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Type: Bomb ; Armament 12
Purchased : 1798 ; Disposal date or year : 1813
Circa May 1799, Captain Oughton, of the Hecla bomb, is appointed to the command of the Sphynx sloop, vice Lord Augustus Fitzroy.
14-20 May 1798 Involved in expedition to Ostende, supporting the army.
13 Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.
Circa May 1800, Captain Bover, appointed from the Hecla bomb, to the Alecto fire ship.
9 Aug 1800 a squadron under Vice-Admiral Dickson consisting of the Monarch, Glatton, Polyphemus, Ardent, Veteran, Romney, Isis, Waakzamheid, and Martin ; Volcano, Hecla, Sulphur, and Zebra bombs ; Boxer, Furious, Griper, Swinger, and Haughty gun-vessels, departed North Yarmouth Roads for Copenhagen to be present during Lord Whitworth's negotiations with the Danish authorities! 15 Aug arrived in the Skaw and then went through a number of manoeuvres etc. ; and then sailed for England. For more details see p. 240 of vol 4 of the Naval Chronicles.
14 Sep 1800 the squadron arrived back at Yarmouth.
Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker sailed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen. 30 Mar the vessels initially detailed to take part in the forthcoming Battle of Copenhagen. 1 Apr the vessels detailed sail for Copenhagen ; the British ships held in reserve ; the Danish positions : 2 Apr the battle commences : the truce : the casualties : the wash-up :
12 Apr 1801 the fleet sailed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.
21 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.
17 Nov-30 Dec 1802 prize money resulting from the expedition to Holland due for payment.
31 Jul 1804 in company with the Melpomene, Trusty, Ariadne, Magnanime, Pluto, Meteor, Favorite, Merlin, Hecla, and Zebra, Locust Brig, and Nancy and King George Cutters captured the Postilion.
May 1805 Spithead