Agamemnon HMS (1781)

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john sefton
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Agamemnon HMS (1781)

Post by john sefton » Wed May 13, 2009 10:40 pm

HMS AGAMEMNON 3rd rate 64guns built by Henry Adams at Bucklers Hard, Hampshire. She was launched 10th April 1781. She was towed to Portsmouth to have her masts fitted and fitted up with guns and stores. She was commissioned immediately her 1st was Captain Benjamin Caldwell. One of his lieutenants was Thomas Hardy later to be Captain of HMS Victory at Trafalgar.
She took part in the Battle of the Saintes April 1782, when Admiral Rodney defeated a French Fleet under the Count De Grasse.
After a period in reserve she was re-commissioned in 1793 with Captain Horatio Nelson serving in the Mediterranean under Admiral Lord Hood. It was in this period that Nelson lost the sight of his eye at the siege of Calvi in Corsica. In 1794 AGAMEMNON was worn out and returned home for re-fitting Nelson moving his Commodore's pennant to HMS CAPTAIN. AGAMEMNON was at the Battle of Copenhagen Captain Robert Fancourt. In July 1805 AGAMEMNON took part in Calder's action.
In October 1805 she, under the command of Captain Edward Berry, served at Trafalgar. In 1806 she was at the Battle of Saint Domingo in the West Indies.
She ran aground and sank at the mouth of the River Plate in June 1809.
(Detail from Ted Evans, Liverpool)
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Re: Agamemnon HMS (1781)

Post by aukepalmhof » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:57 am

The 35c Anguilla stamp was designed after a painting made in 1807 by Nicholas Pocock, which shows five warships on which Nelson served.
HMS AGAMEMNON on the far left.
HMS VANGUARD a broadside view.
HMS ELEPHANT in front of her, a stern view.
HMS CAPTAIN in the middle distance.
HMS VICTORY in the foreground.
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Re: Agamemnon HMS (1781)

Post by Anatol » Tue May 02, 2017 9:30 pm

HMS AGAMEMNON 3rd rate 64guns. Djibouti 2013;200f.
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Re: Agamemnon HMS (1781)

Post by Anatol » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:10 pm

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Re: Agamemnon HMS (1781)

Post by Anatol » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:29 pm

Nelson’s first flagship leads the squadron, Mediterranean, 1796. Nelson flies his flag as a Commodore, commanding his first squadron. He had commanded the 64-gun battleship ‘Agamemnon’, the ship he referred to as his favorite, since 1793. Nelson was given a Commodore’s pennant in March 1796, making ‘Agamemnon’ his first flagship, just before he transferred to the 74-gun ‘Captain’ in June that year. In April 1796, Nelson was operating in the Gulf of Genoa with the small squadron depicted in this beautiful print. ‘Agamemnon’ is shown leading ‘Meleager’ 32, ‘Blanche’ 32, ‘Diadem’ 64 and the now-famous 16-gun brig-sloop ‘Speedy’.The powerful ships of war seem at peace in the tranquil sunset which is disturbed only by Agamemnon’s evening gunnery practice.Agamemnon was one of seven ships built to the same design, drawn by the same naval architect who designed the famous Victory, Sir Thomas Slade. She was built at Bucklers Hard and launched on the 10th of April 1781. She was a third rate ship, having 64 guns.She was at the centre of events fighting at the Battle of Saintes, the Battle of Copenhagen and of course, Trafalgar, the summit of her career. Later she served in the West Indies, participating in the Battle of Santo Domingo and then in South American waters, until she was wrecked in Maldonado Bay off the coast of Uruguay in 1809. During Nelson’s command of the ship between 1793 and 1796 Nelson wrote “Without exception, one of the finest ships in the fleet with the character of sailing most remarkably well”. He also wrote “After 12 days in a storm in the Mediterranean in ‘gales and lumping seas… but in Agamemnon, we mind them not; she is the finest ship I ever sailed in, and were she a 74, nothing should induce me to leave her while the war lasts’.
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