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Type: Third rate: ship, small ; Armament 74-gun
Launched : 1784 ; Disposal date or year : 24 Nov 1804
Disposal Details : Wrecked on sunken rocks in Torbay : crew saved Captain John Hunter.
Feb 1795 a small British squadron, under the orders of Vice-admiral Adam Duncan, in the 74-gun ship Venerable, was despatched to the North Sea, to watch the motions of the Dutch fleet lying in the Texel.
May 1797 remained off the Texel during the mutiny on the Nore command.
3 Oct 1797 arrived Yarmouth from off the Texel to victual and store etc.
9 Oct 1797 sailed from Yarmouth for the Texel. 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
24 Apr 1799, Portsmouth, arrived at St. Helen's from the eastward.
4 Jun 1799 arrived off Basque road.
14 Dec 1799, Portsmouth, arrived the Royal George, Venerable, Achilles, and Montague, from the Channel fleet.
10 Jan 1800, Portsmouth, a boat with eighteen persons in it was overset near the White Buoy, on its passage to the Venerable, lying at St, Helen's. Those who unfortunately perished were, B. C. Meredith, Lieutenant of the Marines ; Mr. Stokes, Midshipman ; ten seamen, three boys, and one woman, all belonging to the above ship : 2 men were happily saved. One of them preserved himself by means of a trunk belonging to an officer, who fortunately avoided sharing the fate of the above persons by getting out of the boat only a few minutes before it left the Sally Port. The two seamen saved from the Venerable's boat, and picked up by the laudable exertions of a wherryman, being brought on shore, were immediately attended by Mr. Sharp, surgeon, in Broad-street, who, by his perseverance, restored them both to society. He restored one by an emetic, and the other by the process prescribed by the Humane Society.
8 Feb 1800, Portsmouth, this afternoon the following ships, under the command of Admiral Whitshed, went down to St. Helen's, viz. Temeraire, London, Pompee, Venerable, Ramilies, and Montague.
20 Feb 1800, St. Helen's, sailed for Torbay : Temeraire, London, Pompee, Venerable, Hector, Ramilies, and Montagu.
22 Feb 1800, Plymouth, an express arrived from Torbay to the Victualling Office, to send over craft with beer to complete the following men of War arrived there, viz. Temeraire, London, Venerable, Hector, Ramillies, Pompee, and Montagu.
24 Apr 1800, Torbay, Sailed with the Channel Fleet, under the command of Sir Alan Gardne.
28 Aug 1800, Plymouth, sailed to join the Channel fleet.
Plymouth 21 Mar 1801 Sailed for Torbay.
13 Jun 1801 chased the two French 40-gun frigates Libre and Indienne in to the road of Cadiz.
5 Jul 1801 sailed from off Cadiz for Algeziras roads where, on the 6th, the squadron engaged a small French squadron protected shore batteries, during which severe action the Hannibal went aground and was lost to the Spanish and French : details of casualties sustained in the action.
12 Jul 1801 sailed Gibraltar to chase a Franco-Spanish squadron observed sailing from Algeziras. 12th-13th the engagement commenced resulting in the destruction of 2 first rates, and the capture of a 3rd rate.