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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38
Launched at Adams's Yard, Bucklershard : 12 Apr 1797 ; Disposal date or year : 1858
BM: 1052 tons
19 Oct 1797 with the Anson captured the French privateer Zephyr, and on 17 Nov 1797 the French privateer Railleur in the Channel.
17 Sep 1798 Observed a French Squadron from Brest, off the Bec du Raz, sailing for Ireland with troops : sailed for England to report the news.
9 Dec 1798 captured the French privateer Invincible Bonaparte in the Channel.
1799 The replacement of long-guns by carronades meant that the Boadicia, originally designed as a 38 gun frigate, was to be armed with additional carronades, making a total of 46 guns, thus making a nonsense of the current rating system.
13 Jan 1799, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise
14 Jan 1799 Portsmouth, arrived from Plymouth
20 Feb 1799, Boadicea, at Sea. Boadicea and Atalante captured the French Cutter Privateer Le Milan, 14 guns, and 44 men. I have ordered Capt. Griffith to see the prize into port, and, having landed the prisoners, to return and rejoin me. R. G. Keates.
24 Mar 1799, Recaptured an American, from Charlestown bound to Hamburgh ; on the 8th fell in with and liberated a neutral ship, from Charlestown bound to Embden, and took the privateer La Requin, a brig, pierced for 18, mounting 14 guns, with 70 men which, when I first discovered her, was in the act of taking possession of the neutral. It is with extreme concern I add, that on the day following, in a violent gale of wind, the Requin overset, although at the time she had no canvas spread ; by which misfortune Mr. W. Clay, master's mate of the Boadicca, a young man of much merit, nine valuable seamen, and one prisoner, lost their lives.
1 Apr 1799, Captured the Utile, a very fine brig of 16 guns, eight pounders, ten of which are brass, and 120 men, quite new, and three weeks from Bourdeaux.
9 Apr 1799, Portsmouth, arrived at Spithead, a French brig privateer, of 18 guns, captured by the Boadicea.
12 Apr 1799, Plymouth, orders came down for the Boadicea, 44, and Seagull, 18, to take on board 183 French prisoners for Portsmouth, from the Ethalion and Spitfire.
20 Apr 1799, Plymouth, sailed to Spithead, with prisoners.
1 Jul 1799 off Basque road.
22 Jul 1799 Plymouth came in the Lydia, Henderson, from New York, taken by a French privateer, and retaken by the Boadicea.
24 Jul 1799 Plymouth, Lydia and James, both recaptured by the Boadicea, were taken by the French privateer La Bourdalois, 24, and 200 men. She is a most complete vessel from Bourdeaux, and is remarkably well equipped.
8 Sep 1799 Plymouth arrived the Black Joke lugger, Lt. Nicholson, from Lord Bridport's fleet, she reports that the Boadicea and Amelia fell in with a convoy of 18 sail from Rochfort, for Brest, near the Passage du Raz, which they burnt and destroyed, except a brig of 6 guns, which was brought off.
17 Oct 1799 Portsmouth, arrived from a cruise on the coast of France.
26 Dec 1799 - 22 Jan 1800 the Boadicea and Severn, and the Pigmy and Telemachus Hired Cutters, in Company of the Anson and Sheerness, captured Le Saint Francois, Saint Pierre de Carnac, Brig, Name-unknown, and the Sloop Anna Louisa. See the London Gazette www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/15322/pages/1444
6 Mar 1800, Plymouth, sailed the Boadicea, 38, Capt. Keates, on a cruise.
17 Mar 1800 chased the British sloop Danae, captured by mutineers amongst her crew and surrendered to the French at Brest.
26 May 1800, Plymouth, letters from the Elephant, 74, dated at sea the 24th inst. state the following interesting particulars: that on the 14th instant, Captain Keates, of the Boadicea, sent an armed boat with a Midshipman and six men into the Outer Roads of Brest to reconnoitre. At night she fell in with the French guard row boat, full of men. A severe scuffle ensued, and Boadicea's boat succeeded in beating her off with the loss of one man. The young gentleman who commanded the British row boat behaved with his little crew of six men with great gallantry. He then boarded a small sloop, and got information that the French fleet were in the Inner Road, and the Spaniards very sickly. 17th inst., states that the fleet were all dispersed in the gale of the 16th, at S.W. and N.W.
2 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Gipsey sloop, of Liverpool, from the West Indies, taken by La Braave French privateer, and retaken by the Boadicea.
