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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38
Launched at Liverpool in 1782 ;
Disposal date or year : 1827
Tons (BM): 944.
Portsmouth 17 Jul 1785 Arrived from the Mediterranean.
Portsmouth 15 Sep 1785 Has gone out to Spithead.
Portsmouth 22 Sep 1785 Lord Keppel has arrived on board in preparation for a passage to the Mediterranean.
Portsmouth 27 Sep 1785 Sailed for the Mediterranean, with Lord Keppel.
March 1793 captured the French privateer Aimable Liberté in the Channel.
14 Apr 1793 Whilst with a squadron, en route for the Mediterranean, captured the San-Iago, a large Spanish galleon, under French colours and the French privateer General Dumourier, of 22 long 6-pounders and 196 men, an event which may have had some effect on the resulting war with Spain.
Jun 1793 Phaeton and Weazle captured the French privateers Poisson Volant and General Washington in the Channel.
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. 5 and 19 May looked into Brest Roads to see if the French Fleet was in harbour. 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. Review of the part performed by each British ship engaged. 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.
30 May 1795 a squadron under Vice-adm. Hon. Wm. Cornwallis sailed from Spithead on a cruise off Ushant. Brief meeting, on 8 Jun off Belle-Isle, of Vice-adm Cornwallis' squadron with French Squadron under Rear-admiral Vence, with a convoy, during which 8 merchant vessels were taken when the French squadron escaped into harbour.
16 Jun 1795 on returning off Belle-Isle Vice-adm. Cornwallis' squadron of 5 ships of the line and 3 frigates, including the Phaëton, Captain Hon. Robert Stopford, sighted a French Squadron of 12 ships of the line under the command of M. Villaret : on this occasion it was the turn of the British squadron to attempt to escape the advancing French fleet.
6 Mar 1797 captured the French privateer Actif in the Channel.
16 Sep 1797 Phaeton and others captured the French privateer Chasseur in the Channel.
24 Sep 1797 Phaeton and Unlté captured the French privateer Indian off the Roches Bonnes.
7 Oct 1797 Phaeton, Stag, and Unite captured the French privateer Découverte in the Channel.
28 Dec 1797 captured the French privateer Hazard in the Channel.
29 Dec 1797 parted from the Anson just prior to her re-capture of the Daphne, late British 20-gun ship ; or, as Captain Durham, imitating the French, describes a ship of only 429 tons, " late his majesty's frigate Daphne, mounting 30 guns." Nice to see Mr James had a sense of humour ;-)
1 Jan 1798 captured the French privateer Aventure in the Channel.
19 Feb 1798 Phaeton and others captured the French privateer Legere in the Channel.
22 Mar 1798 Canada, Anson, and Phaëton chase the French frigate Charente, which escaped capture.
29-30 Jun 1798 the frigates Jason, Mermaid, and Pique capture the French 40-gun frigate Seine for the loss of the latter, bilged on a sandbank and burnt. The timely arrival of the frigates Phaëton, San-Fiorenzo, Triton was sufficient to deter French frigates from Rochelle.
31 Aug 1798 Phaeton and Anson captured the French privateer Mercure near Bourdeaux.
7 Sep 1798 Phaëton and Anson chased and captured the French privateer, late national 32-gun frigate Flore.
8 Oct 1798 captured the French privateer Levrier in the Channel.
24 Nov 1798 captured the French brig privateer La Résolue, 18 guns and 70 men, returning from a cruise during which she had captured one English merchant ship, the General Wolfe, from Pool, bound to Newfoundland and an American sloop from Boston to Hamburgh ; which latter was recaptured by the Stag last night. The Phaeton having continued the chase after the privateer.
6 Dec 1798 Phaeton and Stag captured the French privateer Resource in the Channel.
13 Dec 1798 the Ambuscade, when in company with the Phaeton and Stag, captured the letter of marque brig Faucon, 200 tons, 46 days from Guadaloupe, bound to Bourdeaux, with sugar and coffee &c. Naval Chronicle p. 77 Vol. 1, 1799.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. Hon. R. Stopford. At Portsmouth, to repair.
