1804 - Abstract


 
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    Naval History of Great Britain.
     
     
     
    ABSTRACT No 12 - of the ships and vessels belonging to the British Navy at the commencement of the year 1804           Increase and Decrease in the Classes since the date of the last year's Abstract
    Letters of Reference RATE                     CLASS                          For Sea-service For Harbour-service, &c Building, or ordered to be built GRAND TOTAL Built Purchased a Converted from other classes Ordered to be built TOTAL of Increase Captured,Wrecked, foundered &c Converted to other classes, Sold or taken to pieces TOTAL of Decrease
    In commission In ordinary TOTAL No In commission In ordinary No King's yards Merchants yards British vessels or enemy privateers Enemy's national vessels
          No Tons No Tons No Tons Brit built For built No Tons No Tons Brit built For built No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons No Tons
      Three-deckers                                                             0 0             0 0
    A First 120-gun ship,         0 0                 2 5124 2 5124                         0 0             0 0
    B First 112-gun ship 18-pounder 1 2351     1 2351 1                   1 2351                         0 0             0 0
    C First 112-gun ship 12-pounder 1 2457     1 2457   1 1 2398       1     2 4855                         0 0             0 0
    D First 100-gun ship 18-pounder     1 2286 1 2286 1               1 2289 2 4575                         0 0             0 0
    E First 100-gun ship 12-pounder 3 6428     3 6428 3               2 4304 5 10732                         0 0             0 0
    F Second 98-gun ship 18-pounder large,         0 0                 2 4554 2 4554                         0 0             0 0
    G Second 98-gun ship 18-pounder small, 3 6363     3 6363 3                   3 6363                         0 0             0 0
    H Second 98-gun ship 12-pounder 5 9914 6 11556 11 21470 11                   11 21470                         0 0             0 0
    I Second 90-gun ship     1 1814 1 1814 1                   1 1814                         0 0             0 0
      Two-deckers                                 0 0                         0 0             0 0
    K Third 80-gun ship 5 11050 1 2003 6 13053 2 4 1 1942 2 4385   3     9 19380                         0 0             0 0
    L Third 74-gun ship 24-pounder, 8 15208 2 3854 10 19062 7 3             4 7678 14 26740 1 1881             1 1949     1 1949     1 1881     1 1881
    M Third 74-gun ship 18 large, 11 20635 3 5673 14 26308 8 6     2 3738   2     16 30046             1 1903 1 1881     2 3784     1 1949     1 1949
    N Third 74-gun ship middl 9 15663     9 15663 9   1 1778 2 3420 1 2 7 12041 19 32902     4 6946             2 3445 2 3445             0 0
    0 Third 74-gun ship small, 21 34370 14 22784 35 57154 34 1     11 17667 9 2 1 1674 47 76495                         0 0         3 4980 3 4980
    P Third 64-gun ship 8 11227 12 16728 20 27955 18 2 6 7952 10 13899 6 10     36 49806                         0 0             0 0
    Q Fourth 60-gun ship         0 0         2 2511 1 1     2 2511                         0 0             0 0
        Line 75 135666 40 66698 115 202364 98 17 9 14070 29 45620 17 21 19 37664 172 299718 1 1881 4 6946 0 0 1 1903 2 3830 2 3445 5 9178 0 0 2 3830 3 4980 5 8810
                                                                      0 0                
    R Fourth 56-gun ship flush,         0 0     1 1426     1       1 1426                         0 0             0 0
    T Fourth 50-gun ship quarter-decked 7 7549 3 3165 10 10714 10   4 4273 3 3145 3 4     17 18132                         0 0             0 0
    V Fifth 44-gun ship 2 1798     2 1798 2   1 882     1       3 2680                         0 0             0 0
      One-deckers           0                     0 0                         0 0             0 0
    W Fifth 44-gun frigate, 5 6947     5 6947 4 1 1 1357       1     6 8304                         0 0             0 0
    X Fifth 40-gun frigate, 24-pounder, 2 2460     2 2460 1 1                 2 2460                         0 0             0 0
    Y Fifth 40-gun frigate, 18-pounder, 2 2302     2 2302 2               1 1172 3 3474                         0 0             0 0
    Z Fifth 38-gun frigate large, 13 14227 2 2252 15 16479 3 12     2 2138   2 8 8702 25 27319             4 4398     5 5395 9 9793 2 2248         2 2248
    A Fifth 38-gun frigate, small, 10 10077 3 2912 13 12989 12 1     1 999 1       14 13988                         0 0             0 0
    B Fifth 36-gun frigate, 18-pounder, large, 8 8271 1 1029 9 9300 3 6     2 2024   2     11 11324                         0 0 2 1856         2 1856
    C Fifth 36-gun frigate, 18-pounder, small, 15 13967 1 881 16 14848 16   1 926 2 1808 3   4 3605 23 21187     3 2711             2 1854 2 1854             0 0
    D Fifth 36-gun frigate, 12-pounder, 9 8327 2 1830 11 10157   11     5 4594   5     16 14751             1 898         1 898             0 0
    E Fifth 32-gun frigate, 18-pounder, large, 5 4542     5 4542 5                   5 4542                         0 0             0 0
    F Fifth 32-gun frigate, 18-pounder, small, 4 3218     4 3218 4                   4 3218                         0 0             0 0
