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Type: Gun-vessel ; Armament 12
Launched : 1797 ; Disposal date or year : Sep 1802
BM: 168 tons
19 Mar 1799 at Portsmouth, in harbour fitting.
13 Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.
8 Apr 1801 arrived last night at Sheerness, the Defender, Lt Levey, from Deptford.
21 Jul 1801 has departed Sheerness for the Little Nore.
12 Oct 1801 arrived in the Downs, from off Flushing.
18 Nov 1801 remains in the harbour at Sheerness.
3 Dec 1801 remains Sheerness with numerous vessels, waiting to be paid off etc.
10 Dec 1801 gun brigs that have been paid off and dismantled at Sheerness, will have been laid up in ordinary in Queenborough Creek.
7 Apr 1802 one of 20+ vessels to be paid off at Sheerness and the Nore.
17 Nov-30 Dec 1802 prize money resulting from the expedition to Holland due for payment.
9 Sep 1802 notice is given that the Defender Gun-Vessel, Copper-bottomed, lying at Sheerness, has been put up for sale.