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Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 80
Launched : 1793 ; Disposal date or year : 1821
BM: 2003 tons
2 May - 1 Jun 1794 Departure of the Channel Fleet from St. Helen's, and the lead up to actions and manoeuvres with the French fleet. 19 May 1794 covered frigates looking into Brest Roads. 29 May - 1 Jun., what was to be known as the Battle of the Glorious 1st June commences, resulting in the capture of six sail of the line and one sunk. Review of the part performed by each British ship engaged. 13 Jun, the fleet arrived back in home ports.
14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet departed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.
4 Jun 1797, evening, departed Spithead with the Prince, Ganges, Caesar, Bedford and Formidable, under R.-Adm Sir R. Curtis to join Adm. Duncan off the Texel.
7 Jun 1797, passed by the back of the Goodwin Sands with R.-Adm Sir R. Curtis' squadron, and has been joined by the Glatton.
28 Oct 1798 Caesar, Terrible and Melpomene chase French Squadron on its return from Ireland.
20 Mar 1799 Plymouth, went out to the Sound from Hamoaze.
27 Mar 1799 Plymouth, remains with the squadron in Cawsand Bay.
1 Apr 1799 Plymouth, departed to join Lord Hugh Seymour
25 Apr 1799 cruising off Brest.
8 Jun 1799 Plymouth, reports received here advise that 16 ships of the line and 4 frigates were detached by Lord Bridport for the Straits.
13 Jun 1799 the Achille arrived at Plymouth, from off Brest, having lost a bowsprit, and foretop mast, having been run foul of by the Caesar and received much damage : one of the crew was killed.
16 Jun 1799 the Caesar and Aimable sent into the Tagus to bring out the French prizes taken at the Battle of the Nile and they departed the mouth of the Tagus on 22nd with troops for England for a Secret Expedition.
Circa late Jun 1799 arrived in the Tagus from the Channel Squadron to take a convoy and prizes to the England.
Caesar 13 Jul 1799 Plymouth arrived this morning from off Lisbon, the Royal Sovereign, Caesar, Russell, with five of Lord Nelson's prizes, viz. La Tonant 84, Canopus 84, Spartiate 74, Aboukir 74, and Conquerant 74.
23 Mar 1800 Plymouth, came in from off Brest, which they left the 19th inst.
18 Apr 1800 Plymouth, departed for Torbay.
18 May 1800 Plymouth, the Channel fleet passed up for Torbay this morning having experienced the fury of the gale when laying to off Brest, on Friday last under storm stay-sails ; the sea ran mountains high, and the wind suddenly shifted from S.W. to N.W. and lay several men of war on their beams ends, but soon righted, though they shipped several heavy seas and a number received damage to their masts ; the Caesar, had some of her half ports knocked in, and a boat stove on her larboard quarter; she shipped so much water on the main deck, that the crew were obliged to scuttle the deck to let out the water.
15 Jul 1800 Plymouth, arrived from the fleet [off Brest].
23 Jul 1800 Plymouth, departed to join the Channel fleet.
17 Aug 1800 Plymouth, came in from the fleet to refit. She left them all well on the I5th inst.
22 Aug 1800 Plymouth, R.-Adm. Calder hoisted his flag on board the Caesar, in Cawsand Bay.
31 Aug 1800 Plymouth, departed to join the Channel fleet.
19 Sep 1800 Plymouth, Letters from the Caesar of 16th, state that the squadron, off the Black Rocks, were all well. They had taken possession of a small island about 2 miles from the coast, where there was plenty of game, rabbits, pigeons, &c. which, with fish and vegetables, affords, them many comforts.
30 Sep 1800 Plymouth, letters from the Caesar, 84, of 26th, state, that the squadron was in Dauarnez Bay, near Brest, where they sheltered in the late heavy gales.
1 Oct 1800 off Brest.
23 Oct 1800 Deuarnez Bay, with the flying squadron off the Black Rocks, the weather fine.
29 Nov 1800 Plymouth, Impetueux, 84, has received orders to relieve the Caesar, 84, on the station off the Black Rocks.
11 Dec 1800 Plymouth, departed the lmpetueux, 84, to join the flying squadron off Brest and relieve the Caesar.
14 Dec 1800 Plymouth, passed up for Torbay, after a 20 weeks cruize off the Black Rocks, the Ceasar, and Pompée.
21 Dec 1800 Portsmouth, arrived from the Channel Fleet.
26 Feb 1801 departed Spithead to join the Channel Fleet.
7 Mar 1801 passed by Plymouth Sound to relieve the Mars on the inshore station off Brest.
10 Mar 1801 relieved last Saturday by the Mars.
30 May 1801 shortly due to be relieved by the Mars, on the Black Rock station.
2 Jun 1801 looked into the outer road of Brest, and was saluted with a shower of shot and shells that were perfectly harmless. The combined fleets were as described by the Suwarrow. From the best accounts that can be procured, it appears the French fleet is weakly manned, and the Spanish fleet very sickly.
