HMS Tremendous

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Tremendous, 1784
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 30 Oct 1784 ; Disposal date or year : 1897
BM: 1680 tons
Complement: 594

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. 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.

17 Aug 1796 Simon's bay, Cape of Good Hope. Was present at the capitulation of the Dutch squadron, greatly out-gunned by a much larger British squadron.

29 May 1798, present when the Danish ship Christianus Septimus from Batavia to Copenhagen with coffee and sugar was detained on the Cape of Good Hope station : under trial.

11 Dec 1799 destroyed the Preneuse, French 36, after having been run on shore near Port-Louis, Isle of France (Mauritius) by the Tremendous, 74, and Adamant, 50.

Dec-Jan 1799 during our cruise off the Isle of France the Adamant captured the Benjamin, a French sloop laden with coffee, from the Island of Bourbon, bound to the Isle of France, and the Bienfait, a French brig, laden with rice, (or the same place : whilst the Tremendous captured the Neustra Senots del Carmen, a Spanish brig, laden with coffee, indigo, and bale goods, from the Isle of France to Rio de la Plata. 3 Feb 1800 at the Cape of Good Hope.

25 Apr 1799 the Jupiter, Tremendous, and Adamant recaptured the Chance, laden with rice, whilst at anchor off the Isle of France, but afterwards lost near St. Mary's, Madagascar.

7 May 1799 the Tremendous captured the Prussian ship Three Brothers, laden with naval stores and sundries, off Port Louis, Isle of France.

10 May 1799 the boats of the Jupiter, Tremendous, and Adamant, saved a part of the cargo from the American ship Pacific, run on shore by the French near the river Noir, Isle of France, before vessel was burnt.

Notice is hereby further given, that, a Payment having been made at the Cape of Good Hope to the Officers and Company of His Majesty's Ship Tremendous, of their respective Proportions of the Bounty-Money granted for the Destruction of the La Preneuse French Frigate, no further Payment can be made at this Office, on Account thereof, as notified in a former Advertisement in the London Gazette of the April. 1802. Ommanney and Druce, Attornies to W. P. Smith, Agent.

19 Oct 1801 reported to be at the Cape of Good Hope, the Diomede, Lancaster, Tremendous, Jupiter, Imperieux and Penguin, brig, when the Belliqueux, Adamant and their convoy of HEIC vessels departed for England.

15 Oct 1802 prize money due to be paid at the Cape of Good Hope on the Hulls and Cargoes of the Spanish Ship Martin and Brig Angelo, captured by the Tremendous and Star November 1800 ;

Circa 10 Jan 1803 when the Imogene packet departed the Cape of Good Hope the Lancaster, Tremendous, Diomede, Jupiter, Hindustan, Braave and Penguin were lying there, and when she departed St Helena on 24 Jan., she did so in company with the Orpheus, and a number of East Indiamen.

Circa Mar 1803 departed the Cape of Good Hope the Tremendous,74, and Lancaster, 64, with troops which garrisoned the Cape, for the East Indies.

5 Jul 1803 with France attempting to recover her war-time losses in the East Indies news that a renewal of the war was imminent brought about a number of manoeuvres and events between the French and British ships-of-war on the station.

May 1805 East Indies Captain John Osborn.

21 Apr 1806 in action with the French 40-gun frigate Canonnière (late British frigate Minerve).

1810 rebuilt with the system of diagonal timbering by Sir Robert Seppings.

Deal 15 Feb 1811 departed from the Downs for Portsmouth.

Deal 26 Feb 1811 arrived from Portsmouth.

Deal 6 Mar 1811 departed with convoy of 300 vessels to Portsmouth.

9 - 11 Mar 1811 Shadowed M. Allemand's Squadron.

Portsmouth 14 Mar 1811 Is reported to have arrived off Cherbourg.

Portsmouth 21 Mar 1811 Came into St. Helen's, blown from off Cherbourg by a contrary wind.

Portsmouth 22 Mar 1811 departed on a cruise off Cherbourg.

Portsmouth 19 Apr 1811 arrived from off Cherbourg.

Deal 12 Sep 1811 arrived, from the Baltic.

Deal 17 Sep 1811 departed for the Texel.

Harwich 25 Oct 1811 Remains in Hosely Bay.

Deal 5 Jan 1812 departed.

Plymouth 1 Feb 1812 arrived from off Brest.

Portsmouth 12 Feb 1812 arrived from off Ushant.

Portsmouth 1 Mar 1812 departed for Basque Roads.

9 Mar 1812 the Tonnant, Northumberland, Colossus, and Bulwark blockading Lorient, discovered the French squadron had escaped ; departed in search. French sighted by the Diana on the 9th and on the 10th, when she was joined by the Pompée and by Tremendous and Poictiers, but lost sight of the French in fog on the 11th.

Deal 23 Mar 1812 arrived having lost sight of the L'Orient Squadron.

Deal 26 Mar 1812 remains due to contrary winds.

Deal 2 Apr 1812 departed this evening for off Flushing.

Portsmouth 29 Jun 1812 arrived with a convoy from the Downs.

Portsmouth 16 Aug 1812 departed for the Mediterranean.

Malta 3 Jul 1814 Remains.

Port Mahon 7 Aug 1814 Had departed to Malta.

Palermo 26 Dec 1815 Remains.

Portsmouth 11 Sep 1815 arrived from the Mediterranean.

1830 Sheerness.

30 July 1832 Mr. J. Morrison, assistant surgeon, apptd. to the Tremendous, cholera hospital ship at Sheerness.

1845 Renamed Grampus.

20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth.

1856 Powder hulk.

1860 Powder Hulk, Portsmouth.

1870 Powder Depot, Portsmouth.

1879 Late Powder Depot, Portsmouth.

1890 Lent temporarily to the War Department for the stowage of Naval Mines.