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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 1764 ; Disposal date or year : 1811
BM: 1642 tons
27 Oct 1793, joined the Channel Fleet and 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.
2 May - 1 Jun 1794 Departure of the Channel Fleet from St. Helen's, and the lead up to actions and manoeuvres with the French fleet. 28 May, ordered to reconnoitre the strange fleet, reported by the frigates, to be approaching the British fleet. 29 May - 1 Jun., what was to be known as the Battle of the Glorious 1st June commences, resulting in the capture of six sail of the line and one sunk. Review of the part performed by each British ship engaged. 13 Jun, the fleet arrived back in home ports.
7-21 Sep 1794 the Channel Fleet sailed from Torbay to cruise off the coast of France, but as a result of bad weather returned to Torbay.
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 Russel, Captain Thomas Larcom, 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.
3 Oct 1797 Remained off the Dutch coast whilst the remainder of the North Sea fleet victualled etc. at Yarmouth.
11 Oct 1797 engaged the Dutch fleet in what was to be known as the Battle of Camperdown (Admiral Duncan).
21 Feb 1798 prize money resulting from the sale of Dutch ships captured on the 11 Oct 1797 due for payment. www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/14089/pages/120
20 Mar 1798 Russel and Jason captured the French privateer Bonne Citoyenne in the Channel.
31 Jan 1799, Plymouth, orders came down from the Admiralty for the Canada, Mars, Russell, and Lancaster, now in Cawsand Bay, to be in readiness to sail at a moment's warning.
12 Mar 1799, Plymouth, in Cawsand Bay.
16 Mar 1799, Plymouth, orders came down this day for the Russell, Phoebe, and Proselyte, to sail on Tuesday next to reinforce Admiral Kingsmill's squadron off the Coast of Ireland.
20 Mar 1799, Plymouth, sailed for the coast of Ireland.
Circa 25 Apr 1799 joined fleet to cruise 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.
Circa late Jun 1799 arrived in the Tagus from the Channel Squadron to take a convoy and prizes to the England.
13 Jul 1799, Plymouth, arrived this morning from off the Rock of Lisbon, the Royal Sovereign, Caesar, Russell, with five of Lord Nelson's prizes, viz. La Tonant 84, Canopus 84, Spartiate 74, Aboukir 74, and Conquerant 74.
14 Jul 1799, Portsmouth, arrived at Spithead, the Magnificent, 74, with a convoy from Lisbon. She sailed on the 17 Jun in company with the Royal Sovereign, Caesar, Russell, Aimable, a sloop, and five of Lord Nelson's prizes ; L'Aimable and the sloop escorted the trade to Liverpool, &c
10 Aug 1799, sailed for Torbay the Temeraire, Russell and Ramillies.
1 Oct 1799, Plymouth, arrived from Torbay, to refit.
24 Oct 1799, Plymouth, sailed for Torbay.
7 Dec 1799, Plymouth, arrived, from the Channel Fleet, Neptune, and Ruby, and Swan and Joseph cutters, and Plymouth, lugger.
28 Feb 1800, Plymouth, reported ready for sea, and will drop down the harbour for Cawsand Bay the moment the wind shifts.
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, who was joined off the Sound by the Impetueux, Canada, and Russell.
24 Apr 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Russell, 74, Capt. Sawyer, from off Brest, to land her sick men at the Royal Hospital.
24 Apr 1800, Torbay, sailed with the Channel Fleet, under the command of Sir Alan Gardner.
11 Jun 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Pompee to join the fleet off Brest.
21 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived from the Channel fleet, to refit and victual.
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 Russell and sailed directly to join the fleet.
27 Sep 1800, Plymouth, arrived from off Brest, and anchored in Cawsand Bay, owing to very heavy S.W. gales.
29 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived from the Channel Fleet, the fleet had very blowing weather their last cruise.
19 Nov 1800, Plymouth, sail to join the Channel fleet.
3 Dec 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Earl St. Vincent's fleet, which passed up for Torbay.
8 Dec 1800, Plymouth, orders came down to victual the Russel, 74, now in Cawsand Bay, for six months, creating many rumours regarding her supposed destination.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 the fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker sailed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen. Circa 21 Mar 1801 parted company, by signal, to take the Tickler gun-brig in tow.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker sailed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen. 30 Mar the vessels initially detailed to take part in the forthcoming Battle of Copenhagen. 1 Apr the vessels detailed sail for Copenhagen ; the British ships held in reserve ; the Danish positions : 2 Apr the battle commences : the truce : the casualties : the wash-up :
12 Apr 1801 the fleet sailed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.
8 May 1801 to cruise off Carlscrona.
23 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.
May 1805 East Indies.
27 Nov 1806 a part of a squadron under R.-adm. Pellew which arrived off the road of Batavia and destroyed the Dutch frigate Phoenix and other vessels lying there.
5 Dec 1807, captured the French privateere Adele on the East Indies station.
16 Feb 1810 at Madras Roads.
Bombay 8 Feb 1811 The Minden sailed on her first cruise, manned by the crew of the Russell.