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Thunderer

7122
Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.7.1781BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down3.1782BWAS-1793
Acquired13.11.1783B028
ShipyardDeptford - London B028
Ship ClassThunderer Class (1781)B028
Designed by
Sir John HenslowBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1761-1784
BWAS-1793
Constructor
John & William WellsBritish
Ship Builder
B028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the LineB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up3.1814B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck170' 8"Imperial Feet51.8189 
Length of Keel139' 5"Imperial Feet42.3705 
Breadth47' 7"Imperial Feet14.351 
Depth in Hold19' 11"Imperial Feet5.794 
Draught Forward13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Aft18' 4"Imperial Feet5.4991 
Burthen1,679 194Tons BM 

Armament


1793Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1714
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
1793600EstablishmentBWAS-1714

17 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
20.1.1794 - 1794Captain
Albemarle BertieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
ADM 6/25/7
ref:924
1796 - 2.1797Captain
James BallardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1797
BWAS-1714
1.1796 - 2.1797Captain
James BallardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1797
BWAS-1714
2.1797 - 7.1797Commander
William OgilvyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1801
BWAS-1714
7.1797 - 5.1798Captain
William OgilvyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1801
BWAS-1714
1.1799 - 5.1799Captain
John CrawleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1800
BWAS-1714
7.1800 - 4.1801Captain
Sir Robert MendsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1790
BWAS-1714
4.1801Captain
Henry William BayntunBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1837
BWAS-1714
4.1801 - 8.1801Captain
Henry VansittartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1841
BWAS-1714
8.1801 - 9.1801Captain
John DelafonsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1804
BWAS-1714
9.1801 - 11.1801Captain
Solomon FerrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1801
BWAS-1714
3.1803 - 2.1805Captain
William BedfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1814
BWAS-1714
4.1805 - 10.1805Captain
William LechmereBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1814
BWAS-1714
10.1805Lieutenant
John StockhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1805
BWAS-1714
10.1805Commander
Thomas SearleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1846
BWAS-1714
3.1806 - 4.1806Captain
William LukinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
BWAS-1714
4.1806 - 11.1808Captain
John TalbotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1.1796 - 1797Rear-Admiral
Hugh Cloberry ChristianBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1797
BWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1794Acting Lieutenant
John DerryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794First Lieutenant
Joseph LarcomBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1814
ref:924
1794Second Lieutenant
Abraham WilisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1794
ref:924
1794Third Lieutenant
John William SprangerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
ref:924
1794Fourth Lieutenant
Thomas Bristow YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1814
ref:924
21.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
John ClarkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
23.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
Thomas CarterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1806
NAO
23.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
Thomas ColbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1814
NAO
20.5.1805 - 1806Lieutenant
William NormanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1806
NAO

9 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.12.1790 - 1793Master
John FryerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1812
1794Boatswain
William NeilBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Carpenter
William CaughtBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Gunner
George GrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Purser
George FennelBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ref:924
1794Surgeon
Primrose BlairBritish
Naval Sailor
Medic
Service 1778-1819
ref:924
1794Chaplain
John C WestcottBritish
Naval Sailor
Clergyman
Service 1794
ref:924
26.2.1794 - 2.10.1796Master
Bartholomew JacksonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1797
ADM 29-1
25.12.1801 - 26.11.1808Gunner
William WattBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1808
NAO

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1794Master's Mate
Charles AylmerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Midshipman
Donald FernandesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1795
ADM 171/8
1795Master's Mate
Donald FernandesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1795
ADM 171/8
9.1806 - 21.12.1807Midshipman
Whitwell ButlerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1845
NBD1849

9 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1794Able Seaman
William BenniworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Able Seaman
Alexander BoyleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Captain's Servant
William PeekBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Captain's Servant
Michael ThornBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Surgeon's Servant
William DineleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Clerk
John GoldsmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
26.2.1794 - 23.8.1794Yeoman of Sheets
John ParryBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1819
Discharged
ADM 29/8
18011st Class Volunteer
Henry Fage BelsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1845
NBD1849
1805 - 11.1808Able Seaman
James Sutter BrittonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1815
NBD1849

2 Marines


DatesRankNameSource
1794Lieutenant, 29th Foot
Charles Bulkeley EgertonBritish
Marine
Soldier
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Private, 29th Regiment of Foot
William RobinsonBritish
Marine
Service 1794
ADM 171/8

Service History


DateEventSource
7.12.1783Completed at Deptford at a cost of £2,191.12.9d for fittingBWAS-1714
4.5.1784Completed at Woolwich at a cost of £3,938 including copperingBWAS-1714
10.1792Started a middling repair at ChathamBWAS-1714
2.1793Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1794Completed repair at a cost of £21,529BWAS-1714
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
17.10.1795Took the Sloop
L'Eveillé (6) 1788-1795
French 6 Gun
Unrated Sloop

14.4.1797In company with
Valiant (74) 1759-1826
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
destroyed the
Harmonie (40) 1796-1797
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
BWAS-1714
6.1801Started fitting at ChathamBWAS-1714
8.1801Completed fitting at a cost of £17,821BWAS-1714
11.1801Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1803RecommissionedBWAS-1714
28.5.1803In company with
Minotaur (74) 1793-1810
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
and
Albion (74) 1802-1836
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
took the 20-gun Franchise in the Channel
BWAS-1714
28.5.1803Took the Frigate
La Franchise (40) 1797-1803
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
in the Channel

26.7.1803Took the privateer **Venus** in the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1805Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1805Started refitting at PlymouthBWAS-1714
4.1805RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1805Completed refitting at PlymouthBWAS-1714
22.7.18053rd Battle of Cape Finisterre
21.10.1805Battle of Trafalgar
12.3.1806Took the 14-gun privateer **San Christo del Paldo** off CadizBWAS-1714
2.1807In the DardanellesBWAS-1714
19.2.1807Forcing the Dardanelles
1.3.1807Passage of the Dardanelles
1808With Strachan's squadron off RochefortBWAS-1714
11.1808Paid off into ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1714
3.1814Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Brian on Sunday 31st of January 2016 04:02

1803, Letter from Capt. Bedford to Admiral Cornwallis, Thunderer at Sea, July 26 - On the 26th inst. I captured the Venus, French privateer pierced for 28 guns, mounting 16 six pounders and 8 pound carronades, 150 men, commanded by Monsieur Lemperterie, she is a fine vessel, quite new, sails remarkably fast, well sound, coppered, and measures 558 tons . She sailed from Bordeaux the 21st. inst. in company with four other privateers....W. Bedford

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