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Type: Gunboat ;
Launched : 1797 ; Disposal date or year : 1803
14-20 May 1798 Involved in expedition to Ostende, supporting the army.
6 Jan 1799 at Harwich
22 Jul 1800, Portsmouth sailed on a cruise.
8 Mar to 2 Sep 1801 Off the coast of Egypt.
Type: Revenue cruiser ;
26 Jul 1808 During the night has been in pursuit of smuggling boats which on landing, fired upon the men in the Custom-house boats, resulting in two men, Ellis and Bruce, being killed and a third seriously wounded, probably fatally ; two others are slightly wounded. A jury has returned a verdict of wilful murder by persons unknown. Two boats and a part of the goods were recovered, but the smugglers escaped.
Whitehall, July 30, 1808.
Whereas it has been represented to His Majesty that, about Twelve o'clock on the Night of the 22d Instant, the Boats of the Nimble Cutter and Asp Lugger, in the Service of HM Customs, fell in with and drove on Shore, at the North End of Deal, two smuggling ten-Oared galleys ; and that, en the Approach of the Revenue Boats, the Smugglers, who were assembled on the Beach, together with others who had landed from the said Galleys, commenced a very heavy Discharge of Muskets and Blunderbusses on the Crews of the Revenue Boats, whereby Robert Bruce, a Mariner of the Nimble, and John Ellis, a Mariner of the Asp, were shot dead, and John Wilson and William Burwich, Two other Mariners, were dangerously wounded. See www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/16167/pages/1052