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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38 (12-pounder 32-gun (1796))
Launched at Sheerness in 1759 ;
Disposal date or year : 1814
Tons (BM) : 679
14 Jul 1793 sailed with the Channel fleet from St. Helen's. On the 18th to the west of the Scilly Isles and subsequent manoeuvres.
31 Jul 1793 briefly sighted, but was unable to close the French fleet ; returned to Torbay on 10 Aug.
23 Aug 1793 the Channel Fleet sailed to escort the Newfoundland trade, West Indian convoys in home waters.
27 Oct 1793 sailed in search of the French fleet and squadrons. 18 Nov brief skirmish with a French squadron : by mid-December the fleet had returned to Spithead.
2 May - 1 Jun 1794 Departure of the Channel Fleet from St. Helen's, and the lead up to actions and manoeuvres with the French fleet. 25 May sent in chase of strange vessels sighted by the fleet, which turned out to be the French 20-gun ship-corvette Républicaine, and 16-gun brig Inconnue, which were burnt. 29 May - 1 Jun., what was to be known as the Battle of the Glorious 1st June commences, resulting in the capture of six sail of the line and one sunk. 13 Jun, the fleet arrived back in home ports.
14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet sailed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.
9 May 1795 the frigates Melampus, Diamond, Hébé, Niger, Captain Edward James Foote, and Syren captured a valuable convoy off the coast of France.
27 Apr 1796 destruction of the French national lugger Ecureuil, off the Penmarcks by the boats of the frigate Niger, Captain Edward James Foot, following a chase.
29 Oct 1796 Vice-admiral Colpoys in the Niger frigate, joined the squadron off Brest, and exchanged ships with Rear admiral Thompson ; leaving the vice-admiral with ten sail of the line, in the London.
6 Feb 1797 having been detached from the Channel fleet joined Sir John Jervis's squadron off Cape St.-Vincent.
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.
25 Dec 1797 captured the French privateer Delphine.
4 May 1798 the rescue of Captain Sir Sidney Smith and others by the Arethusa, Niger and Argo from off off the mouth of the river Seine.
1 Jan 1799, at Deptford, to repair.
19 Dec 1799, Portsmouth, sailed with the Sensible and Ceres with Russian troops, for Guernsey.
20 Feb 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with the Ceres, for Guernsey.
5 Mar 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Niger, 32, armed en flute, Captain Lamour, with the Severn, Scorpion, and Serpent.
24 Apr 1800 Previous to striking his flag on 24 Apr 1800 Lord Bridport promoted Lieutenant Hillier of the Excellent, Commander, and appointed him to the Niger.
25 Apr 1800, sailed with the Inflexible, Stately, Wassenaer, Alkmaar, Charon, Expedition, Hebe, Pallas, Romulus, Sensible, Resource, and Vestal, with troops ; with sealed orders.
3 Sep 1800 ships' boats capture two armed Spanish ships.
22 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, arrived with the Emerald, from the Mediterranean;
3 Dec 1800, Portsmouth, sailed for Gibraltar.
2 Mar 1801 landing seamen, artillery etc. from the squadron in Aboukir bay, where the French were already in a position. These vessels were anchored in a position where they could support the landings with their guns and mortars.
19 Jul 1804 following the receipt of supplies from England the fleet sailed for the gulf of Palma, leaving the Belleisle, Fisgard, Niger and Acheron to watch Toulon. 5 Aug returned, having been driven away by gales.
Circa 1 Oct 1805 the arrival of the additional frigates Naiad, Phoebe, Sirius, Juno, and Niger off Cadiz allowed Nelson to detach them to disrupt local shipping supplying provisions for the joint fleet in Cadiz.
2 May 1806 captured the Spanish government schooner El Virgin del Carmen, commanded by Lieutenant Luis Navaretta, bound from Algeziras to La Guira, with dispatches, which were thrown overboard in the chase. She is coppered, and pierced for 12 guns, but at present has only Four Swivels on board and small arms for her crew of 21.
1810 Prison ship.
1813 Renamed Negro.