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United Kingdom
Name: Bheemoolah
  • 1811:Edward Brightman[1]
  • 1812:Mangles & Co.[2]
Builder: Matthew Smith, Howrah, Calcutta
Launched: 21 November 1808[3]
Renamed: Woodbridge (1812)
Notes: Last listed in 1855
General characteristics
Type: Ship
Tons burthen: 479,[4] or 4795794,[5] 480,[2] or 486,[6][7][3] or 516,[8] or 520[1] (bm)
Length: 115 ft 2 in (35.1 m)[3]
Beam: 32 ft 1 in (9.8 m)[3]
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 50[4]
  • 1812: 14 × 24&12-pounder carronades[4]
  • 1812: 4 × 24 + 10 × 12-pounder carronades[2]
Notes: Teak-built

Bheemoolah (or Beemolah) was launched in 1808 at Calcutta. She made two voyages for the British East India Company (EIC), one before her name changed to Woodbridge in 1812, and one after. The US Navy captured her in 1814 but the British Royal Navy quickly recaptured her. She also made two voyages transportingconvicts, one voyage to New South Wales (1839-1840) and one to Van Diemen's Land (1843). She is last listed in 1855.


for Captain Francis Patrick Carried troops from 56th Foot to Madras from within 1809. 5 June 1810 she returned from China.

Captain David Chauvet sailed from Calcutta from 4 July 1810 bound for England. She was at Diamond Harbour on 7 September. She reached Mauritius on 6 December. She then sailed back to Madras, which she reached on 15 March 1811, and Calcutta on 6 May. On 28 July she was at Saugor, and Mauritius again on 29 September. She reached St Helena on 15 November, and arrived at Blackwall on 29 January 1812.[7]

She was sold soon after she arrived in England and her new owners renamed her Woodbridge. She was admitted to British Registry on 28 March 1812 under that name.[5] Captain George Henry Tweedy acquired a letter of marque on 11 March 1812.[4]

Tweedy sailed Woodbridge from Calcutta on 20 December 1813, bound for England. She reached St Helena on 5 March 1814.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). [9] Woodbridge arrived at The Downs on 1 June.[10]

Trading with Bengal (1812-c. 1840).

In 16 October 1839, Woodbridge, William B. Dobson, master, sailed from London as a convict transport. She sailed via of the Cape of Good Hope and arrived at Sydney, New south Wales, on 26 February 1840.[8] She embarked 230 male convicts, and disembarked 229, having had one convict die on the voyage.[11]

Then on 3 September 1843 Captain Dobson again sailed with convicts from London, however this time they were bound for Van Diemen's Land. Woodbridge arrived at Hobart Town on 23 December.[12] She had embarked 204 female convicts and she disembarked them all, having suffered no convict deaths en route.[13]


Woodbridge was still trading out of London in 1850. She was last listed in Lloyd's Register in 1855.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b Milburn (1813), p.173.
  2. ^ a b c Lloyd's Register Supple. Seq.№W19.
  3. ^ a b c d Hackman (2001), p.225.
  4. ^ a b c d Letter of Marque, p.93 - accessed 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b Select... (1814), p.87.
  6. ^ Phipps (1840), p.117.
  7. ^ a b British Library: Bheemoolah.
  8. ^ a b Bateson (1959), pp.306-7.
  9. ^ "No. 16960". The London Gazette. 26 November 1814. p. 2348. 
  10. ^ British Library: Woodbridge.
  11. ^ Bateson (1959), p.336.
  12. ^ Bateson (1959), pp.316-317.
  13. ^ Bateson (1959), p.338.


  • Bateson, Charles (1959). The Convict Ships, 1787-1868. Brown, Son & Ferguson. OCLC 3778075. 
  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7. 
  • Milburn, William (1813) Oriental Commerce: Containing a Geographical Description of the Principal Places in the East Indies, China, and Japan, with Their Produce, Manufactures, and Trade, Volume 2. (Parry & Company).
  • Phipps, John, (of the Master Attendant's Office, Calcutta), (1840) A Collection of Papers Relative to Ship Building in India ...: Also a Register Comprehending All the Ships ... Built in India to the Present Time .... (Scott).
  • Select Committee on Petitions Relating to East-India-Built Shipping, House of Commons, Parliament of Great Britain (1814) Minutes of the Evidence Taken Before the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Petitions Relating to East-India-built Shipping. (His Majesty's Stationery Office).


French Navy EnsignFrance
Captured: c.1804
United Kingdom
Name: Antelope
Owner: D. Bennett
Acquired: c.1804 by purchase of a prize
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 186, or 190,[1] (bm)
Complement: 50[1]
Armament: 14 × 6&12-pounder guns[1]

Antelope was a French vessel captured c. 1804. Daniel Bennett purchased her and probably renamed her. Her first master appears to have been John Samuel Parker. However, on 10 January 1805 Captain James Mortlock acquired a letter of marque.[1][Note 1] Although Bennett owned whaling ships and Antelope sailed on 1 March for the South Seas whale fisheries, she was a privateer, not a whaler.

Taken then released?


4 January 1808 Champion Lost Daniel Bennett

Notes, citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ Between 1794 and 1796, Mortlock had been captain of Young William. In her he had sailed to Australia, up to China, and back to England.



  • Clayton, Jane M. (2014) Ships employed in the South Sea Whale Fishery from Britain: 1775-1815: An alphabetical list of ships. (Berforts Group). ISBN 9781908616524
  • Griffiths, R.J.H. (2002) "Navigator...". Mariner's Mirror, May, Vol.88, Issue 2, pp. 196–201.


277/280 tons. There is a Calcutta 280 tons Mercury in 1802. Mercury was launched at Calcutta in 1806.[1] Built by Hudson & Bacon.

She was sold at Java in 1822.[2]


HARPOONER.— S. ; 341; bt. Wy. 1769; Owner, Chris. Richardson, Jos. and Thos. Holt in 1787; three masts; 104 by 27; Capt. in 1814, —. Simpson; Transport in 1814. Lost.

RS1814: #H175. Yr=1796 RS1816: #H195 trade changing to LoNY RS1818: Not listed


Harpooner was wrecked on 10 November 1816 at Cape Pine, Newfoundland, British North America with the loss of 208 of the 385 people on board. She was on a voyage from Quebec City, Lower Canada, British North America to an English port.[3]

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ Phipps (1840), p.102.
  2. ^ Phipps (1840), p.145.
  3. ^ "The Marine List". Lloyd's List (5134). 13 December 1816. 


