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Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28 (24 x 9 pdr ; 4 x 6 pdr) + 4 x 18 pdr carronades
Launched at Sandgate 1784 ; Disposal date or year : 1817
BM: 595 tons
Early Aug 1794, Dido departed Bastia with Lord Hood in the Victory in pursuit of a French squadron, which sought safety of Gourjean bay. Leaving a squadron to blockade the French the Admiral returned to Corsica to continue operations. Due to stormy weather driving the British out to sea the French squadron was able return to Toulon.
24 Jun 1795 the frigates Dido, Captain George Henry Towry, and Lowestoffe, captured the French frigate Minerve, off Toulon, whilst her compatriot, the Artémise escaped. The Minerve became a valuable acquisition into the RN.
29 Jan 1797 Porto-Ferrajo. Minerve, accompanied by the Romulus, Southampton and Dido frigates, Dolphin and Dromedary store-ships, two sloops, and 12 transports, sailed for Gibraltar.
14 Feb 1797 Jervis's action with the Spanish off Cape St Vincent ; capture of 4 sail of the line ; San Josef, 112, Salvadore del Mundo, 112, San Nicolas, 80, San Ysidro, 74.
1 Jan 1799, in ordinary at Portsmouth.
Circa Feb 1800 Captain Colby is appointed to the troop ship Dido.
23 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived the John, lugger, Elliot, from Earl St. Vincent, with dispatches. She left the fleet all well on Sarurday last. On Sunday, at four P. M. she spoke the Dido, 44, armed en flute, from Minorca, with three sail under convoy.
27 Aug 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Dido, for Cowes.
18 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Resource and Dido, from Guernsey.
16 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Modeste, Dido, and Resource, with troops for the Mediterranean.
8 Mar - 2 Sep 1801 Expedition to Egypt.
May 1805 Receiving Ship at Cowes, for soldiers.