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Type: 38-gun frigate large ; Armament 38
Taken by the Lowestoffe and Dido, in the Mediterranean, 24 June 1795.
Disposal date or year : 2 Jul 1803
Disposal Details : Captured after having run aground near Cherbourg crew saved, but made prisoners. Captain Jahleel Brenton. (see below)
BM: 1102 tons
24 Jun 1795 Taken in action by the Dido and Lowestoffe, frigates, Artemise left the scine without attempting to support the Minerve. Minerve was taken to Port Mahon and then Ajaccio and was subsequently added to the RN.
Dec 1796 Command of the naval force at Porto-Ferrajo intrusted to commodore Nelson, who shifted his pendant from the Captain, 74, to the Minerve frigate, the Mediterranean fleet having sailed for Gibraltar and the R. Tiber.
19 Dec 1796 whilst the frigates Minerve, Captain George Cockburn, and Blanche, Captain d'Arcy Preston, were en route from Gibraltar to Porto-Ferrajo, the Spanish frigate Sabina was taken by the Minerve.
19 Dec 1796 following the above there was also an inconclusive action between the Minerve, and the Spanish frigate Matilda, which was abandoned due to the approach of a Spanish squadron.
23 Dec 1796 captured the French privateer Maria.
26 Dec 1796 anchored in the harbour of Porto-Ferrajo to embark the troops and stores.
29 Jan 1797 Porto-Ferrajo. Minerve, accompanied by the Romulus, Southampton and Dido frigates, Dolphin and Dromedary store-ships, two sloops, and 12 transports, sailed for Gibraltar.
29 Jan 1797 in the evening, the Minerve and Romulus parted company and stood towards the French coast. On the 1 Feb they reconnoitred Toulon road, and successively the ports of Barcelona and Carthagena, and on the 10th rejoined their companions at Gibraltar.
13 Feb 1797 joined Sir John Jervis's squadron with intelligence of the Spanish fleet.
14 Feb 1797 Jervis's action with the Spanish off Cape St Vincent.
16 Feb 1797 Emerald, Minerve, Niger, Bonne-Citoyenne and Raven detached to look after the Santisima-Trinidad, subsequently joined by the Terpsichore, which would appear to be the only vessel to comply with these instructions.
31 Mar 1797 sailed from Lisbon to blockade Cadiz.
29 May 1797 cutting out of the French brig Mutine from Santa-Cruz by the boats of the Lively and Minerve.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. G. Cockbum. At Portsmouth.
2 Jun 1799, the Emerald and Minerve captured this Morning, off the S. E. End of Sardinia, the French privateer ship Caroline, 16 Guns and 90 Men.
4 Dec 1799 captured on the Mediterranean station the Le Levrier French Vessel.
6 Jan 1800 captured on the Mediterranean station the French Vessel Bayonne and the Spanish Vessel Volcanol.
2 Mar 1800 captured the French privateer Furet, 14 guns and 80 men, of Nantes, out 17 days, has only taken the Alert, of North Yarmouth, which the Minerve has retaken.
During Apr 1800, off Vigo, reports having captured the French privateer La Mouche, of Bourdeaux, and the Spanish privateer Nuestra Senora del Carmo, of Mores, 1 gun, 34 men.
15 May 1800 Minerve and Netley captured the French privateer Vengeance.
29 Jun 1800, Minerve, in the Tagus.
11 Aug 1800 captured on the Mediterranean station the Spanish Vessel El Legero, laden with Sugar, Cocoa, Cochineal, and Indigo, and Dollars.
16 Sep 1800 in company with the Doris captured on the Mediterranean station the Spanish Vessel El Rey Carlos, laden with sugar, indigo, and cochineal.
26 Sep 1800 captured the French Brig Victorieux, laden with cotton, coffee, and sugar, from Cayenne bound to Bourdeaux.
28 Sep 1800 captured the French Ship L'Active, laden with sugar and coffee, from Guadaloupe bound to Bourdeaux.
Circa 24 Feb 1801 captured a merchant vessel which formed a part of the French squadron bound for Egypt.
23 Mar 1801 Reported to be at Minorca with a prize.
2 Sep 1801 the frigates Phœnix, Pomone, and Minerve, re-captured the frigate Success and destroyed the French frigate Bravoure.
2 Jul 1803, grounded and was re-captured at the entrance of the harbour of Cherbourg.