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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38
Launched at Deptford 1794 ;
Disposal date or year : 1812
7 Aug 1794 Captain Sir J B Warren, K. B., Flora, with the frigates Arethusa, Diamond, Artois, Diana, and Santa-Margarita, put to sea from Falmouth in search of cruising French frigates.
On the 23d Aug 1794, off the Penmarck rocks, the Diamond, Captain Sir William Sidney Smith, Artois, Santa-Margarita, and Diana reportedly chased and engaged a French frigate, name unknown, but possibly either the Volontaire or the Félicité, and drove her on shore near the Penmarcks where they left her "disabled and irrecoverably lost."
21 Oct 1794 the capture of the French 40-gun frigate Révolutionnaire by the Artois, when cruising in company with the frigates Arethusa, Diamond, Captain Sir William Sidney Smith, and Galatea, off Ushant.
2 Jan 1795, following rumours that the Brest fleet had sailed, the frigates Flora, Arethusa, and Diamond, Captain Sir William Sidney Smith, were despatched from Falmouth to ascertain the truth. The entered the port of Brest at about 1400 on the 3rd, and departed the following morning having confirmed that the French fleet had sailed, along with other intelligence.
9 May 1795 the frigates Melampus, Diamond, Captain Sir William Sidney Smith, Hébé, Niger and Syren captured a valuable convoy off the coast of France.
18 Mar 1796 Captain Sir William Sidney Smith, of the Diamond, having already sounded the entrance to the port of Herqu, entered the port accompanied by the brig Liberty, and lugger Aristocrat : whilst there the Etourdie corvette, four brigs, two sloops, and one of two armed luggers, were set on fire and destroyed.
17 Apr 1796 abortive attempt to cut out the French privateer Vengeur from the port of Havre, in the River Seine, by a part of the crew of the frigate Diamond, resulting in a number of casualties and the capture of Captain Sir WS Smith and many of the boats crews.
6 May 1796 and Rattler captured the French privateer Pichegru off Cherbourg.
24 Dec 1796 captured the French privateer Espérance.
19 Apr 1797 the Diamond, Minerva, Cynthia, Camilla, and hired cutter Grand Falconer captured the American ship Favourite.
27 Apr 1797 captured the French privateer Espérance.
29 Apr 1797 it is reported that the Diamond and Minerva have been on shore near Cape Barfleur and are so damaged that they must both be docked when they return to Port. See p. 521-> www.naval-review.org/issues/1927-3.pdf.
23 Sep 1797 destroyed a French privateer, Name unknown, near Cape la Heve.
Apr ? 1798 Exchange of fire with gun boats.
30 May 1798 Arrived off Hâvre following the destruction of the French 36-gun frigate Confiante.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. Sir R. J. Strachan, Bart.
19 Mar 1799, at Spithead.
2 Apr 1799, came up to Spithead from St. Helen's.
24 Apr 1799, Portsmouth, sailed with the East India fleet.
3 Jul 1799, Portsmouth, has captured and sent in a large Spanish ship, laden with brandy : the Diamond, and her convoy of East-India ships, arrived at Madeira in 8 days from this port.
12 Jul 1799, at Spithead, on the 20 Jun the Revolutionnaire captured L'Hippolite French letter of marque, from Cayenne, bound to Nantes, and in lat. 46 deg. N. and long. 24 deg. W. we recaptured the brig Margaret, from Greenock bound to Savannah, who had been taken but a few hours before by the French ship privateer Determine then in sight ; and which, after a chace of 14 hours, was captured by the Revolutionnaire. I have brought her to Spithead ; she is a very complete vessel, sails uncommonly fast, and is well calculated for his Majesty’s service : she is pierced for 24 guns, mounts 18 brass twelve and nineteen pounders, and had 163 men on board when taken.
13 Jul 1799, Portsmouth, arrived with a French schooner, 18 guns, which she captured a few days since.
7 Aug 1799, Plymouth, arrived from Portsmouth.
8 Aug 1799, Plymouth, sailed with secret orders with the Clyde, and Fowey cutter, on a cruise to the westward.
27 Aug 1799, Plymouth, in the Sound.
25 Sep 1799, Plymouth, arrived with the Beaulieu, and Valiant lugger, from off Brest.
1 Oct 1799, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
12 Oct 1799, Plymouth, arrived N. S. de Solidad from Bilboa, sent in by the Diamond.
26 Nov 1799, Plymouth, arrived from the coast of France.
26 Dec 1799, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise.
29 Dec 1799, arrived at Plymouth, where people were experiencing a long and hard frost.
2 Mar 1800, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise.
21 Mar 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Telegraph, on a cruise.
30 Apr 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Nordyfit, Torrager, from Charante, bound to Altona, with brandies, detained and sent in by the Diamond.
1 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived a French brig with sundries, prize to the Diamond frigate.
12 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Alcmene, 32, Capt. Digby, having struck on the Black Rocks near the Penmarks, where she lost her rudder. She was in imminent danger of being wrecked, but got off without any other damage ; the Diamond frigate, Captain Griffiths, convoyed her safe into port.
5 Jun 1800 joined the Impetueux, at Quiberon bay and the Morbihan to aid the royalists.
12 Jun 1800, Plymouth, sailed the Diamond, 36, with the heavy baggage and clothing of the 2d, or Queen's Royal, sailed on the secret expedition some time since.
4 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived from off Quimper ; she ran on some rocks, and knocked a hole in her bottom in the attack on the forts off Quimper, with the boats of the squadron : she directly ran up Hamoaze, and is to go into dock to repair. She brought the Captain and officers of a gun brig, of 14 guns, which was run ashore, set on fire, and blown up.
15 Aug 1800, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
27 Sep 1800 captured the French brig privateer La Rancune, 14 guns, and 60 men.
6 Mar 1801 being in quest of a French ship privateer, supposed to be cruising about the island of Palma on the morning of the 6th fell in with her between that island and Teneriffe, and after an arduous chase, obliged her, in consequence of the damage she sustained from our fire, to run on shore on the north side of the island of Gomera, where she very soon became a wreck. Having occasion to land some prisoners, I sent an Officer in for that purpose with a flag of truce, who was informed by the Captain of the privateer, that her name was La Mouche, of 18 guns, and 160 men, belonging to Bourdeaux ; the destruction of this vessel gave me particular satisfaction, as she had been a most active and successful cruiser in those seas.
12 Mar 1801 off the N.E. end of Teneriffe captured a small Spanish polacre, laden in part with sundry merchandise.
6 Aug 1801 the Hired Armed Brig Earl St. Vincent captured the French Schooner L'Elise, in sight of HM Ship Diamond, Edward Griffith ; [and the will, therefore, probably be entitled to a share of prize monies resulting from the capture.]
20 Aug 1801 ships' boats capture the Spanish vessel Neptuno and 2 others.
May 1805 Channel, cruising
Portsmouth 1 Jan 1807 Arrived from a cruise off Havre