Swiftsure -> 1806 Irresistible

Nominal Guns74
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Swiftsure' (1801) (74)
ShipyardDeptford - London
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up1.1816


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 


21.10.1805Broadside 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

4 Ship Commanders

4.1806 - 8.1806Captain George DigbyBWAS-17143.1808 - 1812Captain George FowkeBWAS-17141812 - 1813Captain Robert MansellBWAS-171419.7.1814 - 10.1814Captain Arden Adderley (1783-1864)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

1808Surgeon Gabriel JohnstonNA-ROA

1 Petty Officer

3.1809 - 6.1809Midshipman George BishopNBD1849

Service History

1803Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
21.10.1805Retaken at the Battle of TrafalgarBWAS-1714
11.1805Repaired at GibraltarBWAS-1793
4.1806Recommissioned and sailed for EnglandBWAS-1793
11.6.1806Arrived at ChathamBWAS-1714
11.6.1806Renamed IrresistibleBWAS-1714
11.6.1806Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
8.1806Laid upBWAS-1793
8.1806Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2738.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1816Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


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