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Type: Hired Cutter ; Armament 12
Hired : 1796 ; Disposal date or year : 1799
18 Sep 1798 in search of a brig that was reported to have anchored about 20 leagues to the S.W. of Lough Swilly - see p. 63-64--> www.naval-review.org/issues/1928-1.pdf.
13 Mar 1799, Plymouth, sailed for the Mediterranean, with dispatches.
2 Jul 1799, Plymouth, arrived late last night, in six weeks from Jamaica, with the mails, which were landed and forwarded directly to the General Post Office by express. The Cygnet three months since carried out the mails to Jamaica ; on her passage she fell in with a large French privateer of superior force, which she gallantly beat off, by which means she carried the mail safe to the island of Jamaica.
Type: Hired Cutter ; Armament 12
Hired : 1800 ; Disposal date or year : 1801
Mar 1801 HM Hired Cutters Cygnet and Vigilant recaptured the Ship John and Amy. A distribution of the salvage arising therefrom will be made on board the said Cutters on their Arrival at Deal, circa May 1801.
1 Jul 1801 re-captured the brigs Supply and Favorite, and sloop Prince of Wales. Lieutenant John Walker, Commanding officer,
. 30 Sep 1801 will be paid salvage monies due following the re-capture of the brigs Supply and Favorite, and sloop Prince of Wales, in the Downs.
Type: Sloop ; Armament 18
Disposal date or year : Exact date unknown 1815
Disposal Details : Wrecked off the Courantine river : crew saved. Captain Robert Mussel
23-25 Apl 1805 was a part of a squadron which captured off Boulogne the Dutch Armed Schuyts Nos 43, 44, 45, 48, 52, 54, 57, and 58, and the unarmed Transport No 3.
May 1805 Downs Station
24 May or 4 Jun 1806, depending on source, (Marshall p. 104 or Rif Winfield), with the packet Duke of Montrose, captured a French national schooner of 3 guns and 65 men, fitted out with privateer le Napoleon for an attack on British merchant shipping in Rosseau Bay, See also Wasp which observed the capture of le Napoleon.
27 Jul 1808 captured the Danish privateer Christiana, 14 guns, 60 men, on the Home station.
4 Oct 1808 captured the Danish privateer Giengielderen, 4 guns, 25 men, on the Home station.
22 Oct 1808 sighted by the Dowlaw signal station, near Dunbar, with her masts and bowsprit cut away and some of her guns thrown overboard, and the signal station reported the fact to the local flag officer at Leith Roads who dispatched the sloops Spitfire and Basilisk, along with the local lifeboat etc., to provide assistance to the Cygnet.
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.
11 Jan 1810 with a squadron off Basse-terre bay, island of Guadaloupe, when the Scorpion was detailed to bring out the French 16-gun brig-corvette Oreste, which after a long chase she achieved.
Deal 12 Feb 1812 Arrived from a cruise off Flushing.
Deal 11 Jul 1812 Sailed for off Flushing.
Deal 14 Jan 1813 Arrived from the Texel.
Quebec 3 Jul 1813 Sailed with convoy for England.
Plymouth 3 Aug 1813 Arrived from Quebec with a convoy.
Portsmouth 4 Aug 1813 Arrived from Quebec (4 Jul) with a convoy.
Deal 5 Aug 1813 Arrived last evening with a convoy from Quebec, which has sailed for the River.
Portsmouth 9 Aug 1813 Arrived from the eastward.
Portsmouth 19 Aug 1813 Sailed on a cruise.
Deal 4 Dec 1814 Arrived from Portsmouth.
Cork 17 Jan 1815 Sailed with the West Indies convoy.