  • Weatherill, Richard (1908) The ancient port of Whitby and its shipping. (Whitby: Hokne and Son)


United Kingdom
Name: Hope
Builder: [1]
Launched: [1]
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 1471,[2] or 1498[1] (bm)
Propulsion: Sail
Notes: Three decks

Hope was launched in




Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hackman (2001), pp.127.
  2. ^ British Library: Hope (2).


  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7. 


Name: Alsace[1]
Launched: 1803
Captured: 1803
United Kingdom
Name: Active
  • 1804:Daniel Bennett, Rotherhithe
  • 1808:William Robins, Thomas Pritzler, & John & William Phillips[1]
Acquired: 1804 by purchase of a prize
Fate: Lost 1809
Notes: This vessel is frequently conflated with Active (1801 whaler) because both were French prizes and whalers, with the same master and the same owner, with the second replacing the first within a year of the loss of the first.
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 104,[2] or 121, or 122,[3] or 130,[4][5][6] (bm)
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 18[3]
  • 1804:10 × 4&9-pounder guns[3]
  • 1805:10 × 4-pounder guns[2]
  • 1806:4 × 3-pounder guns + 4 × 9-pounder carronades[7]
  • 1807:4 × 3-pounder guns + 1 × 18-pounder carronade[5]
  • 1808:14 × 6-pounder guns[6]

Active was a French ship that came into British hands in 1804 as a prize. William Bennett purchased her and named her Active, in place of a previous Active that had been lost in January 1803. She then made one whaling voyage for him. Bennett sold her to Robins & Co., and she sailed between London and Buenos Aires. She then sailed on a second whaling voyage. She was lost in 1809 at Tasmania.


Active is first listed in Lloyd's Register in 1804,[4] and in the Register of Shipping in 1805.[2] Both show her master as L. Blair, her owner as Bennett, and her trade as London to the South Seas Fisherey.

Captain Lewis Blair acquired a letter of marque on 28 April 1804.[3] He sailed from England on 10 May 1804, bound for the Island of Desolation. Active was reported to be at Portsmouth on 22 June, still outward bound. She was reported to have been at the Island in March 1805. She returned to England on 17 September 1805.[1]

Year Master Owner Trade Master Owner Trade
1804 Blair D. Bennett London—South Seas Not listed
1805 Blair Bennett London—Southern Fishery (130) L. Blair Bennet London—Southern Fishery (104)
1806 Blair
T. Paylor
Robins & Co.[7]
London—South Seas Fishery (130) L. Blair[8] Bennet South Seas Fishery (104)
1807 T. Paylor Robins & Co. London—Buenos Aires (130) Not available
1808 T. Paylor
Robins & Co. London—Buenos Aires (130) Not available
1809 Oates R. Fayle London privateer (130) J. Bader Phillips & Co. London Fishery (121)
1810 Oates R. Fayle London privateer (130) J. Bader Phillips & Co. London—South Seas Fishery (121)
1811 Oates B. Fayle London privateer (130) Oates W. Robins London privateer (104)
1812 Oates B. Fayle London privateer (130) Oates W. Robins London privateer (104)
1813 Not listed Oates W. Robins London privateer (104)
1814 Not listed Oates W. Robins London privateer (104)
1815 Not listed Oates W. Robins London privateer (104)

Bennett sold Active to Robins & Co. Lloyd's Register for 1806 shows Active's master changing from Blair to T. Paylor, and her master from Bennett to Robins & Co.

Lloyd's Register for 1807 shows Active, with T. Paylor, master, Robins & Co., owner, and trade London—Buenos Aires.[5] The next year her captain changed from T. Paylor to Oates. Owner and trade remained unchanged.[6]

In 1807 Active{{'}]s owner changed from.

Captain John Baden (or Baker, or Bader), sailed from England on 27 September 1808.[1] The Register of Shipping for 1809 shows Active's master as J. Bader and her trade as London to the Fishery.[9]


Citations and references[edit]



  • Clayton, Jane M. (2014) Ships employed in the South Sea Whale Fishery from Britain: 1775-1815: An alphabetical list of ships. (Berforts Group). ISBN 9781908616524


Brig. 1797-1803. 166 bm. 1797: Built in France and taken in prize on her first voyage. Purchased by the East India Company as a fast dispatch vessel. 1) 25.10.1801 - 18.10.1803: China and Bengal. Captain Henry Morse Samson. 2) 165 tons. Voyages: (1) St Helena, China and Bengal. Capt Henry Morse Samson. Downs 25 Oct 1801 - 18 Oct 1803 moorings. 1804: Sold to H. Swain, London. Converted to a South Sea whaler. No LoM

Year Master Owner Trade Notes Source
1800 T. Harris Cole & Co. Cork—London French prize, 1 year, 159 bm LRSeq.№T32
1801 J.Jones Cole & Co. Cork—London 160 bm LR
1801 H.Swain J.Iggulden South seas fishery 152 bm, 10x3, FP99 RSSeq.№T27.
1802 J.Jones Cole & Co. Cork—London 160 bm LR
1802 H. Swain Deal South seas fishery 166 bm, FP, launched 1797 LR
1802 H.Swain J.Iggulden South seas fishery 152 bm, 10x3, FP99 RS
1803 J.Jones
J. Wood
Cole & Co.
Cork—London 160 bm, 1799 (or 1796?) LR
1803 H.Swain Deal South seas fishery 166 bm, FP, launched 1797 LR
1804 H.Swain Deal South seas fishery 166 bm, FP, launched 1797 LR
1804 J.Wood J.Iggulden Cork 160 bm, 1796 LR
1804 H.Swain J.Iggulden South Seas fishery 152 RS
1805 H.Swain Deal South Seas fishery 166 bm, FP, launched 1797 LR
1805 J.Wood J.Iggulden Cork 160 bm, 1796 LR
1805 H.Swain J.Iggulden South Seas fishery 152 RS

FAME 1786

United Kingdom
Name: Fame
Builder: [1]
Launched: 1786[1]
Notes: Teak-built
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 306,[1] or 370, or 377, or 396 (bm)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 2 × 12-pounder guns + 22 × 9-pounder carronades
Notes: Three decks




Fame was built in India in 1786. Her owners sold her to Portuguese owners. Portuguese taken by French, captured by British in 1794. Then Liverpool.

Slave ship (1797-1806)[edit]

In 1797 Fame sailed on the first of four or five slave-trading voyages.[2]

Whitby whale fishery[edit]

Fame was registered at Whitby in January 1818. One source states that Scoresby (Snr) purchased her in 1817 as a French prize. Another source declares her a Portuguese prize. She appears in the Register of Shipping in 1818 with origin India, but no date of building, or mention of her being a prize.

Whitby whaler 1817 1823: Almost rebuilt. Hull-Greenland. Scoresby, captain (Jnr) and owner (Snr). Owners, Will Scoresby, sen. and jun.; Reg. at Hull, 1823.

