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Type: Sloop ; Armament 16
Launched : 1778 ; Disposal date or year : 1811
Plymouth 26 Apr 1785 Arrived from a cruise.
Plymouth 27 May 1785 Arrived from a cruise
Plymouth 1 Jun 1785 Arrived from a cruise.
Plymouth 13 Sep 1785 Arrived from a cruise.
Plymouth 24 Sep 1785 Arrived and remain in Cawsand Bay.
22 Apr 1793 departs Great Courland Bay, Tobago, for England, with despatches for the Admiralty, where Captain Laforey arrived on 1 Jun 1793.
22 May 1796 Fairy, Resolution, and Racoon captured the French privateer Hazard in the Channel.
19 Jul 1796 Sloops Fairy and Racoon, and Resolution, Flora, Venus (1), and Grace cutters, captured the Aurora.
19 Jul 1796 Sloop Fairy, and Flora Hired Cutter, captured the Vriendschaft.
5 Oct 1797 sunk a French privateer, Name unknown, off Boulogne.
13 Nov 1797 the ship's boats of the Fairy and Fox captured the French lugger privateer Epervier on the coast of France.
11 Jan 1799 captured the Spanish privateer N. S. del Pont St Bonaventa, 8 guns, 55 men, on the Channel station.
12 Oct 1799, Portsmouth, sailed on a cruise.
17 Oct 1799, Portsmouth, arrived from the Downs.
22 Nov 1799, Plymouth, arrived off the Sound, at 2 P.M. and lay to, the San Fiorenzo, 44, full of signals for outward-bound vessels to make sail and join the Straits, West India, and Lisbon convoys, then off this port ; several vessels joined their respective convoys under care of the Queen Charlotte, 110, Sans Pareil, 84, Tisiphone, 18, and Fairy, 18 ; and proceeded down Channel with a fine wind blowing at E.
5-6 Feb 1800 chase and capture of the French 38-gun frigate Pallas, subsequently purchased into the Service as the Pique.
28 Feb 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator at Portsmouth on Mr. William Dimock Smith, Boatswain of the sloop Fairy, for drunkenness, neglect of duty and behaving in a contemptuous manner to his captain. The charge being proved and he was sentenced by the court to be rendered incapable of serving again as an officer in the RN, and to serve before the mast on board such other of HM ships as the Commander in Chief at Spithead shall direct.
Circa Feb 1800 Captain J. S. Horton, Esq. Commander of the Fairy, is made Post
6 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Fairy, Harpy, Suffisante and Sunflower, from a cruise.
9 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Fairy, 18, six-pdrs., and the Harpy, 18, 32-pdr. Carronades, both much damaged, having fallen in with La Pallas previous to her being taken by La Loire, &c. and sustained a most gallant action for near an hour, by which means La Loire fell in with her. In this unequal contest the above sloops of war were much damaged : the Fairy had 4 seamen killed, Capt. Horton and Mr. Hughes, Purser, wounded in the arm, and 6 seamen ; and Harpy, one killed, and three wounded.
16 Feb 1800, Plymouth, sailed the Swan and Fairy cutters, to join Adm. Sir A. Gardner off Brest.
18 Feb 1800, Plymouth, sailed the Fairy, Harpy, and Dasher on a cruise off the coast of France.
28 Feb 1800, Portsmouth, ….. a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, on Mr. William Dimock Smith, Boatswain of the Fairy, for drunkenness, neglect of duty, and behaving in a contemptuous manner to his Captain. He was found guilty, and sentenced to be rendered incapable of serving again as an Officer in the Royal Navy, and to serve before the mast on board such other of his Majesty's ships as the Commander in Chief at Spithead should direct.
26 Mar 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Fairy, Captain Curry, with a convoy from Guernsey.
12 Apr 1800, Portsmouth, the Trusty and Fairy came into the harbour to refit.
11 Jul 1800, Portsmouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, in the harbour, for the trial of Joseph Brown, a seaman belonging to HM sloop Fairy, for desertion. The Court were of opinion, that the charge had been proved against the prisoner ; but in consideration of his very good character, and particularly his great exertions and meritorious conduct on board the Impregnable after she was ashore, and other circumstances, he was only sentenced to be mulcted of his pay.
2 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Fairy, to put himself under the orders of the Prince of Bouillon, at Jersey.
31 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Fairy, 16, from Jersey, with the loss of 3 anchors.
30 Nov 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Fairy, to Falmouth, to collect the outwardbound ships, who, with the Andromeda, and Bourdelais, will convoy them to the West Indies, as soon as the wind permits.
8 Dec 1800 arrived from Torbay.
May 1805 Jamaica Station