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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 36 (18-pounder )
Taken : 6 Feb 1800 ; Disposal date or year : 1819
BM : 1029 tons
Established complement : 284 men and boys
5-6 Feb 1800 chase and capture of the French 38-gun frigate Pallas, subsequently purchased into the Service as the Pique.
7 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived a trawler, Harper, master, who fell in with, two leagues S.E. of the Edystone, La Loire, 48, Capt. Newman, and Railleur, 18, Capt. Turquand. They had in company their prize, La Pallas, 44 guns and 350 men, taken only six hours after she left St. Maloes, after a well fought close and running action of two hours ; she is quite new, her first cruise, and was bound for Brest, and from thence for the Mauritius. Harper put a pilot on board La Pallas, as she was much disabled, her main-top-mast gone over the side, standing and running rigging and sails cut to ribbons, and scarcely a brace or bowline left. The wind blowing hard at E.S.E. Loire, Pallas, and Railleur bore away for Falmouth. Pallas taken into the service as Pique.
12 Feb 1800, Plymouth, letters from La Pallas, 44, Lt. Raynor (Prize Commander), dated Penzance the 8th inst., state her arrival in Gwavus Lake, totally dismasted. She was captured near the Seven Islands, between St. Maloes and Morlaix, after a close action of 2 hours. She lost 60 men killed and wounded.
3 Mar 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Pallas, 44, Lt. Rayner, prize master, from Mount's Bay. She went directly up Hamoaze. She is a beautiful new frigate ; her first cruise.
Circa 30 Jun 1800, Captain Young, late of the Ethalion (lost on the Saints, is appointed to La Pique, of 44 guns (late Pallas)
2 Sep 1800, Plymouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Cambridge flag ship, in Hamoaze, on John Barnet, one of the Mutineers of the Danae, Captain Lord Probey. Barnet was discovered in Mill prison on Sunday the 24th ult. the day previous to his marching for Stapleton prison with 400 other prisoners, by Lieut. Neville Lake, first of the Danae. Mr. Cleverton, at his request, with his usual promptitude, had the prison mustered in his presence; after going through the ranks, he fixed on Barnet as the man who steered the ship into Camaret Bay, and a principal ringleader in the mutiny : it was more than probable he would have escaped, as he is a Jersey man and speaks French fluently. He was taken in La Vengeur French privateer about 3 months since. The Court Martial sentenced him, after a fair and impartial trial, to be hanged at the yardarm of such ship as the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty shall appoint. 9 Sep this morning pursuant to Orders from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, the above unhappy man was conveyed on board La Pique, 38 guns. Captain Young, attended by all the boats of the fleet, manned and armed to witness the awful sight. The signal for punishment was flying from daybreak on board the Cambridge and Pique. At half past ten o'clock, the prisoner, accompanied by the Chaplain, proceeded along the gangway to the platform on the forecastle where the Provost Martial placed the rope round his neck. He then prayed fervently for some time ; after which the fatal gun fired, and he was instantly run up to the fore yard arm, a dreadful example to all Mutineers. After hanging one hour, his body was lowered into a shell, and conveyed to the Royal Naval Hospital for interment.
11 Sep 1800, in Hamoaze.
29 Sep 1800, Plymouth, went into the Sound Pique, 44. She is victualled for foreign service, and goes to Portsmouth to complete her complement of men.
30 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, arrived Pique, 38, and SeaGull, with the Howard transport under convoy from Plymouth.
7 Dec 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with the SeaHorse, Maidstone, Harpy, and the Chichester and Serapis, store-ships, with 317 sail of merchantmen under convoy, for Lisbon, Oporto, and the Mediterranean.