377 tons. Owner Scoresby Snr 1817. A teak built ship originally bought into England as a prize from the French. 1818 Captain SCORESBY JNR. 1818 First whaling voyage. Sailed from Liverpool 2/4/1818 returned Whitby 18/8/1818. 1819 10 whales. 1820 10 whales. 1821 9 whales 1822 6 whales. 1823 Destroyed by fire at Stromness. Captain Scoresby, retires after 37 years in arctic.


Fame burned at Dear Sound (58°58′00″N 2°48′15″W / 58.96667°N 2.80417°W / 58.96667; -2.80417), in Orkney, on 23 April 1823. Some of the crew arrived at Lieth on the 27th.[3]

Notes, citations, and references[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Hackman (2001), p.276. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Hackman" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Thomas Cozens: Liverpool Slave Ship Voyages Database
  3. ^ Lloyd's List №5799.


  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7. 
  • Scoresby, William, C. Ian Jackson (ed.), (2009) The Arctic Whaling Journals of William Scoresby the Younger: The voyages of 1817, 1818 and 1820. (Ashgate Publishing). ISBN 9780904180954
  • Weatherill, Richard (1908) The ancient port of Whitby and its shipping. (Whitby: Hokne and Son)


Vansittart (1813 EIC ship)[edit]

Flag of the British East India Company (1801).svg East India CompanyUK
Name: Vansittart
  • EIC voyage #1: Mangles[1]
  • EIC voyages #2-3: James Mangles
  • EIC voyages 4-5: John Carstairs
  • EIC voyages 6-11: Joseph Hare
Builder: Calcutta: Hugh Reid,[1] or Gilmore & Co.[2][3]
Launched: 9 November 1813
United Kingdom
Name: Vansittart
Owner: Hare & Co.
Acquired: 1834 by purchase
Fate: Sold 1839
Name: Danske König
Acquired: 1839 by purchase
Fate: Destroyed by fire 1842
General characteristics [3]
Type: Barque
Tons burthen: 1272,[4] or 1273,[3] or 1311,[5] or 13117094,[1] (bm)
Length: 165 ft 8 14 in (50.5 m) (overall); 133 ft 7 in (40.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 42 ft 4 in (12.9 m)
Draught: 17 ft 1 in (5.2 m)
Crew: 135[5]
Armament: 36 × 18-pounder guns[5]
Notes: Three decks

Vansitart was launched at Calcutta in 1813 for the India to China trade. However, she then became an East Indiaman for the British East India Company (EIC). She made 11 voyages for the EIC. Her owners then sold her and her new owners continued to sail her to China from London, the EIC's monopoly having ended. In 1839 or so Danish owners purchased her. A fire of questionable origin destroyed her at Bombay in 1842.

EIC voyages[edit]

EIC voyage #1 (1813-1814)[edit]

Captain Hugh Reid sailed Vansitart for England, leaving Calcutta on 27 December 1813. She was at Saugor on 31 December. She left Saugor on 6 February 1814, reached Pointe de Galle on 17 February and St Helena on 19 May, and arrived at the Downs on 6 August.[3]

Captain Robert Stair Dalrymple became Vansittart's master for her next seven voyages. On 17 December Dalrymple received a letter of marque against vessels of the United States of America.[5]

EIC voyage #2 (1815-1816)[edit]

Vansittart sailed from the Downs on 14 January 1815 bound for Bombay and China. She reached Bombay on 27 May, and left on 22 July. She arrived at Whampoa on 25 september. Homeward bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 21 January 1816, reached St Helena on 28 March, and arrived at the Downs on 12 May.[3]

EIC voyage #3 (1817-1818)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 7 January 1817 bound for Bombay and China. She reached the Cape of Good Hope on 31 March, and Bombay on 31 May. She left Bombay on 27 July, reached Penang on 14 August, and arrived at Whampoa on 24 September. Homeward bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 20 December, reached St Helena on 24 March 1818, and arrived at the Downs on 4 June.[3]

EIC voyage #4 (1819-1820)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 28 January 1819 and reached Bombay on 1 June. She left Bombay on 25 July ad arrived at Whampoa on 17 September. She left China on 20 January 1820 and arrived at the Downs on 15 May.[3]

EIC voyage #5 (1821-1822)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 19 February 1821, bound for St Helena, Bombay, and China. She reached St Helena on 23 May, and arrived at Bombay on 29 August. She left Bombay on 23 October, reached Batavia on 27 December, and arrived at Whampoa on 7 March 1822. Homeward-bound she crossed the Second Bar on 18 April, reached St Helena on 9 August, and arrived at the Downs on 13 October.[3]

EIC voyage #6 (1823-1824)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 29 April 1823, bound for China. She arrived at Whampoa on 29 September. Homeward-bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 27 January 1824, reached St Helena on 13 April, and arrived at the Downs on 10 June.[3]

EIC voyage #7 (1825-1826)[edit]

Vansittart left he Downs on 9 January 1825, bound for thee Cape, Bombay, and China. She reached the Cape on 13 March and Bombay on 31 May. She left Bombay on 11 August and arrived at Whampoa on 1 October. Homeward-bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 1 January 1826, reached St Helena on 12 March, and arrived at the Downs on 16 May.[3]

EIC voyage #8 (1827-1828)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 18 February 1827, bound for Bengal and china. She reached Saugor on 4 June. She left on 20 August, reached Penang o non 1 September, and arrived at Whampoa on 18 November. Homeward-bound, she crossed the Second Bar o 12 January 1828, reached St Helena on 11 April, and arrived at the Downs on 4 June.[3]

For her last three voyages for the EIC, Vansittart's master was Robert Scott.

EIC voyage #9 (1829-1830)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 4 May 1829, bound for China. She reached Singapore on 24 August, Urmston's Bay on 17 September, and Cap Sing Moon Bay on 17 November, before arriving at Whampoa on 10 February 1830. Homeward bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 17 March, reached St Helena on 13 July, and arrived at the Downs on 7 September.[3]

EIC voyage #10 (1831-1832)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 20 February 1831, bound for Bengal and China. She arrived at Saugor on 1 June, and left on 25 July. She reached Penang on 2 August, Malacca on 14 August, and Singapore on 22 August, before arriving at Whampoa on 20 September. Homeward-bound, she crossed the Second Bar on 1 November, reached st Helena on 26 January 1832, and arrived at the Downs on 18 March.[3]

EIC voyage #11 (1833-1834)[edit]

Vansittart left the Downs on 5 March 1833, bound for Madras, Bengal, and China. She reached Madras on 7 June and Saugor or 18 June. She left Saugor on 18 June, reached Malacca o 7 September, and arrived at Whampoa on 13 October. Homeward-bound, she crossed the second Bar on 11 December, reached St Helena on 16 March 1834, and arrived at the Downs on 30 April.

