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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 32
Launched on the River Thames in 1783 ;
Renamed : 1809
Tons (BM) : 688.
6 Mar 1793 captured the French privateer Custine in the North Sea.
13 May 1793 Inconclusive action, most likely with the Citoyenne-Franšaise, lasting some hour and a half, following which the French ship probably sailed for Bordeaux, once the foremast, main topmast, and mizenmast, of the Iris has gone over the side. Out of 217 men and boys, the Iris lost four seamen killed, her first lieutenant, master (Mr. Magee, mortally), and 30 seamen and marines wounded. The weather being fine the Iris was able to continue her passage to Gibraltar.
13 Jun 1797 escaped the mutiny at the Nore, being fired on by the Monmouth - see p. 74 www.naval-review.org/issues/1929-1.pdf.
1 Jun 1798 captured the French privateer Legere off the Scaw.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. G. Brifac. At the Nore.
Apr 1799, in company with the Hired Armed Lugger Jane, captured the Ungo Lockum.
15 Sep 1799 Iris and the lugger Jane captured the Dutch privateer Pegasus, North Sea.
1803 Lent Trinity House.
May 1805 Nore
Circa Jun 1805 prize money resulting from the capture of the Ungo Lockum, due for payment.
13 Aug 1805 Abreast of Cape Ortugal, sighted combined Franco-Spanish fleet and chased away.
13 Aug 1805 Iris fell in with the French fleet off Cape Ortugal, and on the 14th had escaped the chasing ship and joined the Naiad, in sight of which was the Dragon, accompanied by the Phoenix and prize, the late French frigate Didon.
21 Oct 1805 captured the Spanish privateer St. Pedro, corvette, 16 guns, 150 men.
25 Apr 1806 Pallas detached to reconnoitre the French squadron at anchor in the road of the Isle of Aix, during which there was a brief action with the French 40-gun frigate Minerve and three brig-corvettes, who retired when Iris, Hazard, and a cutter were seen cruising off Chasseron.
14-16 Jul 1806 the ships' boats from the Prince-of-Wales, Centaur, Conqueror, Monarch, Revenge, and Polyphemus, along with 3 boats each from the Indefatigable and Iris, capture the French 16-gun brig-corvette CÚsar from the R. Gironde.
18 May 1807 destroyed the French privateer Jena.
Iris 24 Jan 1808 captured the French privateer Marsouin on the Home station.
1809 Renamed Solebay