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Impetueux, 1794
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Taken : 1 June 1794 ; Disposal date or year : 1813

1795 Captured as Amerique (America) at the Battle of 1 June 1794, but since there was a vessel already in the Navy List with this name she was renamed Impetueux, thus replacing the Impetueux, captured on the same date, which was accidentally burnt in Aug 1794.

21 Dec 1796 chased a part of French squadron from Toulon.

8 Mar 1797 Impetueux and others captured the French privateer Vautour in the Channel.

11 Jun 1797 Impetueux and others captured the French privateer Zoée on the coast of France.

23 Jul 1797 captured the French privateer Petite Cherie.

16 Jan 1799 arrived Spithead.

17 Mar 1799 Portsmouth, sailed with the Magnificent for the Channel fleet.

27 Mar 1799 Plymouth, remains with the squadron in Cawsand Bay.

1 Apr 1799 Plymouth, sailed to join Lord Hugh Seymour

25 Apr 1799 cruising off Brest.

8 Jun 1799 Plymouth, reports received here advise that 16 ships of the line and 4 frigates were detached by Lord Bridport for the Straits.

7 Jul 1799 joined the Mediterranean fleet off Minorca.

14 Aug 1799 looked into Brest to confirm the arrival of the joint Franco-Spanish fleet.

4 Oct 1799 Plymouth, letters from L’Impeteuex, 84, dated from off Brest, state that the combined fleets had top-gallant-yards across, sails bent, and appeared ready for sea. As soon as the wind is fair Lord Bridport proceeds with 40 sail of the line off Brest.

1 Nov 1799 Plymouth, arrived from Lord Bridport's fleet the Formidable, 98, Impetueux, 84, Defiance, 74, and Canada, 74. The remainder of the fleet, 31 sail of the line, passed up for Torbay. The fleet experienced very heavy gales of wind in their late cruise.

20 Feb 1800 Plymouth, arrived from the coast of France, L'Impetueux, 84, Capt. Sir E. Pellew, Bart, and the Shannon 44.

16 Mar 1800 Plymouth, passed by Lord Bridport from Torbay, with 15 sail of the line and four frigates, to join the Channel fleet off Brest. His lordship was joined off the Sound by the Impetueux, Canada, and Russell.

24 Apr 1800 Torbay, sailed with the Channel Fleet, under the command of Sir Alan Gardner.

17 May 1800 Plymouth, arrived from off Brest, with the Captain, and Neptune.

22 May 1800 Plymouth, sailed with the Canada for Torbay.

1 Jun 1800 a part of a squadron detached from Channel fleet to Quiberon bay and the Morbihan to aid the royalists.

25 Aug 1800 operations in support of the Army against the harbour of Ferrol on the coast of Spain.

29-30 Aug 1800 ship's boats of the London, Renown, Impétueux, Courageux, Amethyst, Stag, Amelia, Brilliant, and Cynthia capture the French ship-privateer Guépe. See also p. 238, of Vol 4 of Naval Chronicle.

12 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived with the Renown, Captain, Courageux, and Superb, from the secret expedition. Since the failure at Ferrol the above squadron has been cruising in the Bay. The Impetueux knocked off her false keel on some rocks in a bay near Ferrol.

13 Oct 1800 Plymouth, went into Barnpool.

15 Oct 1800 Plymouth, went up the harbour and was stripped directly, and goes into the large dock the next tide to have her keel and bottom examined.

29 Nov 1800 Plymouth, has received orders to relieve the Caesar, on the station off the Black Rocks.

11 Dec 1800 Plymouth, sailed to join the flying squadron off Brest and relieve the Caesar.

10 Feb 1801 sent in the Danish dogger, Two Brothers, Keeroff, master, from Bergen, to St Croix, with gin and hams &c., detained by the Impetieux.

26 Feb 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from the coast of France.

5 Mar 1801 departed Plymouth Sound for Torbay.

21 Mar 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound the Danish brig Tree, Haard, master, bound from Barcelona to Guernsey, with brandy, detained by the Impetieux and Robust.

6 Apr 1801 arrived a large French brig prize to the Impetieux on 24 Mar.

8 Nov 1801 remained in Torbay.

9 Nov 1801 departed Falmouth, for Plymouth.

12 Nov 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from off Rochefort after a cruise of six months : last from Torbay and Falmouth, to shelter from the recent most dreadful weather.