China ship[edit]

In 1834 Vansittart came off contract to the EIC, but remained under the ownership of Hare & Co. Lloyd's Register provides the following information:

Year Master Owner Trade
1835 R.Scott
Hare & Co. London — China
1836 Marquis Hare & Co. London — China
1837 Marquis Hare & Co. London — China
1838 Marquis London
1838 Marquis London

Danish owners[edit]

Sold in 1839 to Danish interests for £16,000.[1] Her new owners renamed her Danske König (Danish King).

See book by Fay re Opium War (Porcher 1799 ship) article.


On 3 June 1842 Vansittart, Lyon, master, was in the harbour at Bombay ready for a voyage to China. At 2.a.m. a fire was discovered. Despite every assistance from steam and other vessels, "this fine ship was destroyed under very suspicious circumstances." Several lives were lost.[6][Note 1]

Notes, citations, and references[edit]


  1. ^ Hackman gives 1848 as the year of loss,[1] but the article describing the loss was published in 1847.


  1. ^ a b c d e Hackman (2001), p. 209.
  2. ^ Phipps (1840), p.105.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m British Library: Vansittart (4).
  4. ^ Phipps (1840), p.105.
  5. ^ a b c d Letter of marque: Vansittart.
  6. ^ "Ships burnt and destroyed" (November 1847) Nautical Magazine: A Journal of Papers on Subjects Connected with Maritime Affairs. Vol.16, p.585.


  • Hackman, Rowan (2001) Ships of the East India Company. (Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society). ISBN 0905617967
  • Phipps, John, (of the Master Attendant's Office, Calcutta), (1840) A Collection of Papers Relative to Ship Building in India ...: Also a Register Comprehending All the Ships ... Built in India to the Present Time .... (Scott).

Royal Dock Yard Corps

The Royal Dockyard Corps was formed in 1847 and disbanded circa 1858.

General Order No. 586, in 1846 authorized the formation of militia battalions of armed and trained volunteers, drawn from the work forces at the Royal Dockyards at Chatham, Devonport, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Sheerness, and Woolwich. A Royal Commission, concerned about the implications of steam-powered warships for Britain's vulnerability to invasion, had recommended strengthening the defences of the ports in which the dockyards lay.

In 1847 the dockyards organized battalions, or brigades. The government provided uniforms and small arms such as carbines and bayonets.. The officers of the battalions came from managers in the dockyards. They were not gazetted. In some cases, such as Pemmroke, the men had been in other, similar units, such as the Pater Volunteer Artillery, which disbanded, with the men transferring to the 8th Battalion of the Corps. The men of the battalions would drill for two hours after work; in return they received 6d per hour overtime pay. Although the men were true volunteers, later membership came to be expected of workers.

Once the Corps had formed, it received the title "Royal".

Most of the battalions trained as infantry. some however, trained as artillery or sappers. The 8th Battalion, having manned the guns at Pater Fort, trained as artillery, and continued to man the guns there.


The uniform was a dark blue double-breasted tunic with red collar, cuffs and epaulettes. It had sixteen gilt buttons down the front, four buttons on the rear skirt of the tunic, and two smaller buttons on each cuff. The belt was of black leather with gilt snake clasp. Trousers were dark blue and carried a red stripe on the outside of the legs.

The original headdress was a dark blue shako with black peak, gilt chin chain and brass shako plate topped by white over red tuff ball. The plate showing a crowned wreath with scroll below inscribed "Royal Dockyard Battn", inside the wreath was a fouled anchor. Shortly after the formation of the Corps, a spiked home service style helmet replaced the shako.

The officers' uniform was similar, but with gold lace epaulettes and gold embroidered grenades on the collar. Belt clasp rectangular gilt plate with fouled anchor surrounded by crowned wreath superimposed on crossed flags. Officers swords were of naval pattern with slightly curved blades 31 ins long.

The men were armed with carbines and sword bayonets.

In 1846 permission was granted under General Order No 586 to raise another Defence Force again at little cost to the Government, it was titled 'The Dock Yard Corps' as its name implies the job of this new force was to protect all Ports where Royal Dockyards were located. In order to enroll the men had to be employed in these dockyards, here in Pembroke Dock the 8th Battalion formed and on doing so the Pater Volunteer Artillery, having formed in 1840 stood down. As previously mentioned other Battalions of this Corps were being formed in principal Royal Dockyards, those that appeared in the 1847 Army List were; . Following the Corps formation they were granted a 'Royal' title so becoming the Royal Dock Yard Corps, while the majority of these Battalions would train solely in the infantry role others would also train as artillery and sappers. The Royal Dock Yard Corps lasted less than ten years when with the exception of the Maltese Battalion all were removed from the 1857 Army List, there was an attempt to reform them in 1860 but it came to nothing. In that year the Pater Artillery Volunteers reformed to stay in service until 1884

Prince Lee Boo[edit]

"Prince Lee Boo" c.1792.jpg
Prince Lee Boo 1792
Red Ensign of Great Britain (1707-1800).svgGreat Britain
Name: Prince Lee Boo
Namesake: Prince Lee Boo
Owner: Priestly
Launched: 1791 on the Thames
General characteristics [1]
Tons burthen: 56 (bm)
Sail plan: sloop
Armament: Armed, number of guns unknown but fewer than a handful

Prince Lee Boo was a small sloop of 56 tons (bm), that had been launched on the Thames in 1791. She was the smallest of the three vessels of the Butterworth Squadron and served the lead vessel Butterworth, as a ship's tender; a key role was to take take soundings ahead of the larger ship. In practice, the two tenders, Prince Lee Boo and Jackall came to operate independently of Butterworth. The Squadron's objective was to hunt seals on the Northwest Coast, possibly on the Queen Charlotte Islands. Instead, the squadron shifted to collecting sea otter furs, with Jackall and Prince Lee Boo operating on the coast for three seasons, delivering their furs to Canton between seasons.

Prince Lee Boo was sold at Canton in 1795 and then her name disappears from readily available sources.

Butterworth Squadron[edit]

The squadron sailed from London in 1791. In early 1792 Butterworth and Prince Lee Boo arrived at Nootka.

Prince Lee Boo was loaned to Captain George Vancouver for this purpose in Queen Charlotte Sound in 1793.[2] Masters of Prince Lee Boo were Mr. Sharp, and later Robert Gordon, and then William Bonallack.[3][Note 1]

On 14 March 1794 Butterworth and Prince Lee Boo were well at "Mout Lerry", Nootka. HMS Discovery and HMS  Chatham had wintered there and then sailed for the Sandwich Islands.[5]

Butterworth then sailed to the California coast, and from there to the Galapagos.[6]

Jackall and Prince Lee Boo arrived at Honolulu in 1794, as did the American ship Lady Washington. there they found themselves in the middle of the civil war.

