HMS Conqueror

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Conqueror, 1801
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : at the yard of Mr. Graham at Harwich 23 Nov 1801, in a gale ;
Disposal date or year : 1822

27 Dec 1801 arrived Harwich, the Mariner, Monkey, Jackall, and Minx, gun brigs, with men for the Conqueror, 74, lately launched, to take her to the Nore.

4 Jan 1802 remains at Harwich.

11 Jan 1802 the Conqueror, with the Mariner, Monkey, Jackall, and Minx in company, departed Felixten ? Roads this morning with a fine northerly wind for the Nore.

12 Jan 1802 the Conqueror arrived at the Nore from Harwich, with the Mariner, Monkey, Jackall, and Minx in company.

27 Jan 1802 was hauled alongside the sheer-hulk and had her masts put in ; and are now rigging her.

14 Feb 1802 is taking in stores and provisions at Sheerness and will go out of harbour shortly.

16 Feb 1802 went out of Sheerness harbour to the Nore, having been fitted with jury masts.

19 Feb 1802 departed Sheerness under jury masts for Plymouth.

21 Feb 1802 arrived in the Downs, from Sheerness.

25 Feb 1802 departed the Downs with the Magicienne, for Plymouth.

27 Feb 1802 arrived Plymouth Sound from the Downs, under convoy of La Magicienne, 36, the Conqueror, 74, under jury masts.

28 Feb 1802 went up into Plymouth harbour, the Conqueror, 74, to be paid off in a day or two, and laid up in ordinary with the Plantagenet, 74, in the river Tamar. The Conqueror's ship's company will be turned over to the Cambridge flag ship in Hamoaze.

5 Mar 1802 orders received at Plymouth to take into dock the Plantagenet, 74, and Conqueror, 74, just arrived from the Downs, to be fitted for service.

13 Mar 1802 went into dock to be fitted for commission, the Conqueror, 74, just arrived from the Downs.

1 Apr 1802 in Hamoaze the Conqueror, 74, now in dock, is almost ready to go out, and the Tenant, 84, and Culloden, 74, are completely stripped to have their timbers thoroughly examined.

22 Nov 1802 J. Liddell, Deputy Judge-Advocate at Portsmouth, is also appointed from the Culloden, 74, to be Purser of the Conqueror, 74, now in ordinary in the Tamar.

Feb 1803 capture of the Jan Frederick, La Felicité, Le Charles, and Jonge Batzé, by the Hind Revenue Cutter, while acting as a Tender to the Conqueror, Thomas Louis.

11 Mar 1803 in view of the apparent unravelling of the Peace of Amiens and the reintroduction of Impressment the Admiralty order the following ships of the line to be commissioned at Plymouth : Mars, Malta, Tonant, Conqueror, and Spartiate.

30 Mar 1803 commissioned.

31 Mar 1803 fitting for sea in Hamoaze.

30 Apr 1803 continues fitting out for sea in Hamoaze.

16 May 1803 Adm Cornwallis sailed on Monday from Torbay, with a squadron consisting of the following ships : Dreadnought, 98, Hon Adm Cornwallis, First Capt Murray, Second Capt Brace ; Neptune, 98, Capt Drury ; Albion, 74, Capt Ferrier ; Minotaur, 74, Capt Louis ; Ardent, 64, Capt Winthorp ; Culloden, 74, R.-Adm Campbell, Capt Lane ; Venerable, 74, Capt Searle ; Sceptre, 74, Capt Dickson ; Thunderer, 74, Capt Bedford ; and Russel, 74, Capt Williams. The Tonant, Malta, Spartiate, Plantagenet, Mars and Conqueror, lying in Cawsand Bay are nearly ready for sea, and want but few men to complete their complement.

1 June 1803 Letter I have received from Lieutenant Senhouse, of HM Ship Conqueror, (employed on the Impress Service on board the Hind Revenue Cutter,) stating his having captured La Felicité French Cutter Privateer, and carried her into Portland-Roads, with sundry other Prizes. I am, &c. Jas. P. Dacres.

13 Jun 1803 100 seamen put on board the Conqueror, by a tender just arrived from Liverpool.

7 Jul 1803 it is reported unofficially at Plymouth that the following ships of the line : Malta, Canopus, Sceptre, and Conqueror, have been sent from the Channel Fleet to assist with the blockade off Cadiz &c.

7 Sep 1803 arrived Plymouth, from the Channel Fleet, the Conqueror, Capt Louis, to refit.

19 Sep 1803 departed Plymouth for the Channel Fleet.

8 Oct 1803 letters received from the Conqueror, Capt T Louis, date 29 Sep., off the Black Rock, off Brest, state that the inshore squadron, including the Mars, Capt Sutton ; the Spartiate, Capt Manby ; Defiance, Capt P C Durham ; and the Ardent, Capt Winthrop, are all well and healthy.