15 Jan 1799, at Spithead.
19 Mar 1799, in harbour at Portsmouth, and ready to go out to Spithead.
10 Apr 1799, Plymouth, arrived the Bellona Prussian Brig from Lisbon for Hamburgh, with sugar, wool, cocoa, pepper, &c. detained by the Phaeton and Stag frigates.
Extract of a Letter from an Officer on board the Phaeton, at Sea, (May 11). Lat. 49.58. Long. 8°. 10. relative to the sailing of the Brest Fleet. "We are under a press of sail for Ireland, to join Lord Bridport, though we have at present received no new intelligence of either him, or the French. Our squadron is the Stag, Mermaid, and Clyde. Upon the first tidings we received of the French Fleet being out, we made sail for Ushant, to look for Lord Bridport, but not falling in with him, made the best of our way to Ireland, which we hope to reach to-morrow...... We spoke Rear-Admiral Whitshead on the night of the 7th, in the lat. of Ushant. He had four men of war with him." [It transpired that the French had gone south, to the Mediterranean!]
13 Jun 1799, Plymouth, arrived from off Brest.
19 Jun 1799, in Plymouth Sound.
3 Jul 1799, Plymouth, sailed the Melpomene, Phaeton, and Doris with several flat-bottomed boats, for the secret expedition fitting out at Portsmouth.
3 Jul 1799, Portsmouth, arrived from the westward,
3 Sep 1799, Portsmouth, sailed with Lord Elgin and his suite on board, for Constantinople.
16 Feb 1800 arrived off Malta shortly before the end of the blockade of that Island.
Apr-5 Jun 1800 blockade of Genoa and cutting out of the Prima galley.
29 Aug 1800 taken, on the Mediterranean station, the Spanish Schooner St. Raphael, laden with Cocoa, Sugar, Indigo, &c. from Oronooko bound to Cadiz.
30 Sep 1800 taken, on the Mediterranean station, the Swedish Brig Vigilant, laden with Deals, from Louisa bound to Seville.
27-28 Oct 1800 ship's boats capture Spanish national polacre-ship San-Josef.
28 Oct 1800, off Malaga.
May 1805 East Indies
2-3 Aug 1805 action between the Phaëton, and Harrier and the French 36-gun frigate Sémillante.
21 May 1811 arrived Penang, having sailed from Madras roads for the conquest of the Dutch island of Java with a convoy of troop ships, curca 24 Apr.
24 May 1811 Caroline and Phaëton sailed from Penang with their convoy, arriving Malacca 1 Jun, and were joined by the Illustrious : sailed for High Island, where they arrived 3 Jul.
3 Aug 1811 Illustrious arrived Chillingching, on the coast of Java and disembarked troops, having been joined by the frigates Modeste, and Bucephalus.
4 Aug 1811 detached with the Akbar, Bucephalus, and Sir-Francis-Drake to blockade the French frigates Nymphe and Méduse in Batavia road.
29 Aug 1811 Sir-Francis-Drake, Phaëton, and the sloop Dasher with the ships' boats and marines of the Hussar, capture the town and fort of Samanap, Madura, Java.
Deal 23 Jul 1812 Arrives with a convoy of East Indiamen, now sailed for the River.
Deal 26 Jul 1812 Sailed for the River.
Plymouth 2 Dec 1812 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 29 Jan 1816 Sailed for St Helen's.
St. Helena 4 Sep 1816 Anchored off Lemon Valley.
St. Helena 16 Oct 1816 Remains.
Cape of Good Hope 10 Jun 1819 Saiiled for St Helena and England.
Portsmouth 5 Sep 1819 Arrived from the East Indies, and has come into harbour to refit.
Portsmouth 26 Dec 1819 Will proceed shortly to the North American station.
Cowes 17 Apr 1820 Sailed for North America with a number of army officers as passengers.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based on Plymouth.
Plymouth Dock 24 Dec 1822 Sailed with the squadron under Commodore Sir E. Owen, K.C.B., thought to be bound for the West Indies.
Barbadoes 13 Feb 1823 Refitting in Carlisle-bay.
Havannah 5 May 1823 Sailed with the Sybille for three days, and then made sail for Jamaica.
Portsmouth 16 Jan 1824 Went out of harbour to Spithead, and is to be employed in the Channel.