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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 1778 ; Disposal date or year : 1819
BM: 1621 tons
4 June 1794, Rear-admiral Montagu, Captain Richard Rodney Bligh, sailed from Plymouth Sound with nine sail of the line and two frigates, to attempt to join Lord Howe and intercept a large French convoy from America. On the 8th, discovered and chased a French squadron, including 8 ships of the line, under the command of Rear-admiral Cornice, into bay of Bertheaume, and so stood back out to sea.
9 June 1794, sighted the French fleet of 19 sail of the line, returning from their recent meeting with the British fleet, which formed line-of-battle and briefly chased the squadron. With a squadron of equivalent rating on his other flank, Rear-admiral Montagu withdrew as quickly as the poor sailing qualities of the Ganges and Alexander would permit. Continued his search for a further 2 days, but failing in this, returned to Cawsand bay, Plymouth, on 12 June.
6 Nov 1794 Captured by a French squadron of five 74s and three frigates off Sicily ; Capt. R. Rodney Bligh.
2 May 1798 Nelson in the Vanguard sailed from off Cadiz for Gibraltar, departing that place on the 9th to the east, accompanied by the Alexander, Orion, Emerald, Terpsichore, and Bonne-Citoyenne.
7 Jun 1798 the search for the French fleet.
1 Aug 1798 the preparation for the Battle of the Nile.
1 Aug 1798 Battle of the Nile.
19 Aug 1798 R.-adm Nelson, in the Vanguard, accompanied by the Culloden and Alexander, leave Aboukir Bay for Naples.
Sep-Oct 1798 Nelson detached Alexander, Culloden and Colossus from Naples to join the combined squadron of Portuguese and British ships under the Marquess de Niza in the blockade of Malta which commenced circa 12 Oct.
19 Sep 1799 Plymouth, letters received from the Alexander, dated off Malta the 7th August, state that the French garrison must surrender soon, as they were reduced to great straits for want of provisions, being obliged to live on horse flesh.
Feb 1800 blockade of Malta.
18 Feb 1800 capture of the Ville-de-Marseille armed store-ship and the Généreux, 74, off Malta.
18 Feb 1800 sent by Nelson, with the Northumberland, to Syracuse, to supervise the Généreux, and await orders.
22 Feb 1801 joined Sir J. B. Warren's squadron.
8 Mar to 2 Sep 1801 off the coast of Egypt.
13-14 Sep 1801 men from the ship's company involved in operations ashore at Porto-Ferrajo.
May 1805 Portsmouth, to repair in Ordinary
Portsmouth Mar 7 1813 Sailed with a convoy for the Downs.
Type: Armed tender ; Armament ?
15 Aug 1797 captured the French privateer Coq Martinique.
4 Oct 1797 captured the French privateer Epicharis off Barbadoes.