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Hercule

7699
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Previously
Captured21.4.1798BWAS-1793
First Commissioned2.1802BWAS-1793
ShipyardLorient - Brittany BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDuquesne Group variant of Téméraire Class (1788)BWAS-1793
Designed by
Jacques-Noël SanéFrench
Naval Sailor
Designer
Ship Builder
Administrator
Service 1758-1825
BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up12.1810BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck181' 3"Imperial Feet55.1697 
Length of Keel149' 8 ½"Imperial Feet45.4279 
Breadth48' 6 ½"Imperial Feet14.6431 
Depth in Hold21' 9"Imperial Feet6.6294 
Burthen1,876 3394Tons BM 

Armament


2.1802Broadside Weight = 888 Imperial Pound ( 402.708 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder (Gover)
Upper Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder (Gover)
Quarterdeck2 British 24-Pounder (Gover)
Quarterdeck12 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 24-Pounder (Gover)

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1802640 BWAS-1793

5 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
2.1802 - 27.5.1803Captain
Solomon FerrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1801
BWAS-1793
27.5.1803 - 28.5.1803Lieutenant
Archibald B HillsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1803
BWAS-1793
28.5.1803 - 1.1804Captain
Frederick CotterellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1811
BWAS-1793
1.1804 - 1806Captain
Richard Dalling DunnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
BWAS-1793
3.1807 - 10.1808Captain
John ColvillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
BWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.1804 - 1805Rear-Admiral of the Red
John Thomas DuckworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1817
BWAS-1793
1805 - 1806Vice-Admiral of the White
James Richard DacresBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1808
BWAS-1793

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1805 - 29.6.1805Lieutenant
Edward BurtBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1847
NBD1849
1805 - 1806Lieutenant
David BoydBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1815
NBD1849
7.4.1806 - 17.1.1807Lieutenant
George Charles BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1833
NBD1849
16.5.1806 - 1808Lieutenant
Nicholas AlexanderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1815
NBD1849
25.3.1807 - 1808Lieutenant
William Edward Hughes AllenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1815
NBD1849

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.3.1799 - 17.4.1800Boatswain
George William ForsterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1873
NAO
25.9.1801 - 10.2.1803Boatswain
James GregsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1793-1822
ADM 29/8

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1802 - 1805Midshipman
Peter BaylyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1815
NBD1849
3.1804 - 4.1805Midshipman
George Charles BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1833
NBD1849
1805 - 26.2.1806Master's Mate
Archibald BlackBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1843
NBD1849
12.1805 - 11.3.1806Midshipman
James BrasierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1837
NBD1849

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
9.6.1802 - 30.6.1802Able Seaman
William LangleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1794-1822
ADM 29/8
1.7.1802 - 30.7.1802Purser's Steward
William LangleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1794-1822
ADM 29/8

Service History


DateEventSource
26.4.1798Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
30.8.1798RegisteredBWAS-1793
4.1801Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
8.1801Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
4.1802Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
12.1802Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1640.0.0dBWAS-1793
1805At JamaicaBWAS-1793
11.1806Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
6.1807Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
15.8.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen
4.2.1808Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1793
10.1808Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793

 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 11th of September 2017 06:48

1 Aug 1801 Hercule74 was commissioned at Plymouth by Captain Luke, and she got her lower masts in this day.


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 10th of September 2017 18:28

27 Dec 1802 Hercule74 Captain Solomon Ferris remains at Spithead,. A court martial was held on board the Neptune, on T. Lyons, Master at Arms, of the Hercule74, for Drunkenness, and the charge being proved he was sentenced to be dismissed the Service.


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 10th of September 2017 18:18

8 Apr 1802 a Court Martial was held on board his Majesty's ship Neptune, in Torbay, on Lieut. W. Hill, of HM ship Hercule74 for insulting and shaking his fist in Lieut. Collet's face also, on Capt. Mortimer and Lieut. Dymock, of the Marine Forces, belonging to the said ship, for scurrilous and scandalous behaviour to the Rev. Charles Burnes. The charges being proved against Lieut. Hill, he was sentenced to be dismissed HM service and the charges being only in part proved against Capt. Mortimer and Lieut. Dymock, the former was severely reprimanded and the latter dismissed the ship. The Rev. C. Burnes was afterwards tried on a charge of drunkenness exhibited against him by Lieut. Hill, which case he could not substantiate, he was therefore acquitted.


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 10th of September 2017 17:27

Circa Aug 1801 W. Thompson, Esq., Purser of the Boadicea to the Hercule.


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 10th of September 2017 05:05

Officers in 1803
Lieutenant J B.Hills
Lieutenant S. Perrot
Lieutenant Nesbit Willoughby
Lieutenant Edward Nicolls [RM]
Lieutenant William Woolley


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 10th of September 2017 04:58

In mid-1803, the squadron under Captain Henry William Bayntun, consisting of Cumberland, Hercule, Bellerophon, Elephant, and Vanguard captured Poisson Volant and Superieure The Royal Navy took both into service.
In May 1803, HMS Hercule's captain Solomon Ferris died suddenly on board the ship.
On 28 June 1803, during the Blockade of Saint-Domingue, HMS Hercule encountered the French frigate Poursuivante and the corvette Mignonne. Hercule attempted to capture the Poursuivante, but the frigate outmaneuvered her and she received raking fire. The Hercule was under the command of first lieutenant John B Hills at the time, who was assigned acting captain because Captain Ferris had died the previous month. HMS Goliath then captured Mignonne.

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