HMS Daring (1804)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Builder:||Jabez Bailey, Ipswich|
|Laid down:||June 1804|
|Fate:||Scuttled 27 January 1813|
|Class and type:||Archer-class gun-brig|
|Tons burthen:||178 (bm)|
|Length:||80 ft 2 in (24.43 m) (gundeck)
65 ft 10 3⁄4 in (20.085 m) (keel)
|Beam:||22 ft 6 3⁄4 in (6.877 m)|
|Depth of hold:||9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)|
|Armament:||10 x 18-pounder carronades, and 2 chase guns|
On 27 January 1813 Daring’s captain, Lieutenant William Pascoe RN was forced to run the gun-brig aground on Tamara (one of the Iles de Los off Guinea) and burn her when he was threatened by the French frigates Aréthuse and Rubis. He arrived in the Sierra Leone River with the greater part of his crew on 28 January and reported to Captain Frederick Paul Irby of Amelia.
Irby sent Pascoe back in a small schooner to reconnoitre and saw that the two frigates were unloading a Portuguese prize before preparing to sail to intercept British home-bound trade. Pascoe returned on 4 February and found that a cartel had arrived with the master and crew of Daring. Captain Irby, his crew depleted by sickness but reinforced by the men from Daring, sailed to attack Aréthuse, which was anchored well to the north of the Rubis, which had been disabled by striking a rock). Amelia engaged Aréthuse for four hours and suffered heavy casualties - 51 killed (including Lieutenant Pascoe) and 95 wounded. Although badly damaged, Amelia made it home to Britain via Madeira. Aréthuse returned to the stranded Rubis, which was burnt on 8 February when she could not be refloated.
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