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Goliath / Goliah, 1781
Type: 3rd rate † ; Armament 74
Launched : 1781 ; Disposal date or year : 1815
BM: 1604 tons
Complement: 584

Portsmouth 24 Sep 1785 Has come into harbour.

21 Dec 1796 the Tagus. The Mediterranean fleet arrived.

Circa 20 Jan 1797 departed from the Tagus with a Portuguese convoy and was subsequently, 6 Feb., joined off Cape St.-Vincent by a squadron detached from the Channel fleet.

14 Feb 1797 Jervis's action with the Spanish off Cape St Vincent.

31 Mar 1797 departed from Lisbon to blockade Cadiz.

3 Jul 1797 bombardment of Cadiz.

24 May 1798 departed from off Cadiz with a squadron of 10 ships of the line to join Nelson's squadron in the Mediterranean, arriving 7 Jun.

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 the Zealous, Goliath, Swiftsure, Seahorse, Emerald, Alcmène, and Bonne-Citoyenne, leave Aboukir Bay to cruise off the port of Alexandria.

25 Aug 1798 boats of the Goliath capture the French armed ketch Torride from under the guns of the castle of Aboukir.

End of the year 1798 remains stationed off Alexandria.

9 Nov 1799 arrived on the Motherbank (off Ryde IoW) from the Mediterranean for quarantine purposes.

30 Nov 1799 has come into Portsmouth harbour to be paid off.

6 Dec 1799 Portsmouth, is paid off and her crew turned over to the Royal William and Puissant.

Circa 24 Mar to 26 Apr 1800 Lieutenant W. De Busk, from the Goliath, Second Lieutenant, vice Lt. John Price ; and Lieutenant Edward More, First, vice Lt. H. Martin, made Master and Commander.

Circa 1 Aug 1800 Lieutenant William Wilkinson, who was so severely wounded in the ever-memorable battle of the Nile, on board his Majesty's ship Goliath, and who was first Lieutenant of that ship for many months before she was paid of at Portsmouth, succeeds Mr. Browne as first Lieutenant of the Elephant.

25 Jan 1801 at Portsmouth. Sir A. S. Hamond and Sir William Rule arrived here on the 19th, and went off for London on the 22d, after surveying, in company with Commissioner Sir Charles Saxton, the whole of the ships in ordinary ; and ordered the following to be repaired and ready for commission in six weeks at farthest the Brunswick, Bellerophon, Goliath, Vengeance, Vanguard, and Hannibal.

3 Aug 1801 last night the Goliah (sic - a fairly common spelling for this name in those days) went out of harbour to Spithead, having been refitted.

10 Aug 1801 departed Spithead for Plymouth.

12 Aug 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound, the Goliath, Capt Essington, from the Baltic, last from Portsmouth, to refit.

21 Aug 1801 last evening hove in sight off Plymouth Sound, at 8 P.M. the Dreadnought, with the St George, Zealous, Ramillies, Vanguard, and Powerful, and lay to till dark.

21 Aug 1801 last evening stood in off Plymouth Sound the Zealous, hoisted a Dutch ensign, reversed, and fired three guns to leeward, as a signal for the Goliath to join the squadron from Cawsand Bay ; she immediately warped out to the bite of the bay, and this morning at day-break, the whole squadron made sail to the westward, with a fine wind at E. S. E. blowing fresh.

30 Oct 1801 the Goliath, Elephant, Captain, Ganges, and Brunswick arrived off Madeira and departed the same day.

3 Nov 1801 the Falmouth packet Leicester, Steel, arrived Port Royal, Jamaica, where the Santa Margarita, Crescent, Carnatic, Retribution, Topaze, Mosquito/Musquito, and Abergavenny were present. During the Leicester's stay at Port Royal the HM ships Bourdelais, Snake, Echo, Ambuscade, Tisiphone, Calypso, Juno, Sans Pareil, Melampus, Pelican, Captain, Goliah/Goliath, Brunswick, and Elephant arrived there.

10 Nov 1801 letters received Plymouth from the Captain, dated off Brest, state, that the following ships, with sealed orders, were detached from the Channel fleet, supposed for Jamaica, viz. Goliath, of 74 guns, Commodore Essington ; the Captain, Ganges, Brunswick, and Elephant.

