HMS Impregnable

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Impregnable, 1789
Type: ; Armament 98
Launched : 1789 ; Disposal date or year : 19 Oct 1799
Disposal Details : Wrecked between Langstone and Chichester ; crew saved. Captain Jonathan Faulknor. See below for more details.
BM: 1887 tons
Complement: 758
Notes:

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. 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.

14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet departed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.

6 Sep 1799 Portsmouth, departed to join the Channel fleet.

17 Oct 1799 Plymouth, passed up the Lisbon and Oporto fleets, under convoy of the Impregnable, of 98 guns (since unfortunately lost off Portsmouth,) and the Excellent, 74, Captain Stopford.

19 Oct 1799 Portsmouth, arrived late last night, and early this morning, twelve merchant ships from Lisbon, which departed from thence under convoy of the Impregnable, 98, and Excellent, 74, the latter of which parted company a few days since, in chace of a suspected vessel. We are sorry to state, that owing to the badness of the weather the Impregnable, standing rather too far to the Eastward, ran ashore near the entrance of Langstone Harbour. At the time she struck it blew a violent gale of wind. All her masts are cut away. Vessels from the Dock-yard, Victualling-office, and Gun-wharf, launches, and other boats from the different men of war at Spithead, went immediately to assist in saving the stores. We feel particular pleasure in stating, that no lives are lost.

21 Oct 1799 Portsmouth, the Impregnable is now given up as lost.

Court Martial on Captain Faulknor and his officers, for the loss of the Impregnable, 98, held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth. The Officers and several of the Seamen were on Wednesday strictly examined, and the circumstances which attended the loss of the ship and the causes, were fully investigated. It appears upon all the evidence, that her loss was occasioned by running upon Chichester shoal, whilst in charge of Michael Jenkin, the master, and afterwards bearing a considerable way upon the flats, so that it was impossible to get her off. The evidence likewise imputed this disaster to be the negligence of the Master, he having run beyond the proper distance before he hauled in for St. Helens, and not having anchored the ship at the time when the men at the leads declared there was a material difference in the soundings; but those men differed in their reports. The evidence respecting Captain Faulknor and his officers was highly creditable to themselves, and to the discipline of the ship in which they served. The room was cleared for an hour, when the Court adjudged the said Michael Jenkin, in consideration of his having been deceived in the soundings, only to be dismissed from HM Service, and the Captain and officers to be honourably acquitted.