HMS Prince

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Prince, 1788
Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 98
Launched : 1788 ; Disposal date or year : 1837

27 Oct 1793, Prince, 98, joined the Channel Fleet.

27 Oct 1793 departed in search of the French fleet and squadrons. 18 Nov brief skirmish with a French squadron : by mid-December the fleet had returned to Spithead.

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

12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the Prince, Captain Charles Powell Hamilton, departed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). And so ended the Battle of the Isle de Groix.

20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.

25 Dec 1796 Lord Bridport delayed in his departure from Spithead to meet the French fleet, during which a number of accidents involving ships of the line took place, including the Prince.

4 Jun 1797, evening, departed Spithead with the Prince, Ganges, Caesar, Bedford and Formidable, under R.-Adm Sir R. Curtis to join Adm. Duncan off the Texel.

7 Jun 1797, passed by the back of the Goodwin Sands with R.-Adm Sir R. Curtis' squadron, and has been joined by the Glatton.

9 Apr 1798 with a detachment from the Channel fleet departed from Cawsand bay for a cruise off Ireland.

5 Dec 1798 with the squadron off Cadiz.

19 Mar 1799 at Spithead.

7 Apr 1799 Portsmouth, departed on a cruize in the Channel, but put back on the 9th to St, Helen's, owing to strong contrary winds and departed on the 13th with a fine breeze from the eastward.

25 Apr 1799 cruising off Brest.

8 Jun 1799 Plymouth, reports received here advise that 16 ships of the line and 4 frigates were detached by Lord Bridport for the Straits.

7 Jul 1799 joined the Mediterranean fleet off Minorca.

27 Nov 1799 Portsmouth, arrived the Prince, Superb, Pompee and Agamemnon, from the Channel Fleet.

1 Dec 1799 Portsmouth, arrived from Lord Bridport’s fleet.

Circa Jan 1800 J. Willoughby. Esq., of the Royal William, is appointed one of the Lieutenants of the Prince, with Admiral Sir C Cotton.

21 Jan 1800 a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, at Portsmouth, on Captain Totty, of his Majesty's ship Saturn, for running on board the Prince. The Court after enquiring into the circumstances, delivered the following sentence :— "That the two ships being on board each other was caused by the extreme darkness of the night, and other circumstances, in which no blame was imputable to the said Captain Thomas Totty ; but that his conduct was that of a diligent, careful, and good officer, and did adjudge him to be acquitted.

7 Apr 1800 Portsmouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, for the trial of William Howell, Corporal of Marines, of the Prince, for having quitted his station at the Dock Yard on the 9th instant, and having taken with him Barnard Ward, a private marine, who had been placed sentinel at the Dock-Gates. The prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced by the Court to receive one hundred lashes on board of, or alongside, such of his Majesty's ships as the Commander in Chief of HM ships at Spithead should direct."

19 Apr 1800 has been in harbour and goes out to Spithead when the wind permits.

28 Apr 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator on an unnamed marine of the Prince, for striking Serjeant Burt of the Marines. The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to 200 lashes around the fleet at Portsmouth and Spithead.

3 May 1800 Portsmouth, departed the Prince, of 98 guns, Captain Sutton, to join the Channel fleet

5 May 1800 Plymouth, arrived from Portsmouth.

14 May 1800 Plymouth, departed to join the Channel fleet with the Atlas, Havick Railieur and Trompeuse.

18 May 1800 Plymouth, the Channel fleet passed up for Torbay this morning having experienced the fury of the gale when laying to off Brest, on Friday last under storm stay-sails ; the sea ran mountains high, and the wind suddenly shifted from S.W. to N.W. lay several men-of-war on their beams ends, but soon righted, though they shipped several heavy seas and the Prince received damage to her main top-mast.

19 Jul 1800 Plymouth, came in from off Brest with the Defence, and Excellent.

29 Jul 1800 Plymouth, in pursuance of orders from Earl St. Vincent, R.-Adm. Cotton shifted his flag from the Prince, 98 guns (she not being ready to join the fleet) to the Russel, 74, and departed to join the fleet.

