HMS Russell (1764)
|Ordered:||8 January 1761|
|Launched:||10 November 1764|
|Fate:||Sold out of the service, 1811|
|Notes:||Harbour service from 1812|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Ramillies-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1642 bm|
|Length:||168 ft 6 in (51.36 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||46 ft 11 in (14.30 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
In 1782, she was commanded by Captain James Saumarez at the Battle of the Saintes. In 1794 she was part of Admiral Howe's fleet at the Glorious First of June, and in the following year Russell fought in the Battle of Groix. She also fought at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797.
On 12 February 1808 Russell arrived off the Danish possession of Tranquebar where she landed troops of the 14th Regiment of Foot and the Honourable East India Company's artillery. The British immediately went on to capture the settlement, which capitulated without resistance.[Note 1]
On 16 October 1803 she was three days out of Rio and in company with the fourth rate HMS Grampus. They were escorting the East Indiamen Northampton, Lord Melville, Earl Spencer, Princess Mary, Anna, Ann, Glory, and Essex, all bound to Bengal. Also, Grampus carried £100,000 for the British East India Company.
She was sold out of the service in 1811.
- 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.
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