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HMS Mars (1794)

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HMS Mars was built at Deptford in 1794, carrying 74 guns she was also a somewhat lazy sailer. Having served gallantly in the action off Brest in 1795 she was involved in the Nore Mutiny of 1797 when her officers, including her Captain, Alexander Hood, were forced ashore by the crew. In 1798 she took part in the action which captured the 74 gun Hercules taking severe losses of 70 killed or wounded. Among the dead was Captain Hood.

During the next several years she was the flagship of the squadrons blockading Rochefort and Brest and was present at the Battle of Trafalgar under her captain, George Duff. Again Mars took severe punishment and again her captain was killed. She went back to blockading Rochefort.

In northern waters she took part in the bombardment of Copenhagen and the taking of the Danish fleet in 1807 then served in the Baltic before returning to home waters. After the war she became a receiving hulk in Portsmouth and was broken up in 1823.

Officers, Warrant Officers and crew at the Battle of Trafalgar
HMS Mars

RankFirst NameLast NamePay BookDate joinedNationalityBirth PlaceAgeWikitree
CaptainGeorgeDuffSB507-BritishBanff41 killed Duff-1047
1st LieutenantWilliamHennahSB39-----
Lieutenant BenjaminPateySB38-BritishPlymouth23Patey-124
LieutenantEdward WilliamGarrettSB56512 Sep 1804---wounded
LieutenantGeorge LDecoeurdouxSB37-----
LieutenantWilliam H TBoyceSB65811 Mar 1805----
LieutenantCharlesHolmesSB13926 Feb 1805----
MidshipmanAlexander Dundas YoungArbuthnotSB504-BritishForton, Hampshire16Arbuthnot-1944
MidshipmanGeorge EdwardPateySB445-BritishStonehouse16Patey-128
Captain RMThomasNormanML121-----
Lieutenant RMRobertGuthrieML14925 Apr 1805----
Surgeon JamesTorkingtonSB69629 Apr 1805----
CarpenterWilliamCookSB464 Apr 1803----
GunnerAnthonyCollis-11 Oct 1799----
Purser EHatfullSB473-----
Master's Mate AlexDuffSB5231 Sep 1804BritishEdinburgh20 killed
VolunteerThomasDuff-20 Sep 1804BritishEdinburgh--
Volunteer NorwichDuffSB7178 Aug 1805BritishEdinburgh14Duff-1046


  • Benjamin Patey had 8 brothers in the Navy. They were the sons of a gunner.
  • Thomas Duff held his brother, Alex, in his arms as he died.
  • Norwich Duff was the son of the Captain, George Duff.


  • Trafalgar ancestors [1]
  • " The Trafalgar Companion " Mark Adkin, Aurum Press 2005 ISBN 1 84513 0189
  • Wikipedia [2]

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