2 Jun 1801 arrived Cawsand Bay having been relieved on the 31st ult. by the Mars.
10 Jun 1801 the men of war in Cawsand Bay have been this fine weather paying their yards, bends, tops, &c. and now setting up their rigging. Remain in Cawsand Bay the Princess Royal, Caesar, Namur, Spencer, Juste, Pompee.
11 Jun 1801 orders came down this day to Plymouth for Rear-Admiral Sir James Saumarez, Bart, with four 74's, a frigate, and armed brig, to prepare for a secret service.
15 Jun 1801 departed Plymouth Sound this evening at six o'clock, the squadron under Rear Admiral Sir James Saumarez, Bart, with the Caesar, Pompée, Spencer, Hannibal, Audacious, Thames, Paisley, of 16, and Plymouth lugger. They are victualled and stored for five months. Their orders are not to be opened till the squadron arrives in a certain latitude. Previous to the sailing of the above squadron twenty tons of vegetables and 2000 weight of fresh beef were conveyed on board by the gun-boats.
5 Jul 1801 departed from off Cadiz for Algeziras roads where, on the 6th, the squadron engaged a small French squadron protected shore batteries, during which severe action the Hannibal went aground and was lost to the Spanish and French : details of casualties sustained in the action.
12 Jul 1801 departed Gibraltar to chase a Franco-Spanish squadron observed sailing from Algeziras. 12th-13th the engagement commenced resulting in the destruction of 2 first rates, and the capture of a 3rd rate.
21 Jul 1801 letters received Plymouth from the Caesar state, that the squadron was on the 26th of June in lat. 49° 9' N. which state they were all well steering for Gibraltar.
Circa Aug 1801 S. Champion, Acting Secretary to Sir James Saumarez, on board the Caesar, to be Purser of the Thames.
4 Aug 1801 by letters from on board the Caesar state, that on Captain Ferris presenting his sword to Admiral Linois on the quarter-deck of the Formidable, he politely returned it, saying, so brave an officer deserved to wear his sword ; and sent a flag of truce with Capt. Ferris, Captain Lord Cochrane, and all the wounded men to Gibraltar, that could be removed.
5 Sep 1801 letters received at Plymouth from an officer of the Thames, dated 16 Aug., off Cadiz, state that Rear Admiral Sir J. Saumarez, Bart, with seven sail of the line, two frigates, and a sloop of war, having refitted at Gibraltar, departed the 9th to block up Cadiz, and on the 10th ult. was joined by Commodore Tyler with 4 sail of the Baltic Fleet from Cork ; his fleet now consists of the following ships : Caesar, Warrior, Pompee, Spencer, Venerable, Superbe, Bellona, Defence, Russell, Audacious, St. Antonio, Caroline, 44, Thames, 32, and Peterell, 18, all well equipped and in high spirits. 12 Sep 1801 letters from the Caesar, dated off Cadiz, the 26 Aug state that the gallant Saumarez had declared that port in a complete state of blockade, and captured all vessels of every description going into or coming from that Port.
Doubled and sheathed &c.from top of the side down to six strakes under the wale and strengthened with diagonal braces
May 1805 Plymouth in Ordinary
22 Aug 1805 brief encounter with the French fleet before it departed back into the safety of Brest.
29 Oct 1805 in search of the Rochefort squadron. 2 Nov Phoenix reported position of the French Squadron : the chase began. 3-4 Nov 4th, the frigates harass the French rear. The action. the French haul down their colours. Casualties. The frigates role in the action ; prizes taken to Plymouth and added to the Service. The honours, awards and promotions.
4 Jan 1806 Sir R. Strachan's squadron fitting for the West Indies at Plymouth. 14th the squadron departed from Cawsand Bay for St.-Helena in search of a French squadron under R.-adm Willaumez.
19 May 1806 departed from Plymouth as part of a squadron under R.-adm Sir R J Strachan to cruise off Madeira and the Canary islands. 8 Aug arrived Barbadoes. 18 Aug. having departed the squadron was separated by a gale.
