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Type: 4th rate ; Armament 44
Launched at Howden Pans : 1781 ; Disposal date or year : 1816
Tons (BM) : 892
25 Sep 1795, the Fortitude, Bedford, and Censeur, previously detached from the Mediterranean fleet, for England with a convoy, along with the frigates Argo, Captain Richard Randell Burgess, Juno, Lutine, and fireship Tisiphone. The Argo and Juno, with 32 sail of the convoy, parted company in the Gut.
13 Apr 1796 capture of the French frigate Unité by the Révolutionnaire while cruising off Ushant, and forming a part of a squadron composed of the frigates Indefatigable, Argo, Captain Richard Rundell Burgess, Amazon, and Concorde.
4 May 1798 the rescue of Captain Sir Sidney Smith and others by the Arethusa, Niger and Argo from off off the mouth of the river Seine.
7 Nov 1798 a part of a squadron which arrived this day for the invasion of Minorca.
13 Nov 1798 off Minorca the Leviathan, Centaur, and Argo, along with some armed transports, chase a fast disappearing Spanish squadron, but re-capture the late British sloop Peterel, taken the previous day.
19 Nov 1798, off Minorca, with the Leviathan, Centaur, Calcutta, Ulysses, Cormorant, Aurora, Peterell, and cutter Constitution, Lt. Whiston, in support of the Army during the capture of Minorca. See also the Naval Chronicle pp. 77-80 Vol. 1, 1799.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. J. Bowen. In the Mediterranean.
6 Feb 1799 Argo captured the Spanish frigate Santa-Teresa, whilst in company with the Leviathan 74, near Majorca. The Santa-Teresa was subsequently purchased into the service.
Apr 1799 at Minorca under orders for Algiers with presents for the Dey.
May 1799 visit to Algiers.
Extract of a letter from an Officer on board HM Ship Argo dated Port Mahon 29 May 1799.
We are just returned from Algiers, where we have been to negotiate with the Dey for a supply of fresh provisions for the Army and Navy at Minorca. Capt. Bowen was so much in favour with the Dey and Regency there that he procured the freedom of six poor fellows, British subjects, that had been confined in slavery upwards of 14 years ; they are now on board, enjoying the blessings of true liberty, serving their king and country, and have requested me to get their names inserted in some of the English newspapers, that their friends, if any living, may know they are now happy, and comfortably situated. Before we came away, the Dey, as a farther mark of his friendship far Capt. Bowen, requested him to accept of a rich Turkish sabre, and two fine Arabian horses:
|Name||Age||Place where born|
|George Hog||42||Pontefract, Yorkshire|
|John Reid||32||Kirklethe, Scotland.|
|John Foley||32||Dublin, Ireland.|
|James Little||35||Mullangar, Ireland.|
7 Jul 1799 at Gibraltar.
27 Nov 1799, Portsmouth, arrived with the frigates Assurance, and Apollo, from the eastward.
3 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Oporto, with wines, the Liberty, Sly : she left the fleet all well off this port this morning under convoy of the Argo.
11 Jun 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Argo, to join Earl St. Vincent's fleet.
10 Sep 1800, Plymouth, came in the St. Antonio, Spanish lugger, in ballast, captured by the Argo, Captain Bowen, from which she parted all well on the 19th ult.
20 Oct 1800 captured, after a 15 hours chase, the Spanish letter of marque, San Fernando, mounting twelve long six pounders and fifty-three men, 5 days from St. Andero, bound to La Vera Cruz, laden with bar iron and bale goods, belonging to the Royal Phillipine company. In addition the the following were taken or destroyed : French brig Maria Louisa, in ballast, sent in ; Spanish barque, Sel Vincento, laden with iron ore, seat in ; two Spanish barques, names unknown, laden with iron ore ; sunk.
3 Nov 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Argo, with the Spanish letter of marque St. Fernando, fitted out with 18 guns, but pierced for 22, and laden with silks, from St. Andero, bound to Vera Cruz.
16 Dec 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with sealed orders and with the Eliza, Ann, and Mornington, with stores for the Cape of Good Hope, under her convoy.
12 Sep 1803 captured the French privateer Oiseau on the Home station.
14 Sep 1803 met a West Indian convoy at about Lat 49:15 – Long 20:19, having taken a French privateer yesterday.
20 Sep 1803 the convoy divides : those for Liverpool going up St George's Channel with the Venus.
May 1805 Deptford, fitting
Deal, Aug 5 1806 Sailed with a squadron on a cruize.
Portsmouth Jan 10 1811 Is ordered to sail for Leith to bring back the crews of the late ships Nymphe and Pallas for Court Martial.
Portsmouth Jan 28 1811 Has gone down to St. Helen's.
Portsmouth Jan 30 1811 Sailed with a squadron for Lisbon.
Portsmouth Sep 6 1811 Sailed for Algiers.
Portsmouth Dec 6 1811 Arrived from Malta, and put under quarantine.
Portsmouth Dec 9 1811 Came up from the Motherbank, having been released from quarantine.
Portsmouth, Feb 3 1812 Sailed.
Portsmouth Mar 4 1812 Arrived from off Brest.
Portsmouth, Apr 8 1812 Sailed for Constantinople.
Portsmouth Jan 22 1813 Sailed with the West India convoy.
14 Apr 1813 the Argo captured the American schooner Fly on the N.A. & W. Indies station : sent to Jamaica 28 Apr 1813 the Argo captured the Spanish schooner Anna on the N.A. & W. Indies station : sent to Jamaica. Jamaica 30 Sep 1814 Arrived with a convoy from Carthagena.
Jamaica 17 Oct 1814 Sailed with convoy for England.
Portsmouth Dec 14 1814 Arrived from Jamaica, having parted with her convoy in a gale some weeks since.
Portsmouth Dec 23 1814 Sailed for Plymouth
Plymouth Dec 24 1814 Arrived from the Downs.
Plymouth Jan 25 1815 Sailed on a cruise.
Deal May 3 1815 Arrived from Portsmouth to receive the flag of Admiral Scott, the Flag Officer at the Downs.
Deal Jul 26 1815 Remains in the Downs.
Feb 1842 Receiving Ship at Plymouth.