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Lady Ann, 1799
Type: Hired Lugger ; Armament 12
Hired : 1799 ;
Disposal date or year : 1801
13 Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.
28 Aug 1799 capture of the Dutch hulks Drotchterland and Brooderschap, and the ships Helder, Venus, Minerva, and Hector, in the New Diep, in Holland.
5 May 1800 captured the French lugger privateer Huits Freres, 14 guns, after an action of 1 hour and 35 minutes, off West Capel, Flushing.
6 May 1800 in Yarmouth Roads.
16 May 1801 captured the French privateer Victoire off Flamborough Head.
24 Feb 1802 prize money resulting from the capture of the Dutch hulks Drotchterland and Brooderschap, and the ships Helder, Venus, Minerva, and Hector due to be paid.
17 Nov-30 Dec 1802 prize money resulting from the expedition to Holland due for payment.
Lady Charlotte, 1799
Type: Hired Brig ; Armament 12
Hired : 1799 ? ;
Disposal date or year : 1801
Oct-Nov 1799, Lt. S. Halliday apptd., to the command of the hired schooner Lady Charlotte, 12.
16 Dec 1799, Plymouth, orders came down for the Lady Charlotte hired armed brig to get ready for foreign service.
19 Dec 1799, Plymouth, arrived the Lady Charlotte, Lt. Halliday, is countermanded for the Straights.
23 Dec 1799, Plymouth, sailed the Lady Charlotte, for Falmouth.
7 Jan 1800, Plymouth, letters from the Lady Charlotte, 14 guns, Lt. Halliday, state his safe arrival there with a valuable convoy. [I wonder where “there” is ?]
17 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived.
27 Feb 1800, Plymouth, sailed with a convoy for the westward.
25 Mar 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Eurydice, 24 guns, on a cruise.
17 Jul 1800, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
Jan 1801 captured the Brig D'Eendraght and Cargo. Lieutenant George Morris.
11 Feb 1801 captured the French privateer Espoir in the Channel.
29 Mar 1801 went in chase of the Friendship Brig, taken by the Privateer La Pluton, Charles La Niece, Captain, which was retaken in the Evening by Lieutenant Rowed, in the Union Hired Armed Cutter, and sent into Portsmouth and the privateer was taken by the Sheerness Hired Armed Cutter.
The following appeared in the London Gazette for 25 April 1801 :
His Majesty's Hired Brig Lady Charlotte,
Plymouth-Sound, April 22, 1801.
Sir, I beg leave to inform you, that on tbe 20th Instant, at Six A. M., I weighed from Portland Roads, (the Sheerness Cutter in Company.) on the Signal being made for an Enemy on the Coast : I stood to the Southward with the above Cutter, having Information of a Schooner in that Quarter, which a Privateer had captured that Morning.
At Six P. M. on the 21st she was recaptured by the Boat of the Sheerness : on the 22d, at Two P. M., being then between Portland aud the Berry-Head, I observed a Lugger to Windward, to which the Sheerness gave Chace, and I am happy to say, captured after a running Fight of Half an Hour : from my Situation, being little Wind, I was unable to assist the Cutter in her Capture, I therefore sent my Boats in Chace, to the Westward, of Three Brigs and a Sloop, which they recaptured. They had been captured in the Morning by the Lugger which the Sheerness took ; but from the People on board them making their Escape in their Boats on the Approach of ours, I was unable to obtain their Names and Cargoes, except one, which is the Generous Friends, a Brig of about Two Hundred Tons, with a Cargo of Lead. I have the Honor to be, &c. &c. &c. George Morris. [It may be of interest to note that the crews of the Sheerness and Lady Charlotte would have been entitled to salvage money for the recaptures and thus the fact that these vessels made off meant that the mainly civilian crews of the Hired vessels arriving to rescue them received no reward for their release.]
Lady Duncan, 1798-1801
Type: Hired cutter ; Armament 12
Hired : 1798 ;
Disposal date or year : 14 Jan 1801 : foundered in the Channel.
11 May 1799, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
21 May 1799, Plymouth, arrived from a cruize.
17 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Lady Duncan lugger, with dispatches from Adm. Sir A. Gardner, which they left all well off Brest Saturday last, at which period there had not been any movement of the combined fleets.
11 Jun 1800, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise with the Beaulieu, 44, and Valiant lugger.
25 Aug 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Earl St. Vincent's fleet the Lady Duncan lugger, Lt Coot, with dispatches to Admiral Sir T. Paisley.
Lady Jane, 1795
Type: Hired cutter ; Armament 8
Hired : 1795 ;
Disposal date or year : 16-17 May 1800
Disposal Details : presumed to have foundered off Brest, having parted company from the fleet in a gale in the Channel : crew perished.
1 Jan 1799 CO : William Bryer ; stationed : Spithead (N.C.).
Lady Jane 6 Jan 1799, Plymouth, sailed Lady Jane cutter, William Bryer master, with dispatches for Sir A. Gardner, off Ushant.
Lady Jane 20 Apr 1799, Plymouth, sailed with dispatches for Admiral Lord Bridport.
Lady Jane 10 Jun 1799, Plymouth, arrived from Lord Bridport’s fleet.
18 May 1800, Plymouth, the Channel fleet passed up for Torbay this morning having experienced the fury of the gale when laying to off Brest, on Friday last under storm stay-sails ; the sea ran mountains high, and the wind suddenly shifted from S. W. to N. W. lay several men of war on their beams ends, but soon righted, though they shipped several heavy seas and a number received damage to their masts. The Warrior, 74, and Elephant, 74 ; Railleur, 18 ; Trompeuse, 18, and Lady Jane cutter, were left off Brest.
May 1800 presumed to have foundered at the same time as the Trompeuse and Railleur, having parted company in a gale in the Channel : crew perished. Commanding Officer W. Bryer.