Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1783BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.1793BWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall BWAS-1714
Ship ClassThunderer ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up5.1814BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck170' 8"Imperial Feet51.8189 
Length of Keel139' 11"Imperial Feet42.3679 
Breadth47' 6"Imperial Feet14.3474 
Depth in Hold20' 0"Imperial Feet6.096 
Draught Forward12' 3"Imperial Feet3.6957 
Draught Aft17' 7 ½"Imperial Feet5.1943 
Burthen1,680 1794Tons BM 


28.9.1786Broadside 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
1781600Design Complement

19 Commanding Officers

4.11.1793 - 2.10.1795CaptainRobert Calder (1745-1818): on board from 12.11.1793 ADM 6/24/280ref:6169.1795 - 5.1796CaptainHerbert BrowellBWAS-17145.1796 - 2.1797CaptainAugustus Montgomery (d.1797)BWAS-17142.1797 - 5.1797CaptainJohn Aylmer (1759-1841)BWAS-17145.1797 - 14.5.1799CaptainRalph Willett Miller (d.1799)BWAS-171420.5.1799 - 9.1799Acting CaptainEdward Jekyll Canes (d.1801)BWAS-17149.1799 - 12.1800CaptainJohn StilesBWAS-17145.1801 - 7.1804CaptainJohn Bligh (1770-1831)BWAS-17147.1804 - 12.1804CaptainEdward Hawker (d.1860)BWAS-171416.12.1804 - 12.3.1805Acting CaptainFrancis Temple (1770-1863)BWAS-17141.1805 - 3.1805CaptainBarrington Dacres (d.1806)BWAS-171412.3.1805 - 21.9.1805CaptainFrancis Temple (1770-1863)BWAS-17143.1806 - 6.1807CaptainGeorge Johnstone Hope (1767-1818)BWAS-17146.1807 - 7.1807CaptainRichard Turner HancockBWAS-17147.1807 - 3.1808CaptainJohn Poo Beresford (1767-1844)BWAS-17144.1808 - 11.1808CaptainJames JohnstoneBWAS-171427.4.1808 - 7.11.1808CaptainThomas Briggs (1780-1852)NBD18497.1809 - 3.1810CaptainCharles JonesBWAS-17143.1810 - 12.1813CaptainWilliam ProwseBWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

5.1797 - 18.8.1797Rear-Admiral of the Blue Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)BWAS-17145.1801 - 1802Vice-Admiral of the RedLord William Waldegrave (1st Baron Radstock, of Castletown) (1753-1825)BWAS-17143.1808 - 1810CommodoreJohn Poo Beresford (1767-1844)BWAS-1714

10 Commissioned Officers

1797 - 24.7.1797LieutenantJohn Weatherhead (d.1797)TRN41800 - 28.4.1802LieutenantEdward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:61616.5.1801 - 29.10.1803LieutenantWalter BoswellNBD184929.4.1802 - 6.1802CommanderEdward Pelham Brenton (1774-1839)ref:61623.6.1802 - 1803Acting LieutenantAlexander BoyackNBD184912.1803 - 13.2.1804Acting LieutenantEdward Henry A'Court (1783-1855)NBD18491804 - 1805LieutenantDavid BoydNBD184913.2.1804 - 9.10.1805LieutenantEdward Henry A'Court (1783-1855)NBD18497.1804 - 29.6.1805LieutenantEdward BurtNBD18495.2.1810 - 1812LieutenantSeptimus Arabin (d.1856)NBD1849

2 Warrant Officers

15.11.1793 - 13.9.1795MasterWilliam TatlockADM29-11797 - 1801MasterThomas Atkinson (1767-1836)E-WIKI

7 Petty Officers

1799 - 14.5.1799MidshipmanCharles James Webb (d.1799)TRN41799 - 14.5.1799MidshipmanJames Morrison Bigges Forbes (d.1799)TRN414.1.1800 - 1801MidshipmanGeorge Bowen (d.1872)BWAS-17141803 - 1804MidshipmanWilson Braddyll Bigland (1788-?)NBD18493.1804 - 4.1805MidshipmanGeorge Charles BlakeNBD18491805 - 26.2.1806MidshipmanNicholas Alexander (1789-1852)NBD18491805 - 7.3.1808MidshipmanHenry Fage BelsonNBD1849

4 Crewmen

9.9.1796 - 6.17971st Class VolunteerWilliam Bowles (1780-1869)NBD184911.8.1801 - 1.18021st Class VolunteerWilliam Waldegrave (1788-1859)NBD184921.10.1801 - 18033rd Class BoyWilson Braddyll Bigland (1788-?)NBD18494.7.1806 - 6.18071st Class VolunteerAlexander Buchanan (1793-?)NBD1849

Service History

9.1786Began coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
28.9.1786Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
28.9.1786Completed coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £9388.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1793Began coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
30.1.1794Completed coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £6314.0.0dBWAS-1714
13.10.1794Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
5.1796In the ChannelBWAS-1714
18.3.1797Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
24.7.1797Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
1.8.1798Battle of the Nile
2.1799At AlexandriaBWAS-1714
15.4.179940 killed and 47 wounded in an accidental explosion during the defence of AcreBWAS-1714
12.1800Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1801Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1801Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £19386.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1802Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
7.1803At San DomingoBWAS-1714
25.7.1803Capture of the Duquesne
8.9.1803Took the Frigate Sagesse (28) off Port Dauphin
11.1805Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1806Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1808Off FerrolBWAS-1714
21.2.1809Off LorientBWAS-1714
28.7.1809Expedition to the Scheldt
12.1813Paid off into ordinaryBWAS-1714
5.1814Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.8.1798-1798Saumarez's Squadron 1798Sir James Saumarez (1757-1836) 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 21:01

injured midshipmen John Collier, Theseus night attack on Cadiz 5th /6th Jul 1797

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 20:55

killed captain of marines Thomas Oldfield, from Theseus night attack on Cadiz 5th /6th Jul 1797

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