Earl of Mornington (1799 ship)
|Name:||Earl of Mornington|
|Owner:||East India Company|
|Builder:||Perry, Wells & Green, Blackwall Yard|
|Launched:||24 January 1799|
|Fate:||Sold February 1804|
|Acquired:||Purchased February 1804|
|Fate:||Broken up 1808|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||East Indiaman|
|Tons burthen:||241, 253, or 25317⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||104 ft 0 in (31.7 m) (overall); 79 ft 3 in (24.2 m) (keel)|
|Beam:||24 ft 6 in (7.5 m)|
Earl of Mornington (or Earl Mornington) was a packet ship launched in 1799 for the British East India Company (EIC). She performed one voyage for the Company, sailing from England to India and returning. The Admiralty purchased her in 1804 and she then served the Royal Navy until she was broken up in 1808.
East India Company
One contemporary source states that Earl of Mornington made only one voyage for the EIC.[Note 1] Her captain was George Simpson, who received a letter of marque on 7 October 1799. At the time her armament was recorded as eight 12-pounder guns.
She left Britain on 20 November 1799 and arrived at Calcutta on 22 April 1800. She left Kedgeree on 5 November. By 12 May 1801 she had reached Simon's Bay, but then on 8 August she was back at Calcutta. On 11 March 1802 she left Culpee, an anchorage towards Calcutta and closer than Saugor. From there she reached St Helena on 28 June and arrived at the Downs on 19 August.
Apparently Earl Mornington sailed again in 1802. She was reported to be at St Helena on 10 June 1803, returning from the South Seas.
Drake formed part of Commodore Hood's squadron at the capture of Surinam River in 1804. The squadron consisted of Hood's flagship Centaur, Pandour, Serapis, Alligator, Hippomenes, Unique, and transports carrying 2000 troops under Brigadier-General Sir Charles Green. British and Dutch casualties were light.[Note 3]
Drake sailed to Jamaica on 12 April 1805. On 1 November 1805 William Furlong Wise was promoted to Commander into Drake. He was the nephew of James Richard Dacres, the admiral commanding the station. In April Wise transferred to Elk.[Note 4]
In 1806 Drake came under the command of Commander F. Mere. However, she was under the command of Robert Nicholas when on 26 October she assisted in cornering the French privateer Superbe, which the schooner Pitt, under the command of Lieutenant Michael Fitton was engaging. Superbe's captain then drove her ashore at Ocoa Bay, enabling he and his surviving crew members to escape.
Nicholas's replacement in November 1806 was Commander John Parish. In October 1807 Commander George Bell replaced Parish; by 1808 she was under the command of Lieutenant John Fleming (acting)
Notes, citations, and references
- The British Library gives data for two voyages, but this seems to be an error. The first voyage is for the correct vessel. The second voyage is almost surely for the larger (500 tons (bm)) and older India-built vessel Earl of Mornington.
- Reports exist that the Navy renamed her Mornington and sold her shortly after purchasing her.
- In February 1808, the members of the British force shared in a grant of £32,000, representing part of the proceeds from the capture of Surinam. A second grant of £16,000 followed in November.
- Elk had been under the command of Wise's cousin, Commander James Dacres.
- Hackman (2001), p. 101.
- Winfield (2008), p. 71.
- British Library: Earl of Mornington.
- Letter of Marque, p.60,"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) - accessed 14 May 2011.
- Hardy & Hardy (1811), p. 199. sfnp error: no target: CITEREFHardyHardy1811 (help)
- Lloyd's Register (1804).
- Lloyd's Register (1800), №E33.
- Lloyd's Register (1804), №E45.
- British Southern Whale Fishery - Voyages: Earl Mornington.
- Winfield (2008), p. 271.
- "No. 15712". The London Gazette. 19 June 1804. pp. 761–762.
- James (1837), Vol. 3, pp.288-90.
- "No. 16121". The London Gazette. 20 February 1808. pp. 273–274.
- "No. 16199". The London Gazette. 8 November 1808. p. 1524.
- Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 62, p.642.
- "NMM, vessel ID 365744" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol i. National Maritime Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "No. 15987". The London Gazette. 27 December 1806. pp. 1680–1681.
- Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7.
- Hardy, Horatio Charles (1811). A register of ships, employed in the service of the Honorable the United East India Company, from the year 1760 to 1810: with an appendix, containing a variety of particulars, and useful information interesting to those concerned with East India commerce. Black, Parry, and Kingsbury.
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
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