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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38 long guns + 8 x 32-pdr carronades (1796)
Taken in 1794 from the French, by the Artois, Arethusa, Diamond, and Galatea, off Brest ;
Disposal date or year : 1822
BM: 1148 tons
Complement : 287
12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the Revolutionaire, sailed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). And so ended the Battle of the Isle de Groix.
20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.
13 Apr 1796 capture of the French frigate Unité by the Révolutionnaire, Captain Francis Cole, while cruising off Ushant, and forming a part of a squadron composed of the frigates Indefatigable, Argo, Amazon, and Concorde.
Dec 1796 Cruising with a small squadron of frigates off Brest, reporting the movements of the French fleet to the admiral of the British fleet, then cruising some distance of the Ushant [Captain Francis Cole].
15 Dec 1796 Cruising off Brest. 16th despatched to the admiral to the westward of Ushant to report the departure of the French fleet from Brest, en route for Ireland.
30 May 1797 arrive in the Downs from Spithead - the after effects of the Mutiny at Spithead rumble on - see p. 524-> www.naval-review.org/issues/1927-3.pdf.
7 Jun 1797 at Cuxhaven ? - see p. 526->.
14 Jun 1797 off Harwich - see p. 526->.
15 Oct 1798 chase of the Sémillante by the Révolutionnaire.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. T. Twysden. One of Sir E. Pellew's Squadron.
16 Jan 1799, Plymouth, arrived from Ireland.
27 Mar 1799, Plymouth, remains in the Sound.
31 Mar 1799, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise.
30 May 1799 captured the French privateer Victoire, 16 nine-pounders, and 160 men ; out nine days from Bayonne, fitted for a three months cruize, after a chase of eight hours.
2 Jun 1799 captured the French privateer Hyppolite coast of Ire1and.
29 Jun 1799 captured the French privateer Déterminé off Ireland.
11 Oct 1799 captured the French privateer Bordelais, which was subsequently added to the British navy.
11 Oct 1799 Révolutionnaire and Phoebe captured the French privateer Grand Ferrailleur, 16 guns, 121 men, in lat. 48° N., long. 24° W., 16 days from Bourdeaux, and had not taken anything.
15 Oct 1799 at Cove, Ireland.
23 Oct 1799, Plymouth, came in from a cruise, with the French privateer Bourdelais.
26 Dec 1799, Plymouth, hard frost, went into the Sound, the Revolutionaire, and Amelia.
4 Mar 1800 captured the French privateer Le Coureur, 14 guns, 158 men, which last month captured his Majesty's ship Princess Royal, for Tortola, but whose Captain, and greater part of the crew, are retaken in the privateer.
12 Mar 1800 the French privateer Le Coureur arrived at Cork.
25 Apr 1800, Plymouth, a letter from an Officer of the Dryad frigate, 36, dated Milford Haven, the 20th inst., states, that she and the Revolutionaire, 44, had arrived there in great distress, after a most fatiguing and perilous cruise. The Dryad sailed from Cork to gain her cruising ground the 2d instant, but was baffled by continual hurricanes, which carried away her fore yard, and damaged the rigging much. She was on the point of returning when she fell in with La Revolutionaire in the greatest distress, having lost her rudder, and received other damage. The Dryad stuck by her, and gave her every assistance till the 13th, when both were close in with Cork, and would have anchored in an hour. Misfortune still attended them, as it blew an hard gale off shore, and obliged them to bear away for Plymouth. The 14th the wind headed them, and they could not weather Scilly or fetch Cork. They then were obliged to drift, under storm stay sails, up St George's Channel. On the morning of the 16th they found themselves close in with the rocks off Waterford. The Revolutionaire having lost her rudder, could neither wear or stay ; she made signals of distress, when the Dryad got out, and passed on board her, a stream cable, and tried to tow her off the land ; when the cable unfortunately parted, and nearly killed eleven seamen. The Dryad then bore away and supposed the Revolutionaire was wrecked; but contrary to their expectation on board the Dryad, through the interposition of Divine Providence, and the uncommon exertions of the officers and crew, the wind shifting, the Revolutionaire hauled off shore, and both ships arrived in safety at Milford Haven the 19th instant, after experiencing one of the most tempestuous cruises the older seaman on board both ships ever saw."
6 May 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Milford Haven, to repair.
28 Jun 1800, Plymouth, went into the Sound, from Hamoaze.
25 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived with the Sirius, from off Ushant ; last from the squadron off the Black Rocks.
16 Feb 1801 captured the French privateer Moucheron on the Irish station.
May 1805 Plymouth Sound.
3 Nov 1805 joined the chase of the Rochefort squadron. 3-4 Nov 4th, the frigates harass the French rear. The action. the French haul down their colours. Casualties. The frigates role in the action. the prizes taken to Plymouth and added to the Service. The honours, awards and promotions.
Plymouth 4 Aug 1806 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 4 Aug 1806 Arrived from Plymouth.
Plymouth 24 Dec 1812 Came down the harbour, and anchored in the Sound, after having been refitted.
Plymouth 9 Jan 1813 Sailed with a convoy for Portsmouth.
Falmouth 7 May 1813 Spoke with the Duke of Montrose packet on the 5th in lat 48.32 long. 7. 28, from off the Western Isles, bound to Plymouth.
Plymouth 11 May 1813 Has recaptured and sent in an American schooner from New York, for Lisbon, captured by a French privateer.
Portsmouth 6 Jun 1813 Sailed to join the squadron off Ushant.
May - Aug 1813 the frigates Révolutionnaire and Présidente, brig sloops Beagle, Despatch, and Challenger ; and schooners Holly and Juniper, and two gun-boats, stationed off the north coast of Spain to assist the patriots.
25 Jul 1813 captured a U.S. privateer, the 11 gun schooner Matilda.
Plymouth 31 Jul 1813 sent in the American privateer Matilda.
Plymouth 30 Sep 1813 Sailed on a cruise off Bourdeaux.
Trincomalee 20 Mar 1816 Reported to be at Bombay, repairing.
Trincomalee 23 May 1816 Sailed.
Simon's Bay 21 Aug 1816 Remained.
Cape of Good Hope 21 Sep 1816 Sailed.
St Helena 13 Oct 1816 Sailed.
Ascension 18 Oct 1816 Sailed.
Plymouth 29 Nov 1816 Arrived from the Trincomalee, via Simon's Bay where she was driven on shore in a violent gale and had to be hove down and repaired.
Portsmouth 25 Jan 1819 Arrived in a gale from Plymouth.
Malta 21 Jun 1819 Reported to be on the Smyrna station.
18 May 1821 captured two piratical gun-boats ; an account of the bounty-money received for the crews will be delivered to the High Court of Admiralty, on 28 Jan 1834.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based in the Mediterranean.