Career (United Kingdom)
20 December 1808
Class & type:
108 ft 4 in (33.02 m)
29 ft 7 in (9.02 m)
Depth of hold:
9 ft (2.7 m)
16 x 32-pounder
carronades + 8 x 18-pounder carronades + 2 x 6-pounder bow chasers
HMS was a Dauntless Cormorant-class ship-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was sold in 1823.
Construction [ edit ]
Dauntless was built in Deptford Dockyard as a . She was launched on 20 December 1808 and commissioned in July 1809. Cormorant-class ship-sloop
Operational history [ edit ]
Her first service was in November 1809, when she escorted a convoy to the African coast, returning in early 1810 to cruise against enemy shipping in the
North Sea and to escort convoys to North Russia. In the autumn of 1811 she was sent to the Cork Station.
After refitting at
Portsmouth in early 1814 she served on the Newfoundland Station. On 22 May Dauntless and were in company when they recaptured the Cyane Aeolus. [Note 1 ]
In January 1816, as the
Royal Navy contracted after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, she paid off at Portsmouth.
In November 1818, she was recommissioned for service in the
East Indies. Over the next five years, Dauntless visited China, New Zealand, South America, the Pacific archipelagos and New South Wales. Her Captain, George Gambier, in company with members of the Philosophical Society of Australasia fixed a suitably engraved bronze tablet on a "beetling rock" on the south head of Botany Bay to commemorate the first landing of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks in Australia in 1770. The tablet has not been seen for some years. Dauntless sailed through Torres Strait to Trincomalee to rejoin the fleet, and returned to Portsmouth to pay off in October 1823.
She was sold for breaking in 1825.
Commanding officers [ edit ]
Lt Whitman RN (died on the African Station)
2 May 1810
Lt Daniel Barber RN
Captain Hon. Valentine Gardner RN
Captain George Cornish Gambier RN
^ A first-class share of the salvage, as remitted from Newfoundland, was worth £66 7s 9d; a sixth-class share, that of an ordinary seaman, was worth £1 3s 9d. [1 ]
References [ edit ]