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Type: Sloop, late Fireship ; Armament 18
Launched : 27 Mar 1807 ; Disposal date or year : 1852
BM: 432 tons
7 Jul 1809 ships' boats of the Implacable, Bellerophon, Melpomène, and Prometheus capture 6 Russian gun-boats, and sink another : take 12 merchant vessels laden with powder and provisions for the Russian army, and burn another.
25 Jul 1809 ships' boats of the Princess-Caroline, Minotaur, Cerberus, and Prometheus attack four Russian gun-boats and an armed brig lying at Fredericksham, near Apso roads, in the gulf of Finland, which were captured and brought off - at a price.
Deal 18 Jan 1810 Arrived from the Baltic.
2 Aug 1810 destroyed the French privateer Messilina near Pillau.
Portsmouth 15 Feb 1811 Prepares to sail for the Mediterranean.
Torbay 23 Feb 1811 Arrived last evening with a convoy of transports.
Portsmouth 11 Apr 1811 Arrived with dispatches from Gibraltar : is under quarantine.
Portsmouth 30 Apr 1811 Sails with convoy to the West Indies.
10 Jan 1812 having attempted by gunnery to overcome a large privateer schooner, Vengeur, 12 guns, and 88 men, which had been causing problems on the coast, which had retreated further into the reefs off Cape Catouche returned to Belize, and departed again with a small turtling schooner, the San Josef, armed with a carronade, the Prometheus being unable to proceed within the reefs. On arrival off the reef the San Josef departed with 17 men under the command of Lieutenant Ramsay, whilst the ship's boats were supposed to join the San Josef amongst the reefs, arriving by a different route, to prevent the escape of the Vengeur. However, before the boats could be sent the Prometheus was blown off the land, and the officers and men on board the San Josef decided, having waited in vain a day or so for the ship's boats, to make an unassisted attempt to capture the Vengeur, which had more than enough notice to prepare for the attack, and thus when the attack was made by the officers and 17 crew members, against the far larger crew, Lieut. Ramsay and 4 men were killed, and 4 severely wounded, the survivors soon being overpowered. The survivors and wounded were put ashore at Kay Mahair and rescued by the Prometheus four days later, whilst the San Josef was scuttled by the Vengeur's men. Naval Chronicle p. 498-99 Vol. 38, 1817.
Portsmouth 3 Jul 1812 Is appointed convoy to North America.
Plymouth 1 Nov 1812 A number of vessel's from her convoy have put back into port.
Falmouth 27 Feb 1813 Arrived from a cruise.
Portsmouth 17 Aug 1813 Sailed on a cruise.
Plymouth 20 Dec 1813 Reported to be wintering at Newfoundland.
3 Mar 1814 captured the Lizard privateer, of Salem, 2 guns, a few leagues SW of Sambro Light.
8 Mar 1814 arrived Halifax with the Lizard.
23 May 1814, is reputed to have fallen in with the US privateer Diomede, 3, and exchanged a few shots before the privateer made good her escape, according to the Acadian Recorder 4 June 1814. Although, taking into account that the Diomede was eventually captured, a few days later, by the Rifleman on 28 May, in fog, one wonders if the same conditions may have allowed her to escape ?
21 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the US letter of marque schooner Gov. Shelby, from New Tork, to Amsterdam, captured by the Narcissus and Prometheus, from Newfoundland.
2 Sep 1814 departed St. John's, Newfoundland, with a convoy to Corunna (arrived 18 Oct).
Portsmouth 9 Nov 1814 Arrived from Newfoundland, last from Lisbon.
Portsmouth 17 Nov 1814 Came into harbour.
Circa 3 Nov 1815, whilst sailing up the Bristol Channel to Bristol, to recruit seamen, went aground on the sands near Denny, in Kingroad, supposedly due to pilot's error, resulting in the loss of 5 of her crew by drowning. Having thrown her guns overboard and lost three of her boats eventually managed to get off the sands.
Portsmouth 7 Jan 1816 Arrived from Plymouth.
Plymouth 11 Jul 1816 Sailed with dispatches for Rear Adm. Penrose at Malta.
16 Aug 1816 Prometheus joined the fleet 200 miles off Algiers, having on board the wife, daughter, and infant-child of the British consul, Mr. M'Donell, but the crews of two of the Prometheus's boats were detained, as was the consul. See also p. 226 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
Medals granted to surviving officers, seamen and marines (and soldiers who served as marines) per order of 7th June, 1848
3 Sep 1816 the Prometheus had arrived at Algiers prior to the departure of Lord Exmouth and the fleet to assist the consul &c..
Plymouth 13 Oct 1816 Arrived from the Algiers (20 Sep) and put under quarantine.
Plymouth 15 Oct 1816 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Circa 1 Jan 1817, at Portsmouth. The peace establishment/complement reduced to 100.
Portsmouth 31 Aug 1817 At Spithead.
Portsmouth 29 Sep 1817 Is reported to have been in danger of being swamped in Portland Race last Tuesday evening, when her stern and quarter boats were torn from the davits by the violence of the sea.
Portsmouth 18 Nov 1817 Arrived from a cruise.
Portsmouth 19 Jan 1818 Sailed on a cruise.
Portsmouth 8 Aug 1818 Arrived from a cruise.
Portsmouth 9 Aug 1818 Arrived from a 2 month cruise and exercises in the Channel.
1819 Harbour Service
1830 Receiving Ship at Portsmouth
1839 Prometheus renamed Veteran
20 Dec 1848 Receiving Ship, Portsmouth