    G Fifth 32-gun frigate, 12-pounder, large, 3 2413     3 2413 1 2 2 1626     1 1     5 4039                         0 0             0 0
    H Fifth 32-gun frigate, 12-pounder, small 10 6910 9 6210 19 13120 19   1 683 5 3492 5 1     25 17295             1 684 1 722     2 1406         1 656 1 656
    I Sixth 28-gun frigate 6 3772 2 1178 8 4950 7 1 2 1167 1 594 2 1     11 6711         1 775 b             1 775 1 599         1 599
    K Sixth 24-gun post-ship, quarter-decked, 4 2125     4 2125 3 1     2 1049 1 1     6 3174                         0 0             0 0
    L Sixth 24-gun post-ship, flush         0 0         1 625   1     1 625                         0 0             0 0
    N Sixth 22-gun post-ship, quarter-decked, 2 1130     2 1130   2     1 523   1     3 1653                         0 0 2 1074         2 1074
    0 Sixth 20-gun post-ship, quarter-decked, 4 1844     4 1844 2 2 1 481 2 940 2 1     7 3265             1 481         1 481             0 0
    P Sixth 20-gun post-ship, flush 3 1660 1 511 4 2171   4     1 514   1     5 2685             1 642         1 642             0 0
    Q Sloops Arrow & Dart, mounting 28 carronades 2 772     2 772 2                   2 772                         0 0             0 0
    R Sloops 18-gun ship-sloop, quarter-decked 9 3830 1 423 10 4253 10               1 422 11 4675                         0 0             0 0
    S Sloops 18-gun ship-sloop, flush, 17 6466     17 6466 6 11 1 312       1 3 1241 21 8019             3 1189     2 798 5 1987 1 413         1 413
    T Sloops 16-gun ship-sloop, quarter-decked, large 7 2682     7 2682 7   1 425 1 410 2   14 5165 23 8682                         0 0 1 342     1 371 2 713
    U Sloops 16-gun ship-sloop, quarter-decked, small 2 648     2 648 2                   2 648                         0 0         1 333 1 333
    V Sloops 16-gun ship-sloop, flush 12 4265     12 4265 10 2                 12 4265         6 2193 c             6 2193             0 0
    W Sloops 14-gun ship-sloop, quarter-decked, 1 248 1 322 2 570 2       2 604 2       4 1174                         0 0     1 304     1 304
    X Sloops 14-gun ship-sloop, flush 6 1605     6 1605 6                   6 1605         4 1001 d             4 1001 1 264         1 264
    Y Sloops 18-gun brig-sloop, large 8 3036     8 3036 6 2             16 6165 24 9201     1 384 e     1 403     11 4243 12 4646             0 0
    Z Sloops 18-gun brig-sloop, small, 7 2264     7 2264 6 1     1 349   1     8 2613                         0 0             0 0
    a Sloops 16-gun brig-sloop 12 3597     12 3597 1 11     1 260   1     13 3857             4 1305         4 1305 1 286     1 324 2 610
    b Sloops 14-gun brig-sloop 6 1456     6 1456 4 2     2 456   2     8 1912                         0 0         1 220 1 220
    d Bombs, of 8 guns and 2 mortars, 17 6088     17 6088 17   1 307 2 653 3       20 7048         7 2681 f             7 2681             0 0
    e Fire-ships, 14 guns 1 425 1 243 2 668 2                   2 668                         0 0             0 0
    f Gun-brigs 14 guns 6 1201     6 1201 3 3                 6 1201             2 355         2 355         2 395 2 395
    g Gun-brigs 12 guns 32 5561     32 5561 32                   32 5561                         0 0 1 170     6 984 7 1154
    h Gun-brigs 10 guns 3 459     3 459   3                 3 459             1 145         1 145             0 0
    i Cutters, &c 14 guns 4 774     4 774 2 2                 4 774             1 197         1 197             0 0
    k Cutters, &c 12 guns 7 1079     7 1079 3 4 1 123 2 275 3       10 1477             3 465         3 465 1 148         1 148
    l Cutters, &c 10 guns 5 629     5 629   5                 5 629             1 113         1 113             0 0
    m Cutters, &c 8 guns 1 98     1 98   1                 1 98         1 98             1 98             0 0
    n Cutters, &c 6 guns 1 81     1 81   1                 1 81         1 81             1 81             0 0
    o Cutters, &c 4 guns 1 86     1 86 1               12 936 13 1022                     12 936 12 936             0 0
          356 286555 67 87654 423 374209 314 109 27 28058 68 71072 47 48 78 65072 596 538411 1 1881 8 10041 20 6829 25 13178 3 4552 34 16671 82 41230 13 7400 3 4134 16 8263 32 19797
    q Troop-ships 23 20164 11 9923 34 30087 27 7 3 2257 12 12386 11 4     49 44730                         0 0     1 722 1 941 2 1663
    r Store-ships 9 7564 1 907 10 8471 9 2     3 1432 2 1     13 9903                         0 0 1 308     1 505 2 813
    w Gun vessels 1 - 4           0 0         5 329   5     5 329                         0 0         7 486 7 486
    x Advice Boats and Tenders   6 964     6 964 6                   6 964                         0 0             0 0
    y Sloop on Discovery   1 334     1 334 1                   1 334                         0 0             0 0
    a Hospital, Prison, Receiving ships, &c           0 0     10 13909 15 17322 15 10     25 31231                 1 304     1 304         1 1180 1 1180
    b Yachts           0 0     5 811     5   2 477 7 1288                         0 0             0 0
        TROOP-SHIPS, &c 39 29026 12 10830 51 39856 43 9 18 16977 35 31469 33 20 2 477 106 88779 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 304 0 0 1 304 1 308 1 722 10 3112 12 4142
        GRAND TOTAL g 395 315581 79 98484 474 414065 357 118 45 45035 103 102541 80 68 80 65549 702 627190 1 1881 8 10041 20 6829 25 13178 4 4856 34 16671 83 41534 14 7708 4 4856 26 11375 44 23939

