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Hercule, 1798
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Taken : 21 Apr 1798 ; Disposal date or year : 1810
BM: 1876 tons
Dimensions : length of gun-deck 181 ft. 3 in. ; extreme breadth 48 ft. 6½ in.

21 Apr 1798 captured by the Mars.

1 Mar 1799 Plymouth, a seaman of the Mars, who was apparently recovered from his wounds in the head, in boarding L'Hercule, with the gallant Lieutenant Bowker of that ship, died in the Royal Hospital here almost suddenly. The surgeons opened his head, and found a small splinter of the scull had perforated the brain which occasioned his death.

11 Apr 1801 to go into Plymouth dock to be repaired.

17 Apr 1801 at Plymouth this morning was taken into dock, and her copper stripped off.

16 May 1801 at Plymouth now in dock is to have new stern frames from her counters upwards, her old frames having been so much damaged in the actions with the Robuste and Mars.

27 May 1801 remains in dock.

8 Jul 1801 at Plymouth several gangs of shipwrights have been put on board to get her ready to go out of Dock.

20 Jul 1801 is repaired and coppered, and to go out of dock (alongside the Jetty Head to be commissioned) the next spring tide, on Monday the 27th at 7 P. M.

29 Jul 1801 went out of Dock at Plymouth and to be fitted for commission.

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

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

28 Aug 1801 the Hercule, finished taking in her new guns, and goes into Cawsand Bay in a day or two.

30 Aug 1801 the Hercule, of 84 guns, made a signal to go into the Sound, but the wind falling scant, she brought up at the moorings opposite Government House.

1 Sep 1801 went into Cawsand Bay, only wait for men to be ready for sea.

28 Sep 1801 at Plymouth, the Donnegal, and Hercule, are to be completed from the crews of the smaller armed vessels of war.

29 Sep 1801 remain in Cawsand Bay the Formidable, Glory, Donnegal, Hercule, Terrible, Mars, and Magnificent.

4 Nov 1801 departed Cawsand Bay, the Hercule, and Centaur to join the fleet in Torbay.

19 Nov 1801 remained in Torbay the Ville de Paris, Royal Sovereign, Prince of Wales, Neptune, Prince, Royal George, San Joseph, London, Magnificent, Bellerophon, Hercule, Donegal, Robust, Edgar, Belleisle, Courageux, Fisgard, Amelia, Indefatigable, Childers, Atlanta, Nimrod. The Nile cutter departing for Plymouth to be paid off.

28 Dec 1801 remained with the Channel Fleet in Torbay with the Ville de Paris.

8 Apr 1802 a Court Martial was held on board his Majesty's ship Neptune, in Torbay, on Lieut. W. Hill, of HM ship Hercule, 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.

20 Apr 1802 departed Torbay for Portsmouth, to be paid off.

22 Apr 1802 arrived St Helen's last night from Torbay and is ordered into Portsmouth harbour.

Circa 24 Apr 1802 Captain S. Ferris is appointed to Hercule, vice Luke.

25 Sep 1802 a Court Martial was held on board the Hercule, at Portsmouth, on John Scriven and George Blanchard, marines, of HM gun-brig Locust, for having, when on sentry in the night of the 13th inst. taken away the cutter from the said brig, and deserted to the shore ; and also for robbing Andrew Hanlin, a seaman, of the said gun-vessel, of a watch and a bag of clothes. The charges were proved against Scriven, and he was sentenced to have 500 lashes ; and in part proved against Blanchard, who was sentenced to have only 200. Capt. Solomon Ferris, President.

2 Oct 1802 remains at Spithead, Hercule, 84, Captain Ferris.

22 Oct 1802 the Donegal, Hercule, and Blenheim, are ordered to be fitted at Portsmouth with four months stores, &c. Their destination is rumoured to be the Mediterranean.

16 Nov 1802 is reported to be in harbour at Portsmouth, bending sails and getting ready for sea.

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

11 Jan 1803 twenty additional Royal Marines added to the complement of the Hercule.

23 Jan 1803 remains at Spithead.

Circa 29 Jan 1803 is ordered to be fitted and stored for a foreign station ; the Mediterranean it is supposed.

7 Feb 1803 ship's company was paid an advance of 2 months wages ; is under orders for Foreign Service.

10 Feb 1803 dropped down from Spithead to St Helen's to await orders.

25 Feb 1803 departed St Helen's with sealed orders, but the wind has gone round to the West and it is assumed that she will be obliged to return to her earlier anchorage.

2 May 1803 the Goliath, Theseus, and Hercule were reported to be cruising off Cape Francois in early May, the Bellerophon having returned to Port Royal.

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, chased, but failed to capture the French 24-pounder 44-gun frigate Poursuivante.

Circa 19 Jul 1803 arrived Port Royal with 152 French prisoners taken on board different prizes.

Circa 1 Aug 1803 Capt Cotterelt of the Stork apptd to the Hercule.

Oct 1803 is reported by Adm Duckworth to have got on shore on a bank off Cape Francois, and had to throw 60 of her guns overboard to get off, which were recovered later, except for three. She received so little damage that she is now back in service again.

30 Nov 1803 the capture of the French 40-gun frigates Surveillante and Clorinde as they departed Cape-François, St.-Domingo, and the rescue, by the ship's boats, of the latter and her 900 occupants, after she'd grounded on rocks whilst leaving.

Circa 30 Nov 1803 departed Cape-François, for Saint-Nicolas, St.-Domingo, arriving 2 Dec and departed for Jamaica with the squadron's prizes and prisoners from Cape-François.

Dec 1803 preparations made for an attack on the island of Curaçoa 31 Jan 1804 Dutch refused to surrender. Seamen and marines landed and operations continued until the 25 Mar when the operation was abandoned.

24 Jan 1804 the Cumberland, Capt Sorrell, arrived at Spithead from Jamaica with dispatches and news regarding the surrender and evacuation of St Domingo. The frigates Cloriade, Servillante, and Jerneas, and 17 sail of merchantmen, laden with merchandise were captured in the harbour and taken to Jamaica ; along with Gen Rochambeau and 5-6,000 prisoners ; 100,000 gold dollars. The French officers were landed at Portchester, along with 250 Frenchmen from an accompanying transport. The Creole, French frigate accompanied the small squadron, but became so leaky she was emptied of anything of value and allowed to sink. The Cumberland lost most of her convoy in the recent gales, and some of them have been observed at Portsmouth passing up the Channel for the River. In addition to the Cumberland the French also surrendered to the Bellerophon, Capt Loring ; the Vanguard, Capt Walker ; Hercule ; Capt Dunn ; and the frigate Blanche, Capt Mudge.

11 Mar 1804 the Elephant, Theseus, Hercule, and Desiree, were at Port Royal Jamaica ; the Bellerophon and Vanguard, with the Tartar and Eolus, were off the West end of St Domingo ; the Port Mahon, and Papillon brigs, off Port Morant ; the Hunter and Mignonne, off Montego Bay ; and the Flying Fish, and Gipsey, were off the coast of Cuba ; the Fairy had sailed for Honduras, and the Camel for Halifax.

Circa 1 Dec 1804 reports received in England that the Theseus and Hercule experienced a hurricane which last 5 days and that at its height they lost all their masts bar their fore masts, and had five and a half feet of water in the hold. The Theseus threw 12 of her guns overboard, and with the Franchise, despite having many problems eventually arrived in Port Royal some 12 days later. No lives were reported lost.

May 1805 Jamaica Station

Sep 1806 captured a French privateer, Name unknown.

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.