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Harpy, 1796
Type: Brig / Sloop ; Armament 18
Launched : 1796 ; Disposal date or year : 1817
Complement: 120

25 Dec 1796, when in company with HM Hired Armed Cutter the Hind captured the ship Hoop.

Feb 1797 captured the French privateer Contentin in the Channel.

22 Jun 1797 captured the French privateer Espérance on the coast of France.

14-20 May 1798 Involved in expedition to Ostende, supporting the army.

5-6 Feb 1800 chase and capture of the French 38-gun frigate Pallas, subsequently purchased into the Service as the Pique.

9 Feb 1800 Plymouth Sound, arrived the Fairy, 18, six-pdrs., Capt. Horton, and the Harpy, 18, 32-pdr. Carronades, Capt. Bazely, 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.

18 Feb 1800 Plymouth Sound, departed with the Fairy, and Dasher on a cruise off the coast of France.

3 Mar 1800 arrived Portsmouth with the Ceres, 32.

Circa 24 Mar to 26 Apr 1800 Captain William Birchall, late of the Hebe troop ship, is appointed to the Harpy sloop of war.

Circa 24 Mar to 26 Apr 1800 H. Bazely, Esq. Commander of the Harpy, promoted Post Captain.

26 May 1800 departed Spithead with the Cecilia, Indiaman, to Plymouth Sound.

4 Jun 1800 arrived Plymouth Sound with two Indiamen outward-bound, from Spithead.

5 Jun 1800 departed Plymouth Sound with a convoy of victuallers, for Spithead.

9 Jun 1800 arrived Spithead with the Rambler, and convoy.

28 Jun 1800 departed Spithead with the Fly, on a cruise.

7 Jul 1800 arrived Spithead with the Fly, from a cruise, and brought in with them a Prussian vessel, laden with salt.

26 Aug 1800 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

7 Sep 1800 departed Spithead with sealed orders.

13 Oct 1800 arrived Spithead with the Resolution, Gorgon, and Alkmaar, from the Downs.

23 Oct 1800 departed Spithead with the Earl St Vincent cutter, on a cruise.

28 Oct 1800 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

29 Oct 1800 departed Spithead with the frigates Cambrian, St. Fiorenzo, and Active, on a cruise.

10 Nov 1800 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

7 Dec 1800 departed Spithead with the Sea Horse, Pique, Maidstone, Chichester, and Serapis, with 317 sail of merchantmen under convoy, for Lisbon, Oporto, and the Mediterranean. The Harpy is only to see them down Channel, and then return.

10 Dec 1800 passed by Plymouth 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.

21 Dec 1800 arrived Spithead with the Active from a cruise.

9 Jan 1801 the hired cutter Constitution, Lieut. W. H. Faulknor, was captured by two large French cutters off Portland, Dorset, but was re-taken the same day by the brig Harpy and revenue cutter Greyhound.

16 Jan 1801 arrived Spithead with the Castor and Jason, from a cruise.

17 Jan 1801 departed Spithead for unknown station to issue orders to detain all Swedish and Danish vessels of every description.

21 Jan 1801 in company with the Saturn sent into Portsmouth the Julian and Two Friends, 2 Danish vessels detained under the recently introduced legislation regarding the Northern Powers of Russia, Sweden and Denmark recently becoming belligerent powers in the eyes of the British Government.

23 Jan 1801 arrived Spithead from a cruise, with two detained ships.

30 Jan 1801 arrived Spithead from a cruise, having previously sent into Portsmouth the brig Julian.

9 Feb 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from a cruise.

12 Feb 1801 departed Plymouth Sound and put back, which beat up as far as the Start, but was obliged to bear away for Plymouth, as it blew a gale at E.N.E.

14 Feb 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from a cruise in the Channel.

21 Feb 1801 arrived Spithead with the Anson and Weazle, from a cruise.

1 Mar 1801 appointed at Portsmouth, to form a part of the North Sea Fleet, St George, London, 98 ; Bellona, Ganges, Warrior, Ramilies, Russell, Saturn, and Defence, 74 ; Agincourt, 64, Harpy, 18, Alecto, Otter, fire ships ; Discovery, bomb.

