HMS Excellent (1787)
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HMS ''Excellent'' was a
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, launched at
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on 27 November 1787. She was the captaincy of John Gell before he was appointed an admiral. ''Excellent'' took part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797. On 9 October 1799, ''Excellent'' chased the 18-gun . ''Aréthuse'' attempted to flee but part of her rigging broke during the night, and ''Excellent'' caught her. After a brief fight, ''Aréthuse'' struck her colours. She was recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS ''Raven''. On 9 April 1802, the 8th
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revolted in
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. They killed three officers, imprisoned the others and took over Fort Shirley. On the following day, , 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 , and the sloop 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''.


Fate

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.


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