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CULLODEN (74) Built in 1783, Rotherhithe.
Broken up in 1813.

  • 1793 Capt. Sir Thomas RICH. She sailed from Spithead on 24 March 1793 with the fleet for the West Indies.
    When Sir Thomas hoisted his flag as a Rear Admiral in 1794 capt.
    R. R. BURGESS was appointed her captain.
  • 1795 Capt. Sir T. TROUBRIDGE, Mediterranean.
    On 20 June 1800 John RICHARDS was appointed acting captain of CULLODEN and brought her home in a very leaky condition.
    At the beginning of 1801 she was in dock under repair.
  • In December 1802 CULLODEN, Capt. C. H. LANE, was alongside the YARMOUTH hulk in the Hamoaze fitting out for sea as the flagship of Rear Ad. DACRES.
    On 3 February 1803 the volunteer seamen brought from Ireland in ESCORT, RAMBLER and GANNET were sent on board her and GOURAGEUX.
    The press picked up several prime seamen on 10 March and sent them on board CULLODEN.
    They had been working at various quarries around Plymouth disguised in old soldier's jackets.
  • Ad. Lord KEITH arrived in Plymouth on the morning of 17 March and his flag was immediately hoisted at the main-top mast of the CULLODEN as Commander of the fleet fitting out there.
    He was saluted with eleven guns.
    Ad. DACRE's flag was struck and removed to the sloop SPITFIRE in the HAMOAZE as Port Admiral and second in command.
  • On 26 March Capt. LANE removed to the SALVADOR DEL MUNDO and she was commissioned as the receiving ship at Plymouth.
    On the renewal of the war with France Capt. Robert OTWAY was appointed to CULLODEN but ill health prevented him joining her.
  • In the forenoon of 26 March CULLODEN bent her mainsail preparatory to going into Cawsand Bay; all the rest had been bent in the course of the previous week.
    The following day Rear Ad. CAMPBELL had been expected to board her but instead hoisted his flag in COURAGEUX and Lord KEITH made a signal for assistance to enable CULLODEN to go out to Cawsand Bay where he received an 11 gun salute from Rear Ad. CAMPBELL who moved to CULLODEN a few days later.
    On the 30th. CULLODEN's boats went alongside a large tender and brought off more men to complete her complement.
    On the evening of the 10 April orders arrived by express for CULLODEN, COURAGEUX and ALBION to sail at once for Torbay.
    Rear Ad. CAMPBELL later shifted his flag to CANOPUS and Capt. DACRES was appointed to CULLODEN.
  • CULLODEN left the fleet off Ushant on Tuesday 5 July and returned to Plymouth on the 10th. with a French privateer schooner of 8 guns.
    In August she took a French brig deeply laden with fish from the Newfoundland Banks and sent it into Plymouth.
  • On Saturday 31 December CULLODEN arrived at Plymouth after having experienced the full fury of a gale in the Channel on the previous Sunday and Tuesday. She shipped several seas and had part of her cabin windows knocked in.
  • In February 1804 Rear Ad. COLLINGWOOD shifted his flag from VENERABLE, fitting in the Hamoaze, to CULLODEN in Cawsand Bay and, on the 4th. he sailed to join Ad. CORNWALLIS's fleet off Brest.
    CULLODEN took out all sorts of naval stores for the use of ships disabled in the gales at the beginning of January. She returned to Cawsand Bay in May and sailed for Spithead in mid June for a refit.
    On 4 July Rear Ad. Sir Edward PELLEW hoisted his flag in her and, at his insistence, Capt. Christopher COLE was appointed her commander.
  • She embarked a detachment of the 17th. regiment and sailed on the morning of the 10th. with nine East Indiamen under convoy.
    Funchal in Madeira was reached on 24 July and she sailed again four days later.
    While there one man Richard ELLIS fell overboard and was drowned.
  • On 11 October A flag was seen flying on the isolated island of New Amsterdam.
    Two boats were sent ashore and found the crew of an American schooner which had been wrecked there.
    One of them returned to CULLODEN with them but the others preferred to wait for a vessel bound for Europe.
    CULLODEN reached Pulopenang on 27 November and Rear Ad. PELLEW relieved Vice Ad. RAINIER as Commander-in-Chief.
  • On 28 January 1805 escorted a convoy to Bombay, arriving on 23 February.
