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Megaera / Męgera , 1783
Type: Sloop ; Fire Ship ; Armament 16
Launched : 1783 ; Disposal date or year : 1817
12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the Męgera, sailed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). And so ended the Battle of the Isle de Groix.
20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.
16 Jan 1799, Plymouth, arrived with the Bellona, and Ramillies, from Torbay.
29 Apr 1799, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
18 Feb 1800, Plymouth, passed by, to join the Channel fleet, the Agamemnon, 64, Repulse, 64, and Megaera fire ship. The latter, in turning out of Torbay, ran down a loaded sloop, but all hands were saved.
10 Jan 1800, Plymouth, went into the Sound the Megaera fire ship, Captain West.
22 Jan 1800, Plymouth, sailed for Torbay, the Megaera fire ship, Capt. West, to join Admiral Gardner's fleet there, thirty one sail of the line, besides frigates.
Circa 24 Mar 1800 Mr. J. Richards, acting Purser in the Megaera, is confirmed in the Kangaroo sloop of war.
20 May 1800, Portsmouth, arrived with the Achilles, and Active, from Torbay,
25 May 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Nymphe, and Renard, on a cruise.
30 Jun 1800, Plymouth, arrived in four days, with dispatches from Earl St. Vincent, off Brest.
25 Jul 1800, Plymouth, arrived with the Excellent, and Triumph, from the Channel fleet.
Circa 1 Sep 1800, Captain Bover, of the Megaera, who was 1st Lt with Adm. Colpoys, is acting in the Windsor Castle.
Circa 1 Sep 1800, Capt H Hill, late of the Gorgon, is apptd to the Megaera fire ship.
30 Sep 1800, Plymouth, letters from the Caesar, 84, of 26th, state, that the Caesar, Pompee, Captain, Montague, Sirius, and Megaera, compose the in-shore flying squadron in Dauarnez Bay, near Brest, where, in the late heavy gales of wind at S. W. they lay as snug as in Torbay or Cawsand bay, without splitting a rope yarn. The Megaera in expected in soon to refit.
15 Oct 1800, Plymouth, arrived from the Channel Fleet, with orders for all the ships in the Sound and Cawsand Bay to sail directly, the Megaera fireship, Captain Hill. After delivering her orders she sailed again directly.
11 Nov 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Torbay. She was blown on Sunday by the violence of the wind at N.W. off Portland, and with difficulty bore away for Plymouth Sound.
21 Sep 1804, whilst in company with the Folkestone Lugger and Harriet Hired Armed Cutter, captured the Nostra Senora del Carmen, J. A. Arriaga, Master.
May 1805 Cruising, Channel
31 Dec 1806 prize money resulting from the capture of the N. S. del Carmen due for payment.