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Type: HEIC armed transport ; Armament 16
Circa 21 Nov 1803 with the threat of a French invasion the HEIC has voted 10,000 tons of shipping, as armed transports, for the protection of the coast of Great Britain, including the Perseus, 362 tons, 16 guns, but yet to be allocated to her station.
29 Aug 1804 departed the Downs the armed defence ships Perseus and Ranger, with the Princess Royal, Indefatigable, and Whitby, armed transports for off Boulogne.
6 Sep 1804 arrived in the Downs from Dungeness.
3 Jan 1805 remains in the Downs. Wind SSE.
21 Jan 1805 departed the Downs the Leopard, R.-Adm. Louis, store ship Abundance ; troop ship Trusty ; sloop Cockatrice ; armed ships Atlas, Perseus, and Ranger ; with a convoy of East Indiamen ; a large number of transports with the 18th or Royal Irish Regt onboard ; coasters and colliers, for Portsmouth.
N.B. Since some of these vessels have the same names as RN vessels I've included these HEIC vessels, where known, in an attempt to avoid confusion (me too! ie with the Chapman and Helder, if not more by the time I've finished?). The vessels listed in the newspapers of 21 Nov 1803 included the Norfolk, Chapman, Helder, Lord Forbes, Atlas, Paragon, Aurora, Triton, Lord Nelson, Indefatigable, Duckenfield, Sir Alexander Mitchell, Diadem, Albion, Perseus, Suffolk, Robert, Anacreon, Sceptre, Waller.