    The Admiral sailed at the end of April on a cruise along the Coromandel coast and landed the detachment of troops she had brought from England at Goa on at the beginning of May. She arrived in Madras at the end of the month and landed her marines to help suppress a native mutiny.
    On 25 September she captured a French corvette EMILIEN of 18 guns and 150 men after a chase lasting two days and a night.
    off the mouth of the Ganges.
    They found that the Frenchman had run ashore the previous night and had to throw 12 guns overboard and had lost his anchors and boats before getting afloat again.
    EMILIEN was originally his Majesty's sloop TRINCOMALE and had cruised out of Mauritius under the name GLOIRE. She had made no captures during her present cruise of two months.
  • In November 1806 Ad. PELLEW was searching for a French squadron in the East Indies.
    He was joined off Eugeino by the SIR FRANCIS DRAKE on the 23rd. and proceeded through the Sunda Strait with POWERFUL, RUSSEL, BELLIQUEUX, SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, TERPSICHORE and SEAFLOWER in company on the 26th.
    Off Bantain they captured the Dutch Company's armed brig MARIA WILHELMINA.
  • The following morning he launched an attack on Dutch vessels in Batavia.
    These were the frigate PHOENIX, two brigs, AVANTURIER and ZEE PLOEG, two of their company's armed ships and two brigs.
    They all ran on shore as the British force approached.
    The boats of the squadron were led in by Capt. Fleetwood PELLEW with Lieut. William OWEN, commander of SEAFLOWER, and Lieut. Thomas GROULE, first of CULLODEN, under heavy fire from the ships and batteries.
    The crew of the PHOENIX abandoned her and her guns were immediately turned on the other enemy vessels.
    All the Dutch warships in the harbour were destroyed with nearly twenty merchantmen.
    CULLODEN lost William RICHARDS, marine, killed and Christopher MOSS and Thomas BRIAN, seamen, and Robert MILES, marine, wounded.
    CULLODEN left on 1 December and returned to Malacca on 1 January 1807.
  • CULLODEN embarked a detachment of the 30th. regiment and Vice Ad. PELLEW sailed from Malacca on 20 November 1807 with POWERFUL, CAROLINE, FOX, VICTOIRE, SAMARANG, SEAFLOWER, JASEUR and the WORCESTER transport in company.
    They arrived off Point Panka on the eastern extremity of Java on 5 December and CULLODEN grounded on a shoal in the harbour at Griesse (or Grisee, to the north-west of Surabaja).
  • Capt. Fleetwood PELLEW and Capt. Sir C. W. Burdett of the 20th. regiment were sent ashore to call on the Dutch Admiral to surrender the war ships lying there but he detained them, sent them to Surabaja and prepared to defend the town.
    CULLODEN having been got off one shoal, grounded again when she attempted to cross the bar to go into the harbour with the frigates.
    Two Dutch coasting vessels were taken and brought alongside to offload CULLODEN's guns.
    Their cargoes, which were thrown overboard, included bottles of spirits which were eagerly consumed by the crew and within a short time CULLODEN's decks were littered with drunken men.
    The Admiral set the boatswain's mates to work to flog them into sobriety and shifted to CAROLINE.
    Those who were sober continued shifting the guns and CULLODEN was eventually hauled into deep water and her guns remounted. She fired a few broadsides at a battery on the island of Madura before the Dutch Governor surrendered.
    Four ships, REVOLTIE (70), PLUTO (70), KORTENNAR (68), hulk, and RUTTKOFF, a Company ship, were scuttled by the Dutch and then burnt.
    The guns and stores at Griesse and the battery at Sambelangen on the island of Madura were all destroyed.
    CULLODEN returned to Madras after a couple of days.
  • Early in 1809 CULLODEN was docked at Bombay for a refit and, when Rear Ad. DRURY arrived to take over as Commander-in-Chief, she sailed for England on 14 February with a convoy of Indiamen.
    In the middle of March they had to cope with a violent storm which lasted for five days and caused some damage.
    Although the ship appeared to be in some danger, the Admiral refused to throw any of the guns overboard.
    Most of the ships of the convoy rejoined them at the Cape of Good Hope.
    They reached St Helena on 8 May and anchored in Cawsand Bay on 10 July, six years to the day since she had sailed for India.
    Two weeks leave was granted to those who had the requisite years of foreign service.

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