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Nereide, 1797
Type: 5th rate ; Armament 36 (12-pounder)
Taken from the French by the Phoebe, off the Scilly Isles, 22 Dec 1797.
Disposal date or year : 3 Dec 1810
Displacement : 892 tons (BM)
Complement : 251 men and boys
Notes:

20 Dec 1797 Phœbe captured the French 36-gun frigate Néréide, which was purchased for the navy under the same name.

29 Dec 1798 docked at Plymouth.

1 Jan 1799 rebuilding at Plymouth.

27 Mar 1799 Plymouth, in Hamoaze, fitting for sea.

30 Mar 1799 Plymouth, Lieutenant Ellison, late of the Melampus, put Nereide, 36 guns, Captain Watkins, into commission.

19 Apr 1799 Plymouth, fitting for sea in Hamoaze.

7 May 1799 in Hamoaze.

18 Jul 1799 Plymouth, departed for Portsmouth.

21 Jul 1799 Plymouth, in consequence of orders from the Admiralty, the Melpomene, Proselyte, Unicorn, Pomone, and Nereide frigates departed for Cork and Waterford, to take in troops for the Downs.

26 Jul 1799 Plymouth, arrived from Waterford the Nereide, 30, with part of the 29th regiment on board from Waterford for the Downs. She parted company in the Channel with the Melpomene and Proselyte, with the remainder of the 29th regiment on board, in the evening the Nereide departed for the Downs, and the latter frigates passed this port.

25 Sep 1799 Plymouth, arrived from the Downs;

5 Oct 1799 Plymouth, last night as Captain Watkins of the Nereide, was crossing the Five Fields he was attacked by two footpads and a large dog : Capt. W. drew his sabre and cut the footpads over the arm, when they set a large mastiff at him, which Capt. W. soon killed ; the fellows made off.

3 Dec 1799 Plymouth, arrived from Falmouth.

10 Dec 1799 Plymouth, departed on a two month cruise to the westward with the Loire.

6 Jan 1800 Plymouth, arrived from the fleet with the Windsor Castle, Terrible, Prince Frederick, and Beaulieu.

1 Mar 1800 captured the French privateer Vengeance, repeatedly chased, but from her superior sailing escaped, however, on this occasion she carried away her jib-boom.

2 Mar 1800 re-captured the American ship Perseverance, of Baltimore, with a cargo valued at £30,000.

5 Mar 1800 Plymouth, arrived La Vengeance French privateer, 18, and 174 men, taken the 2d instant, in the Bay, by the Nereide after a long chase.

7 Mar 1800 Plymouth Sound, arrived Nereide from a cruise : also the American ship Perseverance, J. Norman, master, from Baltimore, bound to London, laden with tobacco, sugar, coffee, &c. captured by the Mars French privateer, 22 guns, and 150 men, and retaken the 3d instant off Ushant, by the Nereide, 36 guns, Capt. Watkins.

16 Mar 1800 Plymouth, departed to join the Repulse, 64 guns, and Agamemnon, 64, cruising off the Penmarks, Nereide, and the Suwarrow, armed schooner.

3 Apr 1800 Plymouth, arrived from a cruise.

27 Apr 1800 Plymouth, arrived with empty victuallers, from Torbay.

29 Apr 1800 Plymouth, ordered to victual for foreign service.

7 May 1800 Plymouth, departed for Cork, to take the West India convoy for Martinico.

13 Sep 1800 capitulation of Amsterdam, island of Curaçoa.

23 Sep 1800 captured a French privateer, name unknown, at the surrender of Curacoa.

24 Nov 1800 Plymouth, came in from Curacao, after a passage of 6 weeks, the Wilmington, a schooner, Lt Paul, with dispatches for the Admiralty, from Captain Watkins, of La Nereide, 36, dated Curacoa, containing the official account of that island and its dependencies, with 44 sail of merchantmen, richly laden, for Europe, having surrendered to La Nereide alone ; Lt Paul set off express for London.

Circa 1 Dec 1800 Lieutenant Paul, who brought the dispatches from Captain Watkin, of the Nereide, from Curacoa, is promoted to the rank of a Commander.

3 Feb 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from Curacoa, Captain Watkins, late of La Nereide. He left the island well and healthy.

30 Mar 1801 the Sans Pareil, 80 ; Carnatic, Thunderer, 74s ; York, 64 ; Abergavenny, 54 ; Apollo, 36 ; Nereide, 36, Capt Watkins ; Retribution, 32 ; Bonetta, 18 ; Merlin, Albicore, 16s ; were at Port Royal, Jamaica, when the Falmouth packet Lady Francis arrived from Martinique.

