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Bonne Citoyenne, 1796
Type: Sloop ; Armament 20
Taken from the French : 10 Mar 1796 ; Disposal date or year : 1819
B.M. 511 tons.
Complement : 127 men and boys
10 Mar 1796 was captured by a squadron of British frigates under Captain the Honourable Robert Stopford of the Phaëton. This corvette was a beautiful ship of 511 tons, and would not have been caught but for the damage she had suffered in the gale. The Bonne-Citoyenne mounted 20 long 8-pounders, with a crew of 145 men, and became a great acquisition to the British navy as a first-class sloop of war.
6 Feb 1797 with Sir John Jervis's squadron off Cape St.-Vincent.
14 Feb 1797 Jervis's action with the Spanish off Cape St Vincent.
16 Feb 1797 Emerald, Minerve, Niger, Bonne-Citoyenne and Raven detached to look after the Santisima-Trinidad, subsequently joined by the Terpsichore, which would appear to be the only vessel to comply with these instructions.
31 Mar 1797 departed from Lisbon to blockade Cadiz.
Aug 1797 captured the French privateer Pluvier in the Mediterranean.
Aug 1797 captured the French privateer Carnarde in the Mediterranean.
2 May 1798 Nelson in the Vanguard departed from off Cadiz for Gibraltar, departing that place on the 9th to the east, accompanied by the Alexander, Orion, Emerald, Terpsichore, and Bonne-Citoyenne.
12 Aug 1798 Emerald, Alcmène, and Bonne-Citoyenne arrive off Aboukir Bay.
19 Aug 1798 the Zealous, Goliath, Swiftsure, Seahorse, Emerald, Alcmène, and Bonne-Citoyenne, leave Aboukir Bay to cruise off the port of Alexandria.
1 Jan 1799 in the Mediterranean.
31 Dec 1800 twenty leagues S.S.W. off Cape Mola, captured the Vives, Spanish settee privateer, of Majorca, of 10 x 9 pdrs and 80 men ; she had been out ten days from Palma, and had made but one capture, a Mahonnese, laden with wine from Port Mahon, bound to Citadella, which I have retaken.
2 Jan 1801 at Port Mahon.
6 Mar 1801 arrived Malta, a few days after the frigates Pique and Determinée had departed with a convoy of victuallers and store ships for the Fleet and Army on the Coast of Egypt. The Seahorse and Chichester, acting as store ships were expected shortly.
21 Aug 1801 entered the harbour of Alexandria.
21 Aug 1801 in the afternoon R.-Adm. ordered the Cynthia, Port Mahon, Victorieuse, and Bon Citoyenne, with three Turkish corvettes to proceed into the harbour under the direction of the Hon. Captain Cochrane, of the Ajax, a channel having been previously surveyed by Lieutenant Withers, of the Kent. The troops and seamen on board sloops, gun boats, and other armed vessels, reinforced by the Diane, approached the town, along with troops advancing from the East and West and on the 26th the French, despite having sunk many vessels in the harbour, realised they were now unable to defend their lines and sent out proposals for an armistice of three days to arrange terms of capitulation.
25 Aug 1802 arrived Spithead, from Malta.
28 Aug 1802 departed Spithead to the Eastward to be paid off.
30 Aug 1802 passed through the Downs from Spithead for Sheerness.
30 Jun 1803 it has been announced in the Portsmouth section of the Hampshire Telegraph for 20 Jun 1803, that prize money due to the ship's company of the Foudroyant, Northumberland, Audacious, Alexander, Success, La Bonne Citoyenne, and El Corso, for Le Genereux taken circa 18 Feb 1800, is due to be paid by Navy and Prize Agency, Messrs Mottley and Grout, at Barnard's Inn, Portsmouth. Whilst the London Gazette seems to concentrate mainly on the London Agents, and far less often on other agents based in the home ports, I thought the fact that this agent was advertising his wares, including making loans, and also where and when he was paying out prize and salvage monies &c. might be of some interest.
2 Feb 1804 arrived Spithead from the Eastward.
May 1805 Chatham in Ordinary
5-6 Jul 1809 chased and captured the French armée en flute Furieuse, which was purchased for the use of the British navy, and became classed as a 36-gun frigate.
Portsmouth 9 Mar 1811 Went down to St. Helens.
Dec 1812 hove down at the port of St.-Salvador, repairing a damaged keel, having run on-shore.
26 Jan 1813 departed from St.-Salvador in company with the Montagu until the 22 Feb., arrived at Portsmouth in April.
Portsmouth 28 Apr 1813 Remains.
Leith Roads circa 6 Oct 1813 Reported to have arrived from off the North Cape.
Cork 10 Dec 1814 departed on a cruise.