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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38
Taken from the French : 1796 (see below)
Disposal date or year : 1816
B.M. 1059 tons
13 Jun 1796 Cape Clear bearing west by north distant 12 leagues, the capture of the French frigate Proserpine by the frigate Dryad, Captain Lord Amelius Beauclerk, following a relatively brief chase. The Proserpine was taken into the RN as the Amelia the name Proserpine being in use.
18 Sep 1798 Joined the Ethalion and Sylph watching the French Squadron from Brest, sailing for Ireland with troops.
7 Oct 1798 lost contact in bad weather with her consorts and the French squadron. Rejoined her consorts on the 11th, and later that day joined up with a squadron under Commodore Sir John Borlase Warren.
11-12 Oct 1798 signal for a general chase made by the Commodore. Commodore Warren's action with French squadron, and capture of the Hoche, 74, and frigates: Embuscade, Coquille, Bellone. And taking of the Résolue by the Melampus. See also p. 71-> www.naval-review.org/issues/1928-1.pdf.
1 Jan 1799 refitting at Plymouth.
1 Feb 1799 in the gale of last night in Hamoaze, the Formidable, 98, broke from her moorings, ran foul of the Amelia, and tailed on the west mud ; but the tide flowing she was got off without any other damage except carrying away her bumpkin.
4 Feb 1799 Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
12 Mar 1799 Plymouth, went into the Sound.
6 Apr 1799 sailed from Cawsand Bay to join the Channel fleet.
9 Apr 1799 frigates San Fiorenzo and Amelia in an inconclusive action with the French frigates Cornélie, Vengeance, and Sémillante.
7 May 1799, in Hamoaze.
20 May 1799, Plymouth, sailed the San Fiorenzo, Amelia, Fishguard, on a cruize to the westward.
29 May 1799 Plymouth, went down into the Sound.
19 Jun 1799 in the Sound.
21 Jun 1799 Plymouth, sailed Saturn, Amelia, Magnanime, and the sloops of war Telegraph and Spy with a lugger and a cutter, on a cruise off Brest.
30 Jun 1799 Plymouth, John brig, Day, master, was brought in yesterday under very suspicious circumstances. She was bound and cleared out from Limerick to London, with provisions, and was fallen in with by the Amelia, in the rear of a French convoy steering for Brest. The Amelia succeeded in cutting her off, supposing her to be a French vessel, and has the master in custody on board. The master says he mistook the coast of France for the coast of Wales ! During the late war the American and French privateers were victualled in the above way ; and the present Earl St. Vincent, then captain of the Foudroyant 84 guns, fell in on the coast of France with several vessels of the above description, and always made a point to put some trusty person on board them, and convoy them to the destined ports for which they were cleared out.
3 Jul 1799 Plymouth, sent in the Thuriston Wortze, from Havre to Mogadore, with sundries.
18 Jul 1799 Plymouth, arrived having sprung her fore-top-mast in a gale of wind.
22 Jul 1799 Plymouth, came in from a cruise.
8 Sep 1799 Plymouth, arrived the Black Joke lugger, Lt. Nicholson, from Lord Bridport's fleet, which she left all well off Brest on the 6th. The Boadicea and Amelia frigates fell in with a convoy of 18 sail from Rochfort, for Brest, near the Passage du Raz, all of which they burnt and destroyed, except a brig of 6 guns, which was brought off. A French squadron stood out to protect them, but on the approach of Rear Admiral Sir J. B. Warren and his squadron, they retired into Brest. Sir J. B. Warren was on the look-out for the 5 sail of Spanish men of war which convoyed the above store-ships, but the Spaniards were to windward when the Black Joke left the fleet.
9 Sep 1799 Plymouth, arrived the Amelia, 48, with a French armed brig, with naval stores, one of the French fleet, presumably the one mentioned on 8 Sep.
16 Oct 1799 Plymouth, arrived from a cruise. She spoke last night with the Sylph, 18, said to have been captured by the Ferol squadron, all well.
