HMS St George

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St George, 1785
Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 90 (28 32 pdr, 30 18 pdr, 30 12 pdr, 2 6 pdr)
Launched : 1785 ; Disposal date or year : 24 Dec 1811
Disposal Details : Wrecked at Thorsminde, Bovbjerg, off the coast of Jutland, on passage from Baltic in heavy seas, under jury masts and a temporary rudder.
BM: 1950 tons
Complement: 753
Notes:

Early Apr 1793, departed from Spithead, with the vessels detailed at page 90, to form the first division of a Fleet to operate in the Mediterranean.

14 Apr 1793, with a squadron, en route for the Mediterranean, which captured the San-Iago, a large Spanish galleon, under French colours and the French privateer General Dumourier, of 22 long 6-pounders and 196 men, an event which may have had some effect on the resulting war with Spain.

19-23 Sep 1793 Toulon. With floating batteries, bombards Republican batteries ashore, until relieved by the Princess Royal on the 24 Sep.

30 Sep 1793 Genoa. departed with the Bedford and Captain.

Early Aug 1794, St.-George, Rear-adm. (b.) Sir Hyde Parker, Captain Thomas Foley, departed Bastia with Lord Hood in the Victory in pursuit of a French squadron, which sought safety of Gourjean bay. Leaving a squadron to blockade the French the Admiral returned to Corsica to continue operations. Due to stormy weather driving the British out to sea the French squadron was able return to Toulon.

9 Mar 1795, the Mediterranean fleet departed from Leghorn, sighting the French fleet the following day. At daylight on the 13th Adm Hotham sent out the signal for a general chase which ended the following day with the capture of the Ca-Ira and Censeur and the fleets heading off in opposite directions.

14 Jun 1795 the fleet, whilst on a cruise, was joined by a squadron from Gibraltar and England off Minorca.

8 Jul 1795, the fleet, at anchor at in San-Fiorenzo bay, once aware that the French fleet was close by, gave chase. It was sighted on the 13th and later the order was given for the general chase, but apart from the loss of a 74 by the French the result was inconclusive and resulted in not a little criticism, the consequence perhaps being Admiral Hotham's resignation on 1 Nov 1795.

6 Aug 1795, Admiral Hotham put to sea on a cruise, sighting the French fleet in Toulon road.

21 Dec 1796 the Tagus. The Mediterranean fleet arrived.

18 Jan 1797 Captain Shuldham Peard, whilst departing the Tagus was in collision, went aground and returned to the harbour to make repairs.

29 May 1797 Seeds of mutiny appearing in the blockading Fleet off Cadiz.

15 Jan 1799 at Spithead ;

17 Jan 1799 dropped down to St. Helen's in preparation for a cruise off Brest ;

20 Jan 1799 remains at St. Helen's.

28 Jan 1799 Portsmouth, departed with the squadron under Queen Charlotte, for a cruise off Brest.

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.

7 Dec 1799 Plymouth, departed.

14 Dec 1799 Plymouth, departed for Torbay with the Neptune.

23 Mar 1800 Plymouth, came in from off Brest, which they left the 19th inst.

1 Apr 1800 Plymouth, departed to join Lord Bndport's fleet.

8 Apr 1800 Plymouth, came into Cawsand Bay.

15 Apr 1800 Plymouth, departed for Torbay to join Lord Bridport's fleet,

24 Apr 1800 Torbay, departed with the Channel Fleet.

2 Dec 1800 Portsmouth, arrived from the Channel Fleet.

13 Dec 1800 Portsmouth, a Court-Martial was held on board the Gladiator, for the trial of John Hubbard and George Hynes, two seamen belonging to the St George for an unnatural crime. The charge being fully proved against the Prisoners, they were sentenced to be hanged on board such ship or ships, and at such times, at the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty should direct.

7 Feb 1801 departed Spithead with the Resolution to join the Channel Fleet.

10 Feb 1801 arrived Torbay, and remains with the rest.

21 Feb 1801 arrived Spithead from Torbay.

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, Madras, 54 ; Isis, 50 ; Desiree, Blanche, and Amazon frigates ; Pylades, Hyaena, Dart, and Arrow, sloops ; Harpy ; Biter, Blazer, Bruiser, Tigress, Pelter, Zebra, 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.

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). 31 Mar Copenhagen : remained anchored off the Middle Ground with Admiral Parker whilst Nelson departed with the rest of the fleet for the forthcoming engagement. 2 Apr moved closer to Copenhagen.