4 Sep 1802 came into Plymouth Sound after a passage of six weeks from Jamaica the Sanspareil, 84, Captain Essington ; Southampton, 32, Capt Cole ; Arab, 24, Capt Fanshawe ; and Reynard, 24, Captain Adlam (acting). They spoke the Tigre, 84, Captain Jackson, from Malta, bound up channel, all well. As the Nereide, 36, Captain R. Mends, and Plover, 18, sailed about the same time, these ships may be hourly expected.

7 Sep 1802 came in to Plymouth Sound the Hunter, 18, from Jamaica, being disabled in the gale of wind on Friday, in company with the Nereide, 36, Captain R. Mends, also from Jamaica, being in company, took out her dispatches, but owing to a thick fog, she did not arrive till late last night.

13 Sep 1802 went up to the harbour to be stripped and paid off.

18 Sep 1802 the following ships were paid off at Plymouth and laid up in ordinary in the course of last week Sans Pareil, 84, Spencer, 74, Nereide, 36, Arab, 20, and Plover, 16.

Circa 9 Apr 1804 the Nereide is ordered to be commissioned for service along the coast, in the region of Mount's Bay, where French privateers have been taking English ships, and the Plover off Land's End, where the French privateer Hirondelle has been taking English merchant coastal shipping without any opposition. Similarly, the 18 gun vessels Nimrod, Hazard, Seagull, and cutter Viper, 12, are to cruise from Land's End to Mount's Bay.

May 1805 Plymouth in Ordinary

25 Nov 1806 captured the Spanish privateer Il Brilliante, lugger, 4 guns, 50 men.

Cape of Good Hope 21 Feb 1809 departed with the Harrier and Racehorse to cruise off the islands of Mauritius and Bourbon.

15 - 18 March 1809 extract from the log during convoy duties in the Indian Ocean, when overtaken by a hurricane.

16 Sep 1809 a part of a squadron which landed troops and a naval unit on the Isle Bourbon on the 21st to disable the shore batteries so that an attack may be made on shipping in St.-Paul, resulting in stores and batteries etc. being destroyed, the recovery of 2 captured East Indiamen, and capture of a French frigate, Caroline (renamed Bourbonaise), the brig Grappler, and other vessels.

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.

circa 24 Apr 1810 detached to cruise off the south-east coast of the Isle of France.

30 Apr 1810 discovered a large merchant ship lying at anchor at Jacolet, and with the ship's boats it was decided to cut the vessel out, which was achieved, having overcome a number of hurdles.

May 1810 off Port-Louis.

15 Jun 1810 Boadicea and Néréide watered on Isle Platte, or Flat island. Captain Willoughby injured in an accident. The two ships then departed for the island of Rodriguez, arriving on the 24th, to collect a convoy of troop transports for the invasion of the Isle of France.

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.

20 Jul 1810 arrival of a French Squadron off the Isle de la Passe, and mutual greetings exchanged.

10-20 Aug 1810 expeditions to capture of the Isle de la Passe.

23 Aug 1810 Captured by a French Squadron in the harbour of Grand-Port and the Magicienne and Sirius went aground and were burnt.

3 Dec 1810 capture of the Isle of France. In Port-Louis were the French frigates Bellone, under the name of Junon, and the Astrée, under that of Pomone, which were purchased for the use of the British navy. The Iphigenia was restored to her rank among the 18-pounder 36s ; but the battered Néréide was in too bad a state and was sold to be broken up.


