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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 1764 ; Disposal date or year : 1811
BM: 1642 tons
27 Oct 1793, joined the Channel Fleet and 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.
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. 28 May, ordered to reconnoitre the strange fleet, reported by the frigates, to be approaching the British 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.
7-21 Sep 1794 the Channel Fleet departed from Torbay to cruise off the coast of France, but as a result of bad weather returned to Torbay.
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 Russel, Captain Thomas Larcom, 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.
3 Oct 1797 Remained off the Dutch coast whilst the remainder of the North Sea fleet victualled etc. at Yarmouth.
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.
20 Mar 1798 Russel and Jason captured the French privateer Bonne Citoyenne in the Channel.
31 Jan 1799 Plymouth, orders came down from the Admiralty for the Canada, Mars, Russell, and Lancaster, now in Cawsand Bay, to be in readiness to sail at a moment's warning.
12 Mar 1799 Plymouth, in Cawsand Bay.
16 Mar 1799 Plymouth, orders came down this day for the Russell, Phoebe, and Proselyte, to sail on Tuesday next to reinforce Admiral Kingsmill's squadron off the Coast of Ireland.
20 Mar 1799 Plymouth, departed for the coast of Ireland.
Circa 25 Apr 1799 joined fleet to cruise 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.
Circa late Jun 1799 arrived in the Tagus from the Channel Squadron to take a convoy and prizes to the England.
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 Tonant 84, Canopus 84, Spartiate 74, Aboukir 74, and Conquerant 74.
14 Jul 1799 Portsmouth, arrived at Spithead, the Magnificent, 74, with a convoy from Lisbon. She departed on the 17 Jun in company with the Royal Sovereign, Caesar, Russell, Aimable, a sloop, and five of Lord Nelson's prizes ; L'Aimable and the sloop escorted the trade to Liverpool, &c
10 Aug 1799 departed for Torbay the Temeraire, Russell and Ramillies.
1 Oct 1799 Plymouth, arrived from Torbay, to refit.
24 Oct 1799 Plymouth, departed for Torbay.
7 Dec 1799 Plymouth, arrived, from the Channel Fleet, Neptune, and Ruby, and Swan and Joseph cutters, and Plymouth, lugger.
28 Feb 1800 Plymouth, reported ready for sea, and will drop down the harbour for Cawsand Bay the moment the wind shifts.
16 Mar 1800 Plymouth, passed by Lord Bridport from Torbay, with 15 sail of the line and four frigates, to join the Channel fleet off Brest, who was joined off the Sound by the Impetueux, Canada, and Russell.
24 Apr 1800 Plymouth, arrived the Russell, 74, Capt. Sawyer, from off Brest, to land her sick men at the Royal Hospital.
24 Apr 1800 Torbay, departed with the Channel Fleet, under the command of Sir Alan Gardner.
11 Jun 1800 Plymouth, departed with the Pompee to join the fleet off Brest.
21 Jul 1800 Plymouth, arrived from the Channel fleet, to refit and victual.
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 Russell and departed directly to join the fleet.
27 Sep 1800 Plymouth, arrived from off Brest, and anchored in Cawsand Bay, owing to very heavy S.W. gales.
29 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived from the Channel Fleet, the fleet had very blowing weather their last cruise.
19 Nov 1800 Plymouth, sail to join the Channel fleet.
3 Dec 1800 Plymouth, arrived from Earl St. Vincent's fleet, which passed up for Torbay.
8 Dec 1800 Plymouth, orders came down to victual the Russel, 74, now in Cawsand Bay, for six months, creating many rumours regarding her supposed destination.
19 Jan 1801 arrived Plymouth from the Channel Fleet.
25 Jan 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from off Brest.
28 Jan 1801 news received at Plymouth that the French fleet had departed Brest and that as a result the ships of the line in Cawsand Bay, the Barfleur, Achille, Russell, were ordered to make preparations to join the Channel Fleet once confirmation of the signal had been received ; were reported to have sailed in the afternoon. The remaining ships, the San Josef, and Prince George were expected to sail tomorrow with V.-Adm. Nelson.
