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Pompee / Pompée, 1793
Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 80
Taken : 1793 ; Disposal date or year : 1817
BM: 1901 tons

18 Dec 1793 Captured at Toulon

16 Jan 1799 arrived Spithead.

19 Mar 1799 at Spithead.

7 Apr 1799 Portsmouth, departed on a cruize in the Channel, but put back on the 9th to St, Helen's, owing to strong contrary winds and departed on the 13th with a fine breeze from the eastward.

25 Apr 1799 cruising off Brest.

8 Jun 1799 Plymouth, reports received here advise that 16 ships of the line and 4 frigates were detached by Lord Bridport for the Straits.

7 Jul 1799 joined the Mediterranean fleet off Minorca.

14 Aug 1799 looked into Brest to confirm the arrival of the joint Franco-Spanish fleet.

27 Nov 1799 Portsmouth, arrived the Prince, Superb, Pompee and Agamemnon, from the Channel Fleet.

1 Dec 1799 Portsmouth, arrived from Lord Bridport’s fleet.

Circa Feb 1800 W. Hillier, Esq., Purser of the Ardent, succeeds P. Wellsford in the Pompee.

8 Feb 1800 Portsmouth, this afternoon the following ships, under the command of Admiral Whitshed, went down to St. Helen's, viz. Temeraire, London, Pompee, Venerable, Ramilies, and Montague.

20 Feb 1800 Portsmouth, departed for Torbay : Temeraire, London, Pompee, Venerable, Hector, Ramilies, and Montagu.

22 Feb 1800 Plymouth, an express arrived from Torbay to the Victualling Office, to send over craft with beer to complete the following men of War arrived there, viz. Temeraire, London, Venerable, Hector, Ramillies, Pompee, and Montagu.

29 Mar 1800 Plymouth, arrived from off Brest.

11 Jun 1800 Plymouth, departed with the Russell, to join the fleet off Brest.

1 Aug 1800 Plymouth, arrived with the Royal Sovereign, from the fleet.

3 Aug 1800 Plymouth, the Resolution, Pompee, Defiance, and Bourdelois, departed for the Downs per Admiralty Orders.

12 Aug 1800 Plymouth, departed with the London, Mars, and Ajax, for the fleet.

30 Sep 1800 Plymouth, letters from the Caesar, 84, of 26th, state, that the Caesar, Pompee, Captain, Montague, Sinus, and Megaera, compose the in-shore flying squadron in Dauarnez Bay, near Brest, where, in the late heavy gales of wind at S. W. they lay as snug as in Torbay or Cawsand bay, without splitting a rope yarn.

23 Oct 1800 Deuarnez Bay, with the flying squadron off the Black Rocks, composing the ships of the line Caesar, Pompee, Canada, Defence, Edgar, Warrior, Defiance, and Nimrod cutter ; the weather was very fine.

7 Nov 1800 Plymouth, arrived from off the coast of France. In the gale of wind on the 2d inst. she was laid on her beam ends between Conquet and Ushant, but being a stiff ship she soon righted and bore away for Cawsand Bay to refit.

20 Nov 1800 Plymouth, departed to join the fleet, with the Magnificent, and Montagu.

14 Dec 1800 Plymouth, passed up the Channel for Torbay.

30 Jan 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from a cruise.

9 Feb 1801 departed Plymouth, with the Prince George, to join the Channel Fleet.

11 Feb 1801 the squadron described below parted company with the Channel Fleet, and stood to the S.W., with a fresh wind from the Eastward, with a view to tracking down Contre-amiral Ganteaume's squadron, which due, apparently to intelligence errors at the Admiralty, sent R.-Adm. Calder to the West Indies, which turned out to be a wild goose chase, Ganteaume being in the Mediterranean. The Squadron consisted of : the Prince of Wales, 98, R.-Adm. Sir R. Calder ; Pompée, 80 ; Juste, Spencer, Courageux, Montague, Cumberland, 74s ; Thames, and Magicienne, frigates ; Telegraph, brig.

13 Feb 1801 made Cape Ortegal ; captured and destroyed a Spanish brig, laden with wine.

15 Feb 1801 experienced an exceedingly violent storm, in which the Montague lost her main mast, and the Magicienne, and Telegraph, were separated from the squadron. The Montague rigged jury masts and made her way to the Tagus.

