Nominal Guns74
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1784
First Commissioned6.1790
ShipyardDeptford - London
Ship ClassElizabeth Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)
ConstructorJohn & William Wells
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Swiftsure' (1801) (74)


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 


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 Commanding Officers

24.6.1790 - 13.9.1791CaptainSir James Wallace (c.1732-1803): on board from 3.7.1790 ADM 6/24/44BWAS-17141.7.1793 - 6.12.1795CaptainCharles Boyles ADM 6/24/251BWAS-17147.12.1795 - 19.10.1796CaptainRobert Parker (d.1797)BWAS-171420.10.1796 - 27.9.1797CaptainArthur Phillip (1738-1814)BWAS-171426.9.1797 - 27.9.1797CaptainJohn Irwin (d.1812)BWAS-171426.10.1797 - 24.6.1801CaptainBenjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)TNC

2 Flag Officers

1794Vice-Admiral of the WhiteRobert Brice (c.1730-1805)BWAS-171410.6.1800 - 24.6.1801Rear-Admiral of the BlueSir Richard Hussey Bickerton (2nd Baronet Bickerton of Upwood) (1759-1832)ref:616

2 Commissioned Officers

21.9.1790 - 24.6.1791LieutenantAmelius Beauclerk (1771-1846) ADM 107/3/44NBD184922.3.1797 - 29.5.1801LieutenantFrederick Whitworth William Aylmer (1777-1858): on board from 31.3.1797 ADM 196/3/3NBD1849

4 Warrant Officers

4.7.1790 - 31.12.1790MasterThomas SmithADM29-13.7.1791 - 13.9.1791MasterGeorge Scollough (1748/49-1809) ADM 6/24/44ADM29-17.12.1795 - 24.6.1801CarpenterWilliam Spasshatt ADM 6/24/44ADM29-118.3.1797 - 24.6.1801MasterJohn Luckey (d.1812) ADM 6/24/44ADM29-1

3 Petty Officers

1.11.1794 - 2.1795MidshipmanGeorge BarnardNBD18491795 - 1796MidshipmanDonald Campbell (1788-?)NBD184911.1800 - 24.6.1801MidshipmanHenry Boyes ADM 6/24/44NBD1849

1 Crewman

25.10.1793 - 1.11.1794Able SeamanGeorge BarnardNBD1849

Service History

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


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) 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) 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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