19 Nov 1801 the Impetueux, in Cawsand Bay, received orders to victual for five months, supposed for a foreign station.

28 Dec 1801 some sailors of the Impetueux, 84, Captain Sir E. Pellew, Bart, drank so excessively of raw spirits as to expire in a few hours ; another seaman laid down before a fire in a Public House at dock intoxicated, and expired almost instantly.

31 Dec 1801 the Impetueux, 84, Capt Sir E. Pellew remained in Cawsand Bay and was been joined by the Neptune, 98 ; Prince, 98, and Childers, 14.

8 Feb 1802 the Impetueux remains in Cawsand Bay.

3 Mar 1802 orders received at Plymouth to pay L'Impetueux, 84, and the Mars, 74

14 Mar 1802 remains in Cawsand Bay.

9 Apr 1802 departed Cawsand Bay for the Sound to go into Hamoaze to be stripped and paid off, however as she came abreast of Mill Bay the wind failed her and she lost way and was blown back towards the Sandgrave Rocks, and it was necessary to let go an anchor bringing her to within a ship's length of the rocks, and following a cannon signal for distress the duty ships' boats in harbour came to her aid and she weighed again and was warped up to her buoy, her sails being unbent as she went, and her masts stripped before she got abreast of Mount Edgcumbe.

18 Apr 1802 L'Impetueux, 84, paid off at Plymouth on Friday last, and was laid up in ordinary ; and yesterday 400 of her crew shipped themselves directly on board several Liverpool traders in Hamoaze, for Bristol and Liverpool, and other ports in St George's Channel, without going on shore at Plymouth.

25 Apr 1802 at Plymouth, the following anecdote of two seamen of the Impetueux, 84, deserves to be recorded : the day the ship was paid off, two seamen came to the pay table rather intoxicated ; Sir Edward had told them he would punish any men that were disorderly before hauling down his pendant. He had these two men ticked up, read the articles of war, and gave them a dozen each ; when sober the next day the poor fellows finding how ill they had behaved, went to his lodgings and would not leave him till he granted them pardon, which he did, and the seamen departed in high good humour for having obtained his forgiveness.

4 Oct 1802 went into dock at Plymouth, the Impetueux, 84, and remains in dock with the Tonnant, 84, Mars, 74 ; Terrible, 74 ; and Fisgard. 48, to be repaired.

10 Dec 1802 remains in dock at Plymouth, the Tonnant, 84 ; Mars, 74 ; Terrible, 74 ; Impetueux, 84 ; Fisgard, 48 ; and Nemesis, 32.

13 Apr 1803 the following ships are now in dock at Plymouth undergoing repairs : in the double dock : Warrior and Terrible ; in the south dock : Fisgard ; in the middle single dock : Impetueux.

9 May 1803 commissioned in Hamoaze last Saturday by Capt T.B. Martin, and is now off the North Jetty Head ; she took in her lower masts on coming out of Dock.

9 Jul 1803 arrived Plymouth, the French ship La Virginie, from San Domingo, for Bordeaux, with coffee, sugar, and cotton, taken in lat 49 58 long 14 32, by the Minerva, tender to the Impetueux, 80, and the privateer Miranda of Falmouth ; out 48 days. In view of the fact that the Minerva was a tender to the Impetueux, then the pay lists of personnel serving on board the Minerva will be carried by the Impetueux, and the names of the personnel concerned should be noted accordingly.

3 Aug 1803 arrived Cawsand Bay, the Plantagenet, with the Thunderer and Impetueux.

6 Aug 1803 has gone up into Hamoaze.

10 Aug 1803 departed Hamoaze for Cawsand Bay, and embarked 187 men from the Neptune, which completes her complement.

15 Aug 1803 took on board 20 live oxen at Plymouth, for the use of the Fleet off Brest, and sailed with a fine wind at ENE.

2 Nov 1803 a letter dated 20 Oct 1803, received at Plymouth, from off Ferrol reports that the squadron under the command of Commodore Sir E Pellew, is all well, and is made up of the Tonant, Cdre Pellew ; Impetueux, Capt T B Martin ; Colossus, Capt G Martin ; Spartiate, Capt Manley ; Dragon, Capt Griffith, all ships of the line ; and the frigate Sirius, Capt Prowse.

23 Nov 1803 arrived Cawsand Bay from off Ferrol, the Impetueux, Capt Martin, and the Colossus, Capt Geo Martin. The were caught in the hurricane at SW in the channel on Monday night last, but weathered it safe and well, having departed the squadron on the 15th.

