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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 32
Launched at Harwich : 1785 ; Disposal date or year : 1819
Displacement : 681 tons (BM)
Complement : 217
Jun 1793 Castor and Mermaid captured a French privateer, Name unknown, on the Mediterranean station.
8 May 1794 Captured by Admiral Nielly's squadron, off Cape Clear ; Captain Thos. Troubridge. On the 19 May M. Villaret was joined by the Patriote from M. Nielly's squadron, with information that he had been so lucky as to fall in with and capture the Castor, along with the chief part of a convoy from Newfoundland, which the frigate had in charge.
29 May 1794 28-gun frigate Carysfort, Captain Francis Laforey, fell in with and recaptured the French (late British) 32-gun frigate Castor, Captain L'Huillier, along with some of her former crew. This capture brought about the famous legal case in the High Court of Admiralty as to whether the Admiralty was liable to pay for the prize, she not having visited a French port since being captured.
5 Oct 1795, a squadron under Rear-admiral Mann, including the Castor, sailed from San-Fiorenzo in pursuit of a French squadron returning from Toulon to Brest ; but too late !
Oct 1796 in harbour at Plymouth, used in the attempt to raise the Amphion, which had blown-up in the harbour.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. E. L. Gower. Fitting at Plymouth.
13 Feb 1799, Plymouth, went into dock.
22 Mar 1799, Plymouth, a midshipman of the Castor frigate was brought to the Royal Naval Hospital, a most miserable object, having been blown up by a priming horn with glazed powder, which scorched his face dreadfully, and mutilated both hands.
27 Mar 1799, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
26 Dec 1799 captured the Spanish privateer Sta. Levirata y Aninimas, 2 guns, 38 men, off Oporto.
28 Feb 1800, Portsmouth, sailed to relieve the Concorde, cruising off Havre de Grace.
19 Apr 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Topaze for the station off Havre, to relieve the Castor.
26 Apr 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from off Havre de Grace.
2 May 1800, Portsmouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, for the trial of John M'Kenny, a seaman belonging to the Castor, for striking the Boatswain's Mate. The Court being of opinion that the charge had not been proved against the prisoner, he was acquitted.
2 Jul 1800, Portsmouth, sailed to Cowes with the Endymion, and Topaze.
10 Sep 1800, Plymouth, passed up the Channel with the Oporto convoy all well.
15 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with the Proselyte for Jersey.
17 Nov 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from Jersey.
May 1805 Sheerness
12-17 Apr 1809 a part of a British squadron, off the Saintes, West Indies, which chased a French squadron, and captured the French 74-gun d'Haupoult of 1871 tons, and, under the name of Abercromby, cruised for three or four years in the British service. 1 May 1835 a portion of the prize money resulting from this action due for payment : namely a dividend from the estate of the bankrupt agent Henry Abbott's : no doubt one of the many fraudsters who ripped off matelots in those days : officers and ratings being fair game.
15 Dec 1809 sailed from Basse-terre, Guadeloupe, with a small squadron in search of a French sqadron reported to be in the area. In subsequent days was joined by 2 sloops and 2 frigates.
17 Dec 1809 the French ships Loire and Seine were sighted and anchored under a shore battery in a cove at Arise la Basque, where the British squadron was joined by the Sceptre, 74. The French ships were subsequently engaged and destroyed on the 18th.
9 Feb 1810 a part of a British squadron at Basse-terre which discovered the French frigate Néréide off the port and proceeded in chase.
14 Jan 1814 Captured l'Heureux. Condemned 22 May 1830. Pronounced to have been a vessel of war with 25 men on board.
Portsmouth 17 Jun 1812 Arrived from Jamaica.
Portsmouth 14 Oct 1812 Sailed for Gibraltar, with specie.
Lymington 21 Oct 1812 Sailed for the Cape of Good Hope.
Torbay 27 Oct 1812 Arrived from Portsmouth, and remains with several brigs, coasters, &c., bound to the westward.
Torbay 28 Oct 1812 Sailed on a cruise.
22 Jun 1813 captured the French privateer Fortune off Catalonia.
22 Jan 1814 captured French privateer Le Minuit ; account of head-money deposited at the High Court of Admiralty, on or before the 10th of September 1832.
25 Jan 1814 captured the French privateers Heureux and Minuit off Barcelona.
Minorca 7 Aug 1814 Assisting in the clearance of English property.
Gibraltar 13 Jan 1815 Remains.
20 Mar 1815, reported to be at Bermuda.
Portsmouth 24 Jun 1815 Sailed to Ostend, for sick, wounded and prisoners.
Deal 25 Jun 1815 Arrived from Portsmouth.
Deal 26 Jun 1815 Embarked French prisoners of war and sailed to Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 28 Jun 1815 Sailed with French prisoners bound for Plymouth.
22 May 1830 Prize money due on the capture of l'Heureux in 1814, now payable.