12 Apr 1801 the fleet departed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.

18 Jun 1801 a letter of this date, received from Kioge Bay, in the Baltic, reports the presence of the following fleet, this at about the same time as Lord Nelson departed in the Kite for N. Yarmouth, V.-Adm Pole having arrived here in the Aeolus to relieve Nelson : the St George, Elephant, Defiance, Polyphemus, Edgar, Agamemnon, Defence, Adder, Aeolus, Kite, Dart, Zebra, Terror, Explosion, Sulphur, Discovery, Volcano, Hecla, Wrangler, Cracker, Safeguard, Sparkler, Attack, Tigress, Bruiser, Hasty, Biter, Otter, Force, Pleaser, Teazer.

10 Aug 1801 arrived Spithead from the Baltic as a part of a Fleet under the command of Vice-Admiral Pole.

19 Aug 1801 departed Spithead as a part of a squadron under the command of Vice-Admiral Pole for a cruise off Cadiz, including the St George, Dreadnought, Zealous, Ramillies, Vanguard, and Powerful.

21 Aug 1801 last evening stood in off Plymouth Sound the Zealous, hoisted a Dutch ensign, reversed, and fired three guns to leeward, as a signal for the Goliath to join the squadron from Cawsand Bay ; she immediately warped out to the bite of the bay, and this morning at day-break, the whole squadron made sail to the westward, with a fine wind at E.S.E. blowing fresh.

31 Aug 1801 arrived off Cadiz, to join Sir James Saumarez's squadron, Adm Pole in the St George, with the Dreadnought, Ramilies, Vanguard, Powerful and Zealous.

2 Sep 1801 the St George, Dreadnought, Ramilies, Vanguard, Powerful and Zealous, in company with Sir James Saumarez's squadron, consisting of the Defence, Warrior, Spencer, Superb, Audacious, ships of the line ; and Caroline, Thames, frigates ; and sloop Peterell, began cruising before Cadiz. The Bellona was reported to be at Gibraltar fishing her main-mast.

2 Jan 1802 newspapers as dated state that a Commission from the Admiralty has been sent down to Portsmouth for the trial of those persons who were the principal ring leaders in the late mutiny at Bantry Bay. 15 men are now in confinement on board the St George, Sir A Mitchell's flag ship, who had been a part of the crews of the Temeraire, Formidable, Majestic, and Vengeance.

20 Jan 1802 letters received Plymouth from the Caesar, 84, Rear-Admiral Sir James Saumarez, K. B. dated the 29th ult. state, that the following men of war were victualled and stored for five months, and had sailed for Jamaica, viz. St George, 98, Captain Thompson (acting) ; Vanguard, 74, Capt. ; Spencer, 74, Capt. Darby ; Powerful, 74, Capt. Sir F. Laforey.

10 Jul 1802 came up to Spithead from St. Helen's the following men of war from the West Indies. They left St. Domingo on the 16 June, several large packets of letters were landed from them, and sent off to London. The St. George, 98, Captain Lobb ; Warrior, 74, Captain Tyler ; Resolution, 74, Hon. Capt. Gardner ; Captain, 74, Captain Boyles ; Zealous, 74, Captain Linzee ; and Robust, 74, Captain Jervis.

Circa 13 Jul 1802 Captain Lobb, apptd to the St. George.

14 Jul 1802 departed Spithead the St. George, 98, Captain Lobb, for Plymouth, to be paid off.

17 Jul 1802 arrived Plymouth Sound from Spithead, to be stripped and paid off.

20 Jul 1802 went up in to Hamoaze to be stripped and paid off with a fine wind at W.N.W.

23 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.

28 Jul 1802 was paid off, and laid up in ordinary.

Circa 8 Oct 1804 Capt Pender is apptd to the Plantagenet, vice the Hon Capt de Courcy, who has been apptd to the St George.

Circa 1 Dec 1804 Hon Capt De Courcy, apptd to the St George.

May 1805 With Rear Admiral Cochrane.

4 Jan 1806 Sir R. Strachan's squadron fitting for the West Indies at Plymouth. 14th the squadron departed from Cawsand Bay for St.-Helena in search of a French squadron under R.-adm Willaumez.

Portsmouth 29 Dec 1809 arrived from the North Sea.

Harwich 15 Dec 1811 Was reported to be with a homeward bound convoy, in the Great Belt when she was obliged to cut away her masts and her convoy was dispersed due to the weather.

9 Nov-24 Dec 1811 a series of gales which resulted in the loss of the St.-George and the Defence, wrecked on the western coast of Jutland.