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Nemesis, 1780
Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched at Liverpool in 1780 ;
Disposal date or year : 1814
Tons (BM) : 598.

Reduced 1796

Sep 1793 Sent from Toulon to Corsica, with a squadron under Commodore Robert Linzee, with a view to supporting a supposed insurrection.

1 Oct 1793 Unsuccessful attack on Forneilli.

9 Dec 1795 taken by three French frigates at Smyrna, and retaken by the Egmont, Capt. Sutton, near Tunis, 8 Mar 1796.

Oct/Nov 1795 M. Ganteaume arrived in the Levant with his squadron, where he captured a great many merchant vessels, and, at the port of Smyrna, released the frigate Sensible, and corvette Sardine with her prize, the late British frigate Nemesis, Captain Samuel Hood Linzee, until now blockaded by the Aigle and Cyclops.

9 Mar 1796 boats of a squadron, including the Barfleur, Egmont and Bombay Castle, retake the 28-gun frigate Nemesis from Tunis harbour.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. R. D. Oliver. In the North Sea.

21 Dec 1799 Portsmouth, arrived the Nemesis, and Atalante, from a cruise.

12-13 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 recapture of the English brig Atlas, from Lisbon ; the Nile then being posted off Calais, and the Union off Boulogne, whilst the Nemesis repaired to the Downs with the prizes and the commanding officer wrote his report of the events to the CinC there.

27 Jun-8 Jul 1800 involved in the operation to capture the French frigate Désirée from Dunkerque harbour and burn other vessels. The Désirée was subsequently purchased into the Service.

25 Jul 1800 problems with neutral states and a diplomatic breakdown involving the Danish 40-gun 18-pounder frigate Freya and her convoy. See also Naval Chronicle, vol 4, p 157.

11 Dec 1800 Portsmouth, arrived with the Eliza, Ann, and Mornington, East Indiamen, under convoy, from the Downs.

16 Dec 1800 Portsmouth, departed on a cruise.

30 Dec 1800 departed Deal with the Racoon on a cruise.

2 Jan 1801 arrived Deal from a cruise.

8 Jan 1801 a ship's boat is reported to have upset off Deal when returning on board, reason unknown, and it is understood that 7 men were drowned.

19 Jan 1801 departed Deal with a convoy for Spithead.

20 Jan 1801 put back to Deal with convoy.

24 Jan 1801 departed the Downs for Spithead with a N.E. wind and snow, in company with the store ship Woolwich and hired armed ship Mentor and a large convoy with ships for the East Indies, amongst others, arriving Spithead later in the day.

28 Jan 1801 departed Spithead on a cruise.

8 Feb 1801 remains in the Downs.

13 Feb 1801 news received in the Downs of the departure of French frigates from Flushing, as a result of which the Nemesis, Anacreon, and 2 armed cutters weighed and departed on a cruise in search of the French vessels.

27 Feb 1801 remains in the Downs.

5 Mar 1801 arrived in the Downs.

10 Mar 1801 arrived in the Downs with the Fortunee, from a cruise.

13 Mar 1801 remains in the Downs.

15 Mar 1801 departed the Downs with the Helden and the outward bound convoy for Spithead.

17 Mar 1801 put back to the Downs the convoy which departed the Downs on the 15th, due to strong S.W. winds.

22 Mar 1801 remains in the Downs.

1 Apr 1801 arrived the Downs the Terpsichore with the Nemesis frigates, and Resolution lugger, all 3 departing later in the day, after the last post, on a cruise.

12 Apr 1801 remains in the Downs ; the wind blows hard N.E.

15 Apr 1801 departed the Downs for Sheerness.

28 May 1801 departed Sheerness, the Nemesis, Capt Owen, on a cruise.

3 Jun 1801 departed the Downs yesterday evening on a cruise.

2 Aug 1801 arrived in the Downs.

6 Aug 1801 departed the Downs the York with the Nemesis, on a cruise.

2 Oct 1801 the Nemesis, arrived in the Downs with the Archer gun vessel, from off Flushing.

8 Oct 1801 departed the Downs on a cruise.

27 Oct 1801 late in the day arrived in the Downs from a cruise.

20 Nov 1801 Commodore Sutton raised his pendant on board the Nemesis, and remains in the Downs, in company with the Overyssel, Amazon, Alkmaar, Medusa, Brilliant, Jamaica ; Gannet, and Galgo, sloops ; Mallard Snipe, Ferreter, Locust, Charger and Vixen, gun vessels ; Express, advice boat ; Ranger, brig ; and the Swift, East India Pilot.

