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Type: Excise cruiser / Revenue Cutter(s) ; Armament 10
N.B. These notes may well cover more than one vessel.
5 Dec 1798, cruising with the Badger cutter on the morning fell in with and captured between Folkstone and Dungenness a French lugger privateer of four carriage guns, and manned with 18 men, called the Calaisen, Citoyen Jaques Guillaume Lamey, commander, of and from Calais, out 18 hours, and had captured nothing, quite new, being her first cruize. I have put in at Ramsgate with the prize, owing to its blowing very strong from the southward, and as soon as it moderates I shall proceed to Dover with her. Thos. R. Ridge. Naval Chronicle p. 77 Vol. 1, 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.
11 Dec 1803 captured the French privateer Vigilant on the Home station.
1805 North Foreland, northwards. A vessel of Port of Yarmouth. 107 tons, 19 men
16 Apr 1806 the Orpheus, the Badger Revenue cutter in company, captured the Prussian ships Vrou Fingina and Vyf Gesusters.
Harwich 31 Dec 1806 sailed
Per Navy List circa 31 Dec 1814 shown to be armed with 10 guns as an Excise cruiser under the command of W. Ogle Carr, and responsible to the English Board.
24 Sep 1819 seized the boat Huron.
14 Dec 1819 seized 25 lbs. of tobacco.
25 Sep 1822 the proceeds due following the events of 24 Sep and 14 Dec 1819 due for payment. See : www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/17854/pages/1545 for more detail. Dover 14 Jan 1823 has sent in the Three Brothers, smuggling vessel, following a running action of 6 and a half hours. The smuggler, en route from Flushing for the Faro Isles, was said to be carrying contraband to the value of £10,000, and suffered 8 men dead or wounded, whilst the Badger suffered one man killed and four men wounded.
8 Feb 1823 the crew of 21 men from the above mentioned smuggling vessel appeared at Bow Street magistrates court.
Navy List for 1830 Revenue Vessel
Cowes 25 Jan 1833 has detained and sent in the Atlas, Dutch brig, from Cuba.
Harwich 12 Nov 1837 is reported to have towed the Fort Augustus here, after she lost her top-masts in a squall off Lowestoff yesterday.
Navy List for 20 Dec 1848 Revenue Vessel.
NB I have no knowledge regarding when vessels were built or broken up for the Revenue Service, so these notes may well cover one or more vessels.