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Type: Sloop ; Armament 16
Launched : 1778 ; Disposal date or year : 1811
2 Jan 1793 The first British naval vessel to receive the attention of French gunners whilst entering the port of Brest.
15 Feb 1793 captured the French privateer Patriote near Gravelines.
14 Mar 1793 Destroyed the French privateer Triton.
14 Sep 1796 captured the French privateer Bonne Espérance off Cape Barfleur.
The following appeared in the London Gazette : www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/13931/pages/880
Admiralty-Office, September 16, 1796.
Copy of a Letter from Captain Poyntz, Commander of HM Sloop Childsrs, to Evan Nepean, Esq., dated at Sea, off Cape Barfleur, September 14, 1796.
I Beg Leave to represent to you, for the Information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that being this Morning off Cape Barfleur, I fell in with and captured the French Privateer Le Bon Esperance from Cherbourg, of Two Swivels and 25 Men, out Three Days ; had captured the Sloop Mary Ann, of Queenborough, from Plymouth which sloop, from the Account of the Privateers, I hope to fall in with. The Privateer I have sent to Portsmouth under the Charge of the Trial Cutter, who I fell in with bound to England the same day.
Childers at Sea, September 14, Ten o'Clock P.M.
Sir, in addition to my Letter of this Morning I have the Satisfaction to inform you, for their Lordships Information, that this Evening I fell in with and recaptured the Sloop Mary Anne of Queenborough, which was captured on Monday Evening by the French Privateer Bon Esperance, and which I captured this Morning. The above Vessel is laden with Naval and Ordnance Stores, from Plymouth, bound to Woolwich and London. The Trial Cutter being not yet out of Sight, I soall direct her Commander to take Charge of her to Portsmouth.
(Signed) I am, &c. S. Poyntz.
About the end of 1797 captured the French privateer Tartare in the Channel.
14 Oct 1797 Childers and Triton captured the French privateer Furet near Isle Bas.
4 Jan 1798 Childers, Cambrian, and Indefatigable captured the French privateer Vengeur, in the Channel.
3-4 Aug 1798 boats of the Melpomene and Childers captured the French 14-gun brig Aventurier from the port of Corigiou.
Childers 29 Mar 1799, Plymouth, sailed with the Suffisante.
3 May 1799 joined the blockading Fleet off Cadiz with the news that 5 Spanish vessels had escaped from Ferrol. However, following the report from the Success that the French fleet had escaped from Brest and was heading south she was sent with despatches and a small convoy to Gibraltar. On arrival she was then sent to join the Edgar, watering at Tatuan.
14 Jun 1799, Plymouth, arrived with dispatches from Lord Keith respecting the passing of the French and Spanish fleet.
19 Jun 1799, in the Plymouth, Sound.
21 Jul 1799, Plymouth, sailed with the Naiad, on a cruise.
25 Jul 1799, Plymouth, sailed with the Swan cutter.
27 Sep 1799, Plymouth, arrived from off Brest with the Urania, Indefatigable, and Nymphe.
8 Oct 1799, Plymouth, sailed for the Downs with the Lascelles East India store ship.
27 Feb 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Urania, Stag, and San Fiorenzo, on a cruise.
25 Mar 1800, Falmouth, arrived the Agamemnon, 64, and Clyde frigate, the former having struck on the Penmarks (it is said, the very same rock the Repulse was lost on) ; she was with difficulty kept above water, as when she arrived it was above the magazines. She fell in with the Childers off the land, from whom she received some assistance, and accompanied her into port. They were constantly pumping the whole of last night, assisted by the crews of two sloops of war lying here, and the Chatham guardship, and a part of the soldiers from Pendennis garrison ; notwithstanding which it was found this morning the water had increased three feet; but we learn, that towards the afternoon, the leaks had not gained on the men at the pumps ; it is therefore hoped they will be able to prevent her from sinking.
27 Mar 1800, Plymouth, came in the Lady Nelson, with fruit, captured by a French privateer, and re-captured by the Childers.
8 Apr 1800, Plymouth, sailed with dispatches for the Straits.
11 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise.
23 Oct 1800, at noon captured a Spanish lugger privateer named Diligente, mounting 2 x 4-pounders, 4 swivels, and 30 men ; had been out 2 days from Vigo, and had made no prize.
May 1805 Mediterranean
Jan 1808 in Leith roads.
14 Mar 1808 ship's boats capture a Danish galliot, partly laden with oil and fish.
14 Mar 1808 action with the Danish brig-corvette Lougen.
19 Oct 1808 captured the Danish privateer Frernskernsten, 4 guns 2 s. 21 men, on the Home station.