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Type: Sloop / Brig ; Armament 18
Completed : 1797 ; Disposal Details : Foundered on the Halifax station : crew perished Captain Richard Keilly date unknown, 1807
2 Aug 1799 in company with the Hired Lugger Fox captured the Vrow Rica and Neutralitrie and on 29 July 1799 and 4 Aug 1799 the Der Winter and Elizabeth respectively.
16 Sep 1799 captured the French privateer Dragon, of Dunkirk, close along the Dutch coast, after a short chase. 8 of the Dragon's crew were drowned in the surf when they attempted to escape ashore.
11 Nov 1799, Plymouth, arrived with a lugsail smuggler, found with 84 large bales of tobacco.
7 Feb 1800, Portsmouth, arrived with the Woolwich and Spy, and a large convoy from the Downs.
13 Feb 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with the Juno and 150 sail of merchantmen under convoy, for the West Indies.
Circa 1 Sep 1800, Lord Faulkland is promoted to the rank of Master and Commander, and appointed to the Busy.
24 Sep 1800, Plymouth, by letters from Jamaica, of 3 Aug last, it appears that the August fleet of 170 sail, sailed from Bleufields the 1 Aug under care of the Queen, 98, 2 frigates, and the Busy, 18, and now arrived.
May 1805 Leeward Island Station
Type: Revenue Cutter ; Armament ?
4 May 1800, Plymouth, this morning the Busy cutter, Captain A. Frazer, off Penlce Point, picked up a raft of 130 ankers of brandy ; and Mr. Bowden, of Cawsand, at the same time picked up a raft of 120 anchors (sic) of brandy ; both sunk to prevent falling into the hands of our cruisers. Both rafts were towed safe to the Custom House Quay.
10 Jul 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Ranger cutter, on a cruise.
6 Nov 1800 Plymouth, came in with a large seizure of spirits, taken from a raft found off the Deadman.