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HMS Russell (1764)
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Russell
Ordered: 8 January 1761
Builder: West, Deptford
Launched: 10 November 1764
Honours and

Participated in:

Fate: Sold out of the service, 1811
Notes: Harbour service from 1812
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Ramillies-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1642 bm
Length: 168 ft 6 in (51.36 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 11 in (14.30 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Russell was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 10 November 1764 at Deptford.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

In 1782, she was commanded by Captain James Saumarez at the Battle of the Saintes. In 1794 she was part of Admiral Howe's fleet at the Glorious First of June, and in the following year Russell fought in the Battle of Groix. She also fought at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797.[citation needed]

On 12 February Russell arrived off the Danish possession of Tranquebar where she landed troops of the 14th regiment of Foot and the Honourable East India Company's artillery. The British immediately went on to capture the settlement, which capitulated without resistance.[2][Note 1]

Fate[edit | edit source]

She was sold out of the service in 1811.[1]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. In February 1824 prize money was paid to the troops, artillerymen, and the crews of Russell and Monmouth, which had appeared on the scene. A first-class share for Russell was worth £254 18s 9d; a fifth-class share, that of an able seaman, was worth 19s 11d.[3]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p177.
  2. Naval Chronicle, Vol. 20, p.145.
  3. "No. 18003". 21 February 1824. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/18003/page/ 

References[edit | edit source]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.

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