28 Nov 1801 the Nemesis, frigate ; Arrow, sloop ; Charger, gun-brig ; and Ranger store brig, during the NNE severe gale last night, drove out of the Downs.

30 Nov 1801 the Nemesis arrived back in the Downs, with the Arrow, and Charger, and remains with the Overyssel, Amazon, Alkmaar, Medusa, Brilliant, Jamaica ; Gannet, and Galgo.

10 Dec 1801 remains in the Downs a dozen RN vessels accompanied by a number of East Indiamen ; wind West, moderate.

20 Dec 1801 remains in the Downs.

8 Jan 1802 remains in the Downs the Amazon, Adm Lutwidge, Capt Sutton ; Nemesis, Commodore Sutton, Capt Owen ; Brilliant, Capt MacKenzie ; Arrow, sloop, Capt Brodie ; Galgo, sloop, Capt Hawkins ; Express, advice boat, Lt Sayer ; and Ranger store brig.

15 Feb 1802 remains in the Downs with the St Albans.

11 Mar 1802 remains in the Downs with the St Albans, &c..

6 Apr 1802 arrived Spithead the Nemesis, 28, Captain Owen, from the Downs.

Circa 24 Apr 1802 Captain Somerville apptd to the Nemesis.

15 Jun 1802 departed Spithead the Nemesis, 28, Captain Somerville, for Milford.

17 Jul 1802 it is reported from Milford Haven that when getting under way at about 11.00 am this morning the Seagull went aground on a sand bank as the tide went out, and may have been lost, but for the timely assistance of the frigate Nemesis, sloop Spitfire, and an unnamed gun brig, who got her shored up whilst she was water born, and at 4 pm, as the tide returned she was floated off without any damage.

10 Nov 1802 arrived Plymouth from Milford for repairs having sprung her bowsprit on her last cruise in the Irish Channel. She took a pilot on board off Cawsand Bay and went through the Sound, directly into Hamoaze to make good her damage.

28 Nov 1802 arrived Plymouth Sound the Nemesis, 32, Captain Somerville, to repair the damages she sustained in a late gales, having sprung her bowsprit : she went up the harbour directly, and is to go into dock the first tide.

30 Nov 1802 went into dock, to be covered and new coppered, and to have damages experienced in gales to be made good.

10 Dec 1802 remains in dock at Plymouth, the Tonnant, 84 ; Mars, 74 ; Terrible, 74 ; Impetueux, 84 ; Fisgard, 48 ; and Nemesis, 32.

30 Dec 1802 saw out the storm last night in Plymouth Sound having out 3 cables an end, yards and top-masts struck.

4 Jan 1803 departed Plymouth the Nemesis, 32, Capt P Somerville, for Milford Haven to recruit seamen.

Circa 24 Jan 1803 only 15 men had been recruited to the squadron, including the Nemesis, and Spitfire.

13 Feb 1803 arrived Plymouth Sound from a cruise, made a signal, and went up into the harbour.

11 Mar 1803 fitting for sea in Hamoaze, and has bent all her sails, she goes down harbour as soon as she is manned.

16 Mar 1803 dropped down into the Sound from Hamoaze, to await further orders.

17 Mar 1803 departed Plymouth for Bristol to press men.

15 May 1803 arrived Plymouth from a cruise off Brest, Ushant, and the Saintes ; the Nemesis and Atalanta during which they watched the movements of vessels on the other side of the Channel.

12 Jun 1803 arrived Plymouth last evening with four French prizes : 2 West India ships from the West Indies ; a brig with cotton ; and a schooner from Cayenne, with sundries. Also landed 100 French prisoners from the Fleet, who were marched to the Mill prison.

22 Jun 1803 arrived Spithead, from Plymouth.

27 Jun 1803 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, at Portsmouth, on Mr D Lawson, Carpenter of the Nemesis, for drunkenness, and the charge being proved he was dismissed the service.

27 Jun 1803 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, at Portsmouth, on David Jones, and William Gardner, of the Nemesis, for desertion, and the charge being proved they were sentenced to 50 lashes each.

28 Jun 1803 departed Spithead on a cruise.

6 Jul 1803 arrived Falmouth, and is reported to be based at Falmouth whilst also cruising the coastline between Portland and the Start Point.

12 Jul 1803 the Nemesis frigate captured off Portland a French lugger privateer, and recaptured an English brig which the privateer had taken.

