HMS Conquerant

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Conquerant, 1798
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Taken : 1 Aug 1798 ;
Disposal date or year : BU at Plymouth in 1803 ?

14 Aug 1798 the Orion, Bellerophon, Minotaur, Defence, Audacious, Theseus, and Majestic, accompanied by the prizes Franklin, Tonnant, Aquilon, Conquérant, Peuple-Souverain and Spartiate leave Aboukir Bay.

Mid Sep 1798 arrive Gibraltar with prizes and after making repairs sail for England leaving the Peuple-Souverain (re-named Guerrier) behind as a guard ship.

The Conquérant was about 50 years old, and of no greater tonnage than the Theseus, the largest ship, except the Minotaur, in the fleet that took her. The Aquilon, or, as newly named, Aboukir, was built at Lorient in the year 1793, and, but for her shattered state, would have been a useful ship : as it was, both of these ships remained in port until they were broken up.

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 Tonnant 84, Canopus 84, Spartiate 74, Aboukir 74, and Conquerant 74.

17 Jul 1799 Plymouth, passed up the harbour this morning, the Mars, with the Tonnant, Canopus, Spartiate, Aboukir, and Conquerant, French prizes, with bands playing and cheers from the spectators, and each ship returning the cheers as she passed.

When the Conquerant. Captain George Clarke, one of Lord Nelson's prizes, was lately surveyed at Plymouth, to discover whether it was safe to send her round to Chatham, she was pronounced to be in too shattered a state, even for so short a distance. During her voyage from Lisbon, she was kept together, by cables being drawn round her, and providentially experienced only favourable weather.

14 Sep 1799 Plymouth, is to be fitted up as a Convalescent ship, to lie at the Nore.

Circa May 1800 Captain George Clarke, who returned to England with the command of the Conquerant, of 74 guns, is appointed to the Braakel.

8 Dec 1802 by order of the Right Hon. the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty and Navy Boards, La Conquerant, 74, one of the prizes of Vice- Admiral Lord Nelson, so gloriously captured at the battle of the Nile, on the 1st of August 1798, being found on elimination, so defective at not to be fit for service, even if repaired, is to go into the first vacant dock, to be broken up and sold as old timber, except those knees, &c. which may be individually found fit for further use.

9 Dec 1802 the Tonant, 84, one of the Nile prizes, which is thoroughly repaired, and is a very fine man of war of her class, with the Mars, 74, also just repaired at Plymouth, will come out of dock, most probably the 13th or I4th instant. When the Tonant, 84, goes out of dock, the Conquerant, 74, to be broken up, will occupy her situation.

10 Dec 1802 La Conquerant, 74, hauled alongside the Jetty Head for the purpose of going into dock.

14 Dec 1802 taken into Dock at Plymouth to be broken up, and in view of the shortage of suitable timber, some of her knees, bends &c. being retained for further use should the opportunity arise.

Circa 27 Jun 1803 Mr. Bass, late Purser of the Conquerant, apptd to the Majestic.