13 Dec 1803 arrived in Cawsand Bay from the Channel Fleet off Brest, to water and victual.

31 Jan 1804 the Ville de Paris, Adm Cornwallis, has been obliged by the gales now blowing up the Channel to leave the French Coast and put into Torbay with the Dreadnought, Prince, Foudroyant, Impetueux, Colossus, and Conqueror, from whence they sailed on the 3 Feb.

Circa 28 Apr 1804 Capt I Pellew, apptd to the Conqueror.

Circa 9 Sep 1804 the Tigre, and Conqueror are reported at Portsmouth to have departed Plymouth to join Adm Nelson in the Mediterranean.

Circa Aug 1804 will shortly be joining the British fleet off Toulon.

15 Oct 1804 the Spencer, off Toulon, reports that she, and several other vessels, were near to cutting off 2 ships of the line and a frigate, which had chased some our frigates off the land ; also the arrival of the Tigre and Conqueror with transports with provisions from Plymouth and the Hydra from Portsmouth.

19 Jan 1805 whilst watering at Agincourt sound the Mediterranean fleet was informed that the Toulon fleet was at sea, and departed in search. It was discovered on 14 Feb that the French fleet had returned to Toulon.

28 Mar 1805 victualled at Palma and on the 3 Apr departed to water at Pulla bay, but on the 4th the Phoebe reported that the Toulon fleet was at sea again : the search began again. 4 May, having heard that the Toulon fleet had passed through the Straits on 8 Apl, the fleet anchored at Mazari bay to water and provision, but following a change in the wind the fleet departed on 5 May, the Superb leaving her cargo of cattle and vegetables etc. on the beach. Having provisioned for 5 months on the 10th rendez-voused on 12th at Cape St.-Vincent with a convoy of troops from England and detached the Royal-Sovereign to the convoy, following which Nelson departed for Madeira and the West Indies.

15 May 1805 arrived Madeira : and Barbadoes 4 Jun with news that the French fleet was in the West Indies : was joined by the Spartiate : 13th arrived Antigua and departed for Europe.

17 Jul 1805 arrived off Cape St.-Vincent and departed for Gibraltar, and having watered etc. proceeded west and north. 15 Aug received news from Adm. Cornwallis off Ushant, before Victory and Superb departed for Spithead, arriving on the 18th, leaving Conqueror as a reinforcement to the 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 : Conqueror. 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 ;

22 Oct 1805 the French prize Bucentaure, following the loss of her tow, was wrecked on the Puerques : her prize crew, from the Conqueror, and former French crew were rescued by boats from the French frigates.

14-16 Jul 1806 the ships' boats from the Prince-of-Wales, Centaur, Conqueror, Monarch, Revenge, and Polyphemus, along with 3 boats each from the Indefatigable and Iris, capture the French 16-gun brig-corvette César from the R. Gironde.

Torbay 29 Dec 1806 Remains.

Early Nov 1807 departed as a part of a squadron under R.-Adm. Sir W. S. Smith, for the Tagus, where they commenced a blockade on the 17th.

29 Nov 1807 escorted the Portuguese Royal Family to lat. 37° 47' N., long. 14° 17' W., where, having detached 3 ships, R.-Adm. Smith returned to blockade the Tagus, now occupied by a Russian squadron, where he was joined by a squadron under Commod. P Halkett.

30 Oct 1809 had recently joined the Mediterranean fleet off the coast of Catalonia.

15 Jul 1810 manoeuvres with the squadron which remained off the port of Toulon when the Mediterranean fleet left the coast to seek shelter.

24 June 1811 Reported to be off Toulon.

18 Jul 1811 off Toulon.

19 Jul 1811 Conqueror and Sultan involved in manoeuvres with ships of the French fleet off Toulon.

Plymouth 26 Jan 1812 departed for the Downs with convoy.

Sheerness 3 Feb 1812 Is lying between here and Chatham, having dragged her moorings away, and gone on shore.

Portsmouth 9 Feb 1817 Is expected to sail in the next few days for St. Helena.

Portsmouth 8 Feb 1817 At Spithead.

Cape of Good Hope 6 Jun 1817 Reported to have arrived.

St Helena 25 Jul 1817 Remains.

St Helena 1 Nov 1817 Remains.

St Helena 12 Apr 1818 Remains.

St Helena 17 Aug 1818 Was at the island.

St. Helena 22 Nov 1819 Remains.

St Helena 14 Jun 1820 Lying at that Island.

Portsmouth 14 Sep 1820 Has arrived from St. Helena, and departed to the eastward, to be paid off.