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WARSPITE (76) Built in 1807, Chatham.
Burnt 1876.

  • 1807 Capt. Hon. H. BLACKWOOD, fitting out at Chatham.
  • 1808 Ditto, Baltic.
    In the summer of 1810 Capt. BLACKWOOD commanded the inshore squadron off Toulon consisting of WARSPITE, AJAX, CONQUEROR, EURYALUS and SHEERWATER. Six enemy sail of the line and four frigates put to sea on 20 July to assist a frigate and her convoy which had sought refuge in Bandol where they were blockaded by EURYALUS and SHEERWATER which were themselves in danger of being cut off by the approaching French squadron. Capt. BLACKWOOD brought his three 74s to in line of battle and engaged the leading ships of the enemy line, completely frustrating their intentions.
  • 1812 Capt. H. R.E. BAKER (act.), off Flushing.
  • 1813 Capt. BLACKWOOD, part of the squadron commanded by Commodore Pulteney MALCOLM in the Basque Roads.
    On 25 February WARSPITE was ordered to cruise between the latitudes of 45deg and 48deg north in the longitude of 4deg west until 12 March and then proceed to Cawsand Bay.
    Capt. BLACKWOOD sailed the following day and in the afternoon captured the American brig MARS which BELLE POULE had been chasing for many hours. MARS had been taking cotton, tobacco and logwood from Baltimore to Bordeaux.
    On 2 March the American schooner PERT was taken and from her people Capt. BLACKWOOD learned of the sailing of other American vessels.
    This enabled him to capture the CHARLOTTE which he sighted in the wind's eye the following morning. She was 29 days out of Charlestown with a cargo of cotton for Bordeaux.
  • At the end of the year Capt. BLACKWOOD resigned his ship because of urgent business and complained daily to Lord KEITH about the delay in being relieved by Capt. O'BRYEN.
    On 25 October Lord KEITH received a letter ordering him to detain WARSPITE for a new captain so when, two days later, he was ordered to send out a line-of-battle ship on a service, he sent for the captain of RIPPON.
    Capt. BLACKWOOD immediately accused Lord KEITH of partiality and expressed himself with a great deal of heat.
    Lord KEITH explained that he did not want to put the captain to the inconvenience of remaining in WARSPITE after all his representations.
  • 1814 Capt Lord James O'BRYEN, Plymouth.
  • 1815 Out of commission at Portsmouth.
  • 1824 Capt. William CARROLL, 27/08/1824, Portsmouth.
  • 1826 Commodore Sir James BRISBANE When WARSPITE, accompanied by VOLAGE, visited Sydney at the end of the year she was the first line of battle ship in Australian waters.
  • 1827 Capt. William PARKER, 11/10/27, Lisbon.
  • 1829 Capt. Samuel BURGESS, 27/11/29, South America.
  • 1830 Capt. Charles TALBOT, 23/11/30, South America.
  • Out of commission at Portsmouth by the end of 1833.

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