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Type: Frigate ; Armament 38 (1808 = 28 x long 18-pdr ; 12 x 32-pdr carronades on quarterdeck and forecastle, plus 2 x long brass Spanish 18-pounders chase guns).
Launched at Stalkart's Yard, Rotherhithe, in 1794 ;
Disposal date or year : 1819
Complement : 281
BM : 998
Jul 1796 Seahorse and Cerberus captured the French privateer Calvodos on the Irish station.
28 Aug 1796 Seahorse, Diana, and Cerberus captured the French privateer Indemnitť on the Irish station.
29 May 1797 Attack on Santa-Cruz, Teneriffe.
16 Jan 1798 Seahorse and Melampus captured the French privateer Belliqueuse on the Irish coast.
26-27 Jun 1798 chase and capture of the French 36-gun frigate Sensible, which was subsequently purchased into the service.
21 Jul 1798 the frigates Seahorse and Terpsichore sight French fleet from off Aboukir bay.
17 Aug 1798 arrived Aboukir Bay.
19 Aug 1798 the Zealous, Goliath, Swiftsure, Seahorse, Emerald, AlcmŤne, and Bonne-Citoyenne, leave Aboukir Bay to cruise off the port of Alexandria.
End of the year 1798 remains stationed off Alexandria.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. E. J. Foote. In the Mediterranean.
18 Mar 1799 arrived at Palermo from off Alexandria.
22 May-mid Aug 1799 in the bay of Naples assisting allied forces ashore.
18 Oct 1799, Portsmouth, arrived from the Mediterranean, and put under quarantine at the Motherbank.
Circa 25 Dec 1799, a Court Martial was held at Sheerness, on board the Seahorse upon Garret Andrew Fauch, a Seaman belonging to the Pylades. Being found guilty of the charge of having, in the absence of the best men of the company, who were employed against the enemy on shore, of exciting some Dutch prisoners on board to rise and take possession of the ship, then lying in Sheermonikoog, he was sentenced to death. The trial continued three hours. The prisoner is a Dutchman, and has been five years in our service.
24 Apr 1800, Torbay, sailed with the Channel Fleet.
13 May 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Seahorse, R.-Adm. Sir R. Bickerton, with Generals Sir R. Abercrombie, Moore, and Hutchinson, and Hon. Colonel Hope, with their suite, for the Mediterranean, convoying the Dover and Calcutta armed transports.
4 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from the Mediterranean.
7 Dec 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the SeaHorse, Pique, Maidstone, Harpy, and the Chichester and Serapis, store-ships, with 317 sail of merchantmen under convoy, for Lisbon, Oporto, and the Mediterranean. The Harpy is only to see them down Channel, and then return.
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.
24 Oct 1803, whilst the fleet sailed to water, remained to watch the French fleet in Toulon.
11 Jul 1804 ships' boats capture a settee and burn others.
6 Jan 1805 detached from the Mediterranean fleet to watch the port of Toulon.18th-19th Active and Seahorse watched the French fleet depart Toulon whilst the Mediterranean fleet was watering at Agincourt sound.
19-> Jan 1805 arrived at Agincourt sound to inform the Mediterranean fleet that the Toulon fleet was at sea, and sailed in search. Detached to search for the French fleet off Sardinia and subsequently to Naples with despatches.
4 May 1805 ship's boats capture a Spanish ordnance-brig from a convoy whilst the frigate engaged the escorting gun boats.
4 May, having heard that the Toulon fleet had passed through the Straits on 8 Apl, the fleet anchored at Mazari bay to water and provision, but following a change in the wind the fleet sailed on 5 May, Superb leaving her cargo of cattle and vegetables etc. on the beach. Having provisioned for 5 months on the 10th rendez-voused on 12th at Cape St.-Vincent with a convoy of troops from England and detached the Royal-Sovereign to the convoy, following which Nelson sailed for Madeira and the West Indies.
