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Alert, 1793
Type: Sloop ; Armament 16
Launched : 1793 ; Disposal date or year : Captured, in May 1794, by the French frigate Unité, off the coast of Ireland : Captain Charles Smith.
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Alert, 1798
Type: Hired Cutter ; Armament ?
Hired : 1798 ; Disposal date or year : 1801
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20 Nov 1799, Portsmouth, the Alert cutter, Lt. Jones, has taken a sloop laden with coals which was driven ashore after a chase of 3 hours : an armed boat was sent under the command of the Boatswain, who carried the cutter’s anchor to pull the sloop off, amidst a heavy fire of musketry and field pieces from the shore : the Alert then approached as near as to be able to drive the French off the beach and allow the capture to be completed.

15 Dec 1799 Portsmouth, sailed the Alert cutter, with dispatches to be landed on the coast of France.

Circa Jan 1800, Captain Innes. of the Alert hired armed cutter, is appointed to command the Pomona armed ship, in the room of Sir Joseph Eyles.

10 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived with a convoy from the Downs.

18 Mar 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Alert cutter. Lt. Clark, on a cruise.

10 Jul 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from a cruise, with upwards of 300 casks of spirits, which had been seized.

19 Aug 1800 sailed with a convoy for Plymouth.

23 Aug 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from the Downs.

3 Jan 1801 re-captured the West India Ship Susannah. Lieutenant Roger Evans, Commanding Officer.

1 Mar 1801 salvage monies resulting from the re-capture of the West India Ship Susannah due for payment.

30 Jul 1801 arrived Spithead with the Tartar, from the Downs.

25 Aug 1801 letters from Dartmouth, state the arrival there of the hired cutter Admiral Mitchell, in company with the Alert, hired cutter, and a large American ship, from New York to Havre de Grace ; full of India goods of various descriptions, valued per manifest at £50,000 supposed French property, as a French merchant, supercargo, and family were on board going to Old Prance.

2 Oct 1801 following the signing of the Peace of Amiens "Hired" vessels such as the Alert were paid off in the subsequent months.

1803 following the recommencement of hostilities with France many of the vessels that had been hired during the period 1793-1801 were re-hired. In the main though, I've started a new page where this appears to have happened, since there is no telling whether it was the same vessel that was re-hired, documentation for many of these vessels being just about zero, apart from the mentions in the newspapers, which is where most of my info for them originates.