HMS Comus

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Five ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Comus, after the Greek god of festivity, revels and nocturnal dalliances:


  • The British privateer Comus, on 7 December 1800, captured a French chasse maree armed with three 3-pounder guns and carrying a cargo of hides. The next day, after an eight-hour chase, Comus captured the French letter of marque brig Rocou, which was pierced for 14 guns but armed with twelve 6 and 2-pounder guns, carrying cotton and rice from Cayenne to Bordeaux. Comus sent the brig into Guernsey and the chasse maree into Jersey.[1] Comus herself was a small lugger of 32 tons burthen, armed with six 6-pounder guns and carrying a crew of 30 men.[2]