16 Feb 1801 before the Port of Ferrol.

18 Feb 1801 the remainder of the squadron assemble under Cape Finisterre, and proceed to the Southward.

19 Feb 1801 the Prince of Wales was reported to be off Lisbon with La Juste, Pompee, Courageux, Cumberland and Spencer, ships of the line, along with the frigates Diamond and Thames by the packet arriving from Falmouth. Whilst in the Tagus at Lisbon the packet Earl Gower, Capt Marston, the Montague, ship of the line, arrived under jury masts ; the Thames, Maidstone, and Seahorse with part of a convoy ; the Phaeton from a cruise ; and the schooner Netley to repair damaged masts.

19 Feb 1801 brought to off Lisbon ; saw the Montague at anchor there, under jury masts.

21 Feb 1801 proceeded to the Southward ; and the squadron was joined by the frigate Diamond.

22 Feb 1801 made Cape St Vincent ; no intelligence.

23 Feb 1801 stood to the S.W.

25 Feb 1801 detached the Thames towards Madeira.

26 Feb 1801 fell in with the outward-bound West India fleet, under convoy of the Topaze, frigate, and a sloop of war.

26 Feb 1801 the Prince of Wales, Adm. Sir R. Calder, with the Pompée, 80 ; La Juste, Courageux, Cumberland and Spencer, 74 ; and the frigates Diamond and Thames, 38, reported to be at Madeira, and did not anchor, but departed the following day for the Canaries, en route for Martinique.

27 Feb 1801 the squadron and convoy arrive at Madeira. The convoy anchor. Received here a few bullocks and some wine for the use of the squadron. Also, received some vague information of the enemy's squadron being at Teneriffe.

28 Feb 1801 set all sail towards Teneriffe.

1 Mar 1801 saw Teneriffe ; prepared the ships for battle and anchorage.

2 Mar 1801 the squadron plying to windward towards the Bay of Teneriffe, where a few small vessels only were found under the batteries.

3 Mar 1801 stood over to the Grand Canary.

4 Mar 1801 captured a Spanish brig laden with wheat.

5 Mar 1801 detached the Diamond to the Eastward, and prize with her.

6 Mar 1801 bore up to the West Indies.

19 Mar 1801 detached the Thames towards Barbadoes.

25 Mar 1801 brought to off Bridgetown, Barbadoes, without seeing one strange sail the whole outward passage. Called out the Thames per signal, and proceeded with the Squadron to the Northward.

26 Mar 1801 arrived and anchored in Cassa Navire Bay, Martinico.

29 Mar 1801 completed the squadron with provisions, wood and water. Weighed.

30 Mar 1801 before Dominique.

31 Mar 1801 before Montserrat.

1 Apr 1801 brought to before the Swedish Island of St Bartholomew. Saw the British flag flying on the garrison. The same at St Martin's.

2 Apr 1801 saluted R,-Adm. Duckworth, before the Danish town of Christianstadt, Santa Cruz, which with the Island of St Thomas, had been taken possession of a few days before, by a detachment of troops brought from Martinique in his squadron. Same evening departed company with R.-Adm. Duckworth's squadron, and bore up to the Westward.

3 Apr 1801 steering down the coast of Porto Rico.

4 Apr 1801 becalmed ; anchored in the White Grounds off Cape Roxa.

6 Apr 1801 plying through the Mona passage, fell in with the Thetis, and Bordelais ; supplied the latter with some provisions ; captured and destroyed a Spanish schooner. Finding the current setting strongly against the squadron bore up to the S.W.

7 Apr 1801 before the City of Hispaniola.

10 Apr 1801 before Jaquemel.

13 Apr 1801 arrived and anchored in Port Royal, Jamaica. Found here the squadron of V.-Adm. Hugh Seymour, consisting of 5 sail of the line and frigates. In entering Port Royal, the Spencer ran on one of the Knowles, but was hove off the same evening without damage. Found here also the Topaze.

18 Apr 1801 arrived the Magicienne (which parted in the storm off Cape Ortegal), with a prize corvette of 16 guns, which by mistake had attacked the Magicienne in the night. In this encounter the frigate lost 2 men, but the loss on the corvette was considerable. On entering the harbour the Magicienne ran aground and injured her copper.

