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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38
Launched : 12 Apr 1812 ; Disposal date or year : 1875
BM: 1087 tons
Laid down as Nereide, but "Nereide" used for the "Vénus" taken 18 Sep 1810
10 Oct 1812 in latitude 41° north, longitude 65° west, sighted a US squadron.
13 Jan 1813, recaptured the brig Stag, captured by the American privateer Mars, whilst en route from Newfoundland to Madeira, with fish : manned and sent to Madeira.
1 Feb 1813, recaptured the ship Hebe, captured by the American privateer Dolphin, whilst en route from Smyrna to London, with a valuable cargo : the Hebe's captain was wounded whilst attempting to defend the ship.
1 Feb 1813, spoke the Ramillies, in company with the Acasta, Martin and Dotterell, the latter having been chased into Bermuda 4 days earlier.
23 Feb 1813, Nymphe, Captain Epworth, arrived Halifax, from a cruise.
31 Mar 1813 in company with the Hogue and Valiant, re-captured the brig Eliza, from St. Kitt's, laden with rum.
5 Apr 1813, arrived Halifax the brig Eliza, Rossignol, of Jersey, departed St. Kitts, for London, 3 Mar., was captured by an American privateer the 18th ult., and recaptured by the Valiant, when in company with the Hogue and Nymphe in lat. 40° 51' ; long. 70° 31'.
6 Apr 1813 burnt the American schooner Dispatch, in ballast.
7 Apr 1813 watering at Block Island with the Valiant, Hogue, Ramillies, Shannon and Orpheus. This day also captured the schooners Specie and Ruby, both laden with flour.
12 Apr 1813, in company with the Curlew, captured the sloop Mary-Ann-Caroline, with corn and turps.
17 Apr 1813, in company with the Hogue, captured the ship Ann, laden with timber.
19 Apr 1813, Halifax, arrived the schooner Specie, from Alexandria to Boston, prize to the Nymphe.
20 Apr 1813, in company with the Hogue, Rattler, and Curlew, captured the letter of marque brig Vivid, with an assorted cargo.
27 Apr 1813, arrived Halifax a prize to the Nymphe, Hogue, Rattler, and Curlew, the letter of marque brig Vivid.
28 Apr 1813, arrived Halifax a prize to the Hogue, Nymphe, and Curlew, a ship, name unknown.
5 May 1813 when in company with the Shannon, and Tenedos, captured, after a chase of 24 hours off Cape Clear the U.S. privateer brigantine Montgomery, 12 guns, 75 men, of Salem, returning after a cruise of 9 weeks.
5 May 1813 the Nymphe, Shannon, Tenedos, and Emulous captured the Schooner Ann, 142 tons, from New Orleans, bound to Bordeaux with cotton, which had been captured initially on the coast of France by an English privateer, was retaken by an American privateer, was taken again by the British blockading squadron, when she then lost her mast in a gale and was rescued by the Nymphe who took her in tow. 11 May 1813 with the Hogue in company, captured the American brig Diomede, Manila to Salem, fully laden, who knew nothing of the war.
12 May 1813 captured the American schooner privateer Juliana, Smith, of Boston, 3 guns, and 28 men, whilst in the process of taking a Spanish vessel, prize to the Spartan.
Halifax 16 May 1813 has arrived from a cruise of 56 days, with 188 prisoners on board ; the American privateer Montgomery, 14 ; the brig Diomede, of Boston, from Manilla ; the schooner Ann, from Boston, bound to Bourdeaux ; and the privateer Juliana.
29 Jun 1813 captured a U.S. privateer, the 12 gun schooner Thomas, with 80 men, off Nova Scotia.
6 Jul 1813 arrived Halifax with the Thomas.
22 Jul 1813 re-captured the schooner Providence, taken by the American privateer Polly, and sent to Halifax where she arrived on 28 Jul.
12 Aug 1813 the Nymphe and Curlew, captured the The Gennett. 14 Aug 1813 captured a US privateer, the 11 gun schooner Paragon with 20 men.
17 Aug 1813 the Nymphe and Curlew captured the sloop Endeavour. 7 Oct 1813, the Nymphe and Statira arrived Halifax, from a cruise.
1 Jan 1814 blockading Boston.
13 Mar 1814 departed Halifax on a cruise.
13 Apr 1814, arrived Halifax, N.S., from a cruise, but on catching sight of a suspicious looking schooner in the offing, perhaps standing for her, went in chase of the vessel, which on discovering her prey was a frigate, hauled her wind and stood off.
20 Apr 1814, arrived Halifax, N.S., from a cruise, having twice chased a privateer that engaged the transport Lord Somers last Sunday, safely arrived here with the Manly.
30 Apr 1814 departed Halifax for a cruise. It is interesting to note that the Rifleman was sailing about the same time with a convoy for Quebec, so presumably the Nymphe had gone out to discourage any American privateers, known to be lurking in the area, from picking off stragglers from the convoy. Since writing the last bit it may be of interest to note that the Manly handed over the chase of an American privateer, of 2 days, to the Nymphe not long after she left harbour.
Deal 23 May 1814 remains.
3 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the Portuguese brig Voador, sent in by the Nymphe.
8 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the ship Tallhattan, from Gottenberg for Boston, warned off by the Nymphe.
13 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, a Jrbacca boat, prize to the Nymphe.
7 Oct 1814, arrived Halifax, from Boston Bay.
Jamaica 12 Nov 1814 remains.
14 Dec 1814 distribution of head-money arising from the capture of American gun-boats and sundry bales of cotton, [per London Gazette of 26 Jun 1821].
Plymouth 16 Dec 1814 arrived from Ireland.
21 May 1815, arrived Halifax, from Jamaica.
Deal 25 Jun 1815 arrived from Portsmouth.
Deal 26 Jun 1815 Embarked French prisoners of war and sailed to Portsmouth.
1830 Portsmouth - rated as a 46.
Portsmouth 6 Jun 1835 it is reported that the Nymphe, used as a lazarette at Leith during the cholera epidemic, is to be moved to the River Thames where she is to be sold and broken up, however it would appear that she was subsequently used at Sheerness as a receiving ship.
1836 Harbour Service
20 Dec 1848 Receiving ship, Sheerness
1860 Receiving Hulk, Sheerness
1861-62 Roman Catholic Chapel, and Harbour Police Vessel, Sheerness, per Parliamentary estimates etc.
1871 Renamed Handy