12 Dec 1803 remained in Cawsand Bay.

15 Dec 1803 departed Cawsand Bay for the Channel Fleet.

26 Dec 1803 arrived Cawsand Bay, from off Brest, having shipped several heavy seas abaft and sprung her mizen mast.

3 Jan 1804 remains in Cawsand Bay.

8 Jan 1804 departed Cawsand Bay for the Channel Fleet.

9 Jan 1804 has been forced back to Cawsand Bay due to the violence of the weather in the English Channel.

27 Jan 1804 departed Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, at about noon to join the Channel Fleet off Brest, the Prince, Foudroyant, Conqueror, and Impetueux, but were observed off the Edystone when the sun set, and the wind blowing SSW, probably making progress very difficult.

31 Jan 1804 the Ville de Paris, Adm Cornwallis, has been obliged by the gales now blowing up the Channel to leave the French Coast and put into Torbay with the Dreadnought, Prince, Foudroyant, Impetueux, Colossus, and Conqueror.

3 Feb 1804 departed Torbay the Ville de Paris, Dreadnought, Prince, Foudroyant, Impetueux, Colossus, and Conqueror, for off Brest.

16 Feb 1804 departed Plymouth the Northumberland, Spencer and Impetueux, for the Channel Fleet.

12 Mar 1804 arrived Plymouth the Swedish brig Ulrica Carolina, Capt Geinsholm, from Nantes to Lisbon, with a sundry cargo, detained by the Impetueux.

25 Mar 1804 per a letter from the Squadron off the Black Rocks, it was reported that between eight and nine in the morning, the Magnificent, lying at anchor off the Saintes, with the Impetueux, Colossus, and the Montague, in the act of getting under weigh struck on an unknown shoal of rocks. Not being able to save the ship, the decision was made to save the crew, and to this end the boats of ships nearby, gave their assistance, whilst the Indefatigable and Aigle anchored close to her bows, and the schooner Pickle and cutter Fox were on her starboard quarter.

17 Apr 1804 the Aurora arrived Plymouth from off Brest R.-Adm Graves having transferred his flag to the Venerable, in command of the inshore squadron off Brest, which included the Impetueux, Capt TB Martin ; Montague, Capt Otway ; Colossus, Capt Seymour ; Indefatigable, Acasta, and Aigle, and 3 cutters.

26 May 1804 arrived Plymouth the Impetueux to victual and refit, having departed the Ferrol and Corunna on the 19th, the fleet all well. Capt Martin observed that the French haven't even shifted their anchoring ground !

Circa 8 Jun 1804 whilst fighting 2 seamen on the lower gun-deck one struck the other against the breech of a 32 pdr, causing serious head wounds which caused the man's death a little later at the RNH. The verdict of the coroner was manslaughter and the offender has been put up for trial at Exeter assizes.

9 Jun 1804 orders have come down for the Temeraire, Capt Harvey, and the Impetueux, Capt T.B. Martin, now fitting for sea in Cawsand Bay, to sail directly, being quite ready to reinforce the fleet under Adm Cornwallis.

9 Jun 1804 4 p.m. the Temeraire, and Impetueux, having embarked 20 bullocks each, are turning out of the Bay, though the wind is rather scanty, and at West to join the Fleet.

11 Jun 1804 departed Plymouth to join the Channel Fleet.

4 Aug 1804 the brig / sloop Hawk arrived Plymouth at 5 pm with news that Adm Gantheaume had escaped the blockade at Brest with 9 sail of the line and 2 frigates, V.-Adm Graves having sailed a few hours later in pursuit with the Foudroyant, 84, V.-Adm Graves ; Tonnant, 84 ; Impetueux, 84 ; Montague, 74 ; Terrible, 74 ; Colossus, 74 ; with 2 frigates and a cutter. The Fox, Lt Nicholson, was responsible for sounding her signal gun to warn the British fleet that the French were escaping from Brest in the thick fog that had developed and followed the French Fleet sounding her signal gun at regular intervals with a view giving the British fleet a clue as to where the French were headed. However, it transpired that having lost the element of surprise Adm Gantheaume ordered the fleet to return to port.

8 Sep 1804 arrived Plymouth from off Corunna, and Ferrol, which she departed 2 weeks ago last Wednesday. She reports having been embayed on the coast of France for some days, but having 3 anchors ahead and the wind eventually shifting to off-shore was eventually able to haul herself off the shore, all well.