    Note to Abstract No. 12.

    [Although the use of colour obviously doesn't occur in the original I've used it for ease of checking and for ease of reference in view of the size of the tables PB]

    a It was remarked in note to No. 2 Abstract, that " captured vessels are also purchased from the captors before they can enter service." The union of these two columns under the head of " Purchased," subject to the distinction pointed out, claims a preference therefore, over the plan adopted in the preceding Abstracts. The names of the ships in the second column will, without the exception formerly requisite, be found in the proper list in the work ; and where, among the vessels in the first column, a purchased British merchantman rates above a gun-brig, the circumstance will be adverted to in a note.

    b Late the Brave, French privateer ; presented by the merchants of Barbadoes to the British government, and on that account named Barbadoes.

    c These had been British merchant vessels.

    d Also these.

    e The Scorpion ; built from the draught of the Cruiser. See vol. ii., p. 396, note Y*. The four British-built vessels, exclusive of these, in the " Sea service " total, are the remnant of eight, built of fir in 1795, measuring about 369 tons each, and now nearly worn out. Considering the fine qualities of the Cruiser, it is rather surprising that, during six years, three vessels only should have been built from her draught. These were launched in 1798, and were not brig, but ship rigged : consequently, they belong to class S. The Osprey, Snake, and Victor, were, however, found fault with as ships ; and all others from the same draught were thenceforward constructed as brigs. As a man of war, a ship has a decided advantage, in action, over a brig. A ship will lie to more closely, and, if she loses her mizenmast or spanker, has still a trysail on the mainmast ; whereas, the moment a brig has her gaff or main boom shot away, she loses the use of her boom mainsail, and is no longer manageable. It may, however, be said on the behalf of brig-rigged vessels that many of their apparent faults arise from an improper mode of handling them.

    f These, also, had been British merchant vessels.

    g The hired vessels numbered about 34.

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