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Type: 3rd rate † ; Armament 74
Launched : 1786 ; Disposal date or year : 1868
14 Jun 1795 the British fleet, then off Minorca, joined by a squadron from Gibraltar and England, including the Saturn, Captain James Douglas.
8 Jul 1795, the fleet, at anchor at in San-Fiorenzo bay, once aware that the French fleet was close by, gave chase. It was sighted on the 13th and later the order was given for the general chase, but apart from the loss of a 74 by the French the result was inconclusive and resulted in not a little criticism, the consequence perhaps being Admiral Hotham's resignation on 1 Nov 1795.
6 Aug 1795, Admiral Hotham put to sea on a cruise, sighting the French fleet in Toulon road.
5 Oct 1795, a squadron under Rear-admiral Mann, including the Saturn, sailed from San-Fiorenzo in pursuit of a French squadron returning from Toulon to Brest ; but too late !
19 Mar 1799, at Spithead.
19 Apr 1799, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise.
7 May 1799, remains in Cawsand Bay.
9 May 1799, Plymouth, orders came down to victual for six months for foreign service.
11 May 1799, Plymouth, a lurking, lingering kind of fever has broke out in the Saturn, 74 guns, Captain Totty, fitting for sea in Cawsand Bay. The first lieutenant, boatswain, and 140 seamen and marines, are now in the Royal Hospital for cure. As very exaggerated accounts are in circulation respecting the fever, it is necessary to state facts : the ship's company, under the direction of Captain Totty and his officers, have been very active in getting the ship ready for sea at this critical period. Some of the water, it appears, has been found bad. The symptoms are, pain in the head, nausea, and violent pains in the back; but there are not at present any cases particularly dangerous: therefore it is to be hoped this ship’s company will be soon restored to its usual vigour and health.
16 May 1799, remains in Cawsand Bay.
18 Jun 1799, Plymouth, Mr. Whitford, coroner, took an inquest on the body of a seaman of the Saturn, fitting for sea in Cawsand Bay, who fell from the larboard arm of the main-top-gallant-yard. He pitched on the bayonet of the marine centinel on the gangway which pierced through his eye and head. He languished about six hours, with both thighs broke, and then expired. He is much lamented by Captain Totty and the ship's company as an excellent seaman.
19 Jun 1799, remains in Cawsand Bay.
21 Jun 1799, in the Plymouth, sailed with the Amelia, Magnanime, and the sloops of war Telegraph and Spy with a lugger and a cutter, on a cruise off Brest.
1 Dec 1799, Portsmouth, arrived from the Channel fleet,
11 Jan 1800 a ship's boat going out to Spithead got on shore near Blockhouse Point and upset. One man was drowned and the rest got ashore safely. I turns out that the coxswain and the boat's crew were drunk.
25 Jan 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on Captain Totty, of the Saturn, for running on board the Prince. He was acquitted, the accident being caused by the darkness of the night and other causes.
4 Mar 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with the Ajax, and Achilles, for Torbay.
24 Apr 1800, Torbay, the Channel Fleet sailed.
11 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived from off Brest, to refit.
11 Aug 1800, Plymouth, arrived from the Channel fleet to victual and refit.
18 Aug 1800, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
11 Oct 1800, Plymouth, sailed with La Juste, for Torbay.
Circa 1 Nov 1800, F. Atkins, Esq. is appointed Purser of the Saturn.
2 Dec 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from the Channel Fleet.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker sailed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen. 31 Mar Copenhagen : remained anchored off the Middle Ground with Admiral Parker whilst Nelson sailed with the rest of the fleet for the forthcoming engagement. 2 Apr moved closer to Copenhagen.
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 Portsmouth, fitting in Ordinary.
22 Mar 1808 action between a British squadron and the two French frigates Italienne and Seine, off the port of Lorient.
† 1812-13 Majestic, Goliath, and Saturn were cut down, fore-and-aft, to the clamps of the quarterdeck and forecastle. Each ship was allowed to retain her first-deck battery of 28 long 32-pounders, and, in lieu of her 28 long 18-pounders on the second deck, she received an equal number of 42-pounder carronades, besides two long 12-pounders as chase-guns, making 58 guns on two flush decks, with a net complement of 495 men and boys.
Portsmouth 3 Jan 1814 Arrived from the westward, and is appointed to take the next convoy to the North East Coast of America.
Portsmouth 27 Jan 1814 Will sail Saturday, with a convoy for Bermuda, Halifax, and the Bahamas, weather permitting.
Portsmouth 14 Feb 1814 Sailed with the Bermuda and Halifax convoy, the peristent fog having lifted.
25 May 1814 captured the U.S. privateer schooner Hussar, 10 gun, 98 men.
12 Jun 1814 arrived Halifax with the Hussar.
10 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the brig Commerce, from Liverpool, England, captured by the US privateer Amelia, re-captured by the Saturn.
19 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the sloop Tickler, from New York, for Eastport, captured by the by the Saturn.
1 Sep 1814, arrived Halifax a Portuguese ship, from St. Salvador, for New London, sent in by the Saturn.
31 Oct 1814 Endymion received from the Saturn, to replace the severe loss she had sustained, one lieutenant, four midshipmen, and 33 seamen and marines.
9 Nov 1814 arrived Halifax, from a cruise, with a number of wounded men from the Endymion.
Halifax 7 Dec 1814 Remains.
Plymouth 27 Mar 1815 Arrived from the coast of America.
Circa Aug/Sep 1817 reported to be in dock at Plymouth being reduced to a frigate.
Jul 1830 Lazaretto (quarantine/hospital ship) at Milford.
20 Dec 1848 Quarantine Service at Milford.
30 Aug 1851 Pembroke Dock.
1860 Administration Ship for the Port of Pembroke [Dock].
1 April 1862 Pembroke. Commissioned as RNR Drill Ship for Service at Pembroke Dock.
1864 Home Station, as RNR Drill Ship at Pembroke Dock. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.