28 Aug 1800 Plymouth, arrived with the Prince George, and Achille, from the Channel fleet.

5 Sep 1800 Plymouth, departed from Cawsand Bay with the Royal Sovereign, Princess Royal, Prince George, Bellona, and Achille. They were all clear of Penlee Point by night-fall.

27 Sep 1800 Plymouth, arrived with a squadron from off Brest, and anchored in Cawsand Bay, owing to S.W. gales.

5 Oct 1800 Plymouth, departed from Cawsand Bay to join the fleet in Torbay.

12 Jan 1801 arrived Plymouth to refit with the Prince George, to be paid wages and prize money.

20 Jan 1801 departed Plymouth for Torbay.

12 Mar 1801 the Ville de Paris, Adm. Cornwallis, arrived Torbay with the Royal George, San Josef, Prince George, Windsor Castle, Glory, Temeraire, Neptune, Atlas, Prince, and Captain from off Brest, where R.-Adm Saumarez remained with a strong squadron.

15 Mar 1801 departed Torbay with the fleet which arrived on Thursday evening, the 12th, along with the Unicorn, which arrived Friday evening.

17 Mar 1801 has just come to anchor in Torbay the fleet which departed on the 15th.

21 Mar 1801 the weather being reportedly blowing a heavy gale at W by N the fleet consisting of the same vessels as on 12 Mar., along with the Venerable, is taking shelter in Torbay.

30 Mar 1801 the Channel Fleet, now made up as follows : the Ville de Paris, Adm. Cornwallis ; Royal Sovereign, V.-Adm. Harvey ; Windsor Castle, V.-Adm. Mitchell ; Prince George, R.-Adm. Cotton ; Princess Royal, R.-Adm. Gower, Temeraire, R.-Adm. Whitshed ; Barfleur, R.-Adm. Collingwood ; San Josef, Capt Wolsley ; Atlas, Capt Murray ; Formidable, Capt Grindale ; Glory, Capt Draper ; Prince, Capt Earl of Northesk ; and frigate Fisgard, Capt Martin, departed Torbay for the Channel.

29 Jul 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound the Prince George, and Prince from the Channel Fleet, and left them all well on the 27th instant.

6 Aug 1801 departed Plymouth this morning for the Channel Fleet, the Prince, Captain, Capt R.J. Strachan, 74s, and Doris, frigate, Capt Brisbane.

23 Oct 1801 went into the Sound and sailed for Portsmouth.

29 Oct 1801 arrived at Spithead.

19 Nov 1801 remained in Torbay the Ville de Paris, Royal Sovereign, Prince of Wales, Neptune, Prince, Royal George, San Joseph, London, Magnificent, Bellerophon, Hercule, Donegal, Robust, Edgar, Belleisle, Courageux, Fisgard, Amelia, Indefatigable, Childers, Atlanta, Nimrod. The Nile cutter departing for Plymouth to be paid off.

28 Dec 1801 remained with the Channel Fleet in Torbay with the Ville de Paris.

29 Dec 1801 newspapers of the day report that Earl Northesk has resumed command of the Prince, vice Loring, who is apptd to the Bellerophon ; and Capt S Osborne has taken command of the Ramilies, vice Nicholls.

31 Dec 1801 arrived Cawsand Bay from Torbay, to be paid and victualled, the Neptune, 98 ; Prince, 98, and Childers, 14.

6 Jan 1802 departed Plymouth Sound for Torbay the Prince, 98, Captain the Earl of Northesk ; she was paid wages yesterday.

12 Apr 1802 came into Cawsand Bay from Torbay, St. Josef, 120 ; Royal George, 110 ; and Prince, 98, to be stripped and paid off.

14 Apr 1802 went up into Hamoaze to be paid off, the Royal George, 110, Prince, 98, and San Josef, 120. Lighters were sent alongside each ship to remove their powder, spirits and wines &c. to the various storehouses.

