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
ConstructorJohn & 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 Commanding Officers

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

1 Flag Officer

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

9 Commissioned Officers

1794Acting LieutenantJohn Derry (d.1848)ref:9241794First LieutenantJoseph Larcom (1764-1818)ref:9241794Second LieutenantAbraham Wilisref:9241794Third LieutenantJohn William Spranger (d.1822)ref:9241794Fourth LieutenantThomas Bristow Youngref:92421.4.1805 - 1806LieutenantJohn ClarkNAO23.4.1805 - 1806LieutenantThomas ColbyNAO23.4.1805 - 1806LieutenantThomas CarterNAO20.5.1805 - 1806LieutenantWilliam NormanNAO

9 Warrant Officers

7.12.1790 - 1793MasterJohn Fryer (1752-1817)1794SurgeonPrimrose Blair (d.1819)ref:9241794PurserGeorge Fennelref:9241794GunnerGeorge Grayref:9241794CarpenterWilliam Caughtref:9241794BoatswainWilliam Neilref:9241794ChaplainJohn C Westcottref:92426.2.1794 - 2.10.1796MasterBartholomew JacksonADM29-125.12.1801 - 26.11.1808GunnerWilliam WattNAO

4 Petty Officers

1794MidshipmanDonald FernandesADM 171/81794Master's MateCharles AylmerADM 171/81795Master's MateDonald FernandesADM 171/89.1806 - 21.12.1807MidshipmanWhitwell ButlerNBD1849

8 Crewmen

1794Captain's ServantWilliam PeekADM 171/81794ClerkJohn GoldsmithADM 171/81794Surgeon's ServantWilliam DineleyADM 171/81794Able SeamanAlexander BoyleADM 171/81794Able SeamanWilliam BenniworthADM 171/81794Captain's ServantMichael ThornADM 171/818011st Class VolunteerHenry Fage BelsonNBD18491805 - 11.1808Able SeamanJames Sutter Britton (1781-?)NBD1849

2 Marines

1794Private, 29th Regiment of FootWilliam RobinsonADM 171/81794Lieutenant, 29th FootCharles Bulkeley Egerton (1774-1857)ADM 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


B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:924A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet under the Command of Earl HoweA C de PoggiBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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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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