HMS Ville de Paris

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Ville de Paris, 1795
Type: 1st rate ; Armament 110
Launched : 17 Jul 1795 ; Disposal date or year : 1845
BM: 2352 tons
Dimensions Length of gun deck 190 ft. 2 in. ; Breadth extreme 53 ft. 2 in. ; Depth of hold 22 ft. 2 in.

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 Ville-de-Paris.

31 Mar 1797 departed from Lisbon to blockade Cadiz.

29 Apr 1799 returned to cruize off Cadiz, having watered at Tetuan.

3 May 1799 prepared for action on receipt of news that the French fleet had escaped from Brest and was heading towards Cadiz. The French were sighted the following day, but stood on for the Mediterranean.

10 May 1799 arrived with the fleet at Gibraltar, and having watered and victualled departed for the Mediterranean.

20 May 1799 anchored in Port-Mahon : departed on 22nd on a cruise.

2 Jun 1799 detached from the Mediterranean fleet to take Earl St.-Vincent to Gibraltar.

15 Jun 1799 re-joined the Mediterranean fleet.

6 Oct 1799 Plymouth, came in from Torbay to refit.

5 Dec 1798 with the squadron off Cadiz.

7 Dec 1799 Plymouth, departed.

14 Dec 1799 Plymouth, departed for Spithead.

24 Apr 1800 Torbay, the Channel Fleet departed, under the command of Sir Alan Gardner.

24 Apr 1800 Adm. Earl St. Vincent received his commission appointing him Commander in Chief of the Channel fleet, in the room of Lord Bridport, who has resigned on account of ill health. The following day his Lordship hoisted his flag on board the Namur, for the present ; but the Ville de Paris will be his flag ship.

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 Ville de Paris, 98, carried away her main top-mast.

19 May 1800 at Torbay.

12 Jun 1800 off Ushant.

1 Jul 1800 Plymouth, letters from the fleet, of 29 Jun state that a cutter had spoke the Ville de Paris, supposed with dispatches from Quiberon. The French fleet are almost manned, but still in harbour. Fish is caught in great plenty, and served out to the seamen daily. A long order was issued to all the ships by Eail St. Vincent, that when men of War were at anchor at home or abroad, the officers commanding the marines, are to parade every day a strong marine guard in as good style as on the best regulated parade on shore.

29 Jul 1800 Portsmouth, arrived the Ville de Paris, 100, from the Channel fleet. Captain Bathurst, Second Captain to Lord St. Vincent, landed from her, and immediately went to town with dispatches from his Lordship. Previous to the Ville de Paris sailing, his Lordship shifted his flag to the Royal George.

Circa 1 Aug 1800 Sir Thomas Troubridge, Bart, lately returned from the Mediterranean, is appointed Captain of the Channel fleet, and will sail from Portsmouth in a few days in the Ville de Paris, of 110 guns, Captain Grey.

21 Aug 1800 Portsmouth, went out of Dock.

Circa 1 Sep 1800 J. Sedgewick, Esq. one of the Clerks of the Admiralty, is appointed Purser of the Ville de Paris, of 110 guns.

Circa 1 Sep 1800 Lieutenant-Colonel Flight, of HM Marine Forces, has been appointed Adjutant-General of the Channel Fleet, and in consequence has taken post on board the Ville de Paris, the flag ship of the Commander in Chief.

16 Sep 1800 Plymouth, the Ville de Paris, 110, arrived, and has joined the fleet, and Earl St. Vincent had shifted his flag on board her.

Circa 1 Nov 1800 Mr. Archibald Telfer, of the Ville de Paris, is made a Lieutenant, and appointed to the Spy sloop.

30 Dec 1800 remained in Torbay with the Neptune, Atlas, and Courageux when the rest of the Channel Fleet sailed.

10 Feb 1801 departed Torbay for Plymouth Sound to be paid.

11 Feb 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound at noon to be paid.

12 Feb 1801 departed Plymouth Sound for Torbay with the Glory and put back.

18 Feb 1801 departed Plymouth Sound for Torbay.

18 Feb 1801 arrived Torbay from Plymouth Sound.

24 Feb 1801 remains in Torbay.

26 Feb 1801 Adm. Cornwallis arrived Last evening, at about 8 o'clock, and hoisted his flag on board.

5 Mar 1801 departed Torbay, the Ville de Paris, Windsor Castle, San Josef, and Caesar, to join the Channel Fleet.

7 Mar 1801 passed by Plymouth Sound, to join the Channel Fleet.

10 Mar 1801 Rear-Admiral Saumarez, Bart. reports that the Ville de Paris, of 110 guns, Admiral Cornwallis ; San Josef, 118 ; and Windsor Castle, 98 ; had joined the fleet.