Jackall and Prince Lee Boo were at Hawai'i by 1 January 1795.[6] There Brown and Gordon were killed defending their vessels from an attack by the locals. The Hawaiians captured both vessels but their crews recaptured them. George Lampert and William Bonallack replaced Brown and Gordon as captains of the two vessels.


Prince Lee Boo and Jackall arrived in China, and are reported to have been sold there.[7] Prince Lee Boo is last listed in Lloyd's Register for 1794.


  1. ^ Lloyd's register gives the name of Prince Lee Boo's master as E. Sharp. However, it is more probably Richard Sharp, who had been a midshipman aboard Antelope which had wrecked at Palau.[4] Captain Henry Wilson of Antelope had carried Prince Lee Boo with him to England, where Lee Boo died.
  1. ^ Lloyd's Register (1792), Seq. №P302.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Vancouver was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference Stokes was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Morrison (1788), p.2.
  5. ^ Lloyd's List, №2581. Accessed 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Ogden (1975), p.156.
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference Bloxam was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  • Ogden, Adele (1975) The California Sea Otter Trade, 1784-1848. (University of California).


Five whaling voyages. Rediscovered Bouvet Island on first.


  • Phébé: whaler commissioned by Coffin (? I suspect Coffyn) in Dunkirk in 1792, 270 tons of load. Captured by the armed whaler Liverpool. She might be the same ship as Hébé, a whaler that the De Baecque brothers considered purchasing in the USA in 1802. (3160 p.329, and 3126 p 326 for Hébé)

Comet bomb[edit]

1776 becomes Adventure. 310 bm, built 1740 in the River. 20x4. What is this vessel? All data from Lloyd's Register.

Took French prize into Cape Breton in 1747. LL No.1232 15 Sep 1747. Offered for sale in 1749 per LGaz. 275 bm.

1756 vessel (Comet galley?):

HMS Jackall[edit]

HMS Jackall was a 10-gun brig that the Royal Navy purchased in 1792 to act as a tender to Lion and the East Indiaman Hindostan when they carried Lord George Macartney on a special embassy to China. The Admiralty sold Jackall after she returned to Britain in September 1794.

Jackall was a small vessel, a former Welsh coaster,[1] that the Navy purchased for the sole purpose of giving Lion, which was a 68-gun third rate, and Hindostan, a merchantman of 1463 tons (bm) and 30 guns, a smaller, shallower-draft vessel to scout and run errands. Lion provided the officers and crew, including her commander, Midshipman Mr. James Sanders. He was appointed her captain after he returned to Britain in May 1782.[1][2]

The voyage[edit]

Lion, Hindostan, and Jackall sailed from Spithead on 26 September 1792. However, a gale caused Jackall to part company from the two ships on the 28th.[1]

When Sanders reached Madeira on 22 October, after encountering much bad weather, he found there letter from Captain Sir Erasmus Gower of Lion directing him to follow on to the Cape Verde islands. If Jackall was unable to rejoin the two ships there, the next rendezvous point was to be North Island,[Note 1] near Banca Strait.[1]

A gale drove Jackall out to sea for seven days and she was not able to leave Funchal until 30 October. She arrived at Porto Praia on 10 November, only to discover that Lion had left two days earlier.[1]

Sanders sailed on, reaching St Paul's Island on 13 February 1793. He then arrived at North Island on 23 March, where he found Lion. By the time Jackall arrived at the rendezvous, she was low on provisions as salt water had damaged her stores, and her small crew of nine sailors (not including passengers), were exhausted.[1]

While she was absent, Lion, on her way from Batavia to the rendezvous, grounded in three fathoms of water. Macartney felt that the grounding might have been avoided had the embassy had a tender to go in front and take sounding in unknown or suspicious waters. Fearing that Jackall might have been lost, and the East India Company having advised him that they could not provide two boats that they had promised, Macartney sent back to Batavia for the purchase of a new tender.[1]

The vessel Macartney purchased for 5000 Spanish dollars was an almost-new, European-built, copper-sheathed brig of 100 tons (bm), armed with six 2-pounder guns. The brig's name was Nereide; Macartney renamed her Duke of Clarence. Two or three days after Duke of Clarence arrived on 23 March 1793, so did Jackall, after an absence of some six months.

Abraham Lowe commanded her during in China.[3]

When Jackall and Sanders returned to Britain, Lord Macartney recommended Sanders for promotion. Shortly thereafter Sanders received promotion to Lieutenant in Prince George .[1]

Nothing in pbenyon

HAT Elizabeth[edit]

Two vessels served the British Royal Navy as His Majesty's hired armed tender Elizabeth during the Napoleonic Wars.

First Elizabeth[edit]

The first tender Elizabeth served under contract from 19 March 1805 to 1812. She was of 1602294 tons (bm), and was armed with ten 12-pounder carronades.[2]

In 1807 the hired ship Elizabeth was on the Greenock station and under the command of Lieutenant Robert Morris, serving as a tender.[4]

Elizabeth was again reported as being on the Greenock Station on 1 March 1811, and under the command of Lieutenant Robert Morris. However, she was also reported as on that day cruising in the Channel under the command of Master R.W. Hamilton. One of these may have been the second Elizabeth, but on a new contract, or even a totally different vessel.

Second Elizabeth[edit]

The second tender Elizabeth served under contract from 22 January 1808 to 27 April 1809. She was of 2045894 tons (bm), and was armed with ten 6-pounder guns.[2]

This may have been the ship Elizabeth, James Brown, master, of 206 tons (bm), that received a letter of marque on 2 August 1805. This Elizabeth was armed with twelve 6-pounder guns and had a crew of 25 men.[5]

Citations and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Marshall (1829), Vol. 2, Part 2, pp.635-9.
  2. ^ a b c Winfield (2007), p.367. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Winfield" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Marshall (1829), Supplement, Part 3, pp. 297-8.
  4. ^ "NMM, vessel ID 3366171" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol i. National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Register of Letters of Marque against France 1793-1815"; p.61
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1. 

