HMS Amaranthe (1804)

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Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Amaranthe
Ordered: 15 October 1803
Builder: John Dudman, Deptford, London
Launched: 20 November 1804
Honours and

Naval General Service Medal (NGSM):
"Off the Pearl Rock 13 Decr. 1808"[1]

Fate: Sold in 1815
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Cruizer-class brig-sloop
Tons burthen: 386 2194 bm
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m) (gundeck)
77 ft 2 12 in (23.5 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 8 in (9.3 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Sail plan: Brig-sloop
Complement: 121
Armament: 16 × 32-pounder carronades + 2 × 6-pounder guns

HMS Amaranthe was an 18-gun Royal Navy Cruizer-class brig-sloop built by John Dudman at Deptford Wharf and launched in 1804.[2] She served in the Caribbean, taking part in two actions that gained those members of her crew that survived until 1847 the NGSM. She was sold in 1815.


Amaranthe entered service in January 1805 under Commander Edward Pelham Brenton. She then deployed to the North Sea. On 2 January 1806 she captured the Juno.[3] Amaranthe captured the Hoffnung at the commencement of hostilities with Prussia.[4] On 3 September 1807, Amaranthe captured the Louisa Wilhelmina.[5]

Amaranthe sailed for the Leeward Islands on 20 April 1808. After joining a squadron gathered off Barbados for the invasion of Martinique, Amaranthe participated in blockading the French West Indian islands. On 11 November, Amaranthe was in company with Circe when Circe captured the Ruthy.[6] That same day, Amaranthe, together with Circe and Eperviere captured the American vessel Intrepid.[7] Nine days later the same three British vessels, together with Unique, participated in the capture of the Mary and Allen. Prize money was paid in 1838.[8] On 20 November Amaranthe, Circe, Cherub, Eperviere and Ulysses participated in the capture of the Bonetta. Prize money was paid in 1839.[9]

On 13 December 1808 Amaranthe joined Circe and Stork in destroying the French 16-gun schooner Cygne and two other schooners near Pearl Rock, Saint-Pierre, Martinique.[2] The French vessels had already inflicted heavy casualties on the British vessels before Amaranthe arrived. Fire from Amaranthe compelled the crew of Cygne to abandon her, and Amaranthe‍ '​s boats boarded and destroyed the French vessel. For her part Amaranthe lost one man killed and five wounded due to fire from batteries on the shore.[10]

Brenton then volunteered to destroy the schooner grounded near Cygne. Men from Amaranthe and Express boarded the schooner and set fire to her too.[10] This expedition cost Amaranthe her sailing master, Joshua Jones, who was severely wounded.[10] The other British vessels that contributed boats also had casualties. Including the losses in the earlier fighting before Amaranthe arrived, the British had lost some 12 men killed, 31 wounded, and 26 missing (drowned or prisoners) for little gain.[10] Cygne was armed with 18 guns and carried a crew of 140 men. She had been carrying flour, guns and cartridge paper for the relief of Martinique.[10] The French schooners were armed and were carrying flour.[10]

Brenton was promoted to post-captain soon after the battle, with the promotion being back dated to 13 December, the date of the battle. In 1847 the Admiralty authorized the NGSM with the clasp "Off the Pearl Rock 13 Decr. 1808".

Command passed to Commander George Pringle in December 1808, but he was in command of Pultask. As a result, he did not actually assume command until after January 1809.

Amaranthe took part in the successful invasion of Martinique in February 1809. During this campaign Pelham served on shore with a detachment of sailors and held the temporary Army rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1847 the Admiralty authorized the NGSM with clasp "Martinique" for the campaign.

On 18 June 1809 Amaranthe, under the command of Commander Pringle, was among the vessels in sight when Latona captured the French frigate Felicité, and so shared in the prize money.[11]

Commander Richard Yates assumed command in July 1814.[2]


Amaranthe saw no further significant service. The Admiralty sold her at Woolwich on 12 October 1815 for ₤900.[2]



  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1. 

External links[edit]

  • Phillips, Michael - Ships of the Old Navy[1]