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
ADM 6/24/251
BWAS-1714
7.12.1795 - 19.10.1796Captain
Robert ParkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1797
BWAS-1714
20.10.1796 - 27.9.1797Captain
Arthur PhillipBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1761-1814
BWAS-1714
26.9.1797 - 27.9.1797Captain
John IrwinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1801
BWAS-1714
26.10.1797 - 24.6.1801Captain
Benjamin HallowellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1818
TNC

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1794Vice-Admiral of the White
Robert KingsmillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1805
BWAS-1714
10.6.1800 - 24.6.1801Rear-Admiral of the Blueref:616

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
21.9.1790 - 2.11.1790Lieutenant
Amelius BeauclerkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1890
Transfered ADM 107/3/44
NBD1849
22.3.1797 - 29.5.1801Lieutenant
Frederick Whitworth William AylmerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1854
: on board from 31.3.1797 Transfered ADM 196/3/3
NBD1849

4 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.7.1790 - 31.12.1790Master
Thomas SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1804
ADM 29-1
3.7.1791 - 13.9.1791Master
George ScolloughBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1795
ADM 6/24/44
ADM 29-1
7.12.1795 - 24.6.1801Carpenter
William SpackshallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1802
ADM 29/1/23
ADM 29-1
18.3.1797 - 24.6.1801Master
John LuckeyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1801
ADM 6/24/44
ADM 29-1

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1.11.1794 - 2.1795Midshipman
George BarnardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1840
NBD1849
1795 - 1796Midshipman
Donald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1846
NBD1849
11.1800 - 24.6.1801Midshipman
Henry BoyesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1843
ADM 6/24/44
NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
25.10.1793 - 1.11.1794Able Seaman
George BarnardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1840
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
22.5.1787Completed at Deptford - London at a cost of £31241.3.5dBWAS-1714
22.5.1787Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10643.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1787Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
21.8.1787coppering at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1635.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1790Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £6456.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1791Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1791Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £11413.0.0dBWAS-1714
13.9.1791Paid offADM 107/4
6.1793Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
21.6.1793

Recommissioned

TNC
8.1793Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
10.1793Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £9670.0.0dBWAS-1714
1794Flagship on the Irish stationBWAS-1714
5.5.1794Took the Frigate
L'Atalante (32) 1768-1794
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
near Cork

6.5.1794Swiftsure vs Atalante
7.1794making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2836.0.0dBWAS-1714
14.5.1795Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
21.3.1796Attack on Leogane
9.1796Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.1796Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9265.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
11.8.1798Took the Polacca
La Fortune (18) 1798-1798
French 18 Gun
Privateer Polacca
off the Nile

5.4.1800Action of 1800-04-07
24.6.1801Taken by a French squadron off Cape Derna in the Mediterranean, losing 4 killed and 6 woundedBWAS-1714

 

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