Hired armed cutter Lord Nelson
First Hired armed cutter Lord Nelson
On 3 March 1799, the Lord Nelson under the command of Lieutenant Robert Percy, together with the Hired armed lugger Brave, captured the two-mast ships Baron Von Hopkin and Sverige Lycka. Then on 22 March Lord Nelson captured the Two Brothers. On 13 September 1804, prize money for Baron Von Hopkin and Sverige Lycka was paid.
On 1 July 1800, Lord Nelson was in company with Fisgard, Renown and Defence were in Bourneuf Bay when they sent in their boats to attack a French convoy at Île de Noirmoutier. The British destroyed the French ship Therese (of 20 guns), a lugger (12 guns), two schooners (6 guns each) and a cutter (6 guns), of unknown names. The cutting out party also burned some 15 merchant vessels loaded with corn and supplies for the French fleet at Brest. However, in this enterprise, 92 officers and men out of the entire party of 192 men, fell prisoners to the French when their boats became stranded. Lord Nelson had contributed no men to the attacking force and so had no casualties.[Note 1]
On 12 October 1800, Montague, Magnificent, and Lord Nelson captured eight small French vessels. Later that month, on 21 October, the same three vessels, joined by Marlborough, captured a small French vessel, marked Letter F. Two days later, Montague, Marlborough and Lord Nelson captured Marquireto. Two days after that, Montague and Lord Nelson captured Maria Rose, and Two Wrecks.
Second Hired armed cutter Lord Nelson
On 23 March 1804, while under the command of Lieutenant Henry Hopewell Budd, Lord Nelson recaptured the ship Young William.
On 2 August Scorpion, with Lord Nelson in company, captured the Prussian vessel Ignatius. Ignatius, or Ignatus, Bakker, master, was carrying masts from Riga when Scorpion detained her and sent her into Yarmouth.
Third Hired armed cutter Lord Nelson
On 20 May, while under the command of Mr. John Wood, Master, she was in company with Princess Caroline off the Vlie when they captured the Dutch privateer schooner Pietheyn. The vessel, whose name was actually Admiral Pietheyer, was five years old and armed with three 12-pounder guns (two bow chasers and one aft), four 8-pounder guns, and a 24-pounder howitzer. She had a crew of 28 men under the command of Lieutenant D. Van Heareskerche. The boats from Princess Caroline captured her without loss of life.
Lord Nelson was wrecked, with no loss of life, near Vlissigen on 15 August 1809. The hired armed cutter Hurd was wrecked with her. Sir Thomas Bourchier, then an Acting Lieutenant, having just passed his exam for Lieutenant, served briefly as Lord Nelson's commanding officer before removing to Forester.
Notes, citations, and references
- Winfield (2008), p.389.
- "No. 15732". The London Gazette. 28 August 1804. pp. 1072–1073.
- "No. 15457". The London Gazette. 27 February 1802. p. 220.
- Debritt (1801), p.37.
- "No. 18160". The London Gazette. 30 Jul 1825. p. 1337.
- "No. 15403". The London Gazette. 1 September 1801. p. 1079.
- Winfield (2008), p.391.
- "No. 15699". The London Gazette. 5 May 1804. p. 580.
- "No. 16771". The London Gazette. 7 September 1813. p. 1781.
- Lloyd's List', no. 4483, - accessed 16 October 2014.
- "No. 16036". The London Gazette. 9 June 1807. p. 783.
- Winfield (2008), p.394.
- "No. 16354". The London Gazette. 27 March 1810. p. 447.
- "No. 16260". The London Gazette. 23 May 1809. p. 737.
- Gossett (1986), p.72.
- Debritt, John (1801) A collection of state papers relative to the war against France now carrying on by Great Britain and the several other European powers .... (Printed for J. Debrett).
- Gossett, William Patrick (1986) The lost ships of the Royal Navy, 1793-1900. (London: Mansell). ISBN 0-7201-1816-6
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.