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HMS Venerable was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 19 April 1784 at Blackwall Yard.[1]

The Battle of Camperdown, 11 October 1797 by Thomas Whitcombe, painted 1798, showing the British flagship Venerable (flying the Blue Ensign from her stern) engaged with the Dutch flagship Vrijheid.
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Name: HMS Venerable
Ordered: 9 August 1781
Builder: Perry, Wells & Green, Blackwall Yard
Laid down: April 1782
Launched: 19 April 1784
Fate: Wrecked, 1804
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Culloden-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1669 (bm)
Length: 170 ft (51.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 2 in (14.4 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 11 in (6.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

In 1795 the ship is known to have been under the command of Cpt. James Bissett.[2]

In 1797, Venerable served as Admiral Duncan's flagship at the Battle of Camperdown.[3]

Loss of His Majesty's Ship Venerable... Shipwreck on the Night of 24 November 1804 on the Rocks in Torbay, by Robert Dodd


She was wrecked on 24 November 1804, off Roundham Head near Torbay.[3] Three of her crew were lost.[4] Two days later, on 26 November, the hired armed ship Lady Warren sailed from Plymouth to Torbay with Growler, six gun-vessels and yard-lighters, and other craft, to save the stores, guns, etc. from the wreck of Venerable.[5]

Citations and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.
  2. ^ Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy, David Bonner Smith
  3. ^ a b Ships of the Old Navy, Venerable.
  4. ^ "The Marine List". Lloyd's List (4509). 27 November 1804.
  5. ^ Naval Chronicle, Vol. 12, p.504.


  • 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.
  • Michael Phillips. Venerable (74) (1784). Michael Phillips' Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 8 August 2007.