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Type: Hired lugger
Hired : 1794 ; Disposal date or year : 1799
13 Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.
28 Aug 1799 capture of the Dutch hulks Drotchterland and Brooderschap, and the ships Helder, Venus, Minerva, and Hector, in the New Diep, in Holland.
24 Feb 1802 prize money resulting from the capture of the Dutch hulks Drotchterland and Brooderschap, and the ships Helder, Venus, Minerva, and Hector due to be paid.
17 Nov-30 Dec 1802 prize money resulting from the expedition to Holland due for payment.
Type: Lugger ; Armament : 10
Disposal date or year : 1798
12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the Argus, sailed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). [The Battle of the Isle de Groix.]
20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.
24 Dec 1798, Jamaica, sailed the Argus, lugger, 16, Lieutenant Clarke, with the mails for England, and was supposed lost, carried away her masts in a gale of wind, and threw ten guns overboard, was captured by La Vendemaire, French privateer, 16 guns, and carried into Corunna, per news of 26 Mar 1799, received at Plymouth.
1 Jan 1799 CO : Lt Clark ; stationed : West Indies (N.C.).
Argus 25 Jan 1799, Plymouth, letters of the 24th November, from the Argus lugger, Lieutenant Clarke, Jamaica, mention that he was to bring home the next dispatches.
Argus 16 May 1799, in the Sound, arrived from Bourdeaux, Lieut. Clarke, late of the Argus lugger, captured and burnt by La Vandemaine French privateer, on her passage from Jamaica, at his father's house at Cawsand : his sudden arrival so affected his mother, an aged lady of 75, that she literally died in a few hours of excessive joy.
Type: Revenue cutter
London, August 15, 1795.
Notice is hereby given, that the Account of Sales of the Catharina and Anna, captured by the Argus Revenue Cutter, in the Service of the Honorable Board of Customs, will be deposited in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty, pursuant to Act of Parliament. Robert Taylor, Agent, No. 45, Crutched-Friars.
13 Sep 1796 captured a French privateer, Name unknown, in the North Sea.
The following appeared in the London Gazette : www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/13931/pages/880
Copy of a Letter from Mr. Cox, His Majesty's Naval Officer at Harwich, to Evan Nepean, Esq., dated September 14, 1796.
Last Night was brought in here, by the Argus Revenue Cutter of this Port, a small Privateer, about Twenty Tons Burthen, Name Sally of Blakeney on the Stern, last from Dunkirk; the whole Crew, consisting of Eighteen Men and Boys, are now lodged in our Gaol. They have, it seems, taken several Vessels by concealing all her People, except Two Men and a Boy, and, having a Trawling Net and Dredge on Board, appear like Fisoermen.
13 Feb 1801 Argus, Lively, and Viper, revenue cutters, captured the French privateer Sans Peur in the North Sea.