HMS Excellent (1787)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Excellent
Ordered: 9 August 1781
Builder: Graham, Harwich
Laid down: March 1782
Launched: 27 November 1787
Honours and

Participated in:

Fate: Broken up, 1835
Notes: Reduced to 58-guns in 1820; training ship from 1830
General characteristics [1]
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)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Excellent was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched at Harwich on 27 November 1787.[1] She was the captaincy of John Gell before he was appointed an Admiral.[2]

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.

In 1820, she was reduced to a 58-gun ship, and from 1830 she was serving as a training ship. She was broken up in 1835.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.
  2. Literary Panorama, Biographical Memoirs, John Gell, Esq. Vice Admiral of the White, p1385.


  • 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.
  • Cox, Son and Baylis (printers) (1807) The Literary Parorama. Google Books. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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