HMS Excellent (1787)
|Ordered:||9 August 1781|
|Laid down:||March 1782|
|Launched:||27 November 1787|
|Battle of Cape St Vincent|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1835|
|Notes:||Reduced to 58-guns in 1820; training ship from 1830|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Arrogant class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1645 bm|
|Length:||168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
Excellent took part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797.
On 9 October 1799, Excellent chased the 18-gun Aréthuse. Aréthuse attempted to flee but part of her rigging broke during the night, and Excellent caught on during the night. After a brief fight, Aréthuse struck her colours. She was recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Raven.
On 9 April 1802, the 8th West India Regiment revolted in Dominica. They killed three officers, imprisoned the others and took over Fort Shirley. On the following day, Magnificent, which was anchored in Prince Rupert's Bay, sent a party of marines ashore to restore order. The mutineers fired upon the Magnificent with no effect. Excellent, the frigate Severn, and the sloop Gaiete assisted Magnificent, also supplying marines.
On 12 April, Governor Cochrane entered Fort Shirley with the Royal Scots Regiment and the 68th Regiment of Foot. The rebels were drawn up on the Upper Battery of Fort Shirley with three of their officers as prisoners and presented arms to the other troops. They obeyed Cochrane's command to ground their arms but refused his order to step forward. The mutineers picked up their arms and fired a volley. Shots were returned, followed by a bayonet charge that broke their ranks and a close range fire fight ensued. Those mutineers who tried to escape over the precipice to the sea were exposed to grape-shot and canister fire from Magnificent.
In 1820, Excellent was reduced to a 58-gun ship. From 1830 she was serving as a training ship. She was broken up in 1835.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.
- Literary Panorama, Biographical Memoirs, John Gell, Esq. Vice Admiral of the White, p1385.
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- The 8th West India Regiment Revolts. Retrieved from http://www.lennoxhonychurch.com/cabrits3.cfm.