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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 36
Taken by the Nymphe, off the Start, 18 Jun 1793, late La Cleopatre ;
Disposal date or year : 1810
18 June 1793 Capture of French frigate Cléopatre, Captain Edward Pellew. The Cléopâtre was purchased by the British government; and, under the name of Oiseau (a Cleopatra being already in the service), became a cruising 36 of the 12-pounder class.
20 May 1797 Came into contact with two Spanish frigates off the Rio de la Plata, but withdrew on it becoming apparent they were a superior force.
8 Jul 1798 detained on the Cape of Good Hope station the Danish ship Angelique, from Madras and Tranquebar, to Manilla, with piece goods ; cargo belonging to American residents at Madras: under trial.
30 Aug 1798, detained on the Cape station the Danish ship Goede Hensigt, from Copenhagen, to Mauritius, with naval stores and sundries : under trial.
31 Aug 1798, detained French brig cut out by the ship’s boats in the river Noire, Isle of France : condemned.
31 Aug 1798, detained French brig cut out by the ship’s boats in the river Noire, Isle of France : and afterwards sent in with prisoners.
31 Aug 1798, detained on the Cape station a French sloop : sunk.
1 Sep 1798, detained on the Cape station the French brig Henrietta, from Bourbon, bound to Mauritius, with rice : condemned.
1 Sep 1798, detained on the Cape station the French brig Reunion, from Mauritius ; corvette, six guns, and 27 men : condemned.
21 Nov 1798 the L’Oiseau and Rattlesnake take the Spanish schooner Santa Rosa, from Buenos Ayres, bound to the Mauritius with 12,320 dollars, beef, pork, and flour ; arrived at the Cape the 23 Dec 1798.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. S. H. Linzee. On the East Indies station.
7 Feb 1799, Plymouth, letters from the Cape, of the 23d Nov, mention that the Stately, 64, and Oiseau, 36, had arrived from the Mauritius, where they had captured several rich prizes.
21 Apr 1799, ship's boats cut out 2 merchant vessels from St. Dennis, Isle of Bourbon.
8 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Proselyte, from Havre, having been relieved on that station by L'Oiseau.
20 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the L'Oiseau, from off Havre de Grace having been relieved by the Proselyte.
30 Oct 1800 Portsmouth a Court-Martial was held on board the Gladiator for the trial of John Brown, a seaman of the Oiseau, who was tried for having left his duty when on shore, and absented himself from the ship without leave ; and, being found guilty, was sentenced to forfeit three months pay for his services on board the said ship, and to be reprimanded and admonished to be careful of his conduct in future.
12 Nov 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Providence, John, Smuggling lugger, of Palperro, with 970 ankers of brandy, and three tons of tobacco, sent in by the Oiseau, 36, since restored, being taken out of the limits.
26-28 Jan 1801 chase and capture of the French 36-gun frigate Dédaigneuse, afterwards added to the British navy under the same name.
1 Feb 1801 detained the Swedish vessel Hoffnung, from Valentia, bound to Altona, laden with brandy, 260 tons burthen.
6 Feb 1800 Humphrey Gibson of the private ship Lord Nelson wrote that at three P.M. being between the Isle of Wight and Portland, a lugger hove in sight to leeward, with a large sail in chase of her ; conceiving I might cut her off, I instantly bore away in a direction for that purpose, and after a chase of four hours, had the good fortune to effect it, and being about to board her, she struck her colours. On taking possession of her I found her to be the Espoir lugger privateer, Monsieur Alegis Basset, commander, mounting 14 carriage guns, with 75 men, had sailed only two days before from Saint Maloes, and had taken nothing. The sail in chase proved to be his Majesty's frigate L'Oiseau, Lord Augustus Fitzroy, commander, which came up as we were exchanging prisoners. None killed or wounded. I have the honour to be, &c. &c. Humphrey Gibson.
May 1805 Plymouth in Ordinary
Plymouth 18 Sep 1816 Put up for sale at auction at £1800, was sold at £1500