Dictator

7583
Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered21.10.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down5.1780BWAS-1714
Acquired6.1.1783BWAS-1714
ShipyardBatson's Yard - Limehouse Hole BWAS-1714
Ship ClassInflexible ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorRobert Batson (1735-1806)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up6.1817BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck159' 4"Imperial Feet48.4649 
Length of Keel130' 8"Imperial Feet39.6308 
Breadth44' 8 ¼"Imperial Feet13.4176 
Depth in Hold18' 0"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Draught Forward12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Aft15' 11"Imperial Feet4.5771 
Burthen1,387 8794Tons BM 

Armament


6.1.1783Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1777500Design Complement

25 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.1.1783 - 22.3.1783CaptainCharles Stirling (1760-1833) ADM 6/23/8ADM 6/2222.3.1783 - 11.3.1786CaptainWilliam Parker (1740/41-1802) ADM 6/23/38BWAS-171424.8.1790 - 26.3.1791CaptainRichard Rodney Bligh (1737-1821): on board from 28.8.1790 ADM 6/24/62BWAS-171424.3.1791 - 5.9.1791CaptainThomas Tonken (c.1732-1791): on board from 26.3.1791 ADM 6/24/111BWAS-171424.9.1793 - 1793CaptainEdmund Dodd (1734-1815) ADM 6/24/268ADM 6/249.1795 - 1797CaptainThomas Totty (d.1802)BWAS-17149.1796 - 15.11.1796CommanderWilliam Gordon Rutherford (1765-1818)NAO1797CaptainThomas WesternBWAS-17141797 - 1798CaptainWilliam Gordon Rutherford (1765-1818)BWAS-17141798 - 1799CaptainThomas Byam Martin (1773-1854)BWAS-17141799 - 1801CaptainJohn Oakes HardyBWAS-17144.1803 - 1804CaptainJohn NewhouseBWAS-17141804CaptainCharles TinlingBWAS-17141804 - 10.1804CaptainRichard Hawkins (d.1826)BWAS-17146.1805 - 6.1807CaptainJames MacnamaraBWAS-17146.1807 - 1808CaptainDonald Campbell (d.1819)BWAS-17143.1809 - 7.1810CaptainRichard Harrison PearsonBWAS-17147.1810 - 1811CaptainRobert Williams (1765-1837)BWAS-17141811 - 4.1812CommanderJames Pattison StewartBWAS-17144.1812 - 5.8.1812CaptainAlexander Wilmot Schomberg (1775-1850)BWAS-17145.8.1812 - 11.1812CaptainWilliam HanwellBWAS-17148.1813 - 12.1813CaptainGeorge Alfred CroftonBWAS-171412.1813 - 1814CommanderHenry Dilkes Byng (1781-1860)BWAS-17141814 - 2.1815LieutenantJames Barnwell TattnellBWAS-17142.1815 - 6.1815CommanderHenry MontresorBWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.8.1790 - 29.3.1791Rear-Admiral of the WhiteSir Richard King (1730-1806)BWAS-17144.1791 - 9.1791Rear-Admiral of the RedJohn Dalrymple (1722-1798)BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.8.1797 - 4.3.1798LieutenantGeorge Vandepot Crosbe (1774-1826)ref:4.12.1805 - 30.12.1806LieutenantChristopher Crackenthorp Askew (1782-1848)NBD184920.1.1810 - 2.5.1810LieutenantGeorge Bowen (d.1872)BWAS-17148.5.1810 - 25.3.1812LieutenantJohn Baikie (1787-1875)NBD184925.3.1812 - 18.7.1812First LieutenantWilliam Buchanan (1777-?)NBD1849

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
24.9.1791 - 10.1791MidshipmanThomas Baker (1771-1845)ref:6161796 - 1797MidshipmanFlowers Beckett (1779-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
30.1.1808 - 6.3.1809BoyRobert Ross Achmuty (d.1844)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
1.1783Commissioned as a guard ship in the MedwayBWAS-1714
6.1.1783Completed at Limehouse - London at a cost of £27496.17.5dBWAS-1714
6.1.1783Began fitting at Limehouse - London BWAS-1714
18.1.1783Completed fitting at Limehouse - London at a cost of £7886.3.3dBWAS-1714
18.1.1783Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
30.5.1783Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2438.11.1dBWAS-1714
11.3.1786

Paid off

BWAS-1714
3.1789Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1789Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4000.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4350.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1791Flagship at receiving ship at BlackstakesBWAS-1714
5.9.1791

Paid off

BWAS-1714
5.3.1793Sailed for the West coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
8.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1793Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
12.1793Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4264.0.0dBWAS-1714
1794Home and paid off late in the yearBWAS-1714
2.1795Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1795Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9232.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.2.1796Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
7.4.1799

Sailed from Portsmouth for Dublin with troops, armed en-flute.

TNC
1801Egyptian operations, armed en-fluteBWAS-1714
5.5.1802

Paid off

BWAS-1714
2.1803Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1803Refitted as a 64 gun Unrated Floating Battery
5.1803Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £6888.0.0dBWAS-1714
1804Guard ship at King's DeepBWAS-1714
10.1804Began repairsBWAS-1714
5.1805Completed repairs at a cost of £26061.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1805Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.1805Recommissioned for the North SeaBWAS-1714
6.1805Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate Ship of the Line
7.1805Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
1808In the BalticBWAS-1714
4.7.1811Action of 1811-07-04
6.7.1812Action of 1812-07-06
6.7.1812Took the Brig Laaland (18) Lyngoe Fiord
6.7.1812Took the Brig Rich (18) Lyngoe Fiord
3.8.1812Boats took a Danish LuggerBWAS-1714
11.1812Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1813Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
8.1813Refitted as a Unrated Troop Ship
9.1813Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
12.1813To North AmericaBWAS-1714
10.1815Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Arne Johan Berg on Sunday 6th of May 2012 09:09

6th of july 1812 the Dictator attaced a danish forse off 1 frigate and 3 brigs at Lyngoer. The frigate, Najaden 42, was destroyed and sunk. 1 brig escaped, 2 was taken, Laaland and Kiel both 20, but they had to be given up due to heavy attacs from gunboats mounting 24# guns. The comander is said to be captain James P. Steward.

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