23 Apr 1802 the Prince, 98 ; the St. Josef, 120, and the Royal George, 110, were paid off in Hamoaze, and laid up in ordinary. The greater part of their crews shipped themselves for different ports, and many were away in the long coaches.

Circa 21 Nov 1802 Mr. Thomas Pitt, late Master of the Prince, 98, is appointed Master Attendant to his Majesty's Dock Yard in the island of Antigua, in consequence of his services in the Mediterranean, when under the command of Earl St. Vincent.

24 Mar 1803 is to be hauled down into the Hamoaze for immediate commission.

14 Apr 1803 having been hauled down the harbour, was commissioned by Capt Grindale, and will have the riggers on board tomorrow, and her top masts will soon be up.

30 Apr 1803 continues fitting out for sea in Hamoaze.

11 Jun 1803 just come to in Berney Pool and will soon go out of Hamoaze, being nearly manned.

Circa 27 Jun 1803 Lieutenant Baldwin, apptd to the Prince.

Circa 27 Jun 1803 Mr. Tate, apptd to be Purser of the Prince.

29 Jul 1803 the Neptune, Capt Drury, went up into Hamoaze to be repaired. Her ship's company is to be turned over to the San Josef, Foudroyant, and Prince, to man them to join the Channel Fleet.

23 Aug 1803 fitting in Hamoaze and will soon be ready for sea.

26 Oct 1803 a court martial was held on board the St Josef, on a seaman of the Prince, for drinking the health of Bonaparte and other seditious expressions. He was deemed that he was deranged at times and was sentenced to 2 years in the Marshalsea prison.

3 Nov 1803 the Prince, Capt Grindall, and Foudroyant, Capt Spicer, remain in the lower moorings in Hamoaze, Plymouth, detained by a lack of manpower, bad gales preventing the usual methods of recruiting.

12 Nov 1803 R.-Adm Dacres shifted his flag from the Foudroyant to the Prince, whilst R.-Adm Graves hoisted his flag as R.-Adm of the White at the Mizen of the Foudroyant.

3 Dec 1803 R.-Adm Dacre struck his flag as second in command at Plymouth, on board the Prince, and re-hoisted it at the mizen of the Niobe, Capt Scott, lying in Plymouth Sound, as second in command of the Jamaica station under V.-Adm Duckworth, with the usual salutes being made by the various flag ships in harbour, and will soon depart Plymouth for Jamaica accordingly.

25 Jan 1804 2 boats, one from the Prince, and another from the Terrible, are reported to have upset at Plymouth, with no survivors from the 2 midshipmen and 15 seamen who were onboard.

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.

11 Oct 1804 per a report from Brixham, the following squadron under Adm Cornwallis arrived Torbay, the Ville de Paris, San Josef, Prince, Prince George, Princess Royal, Temeraire, Windsor Castle, Glory, and Plantagenet. On Tuesday they attempted to go back to sea, but the wind became contrary again and they returned to Torbay, joining the hired armed ship Lady Melville, and the Nimrod hired armed cutter.

Circa 20 Oct 1804 the Ville de Paris, San Josef, Prince, Prince George, Princess Royal, Temeraire, Windsor Castle, Glory, and Plantagenet remain at Torbay, and have been joined by the Mars, Capt Duff.

Circa 27 Oct 1804 it is reported that the Channel Fleet : the Ville de Paris, San Josef, Prince, Prince George, Princess Royal, Temeraire, Windsor Castle, and Plantagenet had departed Torbay for their station, being joined from Plymouth by the Britannia and Venerable, the Glory, having departed for Spithead, and the Foudroyant, Colossus and Repulse having gone into Cawsand Bay.

Circa 8 Dec 1804 Mr E Bromley, apptd surgeon of the Hibernia.

May 1805 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 : Prince. 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 ;

24 Oct 1805 Neptune and Prince clear and scuttle the Santisima-Trinidad.

16 Aug 1815 came into Portsmouth harbour to be paid off.

13 Dec 1832 died on board the Prince, Elizabeth, the wife of the Purser, William Ingram Esq. R.N.