29 Nov 1807-18 Jan 1808 off Rochefort watching the French squadron, but bad weather and the need to victual pushed the squadron under R.-adm Sir R J Strachan out to sea.
Circa 1 Feb 1808 having, due to bad weather, been unable to maintain a watch off Rochefort, R.-adm. Strachan's squadron, on being informed of the escape of the French squadron, probably bound to the Mediterranean, departed in pursuit.
Circa 4 Feb 1808 off Ferrol, spoke Sir R King's squadron ; on the 9th was off Cadiz, passed the Rock on the following day, and joined V.-adm. E. Thornborough's squadron in Palermo bay on the 21st.
2 Mar 1808 joined Lord Collingwood's squadron off the island of Maritimo. 6 Mar received news that the French fleet had been at sea for a month and departed in search, which continued for a week or two after the French fleet had returned to Toulon on 10 Apr. Leaving Vice-admiral Thornborough with a sufficient force to blockade Toulon, Lord Collingwood departed for Gibraltar and Cadiz, to contribute his aid to the cause of the Spanish patriots.
23 Feb 1809 Amethyst observes M. Willaumez's French squadron abreast of the Tour de Baleine and signalled Rear-admiral Stopford's squadron, consisting of the Cæsar, Defiance, and Donegal, who went in chase of the French, and watched them entering Basque road on the 24th and despatched the frigate Naïad to inform Lord Gambia.
24 Feb 1809 Naïad observed 3 suspicious sail coming down from the northward and signalled Rear-admiral Stopford's squadron accordingly : leaving the Amethyst and Emerald to watch Basque road, the squadron departed in search of the approaching vessels.
24 Feb 1809 Amelia and Dotterel in chase of a French frigate squadron, who on sighting Rear-admiral Stopford's squadron steered for the Sable d'Olonne where they came to anchor. Following a heavy bombardment the French ships were driven on shore and were subsequently wrecked.
24 Feb 1809 later that day Rear-admiral Stopford's squadron returned to his station off the Chasseron lighthouse, and observed the squadron of M. Willaumez at anchor in Basque roads, and was joined on the 25th by Captain Beresford and his three ships, with his force thus augmented to seven sail of the line and five frigates, resumed the blockade of the port, with the Hero joining shortly afterwards.
7 Mar 1809 Admiral Lord Gambier relieved Rear-admiral Stopford's in command of the blockade of Basque Roads.
17 Mar 1809 anchored in Basque roads. 11 Apr the use of fire ships, explosion-vessels, and Congreve rockets against the French fleet at Basque roads and the results thereof. 12 Apr attempt made to destroy grounded French vessels, following the previous night's attack.
28 Jul 1809 a part of a large fleet which departed from the Downs, with troops, with the aim of demolishing the dock-yards, and arsenals at Antwerp, Terneuse, and Flushing, often known as the ill-fated Walcheren Expedition.
Portsmouth 10 Jan 1810 departed for Plymouth.
Portsmouth 21 Apr 1811 Parted company from a squadron at the back of the Isle of Wight.
Plymouth 23 Apr 1811 Came in with convoy from Lisbon
Caesar / César, 1806
Type: Brig-sloop ; Armament 16
Taken : 15 Jul 1806 in Verdun Roads ;
Wrecked Mar 1807 off the Gironde.
Type: Anti-slavery cruiser ; Armament ?
Possibly hired : ?? ; Notes:
11 Mar 1815 Le Louis, French Slave Ship, captured off Cape Musurada by his HM Cruiser Caesar. Sir Wm. Scott gave judgment upon this important appeal from sentence of condemnation passed by the judge of Sierra Leone. The ship was taken on the after a severe engagement, followed by an attempt to escape; in which 11 persons were killed on one side, and 24 on the other, besides several wounded on both sides.
The cause of this melancholy contest was a right of search and visitation set up by the Caesar, on suspicion that this vessel was engaged in the Slave Trade ; denied and rejected by the Louis, who thereupon resisted that demand, which had produced such a calamitous and tragic result.
The Judge of Sierra Leone, carrying with him a liberal education, and no doubt actuated by a laudable zeal for the enforcement of those laws respecting the abolition of the slave trade, had done that which he considered justice between the parties.
But he (Sir Wm. Scott) was called upon to direct an equal administration of justice to all parties..... big snip..... Upon the whole, therefore, the Court declared, that on both the grounds alleged in the sentence, the condemnation was untenable, and must therefore be reversed ; and it consequently restored the ship and cargo ; but considering the question as one that was primae impressions, it did not condemn the seizer in costs and damages.