26 Dec 1799 Plymouth, hard frost, went into the Sound, the Revolutionaire, 44, and Amelia, 44,.
27 Mar 1800, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise, the Amelia, 44, the Honourable Captain Herbert.
24 Apr 1800, Torbay, sailed with the Channel Fleet.
15 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived from the coast of France.
2 Jun 1800, Plymouth, sailed the Neptune, 98, Amelia 44, Amethyst, 36, Shannon 32, and Bourdelais, on a cruise.
3 Jun 1800 joined the Impetueux, at Quiberon bay and the Morbihan to aid the royalists.
29-30 Aug 1800 ship's boats of the London, Renown, Impétueux, Courageux, Amethyst, Stag, Amelia, Brilliant, and Cynthia capture the French ship-privateer Guépe. See also p. 238, of Vol 4 of Naval Chronicle.
29 Nov 1800, Plymouth, arrived from off the coast of France having sprung her fore and main masts in the gale on the 9th inst.
19 Dec 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Uranie, 44, on a cruise.
5 Feb 1801 captured the French privateer Juste in the Channel.
10 May 1801 captured the French privateer Heureux in the Bay of Biscay.
May 1805 Leeward Island Station
24 Feb 1809 Amelia and Dotterel in chase of a French frigate squadron, who on sighting Rear-admiral Stopford's squadron steered for the Sable d'Olonne where they came to anchor. Following a heavy bombardment the French ships were driven on shore and were subsequently wrecked.
1 Apr 1809 with Admiral Lord Gambier at the blockade of Basque Roads : directed to dislodge the French who were endeavouring to strengthen their position in Aix road ; a day or two afterwards Amelia was detached to another part of the French coast.
17-18 May 1809 Goldfinch chased and engaged the French corvette Mouche, which broke-off the engagement : 21st Mouche engaged the British hired armed lugger Black-Joke and then stood away for the harbour of San-Andero. 10 Jun., Mouche, with a French gun-brig and schooner were captured by the British 38-gun frigates Amelia and Statira.
8 Nov 1810 captured the French privateer Charles at sea.
Lisbon, circa 15 Jan 1811 Sailed for England with a convoy.
Falmouth Feb 5 1811 Arrived with a convoy of transports from Lisbon.
Portsmouth, Mar 5 1811 Sailed for off Cherbourg.
Portsmouth, Mar 6 1811 Put back to Spithead, the wind having changed.
24 Mar 1811 Berwick, Amelia, Niobe, Goshawk and Hawk, off Barfleur lighthouse, involved in the destruction of the French 40-gun frigate Amazone.
Lymington, Apr 11 1811 Sailed for Quebec with a convoy.
Deal Jul 27 1811 Arrived from Quebec.
Deal Jul 31 1811 Sailed with a convoy for Portsmouth.
Deal Aug 18 1811 Sailed with a convoy for Portsmouth.
Plymouth Sep 29 1811 Sailed for Portsmouth
Portsmouth Sep 30 1811 Arrived from Plymouth
Portsmouth Oct 1 1811 Sailed for the West Indies, but in view of the following item would appear to have returned due to unfavourable winds.
Portsmouth Oct 14 1811 Dropped down to St. Helen's, but contrary winds prevent any further progress.
Portsmouth Oct 15 1811 Sailed for the coast of Africa
29 Jan 1813 was joined by a part of the crew of the late gun-brig Daring at Freetown, Sierra-Leone, with news that French frigates were in the area.
3 Feb 1813 having gathered some intelligence regards the French frigates sailed for the Isles de Los and sighted them at anchor off the north end of Tamara on the 5th.
7-8 Feb 1813 discovered the French frigate Aréthuse, then becalmed, and eventually manoeuvred to engage. The subsequent bloody engagement resulted in a draw, both vessels having fought to a stand-still, the Amelia suffering 51 killed and died of their wounds, and 90 wounded..
22 Mar 1813 arrived at Spithead.
Portsmouth May 17 1815 Arrived from a cruise
Portsmouth May 21 1815 Arrived from the Downs.
Portsmouth 30 May 1815 Has received orders to sail for the Mediterranean.