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Type: Brig sloop ; Armament 16
Taken : 1793 ; Disposal date or year : 1802
23 Feb 1796 a Dutch squadron was observed leaving the Texel by the Espiègle, Captain Benjamin Roberts, which followed the squadron until the 24th.
14 Aug 1797 captured the French privateer Prodigée in the North Sea.
27 Aug 1797 captured the French privateer Victorieuse.
23 Sep 1797 captured the Dutch privateer D'0ndelboarlaid, schooner, 10 guns, 46 men, off the coast of Holland.
29 Mar 1799, Latona, Espiegle, Hired Cutters Fox and Phoenix captured the Nelly.
29 Mar 1799 the Latona in company with HM Ships Juno, Astrea, Espiegle, Fox Hired Vessel No. 1, Griffin, Diligente, and Phoenix Cutters captured the Galliot Neptunus.
27 Jun 1799 operations at the back of the Island of Ameland, with the Jalouse, Espeigle, and others to cut out a number of Gun-Vessels, but they had previously been moved with the ebb tide, and were lying aground when the boats got in, at a place where it was impossible to get near them, so orders were changed to cut out as many Vessels from the Wadde as it might be practicable to bring away.....they succeeded in getting out 12, without a man being killed or wounded, despite the best efforts of the Dutch. Six of the vessels have valuable cargoes, and were bound to Amsterdam ; the others are in ballast.
11 July 1799, off Ameland. the boats of the Circe, Pylades, Espeigle, Courier Cutter, and Nancy Cutter, Day, made another dash into the Watt, at the back of Ameland and brought out 3 valuable vessels deeply laden with sugar, wine, and brandy, and burnt a large galliott, laden with brass ordnance and stores, which could not be brought off. The men were at their oars for 15-16 hours in a very hot day, opposed to an enemy of superior force, but I am happy to say not a man was hurt.
11 Aug 1799 part of a light squadron which re-captured the late British gun-brig Crash off the coast of Holland.
12 Aug 1799 small craft and ship's boats of a light squadron capture a number of Dutch schuyts : the attack also results in the destruction of the Dutch schooner Vengeance, at the second attempt.
Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.
8 Mar - 2 Sep 1801 Expedition to Egypt.
5 Mar and 9 Oct 1801 the Kite, Espiegle and Cobourg in company, involved in the capture of the Juffrow Catharina.
18 Feb 1802 Espiegle Sloop, .271 Tons, Copper-bottomed, lying at Sheerness put up for Sale.