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CAESAR (80) Built in 1793, Plymouth.
Hulk in 1814.

  • 1793 Capt. Anthony James MOLLOY. Flagship of Rear Ad. Thomas PASLEY, with Lord HOWE's fleet.
    Capt. MOLLOY faced a court martial on board GLORY on 25 April. He was charged with not doing his best to pass through the enemy line on 29 May or to take up his proper station on 1 June. Although they cast no doubt on his personal courage, the court found the charges proved and he was dismissed his ship and not employed again.
  • 1794 Capt. WHITBY, flagship of Vice Ad. CORNWALLIS.
  • 1795 Capt. MITCHELL, 01/1795. Capt. C. E. NUGENT, 06/1795.
  • 1797 Capt. Rodham HOME, 02/1797.
    Between 28 and 30 October CAESAR, TERRIBLE and MELPOMENE chased, without success, Commodore Savary's squadron which was looking for Bompart's ships after their expedition to invade Ireland.
    During 1798 15 men were lost in one of CAESAR's boats when they were collecting and loading stores at Plymouth.
  • 1799 Sixteen ships of the line were detached from the Channel fleet and twelve went on to join KEITH in the Mediterranean.
    ROYAL SOVEREIGN, CAESAR, MAGNIFICENT and RUSSELL went into Lisbon to bring back a convoy and the Nile prizes
  • 1800 Capt. Sir James SAUMAREZ, 02/1799, with Ad. GARDNER's squadron off Brest.
    On Friday 16 May she experienced the full force of a gale while laying-to off Brest. She had some of her half ports knocked in and a boat stove on her larboard quarter; she shipped so much water on the main deck that the crew were obliged to scuttle the deck in order to let the water out.
  • CAESAR came into Plymouth for a refit on 17 August and Rear Ad. CALDER hoisted her flag on board her in Cawsand Bay on the 22nd. She sailed to join the Channel fleet on the 31st.
    Rear Ad. CALDER was appointed to command the inshore or flying squadron consisting of CAESAR, EXCELLENT, MARLBOROUGH, DEFENCE and ELEPHANT.
    On 27 October the squadron consisted of CAESAR, POMPEE, CANADA, DEFENCE, EDGAR, WARRIOR, DEFIANCE and the NIMROD cutter.
    On 29 November IMPETUEUX (80) re-fitting in the Hamoaze, was ordered to relieve CAESAR; she sailed for the Black Rocks on 11 December.
    CAESAR and POMPEE arrived in Torbay on the 14th. after being 20 weeks on station.
  • Sir James SAMAREZ was appointed a Rear Admiral of the Blue on 1 January and CAESAR returned to station off Brest in the new year with Capt. Jahleel BRENTON as flag captain. She rode out a gale in the middle of March by anchoring in Douarnenez Bay just out of range of the shore batteries which lobbed a few shells in her direction.
  • On 6 July 1801 Rear Ad. SAUMAREZ in CAESAR sailed from Gibraltar with POMPEE, SPENCER, VENERABLE, HANNIBAL and AUDACIOUS with the intention of attacking three French line-of-battle ships and a frigate lying a considerable distance from the batteries at Algeciras. As VENERABLE, the leading ship, approached the wind dropped and she was forced to anchor. POMPEE managed to get into action but HANNIBAL took the ground and was forced to strike. The polacre CALPE kept up a spirited fire on one of the batteries. Two of the French ships were driven ashore and the rest badly damaged. CAESAR lost 42 killed wounded and missing. When all her boats were damaged a 19 year old seaman named COLLINS volunteered to swim to the VENERABLE with a orders from the Rear Admiral. With the messages in his mouth he accomplished the round trip in about 45 minutes.
  • On the 8th. the French ships were reinforced by a squadron of 5 Spanish ships-of-the-line, a French 74, 3 frigates and a large number of gunboats. Hard work repaired all the British ships, except POMPEE, at Gibraltar in time for them to follow the enemy ships when they sailed on the 12th. The REAL CARLOS and the HERMENEGILDO caught fire and were burnt, the SAN ANTONIO was captured.
  • In October 1802 CAESAR was hauled alongside the Jenny Head waiting to go into dock to be repaired.
  • 1803 Under repair at Plymouth.
  • 1805 Capt. Sir Robert STRACHAN, Channel fleet.
  • 1807 Capt. Charles RICHARDSON, flagship of Rear Ad. Sir Robert STRACHAN off the Chesapeake.
    With the Channel fleet at the end of the year.
  • 1808 Capt. RICHARDSON at Plymouth as a private ship.
  • 1809 Rear Ad. Robert STOPFORD.
  • On 23 February 1809 CAESAR was at anchor to the north-west of the Chassiron lighthouse with DEFIANCE, DONEGAL, EMERALD and NAIAD, when AMETHYST, to the north-west, signalled the approach of 8 sail-of-the-line and 2 frigates.
    Rear Ad. STOPFORD detached NAIAD to inform Lord GAMBIER but she had only gone a few miles when she made a signal for 3 sail.
    The squadron gave chase and forced three French frigates to run ashore under the protection of strong batteries.
    The water was too shallow for the British ships to approach close in but CAESAR had her bowsprit damaged and rigging cut.
  • The main enemy squadron weighed from the Basque Roads on the 26th. and proceeded to the Isle d'Aix where they were reconnoitred by CAESAR on the 28th.
    CAESAR lost William FLINTOFT, acting lieutenant, and three able seamen, Thomas MADDOX, John NELSON and John ELLIS killed during the attack on the French squadron between 11 and 14 April.
  • CAESAR took part in the attack on Walcheren in the summer.
    On 30 July Capt. RICHARDSON landed with three divisions of seamen and nine pieces of ordnance to assist the army.
    They took part in the attack on Ter Veere and were then employed erecting, under enemy fire, 24-pounder batteries before Flushing.
  • At the end of the year, flying the flag of Rear Ad. OTWAY she took part in the evacuation.
    On the 26 November 100 seamen and artificers from the squadron started to destroy the basin, arsenal and sea defences of Flushing.
    The whole of the army, with the exception of the rear guard, were embarked on the afternoon of 9 December.
  • 1811 Capt. William GRANGER, Lisbon.
    Out of commission at Plymouth at the end of the year.
  • 1812 Capt. Jeremiah COGLAN, Plymouth.
  • 1814 Army

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