19 Apr 1801 completed the squadron with provisions, &c. Supplied the squadron of Lord Seymour with several cables, boats, water casks, and volunteer marines. Also attached to his squadron the Cumberland and Magicienne ; the Thunderer being annexed to the squadron of Sir R. Calder, in want of repair. Prepared to sail, but the wind being unfavourable the squadron had one day's respite, being the first since they left England. Received here four days of fresh beef and some vegetables. Sailed the packet for England, with the Retribution frigate, formerly Hermione, to convey her through the Windward Passage. Also sailed four homeward bound merchant ships under convoy of the armed merchant ship Thetis.

21 Apr 1801 weighed and sailed, the Topaze in company with the squadron.

22 Apr 1801 off the east end of Jamaica, plying to windward.

23 Apr 1801 off the west end of St Domingo. Passed by 2 American frigates.

24 Apr 1801 came up with the packet and homeward bound ships, which sailed on the 19th.

25 Apr 1801 parted from them off Cape Nichola Mole. Parted company the Topaze.

27 Apr 1801 off Monte Christo.

28 Apr 1801 off Cape Sumana.

29 Apr 1801 made Porto Rico.

29 May 1801 arrived Spithead with dispatches from Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Calder, whom he left in the Prince of Wales, with the Pompee, Juste, Courageux, Spencer and Thunderer, to the north-ward of St. Domingo, on their passage home. The Cumberland, one of Sir Robert's squadron, was left in the West Indies, instead of the Thunderer, being so leaky, as to require her being sent home.

Circa 31 May 1801 - 1 Jun 1801 spoke with the Formidable in the Channel, which gave orders from the Admiralty to Sir Robert to join the Channel Fleet.

3 Jun 1801 arrived Cawsand Bay from Sir R. Calder's squadron, and his expedition to the West Indies.

10 Jun 1801 the men of war in Cawsand Bay have been this fine weather paying their yards, bends, tops, &c. and now setting up their rigging. Remain in Cawsand Bay the Princess Royal, Caesar, Namur, Spencer, Juste, Pompee.

15 Jun 1801 departed Plymouth Sound this evening at six o'clock, the squadron under Rear Admiral Sir James Saumarez, Bart, with the Caesar, Pompée, Spencer, Hannibal, Audacious, Thames, Paisley, of 16, and Plymouth lugger. They are victualled and stored for five months. Their orders are not to be opened till the squadron arrives in a certain latitude. Previous to the sailing of the above squadron twenty tons of vegetables and 2000 weight of fresh beef were conveyed on board by the gun-boats.

5 Jul 1801 departed from off Cadiz for Algeziras roads where, on the 6th, the squadron engaged a small French squadron protected shore batteries, during which severe action the Hannibal went aground and was lost to the Spanish and French : details of casualties sustained in the action.

5 Sep 1801 letters received at Plymouth from an officer of the Thames, dated 16 Aug., off Cadiz, state that Rear Admiral Sir J. Saumarez, Bart, with seven sail of the line, two frigates, and a sloop of war, having refitted at Gibraltar, sailed the 9th to block up Cadiz, and on the 10th ult. was joined by Commodore Tyler with 4 sail of the Baltic Fleet from Cork ; his fleet now consists of the following ships : Caesar, Warrior, Pompee, Spencer, Venerable, Superbe, Bellona, Defence, Russell, Audacious, Caroline, 44, Thames, 32, and Peterell, 18, all well equipped and in high spirits.

3 Nov 1801 arrived Spithead the Pompée, 80, from Admiral Sir Charles Pole's squadron off Cadiz.

6 Jan 1802 dropped down to St Helen's preparatory to departing for Plymouth.

7 Jan 1802 departed St Helen's the Pompee, 80, Captain Stirling, for Plymouth, to be paid off.

8 Jan 1802 arrived Plymouth Sound from Spithead, to be paid off, and has had her powder removed before going up into the harbour. By the Pompee is learnt, that Vice-Admiral Mitchell has shifted his flag from the Temeraire, 98, to the Theseus, 74, which is to be the flag-ship on the expedition. Orders came down this day to allow only two days fresh beef to the men of war in harbour per week, there being so great a quantity of salt provisions in store at the victualling office.

10 Jan 1802 went up into Hamoaze harbour to be paid off. She has been in constant service since 1794, when she was brought from Toulon.

