The ship that fought at Trafalgar

Flagship of Sir Michael Seymour (who died in 1834) on the Mediterranean and South America stations.  Arthur Barrow was apparently on board for a very short time while the ship was in port on the south coast of England.  Almost immediately after he left the ship, one of the seaman who had been on the Spartiate for over four years was recognised as being a man who had previously deserted from another ship, HMS Eden.  Although of more than good character and a hard-worker, the man was immediately put under arrest – to ‘await orders from the Admiralty as to his disposal’ (Spa_1).


HMS Spartiate

A 74-gun Temeraire-class third rate ship of the line, launched in 1797; broken up in May 1857.  She was built in Toulon and captured from the French at the Battle of he Nile in 1798.  In 1805 she fought under Francis Lafory at the Battle of Trafalgar.  With HMS Minotaur (interestingly, ship of the same name (but next generation) as Arthur Barrow’s son was to serve in as a Midshipman) she forced the surrender of the Spanish ship Neptuno of 80 guns.  From February 1806, Spartiate joined the Channel Fleet, and for two years was involved in the blockade of Rochefort.  In February 1808 she joined the Mediterranean Fleet at Palermo, and was deployed there until the end of 1809.  In June 1809 she participated in the attack on the islands of Ischia and Procida.  She was converted to a sheer hulk in August 1842 after the time during which Arthur Barrow served on her.  She was broken up later, a process completed on 30th May 1857.


HMS Spartiate at the Battle of the Nile (in the French line behind HMS Goliath, the first British ship to engage).

Spartiate Nile 2

Behind HMS Goliath, HMS Zealous and Nelson’s flagship HMS Vanguard are about to cross the French line consisting of 17 ships including HMS Spartiate.

spartiate at nile

Model of HMS Spartiate.Spartiate

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