3 Mar 1801 departed Spithead with a squadron bound for the Downs, Yarmouth Roads and Copenhagen.

Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker and Lord Nelson, consisting of 17 ships of the line, 3 frigates, 10 gun-brigs, nearly as many bomb-ketches, with smaller vessels usually attendant on a fleet, making in the whole nearly 50 sail, got under weigh from Yarmouth Roads at the break of day, and by eight o'clock had cleared the Sands ; they directed their course to the northward, wafted by a fine breeze at S.W. as departed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen (Naval Chronicle). On arrival at Copenhagen supported the ships-of-the-line as required.

12 Apr 1801 the fleet departed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.

28 May 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth with dispatches from Lord Nelson, who were lying at Revel when the Harpy sailed.

19 Jun 1801 remains at Sheerness, Capt Boys.

26 Jun 1801 departed Sheerness for the Great Nore and waiting to take a convoy to the Northward.

29 Jun 1801 departed N. Yarmouth. Wind SE light breezes and cloudy.

30 Jun 1801 departed Sheerness, the Harpy, Capt Boys, for N. Yarmouth.

12 Jul 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth, from Scotland.

16 Jul 1801 departed N. Yarmouth, for Scotland.

17 Aug 1801 remains in the Roads at N. Yarmouth.

19 Aug 1801 departed N. Yarmouth for Sheerness.

20 Aug 1801 arrived Sheerness, the Harpy, Lt Boys, from Yarmouth, and is appointed to take a convoy to the Baltic.

27 Aug 1801 made a signal at Sheerness for a convoy for the Baltic to weigh. They got under weigh about seven o'clock, with the wind to the Southward.

30 Aug 1801 arrived off N. Yarmouth a convoy of 80 vessels, bound to the Baltic, which was joined by a number of vessels from Yarmouth, before departing with a fine breeze.

8 Sep 1801 was reported in English papers of 19 Sep to be with the Sally armed ship, in the Baltic, waiting at Elsineur for a convoy, daily expected.

28 Sep 1801 the Harpy arrived N. Yarmouth Roads from the Baltic with the remains of the Baltic convoy, having dropped off 30 to 40 merchant vessels in the Humber, for Hull, earlier today, when in company with the armed ship Sally, who departed to the North, for Shields, with vessels for that part of the coast.

4 Oct 1801 departed N. Yarmouth Roads for the squadron off Goree.

22 Nov 1801 remains in N. Yarmouth Roads with the Blenheim and fleet. Wind NNW.

10 Dec 1801 arrived Sheerness, the Harpy, Capt Boys, from N. Yarmouth, and has come into harbour to be paid off.

Circa 26 Dec 1801 Lt Lane, of the Harpy, is appointed to his Majesty's ship Overyssel.

30 Dec 1801 remains at Sheerness.

2 Feb 1802 will be paid respective Proportions of a Final Distribution for the Ship Hoop, at Spithead.

14 Feb 1802 the Harpy, in coming down from Blackstakes to Sheerness, got in collision with the 6th rate Grana, laid up in ordinary, and did her considerable damage. Wind blows NE hard, with snow.

Circa 25 May 1802 Captain Heywood apptd to the Harpy.

21 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.

Circa 7 Aug 1802 has, with the Kite, been apptd to patrol the waters between Shetland and the Frith of Forth.

27 Sep 1802 passed through the Downs from Sheerness for a cruise.

6 Jan 1803 the Harpy, Capt E. Heywood, lying at Sheerness.

24 Mar 1803 has departed Sheerness with provisions &c for the Clyde at Leith.

29 Mar 1803 departed N Yarmouth with stores for the Clyde, at Leith.

14 Jul 1803 has recently returned to and remains in the Roads at N Yarmouth.

24 Jul 1803 arrived N Yarmouth from a cruise.

24 Jul 1803 departed N Yarmouth Roads the gun brigs Escort, Jackall, Harpy and Monkey, on a cruise.

14 Sep 1803 departed the Downs for Sheerness.

19 Sep 1803 arrived at the Little Nore.

30 Sep 1803 arrived in the Downs the Harpy and with the Circe, York and Immortalite departed on a cruise. Wind W., with rain.