WarshipHist DEFAULTSORT:Elizabeth (hired armed tender) Category:Hired armed vessels of the Royal Navy

Echo: Rama (talk) 17:02, 11 November 2015 (UTC)


Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Class and type: Echo class ship sloop
Name: HMS Scorpion
Namesake: The scorpion
Ordered: 23 August 1782
Builder: Ashman & Son, Shoreham
Laid down: November 1782
Launched: 26 March 1785
Fate: Sold 1802
United Kingdom
Name: Scorpion
Owner: Mather & Co.
Acquired: 1802 by purchase
Notes: Ship seized 1808
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svgSpain
Name: Scorpion
Acquired: 1808 by seizure
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics [1]
Tons burthen: 339 9194,[1] 343[2] (bm)
Length: 101 ft 6 in (30.9 m) (gundeck); 83 ft 6 in (25.5 m) (keel)
Beam: 27 ft 8 in (8.4 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 11 in (3.9 m)
  • HMS Scorpion: 125 (121 from 1793)
  • Scorpion (1803):25,[2] 40
  • HMS Scorpion
    • Upper deck: 16 × 6-pounder guns[2]
    • D: 4 × 12-pounder carronades
    • Fc: 2 × 12-pounder carronades
  • Scorpion
    • 1803: 20 × 6-pounder guns
    • 1808: 8 × 6-pounder guns + 4 × 12-pounder cannon (NC) + 4 * 18-pounder cannon (NC)[3][Note 2]
    • 1809: 12 * 6-pounder guns + 4 * 24-pounder cannon (NC).[5]

HMS Scorpion was launched in 1783 for the Royal Navy as one of six Echo-class ship sloops built to a design by Edward Hunt. In 1802 the Navy sold her to Mather & Co. She then served as a whaler until Spaniards murdered her captain and seized her in September 1808 in Chile.

HMS Scorpion[edit]

The Navy put Scorpion into Ordinary immediately after launch. Then in April 1787 Captain William Otway commissioned her. On 20 April she was at Portsmouth undergoing fitting for sea service.[1] She then served in the Channel.[6]

In 1788 Commander Paget Bayly commanded Scorpion. He sailed for the coast of Guinea and then the Leeward Islands on 9 January 1788.[1] After visiting West Africa, Bayly prepared a report in March detailing the "Condition of the Forts and Settlements on the Coast of Africa, in Possession of the Company of Merchants, trading thither".[7] On 4 August Paget had his sailing master court-martialed at English Harbour, Antigua for neglect of duty, disrespect, drunkenness, and unofficerlike behavior. The board ordered the master dismissed the service, never to serve as an officer in the Navy again.[8]

At the latter end of 1789 Bayly received promotion to post-captain and transferred to the command of Lapwing. His replacement was Lieutenant Sir Charles Hamilton, who was promoted to Commander into Scorpion at Antigua.[9] Scorpion returned to Britain in 1790, after an absence of almost three years and was paid off.[6] Between August and October Scorpion was at Sheerness undergoing repairs and refitting. Commander Benjamin Hallowell recommissioned her in September. He sailed for the African coast on 22 September 1791.[1]

In October 1792 Commander Solomon Ferris recommissioned Scorpion and the next month sailed for the African coast again. She sailed along the coast and on 4 March 1793 Ferris was at Cape Coast Castle, participating in a meeting of Dutch and English officials that agreed to support each other in the event of French moves against the two countries' outposts on the coast.[10] Scorpion next touched Ascension Island, and from there reached Barbados.[11] On her return to Britain she was at Sheerness between September and December 1793 undergoing fitting.[1]

French Revolutionary Wars[edit]

In March 1794 Commander Thomas Western took command of Scorpion. He sailed for Jamaica on 20 March 1794.[1]

On 2 August 1794 Scorpion recaptured Sundown, and captured the French privateer Guillotine.[12] Guillotine had captured Sundown, Aspey, master, on 22 July at 23°40′N 31°58′E / 23.667°N 31.967°E / 23.667; 31.967 as she was sailing from Jamaica to London. Scorpion sent the two into Havanna.[13] Guillotine had also captured Nancy, Cooke, master, on 27 July as she was sailing from Jamaica to London.[14] Guillotine carried ten guns.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page).

  • Sans Pareil (22 July);
  • Républican (3 August); and,
  • Hirondelle (8 August).

Commander Stair Douglas replaced Western later in 1795. On 9 May 1796 Scorpion captured the French cutter Argus.[15] Douglas paid off Scorpion in October.[1]

Scorpion underwent repairs at Sheerness between April and September 1797. Commander Horace Pine recommissioned her in July for the North Sea, but drowned shortly thereafter.[1] Charles Austen, a future admiral, and a brother of the novelist Jane Austen, was promoted as Lieutenant into Scorpion on 13 December, by which time she was under the command of Commander John Tremayne Rodd.[16]

On the night of 25 April Scorpion was about two or three miles off Flamborough Head when she encountered the Batavian Republican brig Courier. Courier was pierced for 12 guns but mounted only six 4-pounder and some Swivel guns. She had a crew of 30 men under the command of Lieutenant Johan Ysbrands. She had sailed eight days earlier from Helvoetsluys, and had captured the brig Lark, of Whitby, and her cargo of coal; Scorpion also recaptured Lark.[17]

On 7 September 1798 Rodd received promotion to post-captain.[18] On 17 December Lieutenant Austen received a letter transferring him to the frigate Tamar.

On 24 October 1798 HMS Sirius took two Dutch ships, the Waakzaamheid and the Furie in the Texel.[19] Scorpion, the sloops Kite and Martin, the hired armed cutter Diligent, and several other vessels shared in the proceeds of the capture of Waakzaamheid.[20][21]

In early 1799 Commander Charles Tinling replaced Rodd.[1] Scorpion and the hired armed cutter Fox (1), Lieutenant Robert Balfour, in the capture on 21 April of Harmonie, M.C. De Boer, late master.[22] Then Scorpion, Fox, Hazard, and Cruizer shared the proceeds of the capture on 24 April 1799 of the Swedish brig Neptunus.[23] Two days later, Scorpion and Cruizer captured Adelaide, Bose, late master.[24]

On 3 May, Scorpion, Jane, and Griffin captured Calypso, Scheerman, master.[25] Later, Scorpion was in company with some other hired armed vessels. On 29 May Scorpion and the hired luggers Jane and Lady Ann captured Goede Hersight. Then on 21 June Scorpion and Lady Ann captured Maria Adrianna. The next day, Scorpion, Lady Ann, and Phoenix captured Anne Rouke, Foukcs, master.[26]

Lastly, on 30 June Scorpion captured Herbst.[27] Also on 1 May Scorpion and Jane captured Geode Venners and on 1 June Scorpion and Lady Ann captured Mary.[28]

Tinling and Scorpion sailed from Portsmouth for Jamaica with Severn and Amazon on 26 April 1800 as escorts for a large convoy. Amazon would only accompany the convoy to "a certain latitude."[29]

The convoy, together with Dromedary, arrived at Martinique on 20 May.[29] Dromedary was wrecked on the Parasol Rocks, Trinidad on 10 August 1800. Her entire complement survived.[30] Scorpion, "Captain Finley", returned to Portsmouth on 2 October. She had been separated in a gale in the Western Isles from the rest of the homeward-bound convoy.[31]


Scorpion was paid off in November 1800. The "Principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy" offered the "Scorpion Fire-Ship, 349 Tons, Copper-bottomed and Copper-fastened, lying at Plymouth" for sale in December 1802.[32] The Navy then sold her on 6 December.