7 Aug 1803 arrived Torbay the Nemesis and departed again last evening in a great hurry, accompanied by a lot of signals, apparently caused by a number of ships not shewing their signals or numbers. Similar problems were caused off the Isle of Wight by a fleet of coasters and American vessels failing to identify themselves recently, which ended up keeping the residents of Portsmouth awake for much of the night.

11 Sep 1803 arrived Torbay, for orders and a fresh supply of beef and departed later in the day on a cruise with a fine breeze from the northward.

26 Sep 1803 arrived Torbay for orders and departed immediately.

2 Oct 1803 arrived Torbay and departed immediately with orders.

3 Oct 1803 arrived Spithead after a 14 week cruise off Torbay.

12 Oct 1803 departed Spithead the Nemesis, Capt Somerville, on a cruise off Torbay.

7 Nov 1803 arrived off Brixham, the Mermaid, Capt Collis, and Nemesis, Capt Somerville, with the Vixen gun brig, from a long cruise, and remain. A northerly gale is blowing, accompanied by heavy rain.

29 Nov 1803 arrived off Brixham, Torbay, and remains.

30 Nov 1803 departed on her cruise in a "fine gale at NNE."

24 Dec 1803 departed Torbay.

5 Jan 1804 arrived Torbay from Portland Roads, sent a boat ashore to pick up mail and dispatches and departed on a cruise.

9 Jan 1804 lying off Berry Head, one of the ship's boats having gone in for orders, and was off as soon as the boat returned.

14 Jan 1804 has arrived in Torbay, her sails split to pieces, it blowing a heavy gale at SSW.

19 Jan 1804 departed Torbay for Plymouth.

25 Jan 1804 whilst proceeding up the English Channel came into Torbay concerned that the gale force winds might prevent her weathering Portland Bill, and push her into Lyme Bay, with only a lee shore.

27 Jan 1804 arrived Spithead after patrolling the Start for the last 15 weeks.

17 Feb 1804 departed Spithead to resume her station between the Isle of Wight and the Start, the Nemesis.

21 Mar 1804 arrived Plymouth from a cruise.

31 Mar 1804 arrived Torbay in the evening and departed for Weymouth.

14 Apr 1804 hove to outside Bury Head, Torbay, and sent a boat in shore for dispatches and then sailed.

22 Apr 1804 arrived Plymouth from a cruise.

24 Apr 1804 departed Plymouth on a cruise.

28 Apr 1804 departed Spithead on a cruise.

10 May 1804 arrived Spithead from Torbay.

Circa 12 May 1804 Lieut D Spence apptd to the Nemesis, vice Eyre.

13 May 1804 departed Spithead on a cruise off Torbay, the Nemesis, Capt Somerville.

26 May 1804 arrived Torbay the Nemesis with the Pheasant from a cruise.

30 May 1804 departed Torbay on a cruise.

7 Jun 1804 arrived Torbay with the Pheasant from a cruise.

10 Jun 1804 departed Torbay with the Pheasant on a cruise.

5 Jul 1804 arrived Torbay last evening, after the last post, the Nemesis, from a cruise, and departs this afternoon, across Lyme Bay, to Weymouth.

9 Aug 1804 arrived Torbay from a cruise.

22 Aug 1804 arrived Torbay from a cruise.

23 Aug 1804 departed Torbay on a cruise.

4 Sep 1804 arrived Spithead from a 4 months cruise.

18 Sep 1804 departed Spithead for Plymouth and from thence on a cruise.

20 Sep 1804 arrived Torbay.

11 Oct 1804 took shelter in Torbay, to escape the hurricane-like conditions blowing up and down the Channel.

20 Oct 1804 it is now 5 pm, and the wind going round to the NE by E got under weigh to continue cruising between Portland and Torbay.

26 Oct 1804 bore up for Torbay from a cruise having experienced bad gales.

3 Nov 1804 departed Torbay, the wind having gone around from the NW to a moderate NNE, but soon after the wind got round at about E by N., or ENE, and had blown all night, and continues to blow now a whole gale of wind, accompanied with a heavy sea.

10 Nov 1804 arrived Torbay from a cruise.

2 Dec 1804 departed Plymouth for her station between Torbay and Portland, the Nemesis, Capt Somerville.

12 Dec 1804 off Brixham.

20 Dec 1804 the Nemesis, left here to take charge of any of the remaining stores from the Venerable that might be recovered, was caught in a gale in Torbay, and apprehensions were entertained for her safety since she appeared to be labouring in the tremendous seas. It was later reported that she managed to make her mooring and is now safe and could hand over her duties to the frigate Blonde, although she was having problems too and had to cut away her main and mizen masts and had run into Goodrington Sands and the local fishermen were preparing to attempt to recover her crew if necessary.