20 Feb 1801 arrived Torbay from the Channel Fleet, and towed in with her the Duckingfieldhall, of London, bound to the West Indies, which she fell in with off Scilly, having her foremast, bow-sprit, fore, main and mizen topmasts gone, and otherwise greatly damaged, which she received by one of the ships of the convoy running on board her, which ship instantly disappeared, and is supposed to have foundered.
24 Feb 1801 departed Torbay for Spithead.
26 Feb 1801 arrived Spithead from the Channel Fleet.
1 Mar 1801 appointed at Portsmouth, to form a part of the North Sea Fleet, St George, London, 98 ; Bellona, Ganges, Warrior, Ramilies, Russell, Saturn, and Defence, 74 ; Agincourt, 64, Harpy, 18, Alecto, Otter, fire ships ; Discovery, bomb.
2 Mar 1801 departed Spithead with a squadron bound for the Downs, Yarmouth Roads and Copenhagen.
3 Mar 1801 arrived the Downs.
4 Mar 1801 departed the Downs the St George, Warrior, and Russel, for Yarmouth.
10 Mar 1801 the North Sea Fleet has come together at N. Yarmouth, and consists of the London, and St George, 98 guns, Adm. Sir Hyde Parker having transferred his flag from the Ardent to the St George ; Monarch, Bellona, Saturn, Ramilies, Ganges, Warrior, Russell and Defence, 74 ; Veteran, Ardent, Polyphemus, Raisonable, Agamemnon, 64 ; Glatton, 54 ; Isis, 50 ; Desiree, Blanche, and Amazon frigates ; Pylades, Hyaena, Dart, and Arrow, sloops ; Harpy ; Biter, Blazer, Bruiser, Tigress, Pelter, Teazer, Hasty, Force, Sparkler Brigs ; Terror, Volcano, Explosion, Hecla, Zebra, Albion, Sulphur, and Discovery bombs ; Eling, schooner ; cutters Fox and Hazard ; and luggers Rover and Lark.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker and Lord Nelson, consisting of 17 ships of the line, 3 frigates, 10 gun-brigs, nearly as many bomb-ketches, with smaller vessels usually attendant on a fleet, making in the whole nearly 50 sail, got under weigh from Yarmouth Roads at the break of day, and by eight o'clock had cleared the Sands ; they directed their course to the northward, wafted by a fine breeze at S.W. as departed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen (Naval Chronicle). Circa 21 Mar 1801 parted company, by signal, to take the Tickler gun-brig in tow.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker departed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen. 30 Mar the vessels initially detailed to take part in the forthcoming Battle of Copenhagen. 1 Apr the vessels detailed sail for Copenhagen ; the British ships held in reserve ; the Danish positions : 2 Apr the battle commences : the truce : the casualties : the wash-up :
12 Apr 1801 the fleet departed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.
8 May 1801 to cruise off Carlscrona.
19 Jun 1801 arrived at Yarmouth from the Baltic, to join the Channel Fleet off Brest.
28 Jul 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound the Hyaena, from off Copenhagen, last from Cork ; where she left the Warrior, Tyler, Bellona, Ganges, Defiance, Russell, and Defence, of 74 guns each ; a frigate, and Eltham armed schooner, where they are to victual, and then proceed on a cruise.
30 Jul 1801 departed Cork the Russell, Bellona, Warrior, and Defence, on a cruise, destination uncertain, but understood that it may be to join R.-Adm. Sir J. Saumarez, off Gibraltar.