Mather & Co. purchased Scorpion and in 1802-03 she underwent a thorough repair.[33] On 23 May 1803 William Dagg received a letter of marque as master of Scorpion.[2] Mather & Co. registered her trade as London-South Seas Fisheries, meaning that she was a whaler.

By 25 September 1803 Scorpion was at Delagoa Bay on the east coast of Africa. There she captured two French whalers: Cyrus, and Ganges. Scorpion then carried both into St Helena.[34] Cyrus, for one went on to London where Mather & Co. took her into service as a whaler.[35] By December Scorpion was in New Zealand, at what is now Dagg Sound.[36]

On 10 March 1804 Scorpion arrived at Port Jackson, from New Zealand, with a cargo of oil. She left for England on 27 April 1805.[37][Note 3] Scorpion arrived back in Britain at Yarmouth Roads on 18 October.[38]

After her return Scorpion underwent a thorough repair. Lloyd's Register for 1806 gives her a master, as T. Bunker, but still shows Mather & Co. as her owner and the South Seas Fishery as her trade.[39] Tristram Bunker, though commanding a British merchant sailing ship, was a North American, born and raised on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

Bunker entered into an agreement with various local notables in Chile to smuggle in some cloth.

Then in September 1808 the Spanish brig San Andrés, under captain José Medina, brought 80 men to the rendezvous. captured Scorpion.


Notes, citations, and references[edit]

  1. ^ North Island was the northern most of three islands in the bay that formed the principle anchorage of Enggano Island
  2. ^ NC means "Short guns of the new construction".[4]
  3. ^ The most likely explanation for the year-long period is that these arrival and departure dates are actually start and end dates for her time in the South Seas fisheries.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Winfield (2008), p.250.
  2. ^ a b c d Letter of Marque, 1793-1815; p.86.
  3. ^ Lloyd's Register (1806).
  4. ^ Lloyd's Register
  5. ^ Lloyd's Register (1809).
  6. ^ a b Marshall (1825), Vol. 2, Part 2, p. 701.
  7. ^ Journal of the House of Lords, Vol. 38, p.575.
  8. ^ M'Arthur (1792), Papers and Documents 34, p.130.
  9. ^ Marshall (1825), Vol. 1, Part 1, p.413.
  10. ^ Crooks (2013), p 89.
  11. ^ Marshall (1833), Vol. 4, Part 1, p.1.
  12. ^ "No. 13831". The London Gazette. 10 November 1795. 
  13. ^ Lloyd's List no. 2656, 10 October 1794 - accessed 17 August 2015
  14. ^ Lloyd's List no. 2669, 2 December 1794 - accessed 17 August 2015
  15. ^ "No. 15031". The London Gazette. 16 June 1798. 
  16. ^ O'Byrne (1849), p.45.
  17. ^ "No. 15012". The London Gazette. 1 May 1798. 
  18. ^ Gentleman's Magazine, (February 1839), Vol. 165, p.210.
  19. ^ "No. 15077". The London Gazette. 3 November 1798. 
  20. ^ "No. 15505". The London Gazette. 10 August 1802. 
  21. ^ "No. 15533". The London Gazette. 16 November 1802. 
  22. ^ "No. 15456". The London Gazette. 23 February 1802. 
  23. ^ "No. 15430". The London Gazette. 24 November 1801. 
  24. ^ "No. 15499". The London Gazette. 20 July 1802. 
  25. ^ "No. 15499". The London Gazette. 20 July 1802. 
  26. ^ "No. 15440". The London Gazette. 29 December 1801. 
  27. ^ "No. 15324". The London Gazette. 30 December 1800. 
  28. ^ "No. 15325". The London Gazette. 3 January 1801. 
  29. ^ a b Naval Chronicle, Vol. 3, p.330.
  30. ^ "LOSS OF THE DROMEDARY". Caledonian Mercury (12359). 1 December 1800. 
  31. ^ Naval Chronicle, Vol. 4, p.340.
  32. ^ "No. 15535". The London Gazette. 23 November 1802. 
  33. ^ Lloyd's Register (1804).
  34. ^ Lloyd's List, no.4422 - accessed 20 August 2015.
  35. ^ Stackpole (1972), pp. 274 & 359.
  36. ^ Salmond (1997).
  37. ^ "Arrival of Vessels at Port Jackson, and their Departure". Australian Town and Country Journal, Saturday 3 January 1891, p.17. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  38. ^ Lloyd's List, on. 4263 - accessed 20 A8g8st 2015.
  39. ^ Lloyd's Register (1896).
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In December 1814 Indispensable and Asp, John Kenny, master, rescued Charles H. Barnard, the former master of the Nannina, and four others, two from Isabella. Barnard had rescued the crew of Isabella in April 1813, only to have them take over his ship and leave him and the four men stranded on New Island.[1]

ISABELLA (1) Description: Extra ship, built by Perry, 3 decks, length 112ft 9in, keel 89ft 3in, breadth 31ft 1½in, hold 13ft 6in, wing transom 19ft 7in, waist 6in, between decks 4ft 11in & 5ft 6in, ports 6 middle & upper, deck range 76ft, 459 tons. Voyages: (1) 1794/5 Bengal. Capt George Wilkinson. 14-6, then Downs 6 Jul 1795 - 30 Nov Balasore - 18 Jan 1796 Calcutta - 19 Apr Cape - 5 May St Helena - 3 Aug Downs. (2) 1795/6 Madras, Bombay and Bengal. Capt George Wilkinson. Portsmouth 18 Oct 1796 - 12 Feb 1797 Madras - 28 Feb Colombo - 28 Mar Bombay - 11 May Madras - 1 Jul Calcutta - 26 Nov Saugor - 18 Feb 1798 Cape - 21 Mar St Helena - 25 Jun Cork - 8 Jul Downs. NA: 459/85/94: Built in France as the St Jean de Lone, Captain Martin Voisin. 1793, taken in prize by the Surprize privateer of Guernsey, Captain William Seward, and the Resolution privateer of Guernsey, Captain William Le Lacheur. 26 July 1793 condemned in prize. Wilkinson & Co. purchased her and renamed her. Captain George Wilkinson. Hackman (pp.132-3): Lost at sea. However: LR99: G. Brown, 407 tons, French built 1791, Hankey owner, 10 x 6-pounders, trade London-Grenada. Changes in 1801 to G. Dunbar master. 1803 trade changes to London-Bordeaux? Last listed 1808. Isabella - Wilkinson,George 407 10 2x6&18 32 1795 June 11 Isabella ship Brown,George 407 18x6&18 45