30 Nov 1801 the Ganges, Brunswick, Elephant, Captain and Goliath, ships of the line, and frigate Ambuscade arrived at Port Royal from the Channel fleet in a month and 4 days. The Ambuscade departed Port Royal 7 Dec 1801 and arrived Spithead 19 Jan 1802.

19 Jan 1802 arrived Spithead the Ambuscade, 36, Captain the Hon. John Colvill, from Jamaica. She sailed from Port Royal on the 7th of December, and left there R.-Adm. Montagu, in the Sans Pareil, with H.M. ships Carnatic, Abergavenny, Crescent, Melampus, Juno, Circe, Bourdelais, and Tisiphone. The following ships were also there, having been detached from the Channel fleet, and arrived at Port Royal on the 26th of November, viz. Goliath, Elephant, Captain, Ganges, and Brunswick.

Circa 25 May 1802 Captain Essington, of the Goliath, apptd to the Sans Pareil.

Circa 13 Jul 1802 Captain C. Brisbane, apptd to the Goliath.

Circa 19 Dec 1802 remained at Port Royal, Jamaica, the Goliath, Santa Margaritta, Woolwich, and Gypsey, when the Falmouth packet Aukland departed Port Royal for England.

13 Jan 1803 when the Falmouth packet Leicester arrived at Port Royal, Jamaica, she found lying there the Leviathan, 74 ; Bellerophon, 74 ; Vanguard, 74 ; Elephant, 74 ; Desiree, 40 ; and sloops Shark, Pelican and Racoon ; the De Ruyter arriving on the 17 Jan, with the 87th Regt., from Curacoa, and on the 21st the Theseus, 74 ; Cumberland, 74 ; Goliath, 74 ; and Ganges, 74, from a cruise.

14 May 1803 letters are received at Plymouth, reporting the arrival of the Hercule, Capt Ferris, at Guadaloupe on 5 Apr, from Plymouth, and expects to depart shortly for Jamaica. The letters also advise that the Blenheim has recently been ashore and had to throw 18 guns overboard to get off, and has gone to Martinique. The Elephant, Vanguard, and Bellerophon, 74s, and the frigate Desiree, were reported to be at Jamaica. The Goliath, Cumberland and Theseus were on a cruise, as were the Tartar, Shark and Echo, off the North of Jamaica, and the Calypso off Cape Tiberon.

28 Jun 1803, captured the 16-gun ship-corvette Mignonne, subsequently added to the British navy under her French name.

May 1805 Channel Fleet

14-15 Aug 1805 Camilla chased the French brig-corvette Faune, and was joined on the 15th by the Goliath, when the corvette was taken.

15 Aug 1805 joined by the Raisonable when the French frigate Topaze and two ship-corvettes were sighted and chased, the Goliath capturing the ship-corvette Torche.

26 Jul 1807 departed 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.

May - Oct 1808 in the Baltic with a fleet under V.-adm Sir J Saumarez.

19 Aug 1808 chased by the Russian fleet in Hango bay.

30 Aug 1808 joined the Centaur, Implacable and Swedish fleet blockading the Russians in the port of Rogerswick.

† 1812-13 Majestic, Goliath, and Saturn were cut down, fore-and-aft, to the clamps of the quarterdeck and forecastle. Each ship was allowed to retain her first-deck battery of 28 long 32-pounders, and, in lieu of her 28 long 18-pounders on the second deck, she received an equal number of 42-pounder carronades, besides two long 12-pounders as chase-guns, making 58 guns on two flush decks, with a net complement of 495 men and boys.

Portsmouth 25 Jul 1813 arrived from the Downs.

Portsmouth 9 Aug 1813 departed with the West Indies convoy.

Falmouth 15 Aug 1813 arrived with a convoy for the West Indies ; to call at Cork.

1 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, from the Chesapeake.

Portsmouth 14 Aug 1814 departed for the Downs.

Deal 15 Aug 1814 arrived from Portsmouth, and has departed for the River.

Chatham 3 Oct 1814 Is to be paid off here.