11 Aug 1801 arrived Plymouth the Russell, Capt Wm Cuming, last from Cork, and late of the Baltic Fleet.
16 Aug 1801 letters received at Plymouth from an officer of the Thames, dated 16 Aug., off Cadiz, state that R.-Adm. Sir J. Saumarez, Bart, with seven sail of the line, two frigates, and a sloop of war, having refitted at Gibraltar, sailed the 9th to block up Cadiz, and on the 10th ult. was joined by Commodore Tyler with 4 sail of the Baltic Fleet from Cork ; his fleet now consists of the following ships : Caesar, Warrior, Pompee, Spencer, Superbe, Bellona, Defence, Audacious, Caroline, 44, Thames, 32, and Peterell, 18, all well equipped and in high spirits.
28 Sep 1801 arrived at the Motherbank for quarantine, the Venerable, and the Russel, having departed from Sir J. Saumarez's squadron, off Cadiz, 2 Sep.
30 Sep 1801 released from quarantine and presumably departed the Motherbank, off Ryde, IoW, for Spithead.
2 Oct 1801 came into Portsmouth harbour.
12 Oct 1801 ordered to be paid off at Portsmouth, following on the signing of the Peace of Amiens. And as an innovative step forward to ensure that the men don't lose their hard earned money when they're paid off they will be paid a small sum in advance, with an order to their local Provincial Collector of Excise, Customs or Taxes to be paid upon the men "reaching their houses."
21 Nov 1801 came into Plymouth Sound from off Cadiz, last from Spithead, the Audacious. She is to be paid wages to that part of her crew turned over from the Russel, paid off at Spithead, on Friday next, when she sails to join the fleet in Torbay.
23 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.
Circa 1 Jan 1803 was taken into the new bason (sic) at Portsmouth to be repaired.
7 Feb 1803 is to be fitted out for sea.
Circa 19 Feb 1803 Capt R. Williams, late of the Dryad, has been apptd to the Russell.
17 Mar 1803 is to be fitted and stored with all possible haste, her war complement of marines having been completed today. The ship's company of the frigate Castor will assist rigging her.
31 Mar 1803 went out of harbour to Spithead.
12 Apr 1803 is send press gangs ashore every night, in which they are said to pick up 6 or 7 men per night.
12 Apr 1803 arrived in Cawsand Bay from Spithead.
29 Apr 1803 the Pique frigate, and Censor and Locust gun brigs, arrived yesterday from the Eastwards with over 200 pressed men for the ships being fitted out for commission in Portsmouth harbour, including the Russel, Capt Williams ; Grampus, Capt Caulfield.
5 May 1803 has fired a gun and loosed her top-sail, and is due to sail tomorrow morning to join the squadron at Torbay.
6 May 1803 dropped down to St Helen's, bound for Torbay.
7 May 1803 departed St Helen's for Torbay.
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.
6 Jun 1803 reports are received at Portsmouth that that the Russel, serving with the Channel Fleet, has sent into Plymouth the Juffrow Brigita Caars, laden with salt, from St Ubes ; and the Rebecca, from Oporto, prizes to the Russel.
18 Jun 1803 the Dryad arrived Spithead from the fleet, the Culloden, Russell, and Doris forming the inshore squadron at present, whilst the Tonnant, Spartiate, and Mars were cruising off Rochefort.
2 Jul 1803 arrived Plymouth from the Fleet to fit for foreign service.
16 Jul 1803 the Russell, Capt Williams, is fitting for a foreign station in Cawsand Bay, and is taking in 6 months stores and victuals ; destination unknown.
17 Jul 1803 the Albion, and Russell departed Plymouth with the Ann, Glory, Northampton, Anna, and General Stewart, under convoy to the East Indies.
May 1805 East Indies.
27 Nov 1806 a part of a squadron under R.-adm. Pellew which arrived off the road of Batavia and destroyed the Dutch frigate Phoenix and other vessels lying there.
5 Dec 1807, captured the French privateere Adele on the East Indies station.
16 Feb 1810 at Madras Roads.
Bombay 8 Feb 1811 The Minden departed on her first cruise, manned by the crew of the Russell.