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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 1782 ; Disposal date or year : 1816
Portsmouth 24 Sep 1785 Has come into harbour.
Doubled and sheathed &c. as Gibraltar and strengthened with diagonal braces
14 Apr 1793, with a squadron which captured the San-Iago, a large Spanish galleon, under French colours and the French privateer General Dumourier, of 22 long 6-pounders and 196 men, an event which may have had some effect on the resulting war with Spain.
14 Jul 1793 sailed with the Channel fleet from St. Helen's. On the 18th to the west of the Scilly Isles and subsequent manoeuvres.
31 Jul 1793 briefly sighted, but was unable to close the French fleet ; returned to Torbay on 10 Aug.
23 Aug 1793 the Channel Fleet sailed to escort the Newfoundland trade, West Indian convoys in home waters.
27 Oct 1793 sailed in search of the French fleet and squadrons. 18 Nov brief skirmish with a French squadron : by mid-December the fleet had returned to Spithead.
4 June 1794, Rear-admiral Montagu, Captain William Truscott, 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.
14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet sailed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.
27 Apr 1796 Sainte-Lucie. A squadron, including the Ganges, Captain Robert M'Doual, arrived with troops, to reduce the Island, which was achieved by 26 May.
9 Oct 1799, Portsmouth, came into the harbour.
Circa 24 Mar to 26 Apr 1800 At Portsmouth. Mr. Henry Phillips, Carpenter of the Ganges, who accidentally fell from the ship, and was unfortunately drowned ; his body was found the following morning between two ships opposite the Common Hard. An inquest was held on the body, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
Circa 1 Aug 1800, Captain Freemantle is appointed to the Ganges, of 74 guns, fitting at Portsmouth.
14 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, the Scourge, lately returned from the West Indies, is paid off, and her crew turned over to the Ganges.
27 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, went out of harbour, after being refitted, presumably out to Spithead.
11 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, sailed to join the Channel Fleet.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker sailed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen. 30 Mar the vessels initially detailed to take part in the forthcoming Battle of Copenhagen. 1 Apr the vessels detailed sail for Copenhagen ; the British ships held in reserve ; the Danish positions : 2 Apr the battle commences : the truce : the casualties : the wash-up :
12 Apr 1801 the fleet sailed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.
21 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.
May 1805 Portsmouth, fitting in Ordinary.
26 Jul 1807 sailed as a part of a fleet of 38 vessels for Copenhagen and was present from 15 Aug - 20 Oct 1807 for the siege and bombardment of Copenhagen and capture of Danish Fleet by Adm. Gambier. 1 Aug 1807 employed in the Great Belt, preventing Danish troops crossing to Zealand.
Dec 1807 had sailed from England to join a squadron under R.-Adm. Sir W. S. Smith, blockading the Tagus.
Portsmouth 18 Jan 1811 Arrived.
Portsmouth 27 Jan 1811 The 85th Regiment embarked.
Portsmouth 30 Jan 1811 Sailed.
Plymouth 23 Mar 1811 Arrived from Lisbon.
Plymouth 24 Mar 1811 Came in to take on board their lower-deck guns.
Plymouth 30 Mar 1811 Under orders to join the Baltic fleet.
Plymouth Dock Oct 1811 fitted as a prison ship.