22 Sep 1804 embarked bullocks and fresh vegetables in Cawsand Bay and departed at 4 pm for the Fleet off Brest.

20 Oct 1804 arrived Torbay, a part of the inshore squadron off Brest, under the command of Adm Sir Thos Graves, the Impetueux, Defiance, Goliath, Terrible, 74s ; and the frigate Aigle. Two more ships of the line appeared in the offing, but were ordered back to their station off Brest.

20 Oct 1804 it is now 5 pm, and the wind going round to the NE by E, the whole fleet is now getting under weigh, consisting of the Ville de Paris, Temeraire, Prince, San Josef, Glory, Windsor Castle, Princess Royal, Plantagenet, along with the Impetueux, and Mars, ships of the line ; Dolphin ; frigate Nemesis ; schooner Gertrude (late Flying Fish), Capt Tracey ; schooner Colpoys ; and the hired armed ship Lady Melville ; and the hired armed cutter, Mary, of Dover, having carried away her main gaff. However, due to the failing wind the Prince George, Defiance, Goliath, and Terrible were unable to get out of the Bay and remained.

20 Oct 1804 the Channel Fleet was observed at Plymouth making its way down Channel, from Torbay, wind NNE, but it soon backed round to the SSE, but had moderated, and all ashore hoped they might eventually make it to off Brest.

31 Oct 1804 it is reported that the Channel Fleet has returned to Torbay, the weather in the English Channel remaining tempestuous. See this link for subsequent visits by these vessels to Torbay in 1804.

11 Nov 1804 due to bad weather arrived Torbay the Ville de Paris, Adm Cornwallis, San Josef, Princess Royal, Temeraire, Impetueux, Goliath, Britannia, Plantagenet, Thunderer, and another unnamed 6 ships of the line, but by the time this paper reaches the streets, on the 19th inst., will no doubt have returned to sea.

1 Dec 1804 the Hampshire Telegraph reports that the Venerable was lost last Saturday, having got under weigh with the rest of the fleet, from Torbay, but missed stays and went ashore on a reef of sunken rocks off Berry Head, and bilged almost immediately. The accident is said to have occurred as the man fishing for the anchor fell overboard, and in lowering a boat to save the man, another 2 men fell overboard. The ship was then hove to, to save them, and in the dark of the night drifted on shore, and having lost way were unable to lay off shore. The Goliath, Impetueux, and cutter Frisk, rescued all the officers and men barring 8, who could not be accounted for : boats were sent from Plymouth to rescue the stores, but she was already a total loss by the time they arrived.

3 Dec 1804 the Impetueux, which due to the news of the loss of the Venerable, seems to have been forgotten, despite the fact that she was also in a perilous situation, and only escaped her anchorage once the winds dropped a little by warping herself towards an anchor left by the Goliath, it having been feared that because she had driven so far into the bay, on a lee shore, with 1,100 souls on board, some from the Venerable, she might not have been able to escape.

4 Dec 1804 it is reported at Plymouth that due to the strong SSE winds the Impetueux is still unable to depart Torbay for Plymouth.

8 Dec 1804 arrived Plymouth from Torbay with officers and men from the Venerable, noting that she'd experienced terrible weather since 25 Nov.

12 Dec 1804 went up into Barne Pool to refit.

20 Jan 1805 dropped down to Cawsand Bay the Impetueux, Capt Martin.

26 Jan 1805 departed Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, the Ville de Paris, Neptune, Impetueux, and Spartiate, for Torbay.

13 Apr 1805 arrived Plymouth the Courageux, Colossus, Impetueux, cutter Ranger, and sloop Rambler from the Channel Fleet.

29 Apr 1805 departed Cawsand Bay, Plymouth to join the Channel Fleet.

22 Mar 1808 action between a British squadron and the two French frigates Italienne and Seine, off the port of Lorient.

10 Jan 1810 departed Spithead for Plymouth.

20 Sep 1811 departed the Downs for off Flushing.

16 Oct 1811 arrived Spithead from the Downs.

8 Jan 1812 departed Spithead for off Cherbourg.

1 Mar 1812 departed Spithead for Lisbon.

9 Apr 1813 departed Lisbon with a convoy for England.

4 May 1813 The Duke of Kent spoke yesterday HMS Impetueux, at Falmouth with convoy from Lisbon for England.

7 May 1813 Passed by Plymouth to the eastward with a convoy.