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Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 98
Launched : 1788 ; Disposal date or year : 1837
27 Oct 1793, Prince, 98, joined the Channel Fleet.
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.
14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet sailed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.
12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the Prince, Captain Charles Powell Hamilton, sailed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). And so ended the Battle of the Isle de Groix.
20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.
25 Dec 1796 Lord Bridport delayed in his departure from Spithead to meet the French fleet, during which a number of accidents involving ships of the line took place, including the Prince.
9 Apr 1798 with a detachment from the Channel fleet sailed from Cawsand bay for a cruise off Ireland.
5 Dec 1798 with the squadron off Cadiz.
19 Mar 1799, at Spithead.
7 Apr 1799, Portsmouth, sailed on a cruize in the Channel, but put back on the 9th to St, Helen's, owing to strong contrary winds and sailed on the 13th with a fine breeze from the eastward.
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.
27 Nov 1799, Portsmouth, arrived the Prince, Superb, Pompee and Agamemnon, from the Channel Fleet.
1 Dec 1799, Portsmouth, arrived from Lord Bridport’s fleet.
Circa Jan 1800, J. Willoughby. Esq., of the Royal William, is appointed one of the Lieutenants of the Prince, with Admiral Sir C Cotton.
21 Jan 1800, a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, at Portsmouth, on Captain Totty, of his Majesty's ship Saturn, for running on board the Prince. The Court after enquiring into the circumstances, delivered the following sentence :— "That the two ships being on board each other was caused by the extreme darkness of the night, and other circumstances, in which no blame was imputable to the said Captain Thomas Totty ; but that his conduct was that of a diligent, careful, and good officer, and did adjudge him to be acquitted.
7 Apr 1800, Portsmouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, for the trial of William Howell, Corporal of Marines, of the Prince, for having quitted his station at the Dock Yard on the 9th instant, and having taken with him Barnard Ward, a private marine, who had been placed sentinel at the Dock-Gates. The prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced by the Court to receive one hundred lashes on board of, or alongside, such of his Majesty's ships as the Commander in Chief of HM ships at Spithead should direct."
19 Apr 1800 has been in harbour and goes out to Spithead when the wind permits.
28 Apr 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator on an unnamed marine of the Prince, for striking Serjeant Burt of the Marines. The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to 200 lashes around the fleet at Portsmouth and Spithead.
3 May 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Prince, of 98 guns, Captain Sutton, to join the Channel fleet
5 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Portsmouth.
14 May 1800, Plymouth, sailed to join the Channel fleet with the Atlas, Havick Railieur and Trompeuse.
18 May 1800, Plymouth, the Channel fleet passed up for Torbay this morning having experienced the fury of the gale when laying to off Brest, on Friday last under storm stay-sails ; the sea ran mountains high, and the wind suddenly shifted from S.W. to N.W. lay several men-of-war on their beams ends, but soon righted, though they shipped several heavy seas and the Prince received damage to her main top-mast.
19 Jul 1800, Plymouth, came in from off Brest with the Defence, and Excellent.
29 Jul 1800, Plymouth, in pursuance of orders from Earl St. Vincent, R.-Adm. Cotton shifted his flag from the Prince, 98 guns (she not being ready to join the fleet) to the Russel, 74, and sailed to join the fleet.
28 Aug 1800, Plymouth, arrived with the Prince George, and Achille, from the Channel fleet.
5 Sep 1800, Plymouth, sailed from Cawsand Bay with the Royal Sovereign, Princess Royal, Prince George, Bellona, and Achille. They were all clear of Penlee Point by night-fall.
27 Sep 1800, Plymouth, arrived with a squadron from off Brest, and anchored in Cawsand Bay, owing to S.W. gales.
5 Oct 1800, Plymouth, sailed from Cawsand Bay to join the fleet in Torbay.
May 1805 Channel Fleet.
10 Oct 1805 off Cadiz - the tactical preparations etc. for the forthcoming battle. 20 Oct combined fleet departed Cadiz, fleet manoeuvres.
21 Oct 1805 England expects….. &c. signalled, the first shots of the Battle of Trafalgar are fired. Nelson shot. Resumé of what had taken place. Individual ship actions and losses : Prince. The post-mortem commences ; Summary of British casualties ; Death of Nelson ;
22-30 Oct 1805 losses amongst the prizes due to bad weather etc: Redoutable, Rayo, Monarca (sank) ; Fougueux, Bucentaure, Indomptable, San-Francisco-de-Asis, Aigle, Berwick (wrecked) ; Algésiras (taken into Cadiz) ; Santa-Ana, Neptuno (recaptured) ; Santisima-Trinidad (scuttled) ; Achille, Intrépide, San-Augustin (burnt) ; the washup ; burial of Nelson ;
24 Oct 1805 Neptune and Prince clear and scuttle the Santisima-Trinidad.
Portsmouth 16 Aug 1815 Came into harbour : to be paid off.
Type: former steam merchant ship ; Armament -
Purchased : 1854 ;
Wrecked : 14 Nov 1854
14 Nov 1854 was one of a number of vessels which sank in a gale on the coast of the Crimea whilst carrying a large quantity of winter stores, which deprived the British Army of much valuable equipment, including winter clothing etc. The British Army insisted on using the ships which brought out equipment and materials from England as store ships, rather than landing the stuff and storing it ashore : since this tied up a large number of vessels for long periods it had the effect of creating a shortage of high quality shipping, which had the effect of pushing up the cost of renting / leasing / hiring merchant ships, and was thus ended up being a very expensive option, especially when so much ended up on the sea bed.