10 Dec 1800, Plymouth, passed by to Westward, the immense large convoys for Oporto, the Straits, Lisbon, and the West Indies, nearly 550 sail, under convoy of the Seahorse, 36, Maidstone 32, Alliance, 44, Chichester, 44, Serapis, 44, La Pique, 44, Harpy, 18, and Dromedary 34 ; a dead calm took them aback off the Edystone, and the whole horizon was covered with the floating commerce of Albion's proud Isles. The fog cleared off about noon, and presented with the setting sun, a spectacle from the high points of land, round this port, at once grand, picturesque, and interesting to every lover of his country's commerce and welfare. The wind sprung up at E S E and they went clean off the Dedman by day-break on the 11th.
8 Mar to 2 Sep 1801 Off the coast of Egypt.
5 Jun 1801 was chased by the French squadron bound for Egypt off Brindisi, but escaped with intelligence of the squadron's position.
Dec 1803 preparations made for an attack on the island of Curaçoa 31 Jan 1804 Dutch refused to surrender. Seamen and marines landed and operations continued until the 25 Mar., however, on the 23 Mar the Pique damaged her rudder and returned to Jamaica.
8 Feb 1805 captured the Spanish privateer Orquijo, corvette, 18 guns, 82 men, off the Havana.
May 1805 Jamaica Station.
17 Mar 1806 ship's boats captured the Spanish armed schooner Santa-Clara, of 1 gun and 28 men, on the Jamaica station.
26 Mar 1806 captured the French brig-corvettes Phaëton, and Voltigeur, which only 2 days previously had escaped from the Reindeer. These were new vessels, of about 320 tons each, and were commissioned as cruisers, having been renamed Mignonne and Musette.
1 Nov 1806 ship's boats cut out a Spanish copper-bottomed brig and destroyed a three-gun battery on shore.
2 Nov 1806 ship's launch drove on shore a French privateer and chased and captured another.
26 Oct 1811 arrived Deal from the Downs due to bad weather.
4 Nov 1811 departed Deal for Sheerness, to repair the damage she sustained in the late gales.
28 Nov 1811, Deal, Came down from the river and passed through for Portsmouth.
2 Jan 1812 arrived Deal from a cruise.
5 Jan 1812 departed Deal, on a cruise.
22 Jan 1812 arrived Portsmouth from the Downs.
3 Feb 1812, Portsmouth, will sail with the East India convoy tomorrow morning.
1 Mar 1812 departed Portsmouth, with the East India convoy.
9 Jul 1812 arrived Portsmouth with news from the Peninsula.
3 Aug 1812 departed Portsmouth, from Yarmouth Roads with the outward-bound convoy for Spain, Portugal &c.
24 Feb 1813 arrived Portsmouth with a convoy from Lisbon, with sick and wounded of the army.
23 Feb 1814 sighted the US frigate Constitution off the island of Zachee, but obeying Admiralty instructions, did not seek an engagement with large US frigates, and the US frigate not appearing interested, both vessels proceeded on their passages accordingly.
21 Jun 1814 captured a U.S. privateer schooner Hawke, 5 guns, 68 men.
22 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, from the West Indies, apparently with a convoy?
8 Aug 1814, departed Halifax, on a cruise.
23 Aug 1814, arrived Halifax, the American privateer Invincible Napoleon, 22 guns, and 60 men, detained by the Armide, Endymion, and Pique.
24 Aug 1815, Portsmouth, has been paid off.
5 Dec 1815, Plymouth, has completed her stores &c. and is ready for sea.
15 Jun 1816 remains Port Royal.
18 Mar 1817, Active departed Jamaica, with the Pique, and a small convoy, to Campeachy and Porto Bello, to protect them against insurgent privateers.
6 Dec 1817, arrived Port Royal, from Havana.
1 Jun 1818 departed Jamaica for St. Jago de Cuba and St. Domingo.
19 Oct 1818, departed Havannah, for England, with a large sum of specie on board.
12 Nov 1818, American ship Concord reports she spoke to Pique on this date at lat 27° 02' ; long 46° 19', bound from Jamaica, to England, 26 days from Havana, and politely treated ;-) which puts to rest claims that she had been lost !
25 Nov 1818 arrived Portsmouth, from Jamaica and the Havannah with specie.
28 Nov 1818 departed Portsmouth for Deptford to be paid off.