8 Feb 1802 is reported to be stripping at Hamoaze.

10 Feb 1802 to be paid off this week and her crew discharged to shore.

13 Feb 1802 was paid off in Hamoaze.

Doubled and sheathed &c.from top of side down to eight strakes under the wale and strengthened with diagonal braces

2 Jun 1805 went into dock at Plymouth.

21 Apr - 12 Jul 1806 operations, with the Army, along the coast of Naples, in support of the Prince of Hesse.

23 May 1806 captured Ordnance Stores at Scalia.
24 Apr 1817 it was announced that copies of accounts of sale and proceeds' of the Ordnance Stores at Scalia were to be lodged in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty, on the 12 May 1817. Unfortunately though, for those entitled to the prize money from that time on things didn't seem to go as smoothly as they shoulda : the estate of the agent responsible for paying the prize money had gone bankrupt and therefore subsequent payments of the prize money were made in instalments, thus, presumably, not amounting to the full sum due.
25 March 1822 notice was given that distribution of the dividends received by the Treasurer of this Institution, from the estate of Messrs Lark and Woodhead, in the undermentioned prize cases, will commence on 10 Apr next. Whether any dividends were paid in the interim I know not, but the final dividend of 5¼d. in the pound due in this respect, didn't become due to be paid by the Examiner of Prize Accounts until 2 Jul 1850.

2 Feb-3 Mar 1807 With Sir John Duckworth on what some have described as his somewhat less than successful expedition to Constantinople. 2 Feb arrived at Malta from off Sicily to join Sir John Duckworth's squadron. 4th departed for the Archipelago, arriving off the off Tenedos on the 10th, where she joined the Canopus and her squadron. 11 Feb the squadron departed for Constantinople. 14th anchored off Cape Janizary, ships' boats used to attempt to rescue men from the burning Ajax. 19th steered for Constantinople. 2 Mar returned to the Mediterranean.

26 Jul 1807 departed as a part of a fleet of 38 vessels for Copenhagen and was present from 15 Aug - 20 Oct 1807 for the siege and bombardment of Copenhagen and capture of Danish Fleet by Adm. Gambier.

20 Oct 1808 captured the French brig-corvette Pilade.

30 Jan-24 Feb 1809 a part of a expedition under R.-adm Sir A Cochrane which arrived off Martinique with a view to taking the Island.

12-17 Apr 1809 a part of a British squadron, off the Saintes, West Indies, which chased a French squadron, and captured the French 74-gun d'Haupoult of 1871 tons, and, under the name of Abercromby, cruised for three or four years in the British service. 1 May 1835 a portion of the prize money resulting from this action due for payment : namely a dividend from the estate of the bankrupt agent Henry Abbott's : no doubt one of the many fraudsters who ripped off matelots in those days : officers and ratings being fair game.

15 Jan 1811 Went into Cawsand Bay.

18 Jan 1811 arrived Spithead.

30 Jan 1811 departed Spithead.

2 Mar 1811 Sent into Plymouth the American ship Canton.

24 Mar 1811 Came into Plymouth from Lisbon.

18 Apr 1811 departed Plymouth for Portsmouth.

21 Oct 1811 departed Plymouth for Portsmouth.

21 Oct 1811 arrived Spithead from Plymouth, and ordered to St. Helen's.

18 Feb 1812 is fitting at Spithead for Channel service.

9 Mar 1812 the Tonnant, Northumberland, Colossus, and Bulwark blockading Lorient, discovered the French squadron had escaped ; departed in search. French sighted by the Diana on the 9th and on the 10th, when she was joined by the Pompée and by Tremendous and Poictiers, but lost sight of the French in fog on the 11th.

28 Aug 1812 gives instructions to vessels waiting at Spithead for the convoy bound to Portugal and the Mediterranean.

6 Sep 1812 arrived off Falmouth with the outward-bound Portugal and Mediterranean convoys.

5 Nov 1813 arrived off Cape Sicie and was involved in a skirmish with a French squadron off Toulon.

30 Jul 1814 arrived Spithead from the Mediterranean.

11 Aug 1814 came into harbour Portsmouth.

18 Apr 1815 passed by Spithead for the Downs with troops from America.

6 Nov 1815 is returning her guns, and stores &c. at Sheerness, preparatory to her being paid off.

22 Jul 1850 Balance of Prize Monies due 1806 paid, following the bankruptcy of the agent appointed to make payment.