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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.


Alert, 1798
Type: Hired Cutter ; Armament ?
Hired : 1798 ; Disposal date or year : 1801

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, departed 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, departed 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 departed with a convoy for Plymouth.

23 Aug 1800 Portsmouth, arrived from the Downs.

11 Jan 1801 it is reported that the Alert, Lt Clark, has re-captured and sent into Portsmouth the Susannah, Skelton, bound from St Kitts to London, captured by the French privateer Renard.

15 Mar 1801 arrived Spithead from a cruise with a large Danish ship from the Mediterranean that she had detained ; the Danish ship has been quarantined on the Motherbank, off Ryde, IoW.

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

23 Jun 1801 arrived Falmouth from Portsmouth with Commissioner Inglefield, to take passage for Halifax in the Lady Arabella packet.

27 Jun 1801 departed Falmouth.

30 Jul 1801 arrived Spithead.

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.

8 Sep 1801 arrived Sheerness, the hired armed cutter Alert, Lt Evans, from Woolwich, and sailed this afternoon for the Downs.

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

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.