Copy of the Log of HMS NEREIDE – in Civil Time.
Hour K. F. Courses Winds Remarks
Wed 15 Mar 1809
A.M.          
1 5 6 NE SSW A.M. Moderate breeze and cloudy.
2 5 6      
3 6 0   S by E Varying to the eastward.
4 6 4     At daylight, moderate breezes and fine weather.
5 6 6    
6 7 2   SE Set fore lower-studding-sails
7 7 6      
8 4
4
0
2
NE ½ N   Set the fore-topmast and top-gallant-studding-sails
9 8 2     Wind freshening ; down flying jib.
10 9 2 NE   In studding sails and top-gallant-sails.
11 9 2     Lat 27° 35’ S, long 55° 30’ E.
12 9 2     Isle of Bourbon, bearing N 4° E, 370 miles.
P.M.          
1 10 0 NE SSW P.M. Fresh gales and clear weather ; in second reef on the topsails.
2 10 2    
3 10 2      
4 10 0     Down fore-topmast-staysail ; close reefed main-topsail ; down top-gallant-yards ; the same weather.
5 8 6    
6 10 0    
7 10 0      
8 10 0     Strong gales and hazy weather.
9 9 6      
10 9 6 NE SSW Fresh gales, with lightning ; furled the mainsail.
11 9 6     Bent and set the main-staysail.
12 10 2     Midnight. Strong gales and dark gloomy weather, and a heavy sea on.
Thurs 16 Mar 1809
A.M.          
1 9 0 NE SSW A.M. Handed the fore and top main top-sails ; up foresail and furled it ; bent the trysail.
2 7 4    
3 6 0    
4 5 2   SE At 4, strong gales and cloudy weather, with rain.
5 3 6     Strong gales ; carried away the main-staysail sheet and split the sail.
6 0 0 up NE by E off NNE   Strong gales, with heavy sea ; ship labouring very much ; a black boy fell over and was drowned.
7  
8  
9 0 0 up NE off N by E    
10    
11 0 0 up NE by N off N SE by E
Southerly
Variable
11.40 Gale still increasing to a hurricane ; put the helm up, but found she would not fall off ; loosened the foresail, which blew out of the boltrope ; righted the helm ; tried her again, with no better success ; the gale violently increasing, found it necessary for the safety of the ship to cut away the mizen-mast.
11.45 Cut it away, still she would not go off ; the main top-mast blew over the side.
11.55 Cut away the mainmast, when she veered towards the wind.
At 12 ditto weather.
No observations.
12
P.M.          
1 11 4 W E P.M. Heavy gales and squally ; lost, in cutting away the masts, spanker and mizen-topsail, with all the standing and running rigging ; mainsail, main top-sail, with standing and running rigging.
1.30 Cut away the fore-topmast to preserve the foremast ; saved the topsail, with part of the standing and running rigging ; foresail splitting, saved 50 yards of canvas, with the boltrope ; lost a cutter from the quarter.
3 5 2     At 3, wind veered to W.
4 3 2 ESE WNW At 4, heavy squalls ; got the foresail ready for bringing-to the yard ; ditto gales ; employed securing foremast and foreyard.
5 11 4    
6 11 0 SE by S  
7 10 0      
8 10 0 SSE   At 8 heavy squalls, with constant rain.
9 11 0 SE    
10 10 0 SE by E NW  
11 10 0 SE NW by W  
12 11 4   NW At 12, sea running extremely high pooped us, and stove in the dead-lights ; employed securing ditto.
Fri 17 Mar 1809
A.M.
1 11 4 S by E N by W Heavy gales and squally.
2 11 4      
3 11 4 SSE NNW  
4 11 0     Ditto weather.
5 9 0      
6 10 0     Ditto ditto.
7 10 0      
8 9 0     More moderate ; bent the foresail.
9 9 4 SE by S NW b N Ditto weather ; people variously employed clearing the wreck.
10 9 5 SE NW
11 8 4      
12 9 0     Ditto weather.
No observation.
P.M.          
1 7 0 SE b E ½ E NW b W Fresh gales and cloudy weather ; bent and set foresail and fore-topmast-staysail.
2 6 0 SE by E   Hauled the wind on the starboard tack.
  2 0      
3 2 0 SW by S NW Ditto weather.
4 3 4 SSW ½ W   4.30 Down topmast-staysail.
5 3 0 SSW WSW  
6 2 4 S by W    
7 2 0 N by E    
8 2 4     Fresh breezes and cloudy ; wore ship.
9 2 4   NW b W More moderate, with a heavy swell.
10 2 2      
11 2 4      
12 2 2 N   Moderate and cloudy weather.
Sat 18 Mar 1809
A.M.          
1     N by W Variable  
2     NW SW b W  
3          
4     NW b W SW Fresh breezes and cloudy weather.
5         Ditto weather, with rain at intervals ; got up a pair of sheers ; set maintop-gallantsail on it.
6     WNW  
7        
8         Ditto weather ; made all possible sail ; cut the stump of the mast up.
9          
10          
11          
12         Ditto weather.
Lat 26° 46’ S, long 58° 16’ E.
Juan de Lisboa, bearing N 85° 30’ W, 155 miles.
         
P.M.          
1     W by N S by W Fresh breezes and cloudy ; down mizen.
2          
3          
4         Ditto weather.
5          
6         Fresh breezes and cloudy ; down mizen.
7          
8         Ditto ditto.
9         Moderate and cloudy.
10          
11          
12         Ditto ditto.
Signed Corbett, Captain