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Type: Store Ship ;
Built in 1778 as Janus : renamed Dromedary and converted to storeship 1788 ;
Disposal date or year : 10 Aug 1800
Disposal Details : Wrecked in the Bocca near the island of Trinidad : crew saved. Captain Benj. W. Taylor
1788 Janus converted to store-ship and renamed Dromedary (late fifth-rate).
2 Feb 1794 Vice-admiral Sir John Jervis sailed from Barbadoes with a fleet, including the Dromedary, Captain Sandford Tatham, for Martinique. Seamen from many of the ships played an important role in moving heavy guns over difficult terrain and in the various assaults required to subdue the Island. Elements from the fleet then went on to take Sainte-Lucie, Guadeloupe, and other islands, in subsequent months.
March and April 1794, operations at the Islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, and Guadaloupe.
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.
1 Jan 1799, in command T. Leaf. In the West Indies. [I shall resist the temptation to comment on the name and any mention of rhyming slang!]
1 - 2 May 1800 prize money resulting from the operations at the Islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, and Guadaloupe due for payment. www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/15245/pages/339
22 Aug 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Scourge, 18, from convoying part of the homeward-bound West India fleet and brings intelligence of the outward-bound West-India fleet, that sailed in April under convoy of the Scorpion, Severn, and Dromedary, having arrived at Martinique on the 20th of May.
23 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Sensible, Sheerness, and Dromedary, from the Downs.
10 Dec 1800, Plymouth, passed by to Westward, the immense large convoys for Oporto, the Straits, Lisbon, and the West Indies, nearly 550 sail, under convoy of the Seahorse, 36, Maidstone 32, Alliance, 44, Chichester, 44, Serapis, 44, La Pique, 44, Harpy, 18, and Dromedary 34 ; a dead calm took them aback off the Edystone, and the whole horizon was covered with the floating commerce of Albion's proud Isles. The fog cleared off about noon, and presented with the setting sun, a spectacle from the high points of land, round this port, at once grand, picturesque, and interesting to every lover of his country's commerce and welfare. The wind sprung up at E S E and they went clean off the Dedman by day-break on the 11th.