24 Dec 1804 the Nemesis continues to ride out the storms in Torbay, having had her yards, top-masts, and everything that can possibly be struck, snug on deck, and that at a distance she looks more like a lugger. Yesterday the weather moderated a little, and there was every appearance that the gale might be over and she began to get up her yards and top masts, and her boat being able to come on shore, it was found that she had drove a little in the gale, having broke her sheet anchor off at the shank. An attempt was made to take on board the sheet anchor from the Blonde, but it came on to blow again and having got the anchor into a fishing sloop the state of the sea causing much pitching on board the boat, allowing the anchor to work loose, and it was decided to abandon the idea until the weather improved, and the top-masts &c. of the Nemesis were struck and lowered down on to her deck again, allowing her to ride more easily. The bad weather has effected to local shipping industry badly, especially in their craft.

8 Jan 1805 it is observed at Brixham that the last tremendous storms have now ended in a dead calm, and the Nemesis remains.

15 Jan 1805 the Nemesis remains in Torbay assisting with heaving off the Blonde frigate, as hopes are entertained of saving her.

5 Feb 1805 arrived Brixham this afternoon from Portsmouth the Eagle, 74, Capt Colby, to join the Channel Fleet, but it not being here she remains with the frigate Nemesis, and Alarm, revenue lugger.

22 Mar 1805 arrived Spithead from the Westward.

23 Apr 1805 arrived Spithead yesterday evening.

18 May 1805 departed Spithead with a convoy for the Westward.

20 May 1805 hove to a considerable distance off Berry Head, as the wind was towards the Southward, and sent her boat on shore, which tarried very little time, and the Nemesis was soon off with her convoy to Brest, with 600 tons of fresh water for the Fleet.

1 Jun 1805 arrived Falmouth with a convoy of victuallers from off Brest.

3 Jun 1804 departed Falmouth with her convoy of victuallers for Plymouth.

6 Jun 1805 departed Plymouth with a convoy to the Eastward.

8 Jun 1805 called briefly at Torbay, en route for Portsmouth.

8 Jun 1805 arrived Spithead with a convoy from Plymouth.

18 Jun 1805 departed Spithead on a cruise.

21 Jun 1805 arrived Spithead and departed with a convoy for Cork.

6 Jul 1805 arrived Torbay from Cork.

7 Jul 1805 departed Torbay on a cruise.

22 Jul 1810 Belvidera and Nemesis, close in-shore of Studtland, coast of Norway, the ships' boats captured two gun-schooners and destroyed another.

25 Oct 1811 arrived Plymouth Dock from off L'Orient.

23 Dec 1811 arrived Falmouth from Lisbon (19 Dec) with a convoy.

11 Oct 1812 arrived Spithead yesterday with dispatches, from the Mediterranean.

5 Nov 1812 Has received troops onboard and will depart Spithead tomorrow for Corunna.

6 Nov 1812 departed Spithead with a detachment of Marines.

17 Nov 1812 at Falmouth 3 transports, a part of the Nemesis's convoy, from which they parted a few days since, await another convoy.

29 Mar 1813 arrived Plymouth last week from Portsmouth to convey Marines to Canada.

20-25 Jun 1813 San-Domingo, Diadem, Mohawk and Nemesis a part of a squadron carrying troops anchored some distance off Craney island, with a view to carrying out operations ashore.

11-13 Jul 1813 a part of a squadron bringing troops to take Ocracoke, on the North-Carolina coast, during which the Atlas and the Anaconda, both letters of marque, were captured and subsequently taken into the Service, the Anaconda, by her own name, and the Atlas, by the name of St.-Lawrence.

14 Sep 1813, Nemesis, Capt. Hon. Maude, arrived Halifax, with the squadron from the Chesapeake.

1-2 Oct 1813 the Nemesis departed with the Fox, and Success, from Halifax, for Quebec, with the 2nd Battalion of Royal Marines.

24 Dec 1813 arrived Spithead from Bermuda.

2 Jan 1814 departed Spithead for the Downs.

3 Jan 1814 departed Spithead with American prisoners on board, for Gillingham-reach.

14 Feb 1814 arrived Spithead from the Eastward.