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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Built at Plymouth : 1759 ; Disposal date or year : 1810
1793 Prison ship.
1 Jan 1799 Receiving ship River Medway ; Lt. J. Thompson.
15 Sep 1800 renamed Rochester.
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched : 1803 ; Disposal date or year : 24 Dec 1811
Disposal Details : Wrecked, St: George & Defence off the coast of Jutland, on passage from Baltic, Hero on the Haak sand, Texel : crew of latter perished, and both crews of former, except about eighteen men. Captain James Newman Newman
15 Jul 1805 with the blockading squadron off Ferrol, under Sir Robert Calder : sailed 30 to 40 leagues off Finisterre to intercept Franco-Spanish fleet from the West Indies. 22nd sighted each other. Signal made to engage the enemy - the engagement. The damage ; subsequent manoeuvres by the two fleets ; the wash-up ; 26 Jul 1805 movements of the fleet following the battle.
29 Oct 1805 in search of the Rochefort squadron. 2 Nov Phoenix reported position of the French Squadron : the chase began. 3-4 Nov 4th, the frigates harass the French rear. The action. the French haul down their colours. Casualties. The frigates role in the action. Prizes taken to Plymouth and added to the Service. The honours, awards and promotions.
3 Jan 1806 Sir J.B. Warren's squadron at St. Helen's, adverse winds preventing him sailing. 12 Jan sailed for Madeira to gain intelligence of the French squadron under V.-adm. Leissegues.
4 Jun 1806 having returned from his first cruise sailed from Spithead for the West Indies arriving Barbadoes 12 Jul with the Fame in lieu of the Repulse.
24 Feb 1809 later that day Rear-admiral Stopford's squadron returned to his station off the Chasseron lighthouse, and observed the squadron of M. Willaumez at anchor in Basque roads, and was joined on the 25th by Captain Beresford and his three ships, with his force thus augmented to seven sail of the line and five frigates, resumed the blockade of the port, with the Hero joining shortly afterwards.
7 Mar 1809 with Admiral Lord Gambier who relieved Rear-admiral Stopford's in command of the blockade of Basque Roads.
17 Mar 1809 anchored in Basque roads. 11 Apr the use of fire ships, explosion-vessels, and Congreve rockets against the French fleet at Basque roads and the results thereof.
Portsmouth 29 Dec 1809 Arrived from the Isle of Walcheren.
Hull, 2 Oct 1810 the Mars and Hero are reported to have passed Yarmouth for the Thames with a fleet of 600-700 ships from the Baltic, 40-50 of them being prizes.
Plymouth Dock 6 Mar 1811 Arrived from Basque Roads.
Plymouth 30 Mar 1811 Under orders to join the Baltic fleet.
Plymouth 4 Apr 1811 Sailed for Yarmouth.
Portsmouth 11 Apr 1811 Sailed for the Baltic.
Harwich 21 Apr 1811 Is reported to have made five captures in the Categut.
Leith 28 Dec 1811 Arrived from Wingo Sound (18 Dec) with a convoy.
18-25 Dec 1811 the loss of the Hero, wrecked in a gale on the Haak sand off the Texel, and the Grasshopper, which drove over the bank close in with Texel island, resulting in her surrender to the Dutch.