Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1782BWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford - London B028
Ship ClassThunderer ClassB028
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor John & William WellsB028
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up3.1814B028


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 


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

17 Ship Commanders

20.1.1794 - 1794Captain Albemarle Bertie (1755-1824) ADM 6/25/7ref:9241796 - 2.1797Captain James BallardBWAS-17141.1796 - 2.1797Captain James BallardBWAS-17142.1797 - 7.1797Commander William OgilvyBWAS-17147.1797 - 5.1798Captain William OgilvyBWAS-17141.1799 - 5.1799Captain John CrawleyBWAS-17147.1800 - 4.1801CaptainSir Robert Mends (d.1823)BWAS-17144.1801Captain Henry William Bayntun (1766-1840)BWAS-17144.1801 - 8.1801Captain Henry Vansittart (1777-1843)BWAS-17148.1801 - 9.1801Captain John Delafons (d.1804)BWAS-17149.1801 - 11.1801Captain Solomon Ferris (1748-1803)BWAS-17143.1803 - 2.1805Captain William BedfordBWAS-17144.1805 - 10.1805Captain William LechmereBWAS-171410.1805Commander Thomas Searle (1777-1849)BWAS-171410.1805Lieutenant John StockhamBWAS-17143.1806 - 4.1806Captain William LukinBWAS-17144.1806 - 11.1808Captain John Talbot (1769-1851)BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

1.1796 - 1797Rear-Admiral Hugh Cloberry Christian (1747-1798)BWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers

1794Acting Lieutenant John Derry (d.1848)ref:9241794First Lieutenant Joseph Larcom (1764-1818)ref:9241794Second Lieutenant Abraham Wilisref:9241794Third Lieutenant John William Spranger (d.1822)ref:9241794Acting Fourth Lieutenant Thomas Bristow Youngref:92421.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant John ClarkNAO23.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant Thomas CarterNAO23.4.1805 - 1806Lieutenant Thomas ColbyNAO20.5.1805 - 1806Lieutenant William NormanNAO

9 Warrant Officers

7.12.1790 - 1793Master John Fryer (1752-1817)1794Chaplain John C Westcottref:9241794Surgeon Primrose Blair (d.1819)ref:9241794Purser George Fennelref:9241794Gunner George Grayref:9241794Carpenter William Caughtref:9241794Boatswain William Neilref:92426.2.1794 - 2.10.1796Master Bartholomew JacksonADM 29-125.12.1801 - 26.11.1808Gunner William WattNAO

4 Petty Officers

1794Master's Mate Charles AylmerADM 171/81794Midshipman Donald FernandesADM 171/81795Master's Mate Donald FernandesADM 171/89.1806 - 21.12.1807Midshipman Whitwell ButlerNBD1849

9 Crewmen

1794Able Seaman Alexander BoyleADM 171/81794Able Seaman William BenniworthADM 171/81794Captain's Servant Michael ThornADM 171/81794Captain's Servant William PeekADM 171/81794Surgeon's Servant William DineleyADM 171/81794Clerk John GoldsmithADM 171/826.2.1794 - 23.8.1794Yeoman of Sheets John Parry DischargedADM 29/818011st Class Volunteer Henry Fage BelsonNBD18491805 - 11.1808Able Seaman James Sutter Britton (1781-?)NBD1849

2 Marines

1794Lieutenant, 29th Foot Charles Bulkeley Egerton (1774-1857)ADM 171/81794Private, 29th Regiment of Foot William RobinsonADM 171/8

Service History

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)
14.4.1797In company with Valiant (74) destroyed the Harmonie (40) BWAS-1714
6.1801Started fitting at ChathamBWAS-1714
8.1801Completed fitting at a cost of £17,821BWAS-1714
11.1801Paid offBWAS-1714
28.5.1803In company with Minotaur (74) and Albion (74) took the 20-gun Franchise in the ChannelBWAS-1714
28.5.1803Took the Frigate La Franchise (40) in the Channel
26.7.1803Took the privateer **Venus** in the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1805Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1805Started refitting at PlymouthBWAS-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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