ISABELLA (2) Description: Chartered ship, 579 tons. Principal Managing Owners: Chalmers & Guthrie. Voyages: (1) 1825/6 China. Capt William Wiseman. Downs 1 Jul 1826 - 24 Dec Whampoa - 10 Feb 1827 Second Bar - 26 Apr St Helena - 3 Jun Downs. NA:

Beaver's Prize[edit]

HMS Beaver's Prize was the Pennsylvania State privateer Oliver Cromwell, of 263 tons burthen,[2] 135-150 men, and 24 guns, that Beaver captured on 18 July 1777.[3][4] Beaver had only two men wounded, while the American loss was 20 killed and as many wounded.

Origin and capture[edit]

Oliver Cromwell may have been the Rhode Island privateer Ye Terrible Creture.[5]

The Royal Navy commissioned Oliver Cromwell as the sloop-of-war Beaver's Prize. Later, the Admiralty ordered her renamed HMS Concord but then rescinded the order.


She was under the command of Commander John Drummond when she wrecked 11 October 1780. She was sailing from Saint Lucia to Bermuda when she was caught up in the Great Hurricane of 1780. The hurricane drove her ashore near Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia; only 17 crewmen survived.[6] She was lost within a few miles of where Beaver had captured her.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ Headland (1989), p. 104.
  2. ^ Colledge (2010), p.39.
  3. ^ "No. 11792". The London Gazette. 29 July 1777. 
  4. ^ "No. 11909". The London Gazette. 12 September 1778. 
  5. ^ Rhode Island Time Line.[1]
  6. ^ Hepper (1993), p. 60.


La Crete[edit]

La Crête Fort

La Crête Fort (The Crest Fort) on the island of Jersey sits on headland and commands Bonne Nuit Bay on the east and Giffard Bay on the west. It was built to defend Bonne Nuit against a possible French invasion. The present fort dates to 1834, but today La Crête is the official summer residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey. Jersey Heritage Trust uses it as a holiday-let property.

Military history[edit]

The first defenses on the site date from the 16th Century. In 1810 the British placed a battery consisting of two French 18-pounder guns, a magazine, and a store on the headland. An officer and 30 men from the Jersey Militia provided the garrison. In 1834 the government built a more substantial fort, which it armed with six 32-pounder guns. The fort lost all military importance in the latter-half of the 19th century. However, during the German occupation of the Channel Islands the fort housed a 3.7 cm PAK anti-tank gun, one heavy machine gun, two light machine guns, a mortar, and a 30cm searchlight. Three Non-commissioned officers and 17 other ranks manned the site.

Citations and references[edit]


References Brice, Martin (1993) "La Crete Fort - 'A respectable little work'". Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp.63-70.

Fort Luneta Warsaw[edit]

The Austro-Hungarian Empire constructed Fort Luneta Warszawska (or Fort Luneta Warszawskiego) between 1850 and 1856 as part of their Festung Kraków (Kraków Fortress). The Austrians annexed the Free City of Kraków in 1846 to form the Grand Duchy of Cracow. They then built a second ring of fortresses (the first ring being the city walls from the late medieval period) to consolidate their hegemony. Most critically, Festung Kraków was just a few kilometres from the Russian Empire to its north and west.

Fort Luneta Warszawska and its neighbour, Fort Kleparz, are only a few hundred metres apart and straddle the train line from Warsaw that had been constructed shortly before the Austrian annexation.

Fort Luneta Warszawska was fort No. 12 (Bastion IVa), of a system of over 60 forts and emplacements. Originally it was one of six forts but the Austrians augmented the city's defences with another six or so forts in the so-called third ring, as well as the emplacements.

Location and current status[edit]

The fort sits on Kamienna Street in the northern part of central Kraków. It is about a 20-minute walk from the centre of the city. It is badly neglected and much of it is inaccessible. It is not wholly inaccessible because a restaurant occupies the ground floor of the keep, and a motorcycle repair shop occupies some spaces at the east end of the internal open space between the keep and the surrounding embankments.

Apparently, Hamilton & Co., a real estate development company, has bought the fort from the city, as well as two adjacent parcels of land. They plan to create a mixed-use complex comprising offices, residential buildings and a hotel. They state that they will preserve part of the fort as a history museum.[1]


The fort consists of a multi-tier, horseshoe-shaped keep. A pentagonal earthwork and brick rampart surrounds the fort, with the base of the pentangle integrating in with the base of the keep.


During the German occupation of Poland, the Gestapo used the fort as a prison.


  1. ^ Hamilton & Co.[2]

The fort was built in the years 1850-1856. Protect, among other things, the rogatkę Route. For those times it was a modern fort reditowy. Initially put forward as a typical telescope outside the line of fortifications of the core-defended then far foregrounds. A consequence of leveling up in 1885, the bastion of IV and the inclusion of a spotting scope in a string of Warsaw berms core along with a new bastion of IVb was the change in the numbering of the Fort. Received designation as a Bastion of IVa. It was constantly being improved (years 1888-1890). In the 1990s. The 19th century began to perform storage functions. His new feature was to protect railway freight and forwarding node of the fortress. on October 17, 1907 the construction of tradytora, which was located on the left shoulder spotting scope. A fully equipped infantry casemate was given to use on 21 November 1908. The cost of construction is 38 320 kroons.

In 1919, the fort was taken over by the military property Directorate and continues as warehouses. During the occupation, it was changed into a prison. Then until 1950 he served as a prison and UB (according to oral communications [whose?]) place of execution around 500 people. On the walls are inscriptions showing that this place of the martyrs. IPN currently (2007) investigates in this case.

The warehouse was later INTERIOR MINISTRY. Since 1993 it has warehouses and offices trading firms. A few years ago was by AMW sold at auction in private hands, but despite the commitments not started or security redevelopment of the Fort, and it continues to deteriorate. In 2007, the fort once again changed ownership. Despite his age Fort 12 is preserved in good condition. In June 2007, he was included in the list.


Moselle 16 guns and 121 men in RN service. Was part of Sir George Kieth Elphinstone's squadron on 17 August 1796 at Saldanha Bay. She was under the command of Commander George Brisbane.[1]

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 13947". The London Gazette. 4 November 1796. 


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