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

15 Mar 1801 departed the fleet which arrived Torbay 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 Northesk ; and frigate Fisgard, Capt Martin, departed Torbay for the Channel.

20 Jul 1801 Lieutenant Woodley Losack involved in the taking of the Chevrette from Camaret bay.

31 Jul 1801 by letters at Plymouth from the Channel Fleet, it appears that the Ville de Paris, last Friday ran into the Outer Road of Brest, amidst a shower of shot and shells, and plainly reconnoitred the fleet ; forced two 74s to cut and run ; then stood out again, and joined the fleet.

Sep 1801 Lt Herring apptd to the Ville de Paris as First Lieutenant ; and Lt Geo Holder, as Second Lt.

9 Oct 1801 came into Plymouth Sound the Ville de Paris, the admiral having shifted his flag to the Belleisle.

20 Oct 1801 Captain Ricketts was this day appointed to the Ville de Paris, vice Captain Seymour resigned.

22 Oct 1801 departed Plymouth to join the Channel fleet off Brest. Hostilities with France officially ceased as of today, although most parties to the agreement appear to have ceased hostilities circa 3 Oct.

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, Atlante, Nimrod. The Nile cutter departing for Plymouth to be paid off.

28 Dec 1801 the Channel Fleet remained in Torbay the Ville de Paris, Royal Sovereign, Neptune, Prince of Wales, Royal George, San Josef, London, Prince, Donegal, Hercule, Robust, Magnificent, Edgar, Belleisle, Irresistible, Audacious, Excellent, Bellerophon, Courageux, Sirius, Unicorn, Childers, Atalante, Nimrod. Wind SE with rain.

Circa 24 Jan 1802 Mr. John Clark, Carpenter of his Majesty's ship London, is appointed to the Ville de Paris, in the room of Mr. John Praid?, Carpenter, deceased.

8 Feb 1802 arrived Cawsand Bay, from Torbay, the Ville de Paris, 110, Adm. Cornwallis having shifted his flag to the Belleisle, to be paid wages and remains in Cawsand Bay.

13 Feb 1802 the Ville de Paris, 110, was this day paid wages for six months, by Commissioner Dacres, and sailed directly for Torbay. It was observed how it affects tradesmen at Plymouth and Brixham, when ships are paid at Plymouth, and then sent directly round to Torbay, whereas in earlier times ships usually remained in Plymouth for a few days before sailing for Torbay.

19 Apr 1802 Admiral Cornwallis struck his flag on board the Ville de Paris, 110, and proceeded in the Diamond frigate, Captain Griffiths, with his baggage for Portsmouth ; the Ville de Paris is hourly expected here. No officers allowed ashore which caused some disappointment to the trades people.

Circa 24 Apr 1802 James Irwin, Esq. First Lieutenant of the Ville de Paris, is promoted to the rank of Commander.

26 Apr 1802 went up Plymouth Harbour, the Ville de Paris, 110, to be stripped and paid off, her very excellent band was on the quarter deck as she passed the narrows, playing Rule Britannia, God save the King, &c. &c. which were answered by loud cheers from the Headlands.

6 May 1802 the Ville de Paris, and Uranie, paid off and laid up at Plymouth, in ordinary, and their crews discharged.

10 Jun 1802 being fitted out to receive the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, due at Plymouth shortly to carry out inspections of the Dockyard &c., and the Admiral's cabin is to be used as their office.

29 Jul 1802 the Ville de Paris, 110, was hauled alongside the sheer hulk at Plymouth to have her lower masts taken out.

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

26 Mar 1803 commissioned at Plymouth by Capt Sir T Lewis.

10 Apr 1803 was last night hauled down to the lower moorings, opposite the North Jetty, in Hamoaze, preparatory to having her top masts in, and the riggers on board to get her rigging forward.

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.