1 Oct 1803 put back to the Downs, the wind having gone round to the NW, blowing them on to the French coast.

31 Oct 1803 attack on shipping along the French coast.

29 Nov 1803 arrived in the Downs.

15 Dec 1803 departed the Downs on a cruise.

24 Dec 1803 arrived in the Downs and remains.

6 Jan 1804 departed the Downs the sloops Harpy and the Starling on a cruise off the Coast of France.

11 Jan 1804 the Leopard, Euryalus and Leda departed Dungeness last night for off Boulogne to join the Immortalite, Squirrel, Harpy, Locust, Bloodhound, Archer, Starling, and 3 cutters.

14 Jan 1804 arrived Dungeness the Leda, Squirrel, Harpy, Locust, Archer, and Bloodhound from Boulogne.

20 Jan 1804 arrived in the Downs from Dungeness.

9 Feb 1804 returned to the Downs the Immortalite, Squirrel, Champion, Lark, Harpy, Speedy, Starling, and Locust, the wind having gone round to the west and now blowing strongly.

16 Feb 1804 departed the Downs, the Basilisk gun brig, Harpy, and Dart, sloops of war, on a cruise.

4 Mar 1804 the sloop Harpy, schooner Millbrook, and gun brig Archer arrived in the Downs from Dungeness.

12 Mar 1804 captured and sent into the Downs the Penriche, French gun boat of 2 guns, with 2 small transports, a part of a convoy proceeding from Calais to Boulogne.

13 Mar 1804 off Ramsgate.

26 Mar 1804 arrived in the Downs the Seine, Autumn, and Harpy, from a cruise off Boulogne.

28 Mar 1804 the Illustrious departed the Downs for a cruise off Boulogne with the frigates Imperieuse, Squirrel ; sloops Dart, Harpy ; bomb Fury ; gun brig Locust ; schooner Milbrook, and several other vessels not detailed.

3 Apr 1804 arrived Spithead from the Eastward, the Harpy, Capt Heywood.

6 Apr 1804 arrived in the Downs from a cruise off Boulogne.

7 Apr 1804 departed the Downs the Harpy, Lark, and Jackall on a cruise off Boulogne.

23 Apr 1804 arrived in the Downs from off Boulogne.

28 Apr 1804 departed the Downs on a cruise off Ostend.

30 Apr 1804 has arrived Sheerness the Harpy, Capt Heywood, from a cruise.

3 Jun 1804 arrived in the Downs from the Nore and passed through to Dungeness.

5 Jun 1804 departed the downs on a cruise.

11 Jun 1804 departed the Downs, the Jamaica with the Champion with the Bonetta, Harpy, Dart, Orestes and Fury, with several unnamed gun brigs for off Calais.

26 Jun 1804 arrived off Boulogne yesterday the Leopard, R.-Adm Louis, with the Autumn and Fanny, joining the squadron already anchored off Boulogne consisting of the Trusty, Regulus, Leda, Seine, Harpy, Bonetta, Sulphur, Fury, Volcano, Devastation, and Lucifer, Locust, Archer, Flamer, and Blazer, gun brigs, and Fly-by-Night, lugger. 47 brigs, and 56 luggers of the enemy have been at anchor in the Roads since Saturday morning, and were inspected yesterday by the Admiral commanding at Boulogne, who arrived in his superbly decorated barge. The French horse artillery practiced yesterday and fired a great quantity, with some of the British ships were also practicing. It was estimated that not more than about 10,000 men were accommodated on shore, whereas there appeared to be room for 90,000 men.

