PRINCE OF WALES
Built in 1794, Portsmouth.
Broken up in 1822.
- 1795 Capt. J. BAZELY with Rear Ad. HARVEY's flag. Capt. J. HARVEY, 12/1796. Capt. T. HARVEY, 04/1797. Capt. R. BROWN, 01/1798. Capt. A. RENOU, 06/1799. (Rear-Ad. Lord Hugh SEYMOUR's flag in November 1799. West Indies.
- 1800 Capt. PROWSE, Channel fleet.
In April 1801 she was at Martinique with INVINCIBLE, UNITE and DIANA as flagship of Sir Robert CALDER. She returned to Portsmouth on 4 June and sailed to join the Channel fleet on the 13th.
- On 24 January 1802 PRINCE OF WALES came into Plymouth from Torbay to be paid.
Three days later she received orders to take on an extra quantity of provisions before returning to Torbay.
- 1803 Capt. John GIFFARD, fitting at Portsmouth.
- 1804 Capt. W. CUMING, flagship of Rear Ad. Sir Robert CALDER off Rochefort.
- 1805 off Cadiz.
At noon on 22 July 1805, some 100 miles off Finisterre, Sir Robert sighted the combined fleets of France and Spain consisting of 20 sail-of-the-line, 5 frigates, 3 brigs and 2 large ships armed en flute.
His own force consisted of 15 ships-of-the-line, 2 frigates, a cutter and a lugger.
He immediately stood towards them making the signals for close order battle.
When he reached the rear he tacked his ships in succession to attack the centre of the line but the enemy also tacked and he had to repeat the manoeuvre. The resulting action lasted more than four hours and was fought in a thick fog which made signalling between ships impossible, otherwise the victory would have been more complete.
Two ships, ST. RAPHAEL (84) and FIRME (74) were captured and it was believed that the enemy ships which escaped suffered badly. The British squadron lost 199 casualties of which PRINCE of WALES had 3 killed and 20 wounded.
- 1806 Flagship of Rear Ad. Edward THORNBROUGH off Rochefort.
On 16 July 1806 the boats of the squadron off Rochefort took part in an attack on two French corvettes and a convoy in the mouth of the Bordeaux river. The largest escort, CAESAR (18) was boarded and carried. The boat from PRINCE OF WALES was commanded by Lieut. FRANCIS and lost one able seaman, David PARRY, was killed and six seamen and marines were wounded.
- During the evening of 11 October 1806 a dispute arose between Mr ARMSTRONG, midshipman of the PRINCE OF WALES, and a Mr LONG, midshipman of the RESISTANCE, at a common hop in Pembroke Street, Plymouth. High words arose when the former wanted to put out the lights while the latter was dancing with his girl.
They adjourned to an inn and a challenge was agreed.
At half-past eight the following morning the two met by the Obelisk at Mount Edgecombe and Mr LONG was killed by a shot which entered his right side. His second, a midshipman of MONARCH left him and returned to Plymouth Dock with Mr ARMSTRONG and his second, Mr WELLS. The body was not discovered until the afternoon.
- 1807 Capt. W. BEDFORD, Channel fleet. Ad. James GAMBIER's flagship in the Baltic.
On the evening of 15 August he arrived off Wibeck, a village half way between Copenhagen and Elsinore, and the army under Lord Cathcart was disembarked from the transports there the next morning.
- 1811 Capt. John Eskin DOUGLAS, Spithead.
- 1814 Mediterranean, where she formed part of Lord EXMOUTH's fleet at the surrender of Genoa in April.
Vice Ad. PELLEW sailed from Toulon with CALEDONIA, BOYNE, UNION, PRINCE OF WALES and PEMBROKE and they arrived off Genoa on the morning of the 17th. as the army moved forward to attack the garrison in the town.
- 1815 Out of commission at Portsmouth.