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Magicienne, 1781
Type: 5th rate ; Armament 32
Taken from the French in 1781 ;
Disposal date or year : 23 Aug 1810
Disposal Details : Aground with Sirius, in the harbour of Grand-Port, Isle-de-France, when advancing to the attack of a French squadron. Set on fire to avoid her falling into the hands of the French. Captain Lucius Curtis
Tons (BM) : 968

Between Jan and March 1797 captured the French privateer Fortune on the Jamaica station.

Between Jan and March 1797 captured the French privateer Poisson Volant on the Jamaica station.

Feb 1797 captured the Spanish privateer cutter, name unknown, 6 guns, on the Jamaica station.

6 Apr 1797 ship's boats captured, sank, and burnt 13 sail held at Cape-Roxo.

22 Apr 1797 attack on shore forces and vessels in Carcasse bay.

27 Dec 1797 Magicienne and others captured the French privateer Brutus off Porto Rico.

Between Jun 1798 and 10 Feb 1799 captured the Spanish privateer Julie, schooner, 4 guns, 12 men on the Jamaica station.

30 Oct 1798 arrived at Port Royal, Jamaica, with a French schooner and her prize, a sloop laden with taffia.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. W. Ogilvy. On the Jamaica station.

24 Apr 1800 Portsmouth, arrived the Santa Margarltta, Inconstant, and Magicienne, with a large convoy from the Downs, among which are the Queen, Upton Castle, and Kent, East Indiamen, and the Royal Admiral, with convicts for Botany Bay.

5 May 1800 Portsmouth, departed with the Beaver, 18 guns, on a cruise;

21 Oct 1800 Plymouth, departed to join the Channel Fleet, with dispatches.

17 Nov 1800 ships' boats destroy French 20-gun ship-corvette Réolaise in Port Navalo and capture a merchant vessel.

5 Dec 1800 Plymouth, arrived. Circa this date reports having been off the Isle Oleron, S. E. by S. two Leagues, that after a short chase captured, between the Isles of Rhe and Oleron, a French sloop laden with wine and brandy for the use of the combined fleet at Brest, and have sent her to Plymouth. See p. 71 of Naval Chronicle 1801 Vol 5 - Jan - Jun.

13 Dec 1800 Plymouth, departed with the Boadicea on a cruize.

20 Jan 1801 captured the French ship letter of marque Le Huron, when in company with the Doris ; see below for details.

10 Jan 1801 arrived Plymouth, the Castle, of London, from Jamaica for London, with a valuable cargo of rum, sugar, &c. worth £40,000, taken by a French, privateer, and recaptured by the Magicienne.

14 Jan 1801 came into Plymouth Sound the Bon Success, French Bark, with wine from Bourdeaux, prize to the Magicienne.

30 Jan 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound the frigates Magicienne, and Thames, from a cruise off Bourdeaux, with two French East Indiamen, viz, L'Huron, of 20 guns, and 70 men, and passengers ; and L'Aurore, of 18 guns, and sixty-five men, and passengers, after a chase of several hours. They were captured within six leagues of Bourdeaux, and are prizes with three brigs (not yet arrived), to the above frigates and the Doris. They are both laden from the Mauritius for Bourdeaux, with spices, nankeens, silks, cochineal, coffee, tortoise-shell, ivory, &c. The L'Huron was chased for thirty-two hours. They lay at the Mauritius three months to avoid our cruisers, but the British frigates taking some prizes, left the coast for Madras, when L'Huron and Aurore sailed directly for Europe. 31 Jan 1801 in Plymouth Sound where the commanding officer writes to his Flag Officer reporting the capture of the French ship letter of marque Le Huron on 20 Jan 1801, bound from the Isle of France, to Bourdeaux, which I accompanied into Plymouth ; she turns out to be a remarkably fine ship, which sails well, and is pierced for twenty guns, had eighteen mounted, but threw them all overboard, except four, during the chase; I think her a vessel well calculated for his Majesty's service ; the cargo is of great value, and consists of ivory, cochineal, indigo, tea, sugar, pepper, cinnamon, ebony, &c.

1 Feb 1801 on board L'Huron, French East Indiaman, captured and sent in last Friday, the dispatches for Bonaparte from the Mauritius, were discovered concealed in a box with a false bottom, and forwarded to the Earl of St. Vincent.

7 Feb 1801 departed Plymouth Sound on a cruise the Magicienne, of 32 guns ; Thames, of 32 guns, and Eurydice, of 24 guns.

22 Feb 1801 detached from the Channel Fleet to the squadron chasing Gantheaume's squadron.

17 Feb 1805 Convoy to West Indies

5 Feb 1806. Magicienne joined squadron under V.-adm Duckworth confirming that an enemy squadron was at St Domingo. 6 Feb a French Squadron was sighted leaving Santo-Domingo. the action of Santo-Domingo Roads commenced ; 2 French ships (Impérial and Diomède) run ashore and 3 (Alexandre, Jupiter, Brave) taken ; the wash-up ; the casualties ; more wash-up.

8 Feb 1806 ships' boats of Acasta and Magicienne brought away Captain Henry and his people, and afterwards set fire to and destroyed Diomède and Impérial.

Between the 1 Jan 1806 and 1 Jan 1807 captured the Spanish privateer El Carmen, 2 x 4 pdrs. & 18 men.

29 Dec 1809 recaptured the HEIC ship Windham.

latter end of March or beginning of April 1810 the naval force arrived off the Isle of France, consisting of the Iphigenia, Leopard and Magicienne, was joined on the 24th by the Néréide, from the Cape.

May 1810 off Port-Louis.

7-8 Jul 1810 operation to take the Isle of France. 21 Aug 1834 second and final payment of prize money for the Isle of Bourbon due to be paid.

23 Aug 1810 action with a French Squadron in the harbour of Grand-Port, during which the frigate Néréide was captured and the Magicienne and Sirius went aground and were burnt.