13 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Cultivateur West Indiaman, Smith, Master, from Demerara and Issequibo, with a valuable cargo, captured by a French privateer, and recaptured by the Indefatigable, and Boadicea, close in with the French coast.
14 Aug 1800, Plymouth, reported to be cruising off the coast of Spain.
14 Aug 1800 captured the Spanish ship La Union, 650 tons, 22 guns, and 130 men, bound from Corunna, to Buenos Ayres.
20 Aug 1800, off Ferrol.
13 Dec 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Magicienne on a cruize.
2 Jan 1801 prize monies resulting from the captures made during the period 26 Dec 1799 - 22 Jan 1800 are ready to be paid.
20 Aug 1801 ships' boats capture the Spanish vessel Neptuno and 2 others.
Jun 1803 captured a French privateer, Name unknown, on the Home station.
24 Jul - 2 Sep 1803 chase of and escape of the Duguay-Trouin, 74 and the 40-gun frigate Guerrière.
1805 North Sea.
2 Nov 1805 Boadicea and Dryad discovered the Rochefort squadron under R.-adm Dumanoir.
15-17 Dec 1805 Arethusa, Boadicea, and Wasp, with a convoy, sighted two French Squadrons : Wasp was detached to Rochefort, Ferrol, Cadiz, and Gibraltar and Boadicea to off Ushant to inform the local Flag Officers : Arethusa and the now divided convoy was chased, but escaped.
16 Sep 1809 a part of a squadron which landed troops and a naval unit on the Isle Bourbon on the 21st to disable the shore batteries so that an attack may be made on shipping in St.-Paul, resulting in stores and batteries etc. being destroyed, the recovery of 2 captured East Indiamen, and capture of a French frigate, Caroline (renamed Bourbonaise), the brig Grappler, and other vessels.
May 1810 Boadicea and Sirius had replaced the Leopard off the Isle of France, which in turn had replaced the Raisonable at the Cape, which had sailed for England.
15 Jun 1810 Boadicea and Néréide watered on Isle Platte, or Flat island. Captain Willoughby injured in an accident. The two ships then sailed for the island of Rodriguez, arriving on the 24th, to collect a convoy of troop transports for the invasion of the Isle of France.
7-8 Jul 1810 operation to take the Isle of France.
Late Aug 1810 sailed from the Isle Bourbon for Isle de la Passe and Flat island, Isle of France. On arriving at Isle de la Passe was chased by the French frigates Vénus and Manche, and returned to safety of the Isle Bourbon on the 30th.
Early Sep 1810 returned to the Isle of France, but finding that there was little she could do, returned to the road of St.-Paul.
12-13 Sep 1810 Africaine sighted the French frigates Iphigénie and Astrée and sailed in chase with the Boadicea, Otter, and Staunch some distance behind. Action between the Africaine and French ships commenced resulting in the Africaine hauling down her colours.
13 Sep 1810 Africaine recaptured by the Boadicea, Otter, and Staunch.
18 Sep 1810 Ceylon recaptured by the Boadicea, Otter, and Staunch.
18 Sep 1810 Vénus captured by the Boadicea, Otter, and Staunch.
19 Oct 1810 blockaded Port-Louis, Isle of France.
21 Nov 1810 off the island of Rodriquez preparing for a joint naval and military expedition to take the Isle of France, where they arrived on 28th, and the capitulation was signed on the 3 Dec.
Plymouth 13 May 1811 Arrived from Portsmouth.
1825 - 1826 Burmese War - medal awarded to surviving officers, seamen, and marines - "India, No. 1" that decoration, with clasp for "Ava"). See p. 248-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
Aug-Sep 1825 arrived Rangoon and Capt. Brisbane took the ships boats up-river in support of the Army.
Late 1825 Captain Dawson died, and was succeeded in command of the Arachne by Lieutenant Andrew Baird of the Boadicea.
Late 1825 Sir James Brisbane, at the commencement of this year, was obliged from severe indisposition to retire to Pulo-Penang. He died on the 19th of December, 1826.
8 Mar 1826 end of the Burma war.
6 Jan 1827 Employed in the East Indies.
Portsmouth 21 Jul 1827 Arrived from Madras, Trincomalee, the Cape of Good Hope, SL Helena, and Ascension.
Jan 1848 Chatham, in Ordinary (reserve)
20 Dec 1848 Chatham
1854 Harbour Service