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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.

28 Jun 1803, chased, but failed to capture the French 24-pounder 44-gun frigate Poursuivante.

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 sailed 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.

May 1805 Jamaica Station

Sep 1806 captured a French privateer, Name unknown.

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.