Venerable

7123
Nominal Guns74B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.7.1781BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down4.1782BWAS-1714
Acquired19.4.1784B028
First Commissioned5.1794
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall B028
Ship ClassThunderer Class
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.5.1794 - 6.1795CaptainSir John Orde (1751-1824) ADM 6/25/44BWAS-17146.1795 - 9.1795CaptainWilliam Johnstone Hope (1766-1831)BWAS-17149.1795CaptainJames BissettBWAS-17149.1795 - 11.1796CaptainWilliam Johnstone Hope (1766-1831)BWAS-171414.9.1796 - 14.3.1798CaptainWilliam George Fairfax (1739-1813)BWAS-171430.1.1799 - 7.1.1801CaptainSir William George Fairfax (1739-1813)BWAS-17141.1801 - 1802CaptainSamuel Hood (1762-1814)BWAS-17141802 - 1803CaptainJohn Clarke SearleBWAS-17141803 - 2.1804CaptainGeorge ReynoldsBWAS-17142.1804 - 8.1804CaptainBarrington Dacres (d.1806)BWAS-17148.1804 - 24.11.1804CaptainJohn HunterBWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
6.1795 - 11.1797Admiral of the BlueAdam Duncan (1731-1804)BWAS-171412.6.1803 - 10.8.1803Rear-Admiral of the RedCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO23.8.1803 - 26.12.1803Rear-Admiral of the RedCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.7.1794 - 3.1797LieutenantJohn Baker (1770-1845)NBD184911.1794 - 11.4.1795LieutenantSir Thomas Brown (d.1851)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
12.6.1794 - 16.4.1795MasterRichard NicholsonADM29-1

5 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1797MidshipmanDonald Campbell (1788-?)NBD18491800 - 1801MidshipmanGeorge Guy BurtonNBD184910.1802 - 12.1803MidshipmanHerbert Caiger (1786-?)NBD18493.1804 - 4.1805MidshipmanGeorge Charles BlakeNBD18495.1804 - 24.11.1804MidshipmanHerbert Caiger (1786-?)NBD1849

4 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1799 - 1800BoyGeorge Guy BurtonNBD18494.1799 - 18011st Class VolunteerWilliam Apreece (d.1859)NBD18494.1799 - 18011st Class VolunteerWilliam Apreece (d.1859)NBD184926.7.1803 - 10.8.18031st Class VolunteerGilbert Dutton Kennicott (1789-1874)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


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
 

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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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