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Acasta / Acasto *, 1797
Type: 5th Rate ; Armament 40
Launched Wells's Yard, Rotherhithe : 1797 ; Disposal date or year : 1821
* alternative spelling often used in the newspapers, although the books generally use Acasta.
1 May 1798 captured the Spanish privateer St. Mary, 4 guns, 28 men, on the Jamaica station.
12 May 1798 captured the Spanish privateer St. Antonia (pierced for 14 guns), on the Jamaica station.
May 1798 the Acasta and Ceres captured the French privateer St. Mary de Louvaine on the Jamaica station,.
May 1798 captured the French privateer Hirondelle on the Jamaica station.
May 1798 captured the French privateer 2 vessels, Name unknown on the Jamaica station.
Between Jun 1798 and Feb 1799 burnt the French privateer Name unknown on the Jamaica station.
Jun 1798 captured the French privateer Actif on the Jamaica station.
30 Jun 1798 captured the French privateer Trompe in the West Indies.
2 Jul 1798 burnt the Spanish privateer St Josef de Victoire (pierced for 16 guns), 8 guns, 50 men six leagues to windward of St Juan.
13 Jul 1798 captured the Spanish privateer St Michael Acandoa, 6 guns, 28 men on the Jamaica station.
Between Jun 1798 and 10 Feb 1799 captured the Spanish privateer Cincinnatus, armed schooner, 2 guns, 32 men, on the Jamaica station.
20 Oct 1798, with the Trent, cruizing of Porto Cavello.
1 Jan 1799 on the Jamaica Station.
27 Oct 1799 22 Jul – 27 Oct 1799 the Acasta captured 1 merchant vessel in the West Indies.
Jan or Feb 1800 sunk the French privateer Victoire under the batteries of Aquador on the West Indies station.
11 Nov 1800 at Jamaica the Acasta, Capt Fellows, when the packet Lady Hobart arrived.
Circa 17 Mar 1801 arrived at Port Royal, Jamaica, the Calypso, Apollo, Lowestoffe, and Acasta with a Spanish prize.
Circa 15 Sep 1801 the merchant vessel Abigail, Bradley, arrived at Liverpool from Jamaica, with news of the loss of the Lowestoffe on 11 Aug 1801. She had joined the convoy for England, which consisted of about 100 sail, on the 28 Jul, off Port Antonio, and at eight o'clock that evening made sail under convoy of the Lowestoffe and Acasta frigates, Bonetta sloop of war, and Musquito / Musketo and Sting schooners. On the 11th of August, at five o'clock in the morning, saw the Lowesfoffe on shore, with her masts gone, and bilged, on the N.E. end of Heneager ; also four ships and one brig ; only twenty vessels then in sight. the Acasta frigate and Bonetta sloop lying to. At five o'clock in the evening, the Acasta took charge of the ships then in company, and left the Bonetta, and her three boats, to assist the vessels on shore. On 7 Sep, the Abigail parted with the fleet in a gale from the N.W. in lat. 43. 49. long. 39. 6. and arrived at Liverpool on Tuesday last.
22 Sep 1801 passed by Spithead the convoy from Jamaica under the command of the Acasta, bound for the Downs.
28 Sep 1801 arrived in the Downs with a small part of her original convoy.
30 Sep 1801 departed the Downs for Spithead.
2 Oct 1801 arrived Spithead and came into Portsmouth harbour.
4 Jan 1802 a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on Thomas Drokin, a marine, belonging to HM ship Acasta, for throwing a glass bottle at his Corporal, using mutinous expressions, and behaving in other respecls disorderly. The charges being fully established, he was sentenced to be hung ; and he has been accordingly executed on board of the Acasta, at Spithead.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Captain J. A. Wood to the Acasta frigate, vice Fellowes.
2 May 1802 departed Spithead with discharged seamen for Malta, Sicily, and Naples
8 Jul 1802 arrived Spithead from the Mediterranean;
15 Jul 1802 came into Portsmouth harbour the Zealous, 74, Captain Linzee ; Robust, 74, Captain Jervis ; Saturn, 74, Captain Brisbane ; Acasta, 36, Captain Wood ; La Pique, 36. Captain Young ; and the Determinée, 24, Captain Beaver, to be paid off.
2 Oct 1802 remains Portsmouth harbour.
8 Nov 1802 went out of Portsmouth harbour ; she is under sailing orders.
2 Oct 1803 captured the French privateer Avanture on the Home station.
May 1805 Portsmouth
Circa 23 Dec 1805 the squadron under V.-adm Duckworth, having lifted the blockade of Cadiz, was between Madeira / Canary isles, where it was reported a French Squadron had molested one and chased another convoy. The French squadron was sighted on 25 Dec and chased, but after 30 hours was discontinued and the squadron departed for the West Indies.
12 Jan 1806 anchored in Carlisle bay, Barbadoes. Acasta sent to St.-Christopher, or St.-Kitts, to expedite the preparations for watering the squadron.
21 Jan 1806 Northumberland and Atlas joined the squadron under V.-adm Duckworth. 1 Feb Kingfisher joined with intelligence that a French squadron had been seen steering for Santo-Domingo. 3rd was joined by the Epervier off Saint-Thomas. 5th Magicienne joined confirming the intelligence. 6 Feb a French Squadron was sighted leaving Santo-Domingo. the action of Santo-Domingo Roads commenced ; 2 French ships (Impérial and Diomède) run ashore and 3 (Alexandre, Jupiter, Brave) taken ; the wash-up ; the casualties ; more wash-up.
