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Type: transport (Apr 1805) / late HEIC armed transport / late HEIC armed defence ship (1804) ; Armament 16
Hired : 1804 ;
Disposal date or year : 14 Apr 1805
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. 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 / Walker.
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.
8 Feb 1805 arrived in the Downs from Spithead.
14 Apr 1805 the commanders of the Armed Defence Ships lying in the Downs, except the Osbourn, and the Royalist, have struck their pendants, and left their ships, which now become transports.
15 Apr 1805 departed the Downs the transports under convoy of the Prospero, for Portsmouth.
17 Apr 1805 arrived Spithead in a convoy, from the Downs.