28 Jun 1804 arrived Dungeness from off Boulogne the Leopard, R.-Adm Louis, the Trusty, Regulus, Leda, Bonetta, Alonso, Autumn, Harpy, Sulphur, Volcano, Hecla, Lucifer, Devastation, Flamer, Blazer, Locust. Bloodhound, and Fanny, brigs, Admiral Mitchell, and Countess of Elgin, cutters, and Fly-by-Night lugger, and remain with the Ardent, Euryalus, Explosion, and Discovery.

29 Jun 1804 departed Dungeness this morning for the Downs.

5 Jul 1804 arrived in the Downs the Seine from a cruise off the Coast of France with the Fury, and Sulphur, bombs ; Harpy, sloop ; Archer, Bloodhound, and Bruiser, gun brigs.

6 Jul 1804 departed the Downs, the Seine, Capt Atkins, on a cruise off the French Coast with the sloop Harpy, Capt Heywood ; the Fury, bomb, Capt Edmonds ; Bloodhound, gun brig, Lieut Richardson ; Archer, gun brig, Lieut Price ; and Bruiser, gun brig, Lieut -.

8 Jul 1804 arrived in the Downs from the Coast of France.

19-20 Jul 1804 action of the road of Boulogne.

22 Jul 1804 arrived in the Downs the Harpy, and Zephyr sloops, from off the French Coast, the latter with the loss of her fore-top mast.

24 Jul 1804 departed the Downs, the Jamaica, for off Boulogne, with the Lucifer, Devastation, Speedy, Harpy, Autumn, Blazer, Mariner, Mallard, Bloodhound, and Basilisk.

12 Aug 1804 arrived in the Downs from a cruise off the French Coast.

13 Aug 1804 departed Sheerness the Ardent, Veteran, Leda, Immortalite, Harpy, Bruizer, Flamer, and Basilisk, to resume their stations off the Coast of France.

16 Aug 1804 arrived back at the Downs due to strong S.W. winds.

25-28 Aug 1804 seminal action off Boulogne

4 Oct 1804 arrived in the Downs with the Monarch, 74, and a squadron of 20+ vessels from off the French coast.

10 Oct 1804 departed the Downs for a cruise on the French coast with the frigate Jamaica and other unnamed vessels.

12 Oct 1804 with hurricane force winds blowing up the Channel has returned to the Downs.

23 Oct 1804 the weather having moderated and veered round to the ENE departed the Downs for her cruising station off the French coast.

1 Nov 1804 the Harpy, with the Orestes, Fury, Mallard, Minx, Bold, Tigress, Steady, Starling, Archer, and Jackal, and many other gun brigs and cutters were blown into the Downs from the French coast.

16 Jan 1805 arrived in the Downs the Immortalite, and Harpy sloop, with several gun brigs from off the coast of France.

Off Boulogne, 29 Jan 1805 cut out a lugger from a flotilla of some 30 small vessels sailing close in along the coast from the westward. I have sent her to the Downs with the Bruiser. Gazette Issue 15776.

3 Feb 1805 arrived in the Downs from a cruise off Boulogne.

11 Mar 1805 at anchor off Boulogne the Leopard, Trusty, Leda, Narcissus, Arab, Spy, Railleur, Utile, Harpy, 18 gun boats, and 2 cutters.

23-25 Apl 1805 was a part of a squadron which captured off Boulogne the Dutch Armed Schuyts Nos 43, 44, 45, 48, 52, 54, 57, and 58, and the unarmed Transport No 3 and is entitled to Head-Money being one of the actual Captors.

May 1805 Downs Station

28 Jul 1809 a part of a large fleet which departed from the Downs, with troops, with the aim of demolishing the dock-yards, and arsenals at Antwerp, Terneuse, and Flushing, often known as the ill-fated Walcheren Expedition.

3 Aug 1811 a part of the fleet involved in the invasion of Java, which terminated with the surrender of Dutch and French forces on 16 Sep.

circa 28 Feb 1816 arrived Plymouth Sound from the Cape of Good Hope.

19 Aug 1817 Ordered to be sold.

18 Nov 1817 has been condemned at Woolwich and will be broken up.