HMS Ambuscade (1773)
|Ordered:||25 December 1770|
|Builder:||Adams & Barnard, Deptford|
|Laid down:||April 1771|
|Launched:||17 September 1773|
|Captured:||14 December 1798|
|Acquired:||14 December 1798|
|Captured:||28 May 1803|
|Acquired:||28 May 1803|
|Fate:||Broken up in 1810|
|General characteristics as built|
|Class and type:||32-gun fifth-rate frigate|
|Beam:||35 ft 1.75 in (10.7125 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft 2 in (3.71 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
HMS Ambuscade was a 32-gun fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, built in the Grove Street shipyard of Adams & Barnard at Depford in 1773. The French captured her in 1798 but the British recaptured her in 1803. She was broken up in 1810.
On 22 June 1779, after a short action, Ambuscade captured the French brig Hélene, which was the former Royal Navy 14-gun sloop HMS Helena. The Royal Navy took her back into service under her original name. Six days later Ambuscade captured the French privateer Prince de Montbray. The privateer was possibly out of Granville and under the command of Captain Boisnard-Maisonneuve.
French Revolutionary Wars
In August 1798 Ambuscade, commanded by Captain Henry Jenkins, with Stag and the hired armed cutter Nimrod captured the chasse maree Francine . Then Ambuscade shared with Phaeton and Stag, in the capture on 20 November of the Hirondelle.
On 13 December 1798, Ambuscade captured a French merchantman, Faucon, with a cargo of sugar and coffee bound for Bordeaux.
Disaster struck the following day. Ambuscade was blockading Rochefort, when the smaller French corvette Bayonnaise captured her at the Action of 14 December 1798. The court martial exonerated Captain Henry Jenkins of Ambuscade, though a good case could be made that he exhibited poor leadership and ship handling. The French brought her into service as Embuscade.
On 28 May 1803, HMS Victory recaptured her. She had a crew of 187 men under the command of capitaine de vaisseau Fradin, and was 30 days out of Cap Francais, bound for Rochefort. The Royal Navy took her back into service as Ambuscade.
Ambuscade was broken up in 1810.
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