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Venerable

7123
Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.7.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down4.1782BWAS-1714
Acquired19.4.1784B028
First Commissioned5.1794B028
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall B028
Ship ClassThunderer Class (1781)B028
Designed by
Sir John HenslowBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1761-1795
BWAS-1714
Constructor
John PerryBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1743-1810
BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the LineB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Wrecked24.11.1804B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck170' 0"Imperial Feet51.816 
Length of Keel139' 8"Imperial Feet42.3724 
Breadth47' 2"Imperial Feet14.3329 
Depth in Hold19' 11"Imperial Feet5.794 
Draught Forward12' 8"Imperial Feet3.7592 
Draught Aft17' 11"Imperial Feet5.1852 
Burthen1,652 6494Tons BM 

Armament


19.4.1784Broadside 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
1805121Design Complement

11 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
23.5.1794 - 6.1795Captain
Sir John OrdeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1814
ADM 6/25/44
BWAS-1714
6.1795 - 9.1795Captain
William Johnstone HopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1789
BWAS-1714
9.1795Captain
James BissettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
BWAS-1714
9.1795 - 11.1796Captain
William Johnstone HopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1789
BWAS-1714
14.9.1796 - 14.3.1798Captain
William George FairfaxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1750-1813
BWAS-1714
30.1.1799 - 7.1.1801Captain
Sir William George FairfaxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1750-1813
BWAS-1714
1.1801 - 1802Captain
Samuel HoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1814
BWAS-1714
1802 - 1803Captain
John Clarke SearleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1811
BWAS-1714
1803 - 2.1804Captain
George ReynoldsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1815
BWAS-1714
2.1804 - 8.1804Captain
Barrington DacresBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1807
BWAS-1714
8.1804 - 24.11.1804Captain
John HunterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1814
BWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
6.1795 - 11.1797Admiral of the Blue
Adam DuncanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1849
BWAS-1714
12.6.1803 - 10.8.1803Rear-Admiral of the Red
Cuthbert CollingwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1802
NAO
23.8.1803 - 26.12.1803Rear-Admiral of the Red
Cuthbert CollingwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1802
NAO

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.7.1794 - 3.1797Lieutenant
John BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1810
NBD1849
11.1794 - 11.4.1795Lieutenant
Sir Thomas BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1838
NBD1849

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.6.1794 - 16.4.1795Master
Richard NicholsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1801
ADM 29-1
19.1.1803 - 10.12.1804Carpenter
Thomas ChaplinBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1820
ADM 29/8

6 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
9.4.1795 - 14.3.1798Midshipman
Philp StevensonBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1779-1822
ADM 29/8
1797Midshipman
Donald CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1846
NBD1849
1800 - 1801Midshipman
George Guy BurtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1846
NBD1849
10.1802 - 12.1803Midshipman
Herbert CaigerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1827
NBD1849
3.1804 - 4.1805Midshipman
George Charles BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1833
NBD1849
5.1804 - 24.11.1804Midshipman
Herbert CaigerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1827
NBD1849

4 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1799 - 1800Boy
George Guy BurtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1846
NBD1849
4.1799 - 18011st Class Volunteer
William ApreeceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1840
NBD1849
4.1799 - 18011st Class Volunteer
William ApreeceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1840
NBD1849
26.7.1803 - 10.8.18031st Class Volunteer
Gilbert Dutton KennicottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1846
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1784Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
29.8.1784Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £32263.2.1dBWAS-1714
29.8.1784Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £6588.11.4dBWAS-1714
10.1793Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.1794CommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1794Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £14977.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1795In the North SeaBWAS-1714
11.10.1797Battle of Camperdown
14.3.1798

Paid off

BWAS-1714
6.1798Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1799Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £21714.0.0dBWAS-1714
24.4.1799

Arrived at St Helens

TNC
2.7.1799Attack on Aix Roads
6.7.1801Battle of Algeciras Bay
12.7.1801The Gut of Gibraltar
24.11.1804Wrecked in Torbay losing 8 drownedBWAS-1714

 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Richard Porteous on Thursday 27th of August 2020 19:46

My g-g-g grandfather James Porteous was Fleet Pilot at the Battle of Camperdown 1797 and evidently along with Admiral Duncan were the only two persons who were not injured on the quarterdeck. Porteous subsequently became Master of King George 111's Royal Yacht 'Royal George'. His son, also James Porteous, was Second Master on HMS Montague at Camperdown and received the Naval General Medal 1848 with Camperdown bar.


Posted by Richard Porteous on Thursday 27th of August 2020 19:46

My g-g-g grandfather James Porteous was Fleet Pilot at the Battle of Camperdown 1797 and evidently along with Admiral Duncan were the only two persons who were not injured on the quarterdeck. Porteous subsequently became Master of King George 111's Royal Yacht 'Royal George'. His son, also James Porteous, was Second Master on HMS Montague at Camperdown and received the Naval General Medal 1848 with Camperdown bar.


Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 18:32

Plymouth, September 6, 1794

Earl Howe’s [Grand] Fleet hove into sight of this harbour early yesterday morning: the night preceding, they fell in with 18 sail of homeward bound East Indiamen off Dartmouth, who ran foul of several of the fleet, and slightly damaged them, which obliged his Lordship to bear up for Torbay, in order to have his disabled ships refitted. - The AQUILON and MELAMPUS Frigates belonging to the fleet, have received the greatest damage, the former arrived here yesterday with her bowsprit sprung, and fore-top-mast carried away - the latter was towed into the Sound this afternoon by the RUSSEL man of war, with the loss of her bowsprit and Foremast. The AQUILON got in a new bowsprit this morning, and her repairs are expected to be complete in the course of the day.

Torbay, Sept 6 1794

Yesterday evening arrived and came to an anchor the Grand Fleet, under the command of Earl Howe; also the TRITON East Indiaman, towed in by VENERABLE man of war, having run foul of the LATONA frigate, and knocked away her bow-sprit and forestays, and carried away all her lower masts.

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