3 Jul 1803 was warped down to the lower moorings in Hamoaze, but the fog was so great they came to for the night.

4 Jul 1803 she went down to Cawsand Bay in the morning.

6 Jul 1803 departed Cawsand Bay for the Channel Fleet.

9 Jul 1803 Admiral Cornwallis, off Ushant, transferred his flag from Dreadnought to the Ville-de-Paris.

17 Aug 1803 (Captain Tristram Robert Ricketts) captured the French Privateer Le Messager in sight of the Hired Armed Cutter Nimrod.

21 Sep 1803 arrived Plymouth the French lugger privateer Messenger, 6 guns, 4 swivels, 45 men, cut out by the ship's boats in a roadsted near Ushant.

Circa 3 Dec 1803 Capt Hargood, apptd to the Belleisle, vice Whitby, who is apptd in command of the Ville de Paris.

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.

Circa 4 Feb 1804 Capt Gosselin apptd to the Ville de Paris.

Circa 30 Jun 1804 on Tuesday se'nnight, the Committee of the Patriotic Fund, presented a sword to Capt Watt, RN, for his son, Lieut Watt, of the Ville de Paris, absent on active service.

20 Jul 1804 arrived Spithead from off Brest, with the Channel Fleet, the Ville de Paris, Capt Gosselin. Adm Cornwallis struck his flag and went on shore to Lymington, for his seat at Milford, near that place. Sir C Cotton commands the Fleet in his place.

Circa 4 Aug 1804 the Ville de Paris, Defiance, and Aeolus, are in dock at Portsmouth and will be taken out shortly.

Circa 11 Aug 1804 Capt Gosselin of the Ville de Paris is apptd to the Latona, Capt Champain, to the temporary command of her.

27 Aug 1804 departed Portsmouth harbour for Spithead.

4 Sep 1804 departed Spithead to join the Channel Fleet.

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 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.

11 Nov 1804 due to bad weather arrived Torbay the Ville de Paris, Adm Cornwallis, San Josef, Princess Royal, Temeraire, Impetueux, Goliath, Britannia, Plantagenet, Thunderer, and another unnamed 6 ships of the line, but by the time this paper reaches the streets, on the 19th inst., will no doubt have returned to sea.

12 Dec 1804, at Brixham, it is reported that the Channel Fleet had arrived, including the : Ville de Paris, Prince George, Defiance and Britannia, Windsor Castle, Plantagenet, Goliath, Princess Royal, Thunderer, Courageaux, Dragon, Warrior, joining the Atlas, Temeraire, and Nemesis, which were here. No officers allowed ashore which caused some disappointment to the trades people.

18 Jan 1805 head and prize money due from the proceeds of the French Privateer Le Messager will be paid.

20 Mar 1805 anchored at Spithead, having arrived from off Brest.

May 1805 Channel Fleet.

6 Jul 1805 arrived off Ushant.

21 Aug 1805 went to view the French fleet anchored between Camaret and Bertheaume. 22 Aug brief encounter with the French fleet before it departed back into the safety of Brest.

5 Mar 1810 departed Minorca for England with V.-adm. Collingwood onboard, for reasons of health, but he died on 7 Mar.

24 June 1811 reported to be off Toulon.

18 Jul 1811 off Toulon.

18 Aug 1812 With the Fleet off Toulon.

Portsmouth 13 Nov 1812 arrived from the Mediterranean.

Plymouth 5 Jun 1813 arrived from off Brest.

Plymouth 14 Jul 1813 arrived this morning from the Channel Fleet.

Plymouth 9 Aug 1813 departed last evening to join the Channel Fleet.

Plymouth 12 Mar 1814 departed for off Brest.

Portsmouth 19 Jun 1814 arrived from Plymouth.

Portsmouth 20 Jun 1814 Returned from Cherbourg without the Russian troops.

Portsmouth 28 Jun 1814 Fitting to bring back the remaining troops from France.

Portsmouth 29 Jun 1814 departed for Bordeaux to bring home English troops.

Plymouth 2 Jul 1814 arrived from Portsmouth and will remove her lower deck guns and proceed to Bordeaux to bring back troops.

Plymouth 4 Jul 1814 departed for Bordeaux.

Portsmouth 26 Jul 1814 departed for Plymouth, to be paid off.

1830 Lazaretto (hospital/quarantine ship), Plymouth.

Feb 1842 quarantine service at Milford.