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Narcissus , 1781
Type: 6th rate Armament 20
Hired : 1781 ; Disposal year : 3 Oct 1796
3 Oct 1796 New Providence: crew saved. Capt. Percy Fraser.
Narcissus , 1796
Type: Hired Brig or Cutter Armament 10
Hired : 1796 ; Disposal year : 1801
N.B. There would either appear to be confusion over whether this vessel was a brig or a cutter, or if there were two vessels, one of each class, with the same name, not unknown. The Naval Chronicle for 1799, Vol 1, circa p. 264, describes the vessel as a Brig, and I see that for the entry of 9 Dec 1800 she was also described as a brig, however, for the entry of 16 Jan 1800 she would appear to have been classified as a cutter, and Rif Winfield in his excellent book British Warships in the Age of sail, 1793-1817, has a hired vessel noted with this name as also being a Cutter, although I gather some of his data may have originated elsewhere. One occasionally comes across cutters which have been re-rigged schooners, or vice versa, but not I think cutters / brigs ? So I suspect that we may have 2 vessels with the same name, but only details for one of them, but I have no evidence to support this supposition !
4 Apr 1798 Narcissus and Nautilus captured the French privateer Legere in the North Sea.
1 Jan 1799 CO : Lt Philip Tomlinson ; stationed : Downs and North Sea (N.C.).
16 Jan 1800 the frigate Nemesis, sloop Savage, lugger Nile, cutters Narcissus, Union, and Stag, in sight of or involved in the capture of the French Privateer lugger Le Renard, 14 guns, 2 swivels, and 65 men, Jean Jacque Fourmintin, Master, Privateer lugger Le Modere, and recaptured the English brig Atlas.
9 Dec 1800 Lt. Tomlinson, Narcissus, captured the galiott Fortuna. 22 Jun 1803 paid prize due for payment. Narcissus in this instance referred to as a brig when the prize money became due for payment.
19 Mar 1801 recaptured the Brig Hope. 1 Apr 1802 salvage monies due now ready for payment.