1 Jul 1808 sailed from the island of Sira in search of a Turkish squadron reported to be off the island of Dromo.
6 Jul 1808 action with the Badere Zaffer and Alis-Fezan, capturing the former, which was taken to Malta, and not being purchased into the Service, was sold to the local merchants. The latter returned to Constantinople.
End of the year 1808 - Jan 1809 carried the new ambassador to Constantinople to agree and sign a Peace Treaty between England and the Sublime Porte.
6 Aug 1809 Captured the vessel Tunisina for which prize money paid.
6 Aug 1809 Captured two brass guns for which prize money paid.
22 Jul 1850 Balance of Prize Monies due 1809 paid, following the bankruptcy of the agent appointed to make payment.
8 May 1810 captured the French privateer Stella di Napoleon.
Portsmouth 2 Jun 1811 Arrived Monday from Sicily and put under quarantine.
Portsmouth 5 Jun 1811 Received pratique.
Falmouth 1 Dec 1812 Remains with the West Indies convoy.
Falmouth 14 Dec 1812 Sailed with the outward-bound West India convoy.
Portsmouth 16 Jun 1813 Sailed from St. Helen's this morning, for blockade of Cherbourg.
Portsmouth 14 Jul 1813 Arrived from off Cherburgh.
Portsmouth 15 Jul 1813 Sailed on a cruise of the Western Island.
Falmouth 30 Sep 1813 Arrived from the Westward.
13 Nov 1813 captured a U.S. privateer, the 16 gun lugger Subtile, with 72 men.
Portsmouth 18 Dec 1813 Arrived from off Cherburgh.
Portsmouth 24 Dec 1813 Sailed for off Cherburgh.
Portsmouth 22 Jan 1814 Arrived from off Cherbourg.
Portsmouth 24 Jan 1814 Sailed to resume their station off Cherbourg.
Portsmouth 26 Jan 1814 Arrived from off Cherbourg.
Portsmouth 22 Feb 1814 Will sail tomorrow with the convoy for Passages.
Plymouth 23 Mar 1814 Has recaptured and sent in the Papenburgh galliot, Hope, Captain Patje, from Bristol, bound to Passages.
Plymouth 14 May 1814 Arrived from the westward.
Portsmouth 25 May 1814 Arrived from Bordeaux.
Portsmouth 26 May 1814 Has made the signal for convoy to North America.
Portsmouth 29 May 1814 Appointed convoy for Quebec, Newfoundland, &c.
Portsmouth 30 May 1814 Takes convoy to Newfoundland, Quebec, and ports adjacent.
22 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, with a convoy from Portsmouth.
22 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the brig Maria Frederica, from Amsterdam, with a cargo of gin etc., detained by the Seahorse.
17 Aug 1814 Seahorse detached up the Potomac, to bombard Fort Washington. and with the Euryalus, Devastation, ∆tna, Meteor, Erebus and Anne began ascending the river Potomac leading to the capital of the United States.
31 Aug 1814 the Seahorse, Euryalus, Devastation, ∆tna, Meteor, Erebus and Anne began descending the river Potomac, completing the operation on 9 Sep.
Aug 1814 a portion of the prize money resulting from the various actions in the Chesapeake became due for payment on 1 May 1835 : namely a dividend from the estate of the bankrupt agent Henry Abbott : no doubt one of the many fraudsters who ripped off matelots in those days : both officers and ratings being fair game.
8 Dec 1814 Armide, Seahorse and Sophie the former was fired at by 2 US gunboats whilst passing down, within the chain of small islands, that run parallel to the shore from Mobile towards Lake Borgne.
12-14 Dec 1814 boats of the fleet, congregating for the assault on New Orleans, including the Armide, Seahorse and Tonnant, assisted by the Manly and Meteor involved in actions against gun-boats etc.
14 Dec 1814 distribution of head-money arising from the capture of American gun-boats and sundry bales of cotton, [per London Gazette of 26 Jun 1821].
Portsmouth 21 Aug 1815 Sailed for Plymouth.
Plymouth 22 Feb 1816 Came in from a cruize.