8 Feb 1806 ships' boats of Acasta and Magicienne brought away Captain Henry and his people, and afterwards set fire to and destroyed Diomède and Impérial.
30 Jan-24 Feb 1809 a part of a expedition under R.-adm Sir A Cochrane which arrived off Martinique with a view to taking the Island.
12-17 Apr 1809 a part of a British squadron, off the Saintes, West Indies, which chased a French squadron, and captured the French 74-gun d'Haupoult of 1871 tons, and, under the name of Abercromby, cruised for three or four years in the British service. 1 May 1835 a portion of the prize money resulting from this action due for payment : namely a dividend from the estate of the bankrupt agent Henry Abbott's : no doubt one of the many fraudsters who ripped off matelots in those days : officers and ratings being fair game.
Plymouth Jun 10 1811 arrived from Portsmouth.
Plymouth Dock Sep 6 1811 arrived the American brig Catherine, prize to the Acasta, taken on the 29th August, after a chase of five hours, within three miles of Corsica, laden with wines, &c.
Plymouth Oct 25 1811 arrived the American ship Trojan, Fitch, from Baltimore, detained off Bordeaux for breach of the blockade by the Armide and Acasta.
Plymouth Nov 9 1811 Came in from Basque Roads.
Portsmouth Dec 6 1811 arrived from Plymouth
Portsmouth Dec 30 1811 departed with convoy for Torbay and the East Indies.
Torbay 4 Jan 1812 departed with convoy for India.
24 Jul 1812 captured the American privateer brig Curlew, 16 guns, 178 men, at lat. 44.15 N. long. 62. 30W., off Cape Sable. Purchased into the service and commissioned as Columbia.
30 Aug 1812 cruising in the latitude of 43° north; longitude 65' 16' west.
26 Oct 1812 The Two Brothers, Hayte, from Bristol to Baltimore, is detained by the Acasta frigate, and sent for Halifax.
3 Nov 1812 captured a U.S. privateer, the 10 gun schooner Snapper, with 90 men.
25 Dec 1812 captured a U.S. privateer, the 10 gun brig Herald, with 50 men.
1 Feb 1813, the Ramillies, in company with the Acasta, Martin and Dotterell, the latter having been chased into Bermuda 4 days earlier, spoke to the Nymphe.
Bermuda, 7 Feb 1813 arrived the Dotterel, from New Providence, chased the previous night by an American frigate, as a result of which the Ramillies, Acasta, and Dotterel departed in search of the enemy, returning on the 18th.
1 Jun 1813 the Valiant and Acasta chase the US ships United-States, Macedonian and Hornet, which had just departed from New York, into New-London.
17 Jun 1813 Acasta and Valiant capture the brig Porcupine, laden with brandy and silks, after a chase of 13 hours.
18 Jun 1813 arrived Halifax from New London, in company with the Valiant, having left the Ramillies and Orpheus blockading Com. Decateur's squadron.
22 Jul 1813 departed Halifax on a cruise.
28 Jan 1814, at Bermuda.
22 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the schooner Stephanie, from Philadelphia, for Havana, with a cargo of flour etc., detained by the Acasta.
27 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the sloop Diana, from N. York, for Havana, detained by the Acasta.
7 Aug 1814, arrived Halifax, the Amerucan Jabacco boat Hazard, from the Chesapeake, detained by the Acasta.
Falmouth Sep 18 1814 Princess Mary packet reports that she left the Acasta at Halifax when she departed.
Beginning of December, 1814 Newcastle, Acasta, and Arab stationed in Boston bay.
11 Dec 1814 Newcastle parted company to reconnoitre the road of Boston and on the 12th found Constitution apparently ready for sea. She then steered for Cape Cod bay where, on the 16th she was joined by the Acasta.
19 Dec 1814 Leander departed from Halifax bound off Boston, and on the 24th fell in with the Newcastle and Acasta.
22 Dec 1814 Arab reported to the Leander, Newcastle and Acasta that the Constitution had departed from Boston on the 17th inst. who departed in search of the US frigate.
28 Dec 1814, the Leander, in company with the Newcastle and Acasta, captured the celebrated privateer Prince de Neufchatel.
4 Jan 1815 Leander, Newcastle and Acasta, off the Western Isles.
Penzance Jan 21 1815 arrived last night the American privateer Prince of Neufchatel, 119 men and 22 guns, taken about a month since by HM Ships Leander, Newcastle and Acasta, after a long chase.
HM ships Leander, the Newcastle and the Acasta, are reported to have arrived on the 21 Feb 1815 at Santa Cruz, Teneriffe, from a search for the American squadron : they departed again on the 25th.
11 Mar 1815 Leander, Newcastle, and Acasta sight the US frigate Constitution in the harbour of Porto-Praya, island of Saint-Jago and sail in chase but lost sight of the Constitution in the haze, although they did manage to re-capture the sloop Levant.
7 May 1815, arrived Halifax, with the Leander, 22 days from Dominica, the Constitution frigate having escaped them in thick fog.
23 May 1815, the Newcastle, Leander and Acasta departed Halifax for Quebec.
31 May 1815, the Newcastle arrived Quebec with the Leander, Acasta, and Perseus.
16 Jul 1815 arrived Portsmouth, from Quebec, with a convoy of about 50 transports.