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Queen Charlotte, 1810
Type: 1st rate ; Armament 104
Launched : 17 May 1810 ; Disposal date or year : 1892
BM: 2311 tons ; Displacement: 3994 tons
Portsmouth 10 Jun 1811 departed for Plymouth.
Plymouth 3 Sep 1811 Went into dock for survey.
Falmouth 4 May 1813 arrived from Lisbon, 15 days.
Plymouth 6 Jun 1813 departed from Cawsand Bay to blockade Brest.
30 Aug 1813 Queen-Charlotte a part of the blockading squadron off Brest.
Plymouth 27 Dec 1813 departed for off Best.
Plymouth 15 Feb 1814 departed for off Brest.
Plymouth 8 Apr 1814 departed to the westward.
Plymouth 20 Jul 1814 arrived from Bourdeaux with the 43d regiment of infantry.
Plymouth 26 Jul 1814 departed for Portsmouth.
Deal 4 Aug 1814 arrived from the westward, and proceeding to the River.
Portsmouth 16 Aug 1815 Came into harbour : to be paid off.
Portsmouth 1 Sep 1815 Guardship and flag ship for Lord Exmouth.
Portsmouth 19 May 1816 Has been taken out of dock.
Plymouth 11 Jul 1816 Went out of harbour.
28 Jul 1816 departed as a part of a fleet of 19 vessels from Plymouth Sound, for Gibraltar and the bay of Algiers.
9 Aug 1816 the fleet arrived at Gibraltar, where it joined the Dutch squadron, which had arrived the previous evening, and which, it was agreed, would join the expedition. Whilst at Gibraltar the fleet was victualled and preparations made for the forthcoming battle.
13 Aug 1816 the Satellite arrived at Gibraltar, from Algiers, with intelligence of the fortifications &c.
14 Aug 1816 Jasper sent to England with despatches.
27 Aug 1816 circa 1400 hours, no reply having been received to Lord Exmouth's demands, the ships of the fleet took up their stations and the Battle of Algiers commenced, ceasing about 2200 hours. Account of casualties. Account of powder and shot expended. Conferences &c. held with the Dey following the battle regards the demands of the allies and settlements made : honours and awards. See also p. 226 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
3 Sep 1816 the fleet departed from Algiers for Gibraltar and England.
Medals granted to surviving officers, seamen and marines (and soldiers who served as marines) per order of 7th June, 1848
Portsmouth 6 Oct 1816 arrived from Algiers.
Circa 1 Jan 1817, flag ship at Portsmouth. The peace establishment/complement reduced to 360.
Portsmouth 9 Aug 1818 Is to be 1 of three guard-ship here for the next three years.
21 Apr 1822 William Lewis, 33, of Wyke Regis, smuggler, was killed by a shot from HM ship Pigmy. Source: MI.
3 Jun 1822 on Monday se'nnight a court martial assembled on board the Queen Charlotte to try Lieut Hills, of His Majesty's vessel Pigmy, schooner, for having caused the death of William Lewis, a man belonging to the sloop Active, of Weymouth ; when it appeared from the evidence, that on the 21st April, the Pigmy being about 3 leagues to the southward of Portland, she fell in with a sloop steering for the land ; musquetry was fired to bring her to, which was not noticed by the sloop, which endeavoured to escape, and appeared to be throwing supposed contraband cargo overboard ; a firing was kept up for about 20 minutes, when she shortened sail, and on a boat boarding her from the Pigmy, the said Lewis was discovered to have been wounded, and was taken ashore off Weymouth, where he is said to have died 3 days later. The Court decided that Lieut Hills was perfectly justified in his conduct upon that occasion, and pronounced him to be fully acquitted. The President at the conclusion of the trial informed Lt Hills that he had the pleasure to return his sword unstained, and observed that as the laws of our country are administered with justice and mercy, so they require to be adopted with firmness and vigour. I don't think it should be forgotten that during this period it wasn't unusual for the smugglers to open fire against Revenue cutters, and to attack Revenue personnel when apprehended ashore, so it wasn't unusual for Revenue personnel to be suitably armed when on duty ashore. This, combined with the way that gangs of smugglers subdued and frightened local populations, giving the legal system few opportunities for the public to act as witnesses for the prosecution, despite many offers of money from the Government for the capture and condemnation of wanted smugglers. There again it was the upper classes and those working in high places with money to spare who bought smuggled goods from the smugglers, thus keeping them in business, along with high duties on spirits and tobacco imposed by the Government, which as we know today, only seems to provide an incentive for those prepared to take the risk to bring these goods into the country.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based on Portsmouth.
25 Nov 1821 - 31 May 1822 sundry seizures made by the tender Linnet [per London Gazette of 1 Oct 1822].
Jul 1830 Portsmouth.
Jan 1848 Portsmouth, in Ordinary (reserve).
20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth.
1859 Renamed Excellent, gunnery ship.