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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 Indemnité 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, Alcmène, 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, departed with the Channel Fleet.
13 May 1800 Portsmouth, departed 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, departed 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.
19 Jan 1801 departed Falmouth with the Maidstone and a convoy for Lisbon and the Mediterranean, but were obliged to return due to contrary winds ; but, judging from the destination of the convoy in the next item, perhaps the Mediterranean is a little doubtful, although some convoys were made up of several convoys, which would divide as they progressed along their passage, and looking at where the Chichester and Alliance ended up, perhaps a part of the convoy was destined for the Med.
24 Jan 1801 the Seahorse departed Falmouth with the Maidstone, Chichester, and Alliance storeships, and the Fly, sloop of war, and a convoy for India and Africa.
16 Feb 1801 arrived in the Tagus at Lisbon the packet Earl Gower, Capt Marston, and whilst there the Maidstone, and Seahorse arrived with part of a convoy.
1 Mar 1801 per the packet Prince Adolphus, arrived Falmouth 14 Mar., she reports that the Seahorse, Chichester and Maidstone departed the Tagus with their convoys for Oporto and Gibraltar.
6 Mar 1801 the sloop Bonne Citoyenne arrived Malta, advises that a few days prior to her arrival the frigates Pique and Determinée had departed with a convoy of victuallers and store ships for the Fleet and Army on the Coast of Egypt and that the Seahorse and Chichester, acting as store ships, were expected at Malta shortly.
10 Jul 1801 came into Plymouth Sound in the Alert, Bishop, with brandies, from Gibraltar for this Port, Jersey, and Guernsey, after a passage of 9 days; she parted company with the Seahorse, off the Edystone last night, with 16 sail of vessels for the Downs, from Gibraltar all well.
10 Jul 1801 passed by the Isle of Wight for the Downs with a convoy from the Mediterranean, some of the vessels coming into the Motherbank for quarantine, required for vessels arriving from Gibraltar.
10 Jul 1801 arrived in the Downs with her convoy from the Streights and remains.
11 Jul 1801 came into Plymouth Sound the Neptunus, (chartered Swede), with brandies from Gibraltar, one of the Seahorse's convoy.
13 Jul 1801 departed the Downs for Portsmouth.
15 Jul 1801 arrived Spithead from the Downs.
9 Aug 1801 departed Spithead for off Havre.
10 Aug 1801 the Seahorse, Capt Foote, and San Fiorenzo, Capt Pattison, arrived off Havre, from Portsmouth.
11 Aug 1801 the Swift cutter, Lt Richards, in company, when the Seahorse detained the Prussian Brigs Venneme and Elizabeth when departing Havre.
14 Aug 1801 arrived Spithead with the St. Fiorenzo, from off Havre.
17 Aug 1801 arrived Spithead the merchant vessels Elizabeth and Vennume, taken by the San Fiorenzo, when in company with the Seahorse, frigate, and Swift, cutter.
18 Aug 1801 departed Spithead with the St. Fiorenzo, to attend his Majesty at Weymouth.
[And whilst at Weymouth HM would usually sail across to Portland Roads from whence he would visit one or two of the local pubs.......not forgetting that the Island of Portland was, and still is, a Royal Manor, oh yes, and its not really an island, however King George declared it to be one, and who was going to argue in those days!]
24 Aug 1801 arrived Spithead from Weymouth.
9 Sep 1801 departed Spithead the Seahorse, with the outward bound East Indiamen under convoy.
3 Mar 1802 the Seahorse was instructed to recover the masts and stores etc., from the Troop / Store Ship Sensible, lost off the coast of Ceylon, a few miles from the Molliwally Shoal ; and despite the difficulties every thing valuable was saved from the wreck, except the provisions.
31 May 1802 departed Madras Roads with the Anna, for St. Helena.
21 Aug 1802 arrived St. Helena, departing on the 26th inst. for England.
4 Oct 1802 arrived Spithead from the East Indies.
4 Oct 1802 arrived Spithead the Seahorse frigate, Captain Foote, in four months and five days, from Madras.
8 Oct 1802 came into Portsmouth harbour to be paid off.
22 Oct 1802 the Seahorse frigate, Captain Foote, is paid off and laid up in ordinary.
24 Oct 1803, whilst the fleet departed 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 departed 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 departed 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 departed for Madeira and the West Indies.
1 Jul 1808 departed 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 and two brass guns.
24 Apr 1817 it was announced that copies of accounts of sale and proceeds' of the Tunisina and two brass guns, 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.
8 May 1810 captured the French privateer Stella di Napoleon.
2 Jun 1811 arrived in the Solent Monday from Sicily and put under quarantine, usually at the Motherbank, off Ryde, IoW.
5 Jun 1811 received pratique, which would usually mean she moved out to Spithead.
1 Dec 1812 Remains at Falmouth with the West Indies convoy.
14 Dec 1812 departed Falmouth with the outward-bound West India convoy.
16 Jun 1813 departed St. Helen's this morning, for blockade of Cherbourg.
14 Jul 1813 arrived Spithead from off Cherburgh.
15 Jul 1813 departed Spithead on a cruise of the Western Islands.
30 Sep 1813 arrived Falmouth from the Westward.
13 Nov 1813 captured a U.S. privateer, the 16 gun lugger Subtile, with 72 men.
18 Dec 1813 arrived Spithead from off Cherburgh.
24 Dec 1813 departed Spithead for off Cherburgh.
22 Jan 1814 arrived Spithead from off Cherbourg.
24 Jan 1814 departed Spithead to resume her station off Cherbourg.
26 Jan 1814 arrived Spithead from off Cherbourg.
22 Feb 1814 will depart Spithead tomorrow with the convoy for Passages.
23 Mar 1814 has recaptured and sent in to Plymouth the Papenburgh galliot, Hope, Captain Patje, from Bristol, bound to Passages.
14 May 1814 arrived Plymouth Sound from the westward.
25 May 1814 arrived Spithead from Bordeaux.
26 May 1814 Has made the signal at Spithead for convoy to North America.
29 May 1814 appointed convoy for Quebec, Newfoundland, &c.
30 May 1814 departed Spithead with convoy for 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, Ætna, Meteor, Erebus and Anne began ascending the river Potomac leading to the capital of the United States.
31 Aug 1814 the Seahorse, Euryalus, Devastation, Ætna, 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].
21 Aug 1815 departed Spithead for Plymouth.
22 Feb 1816 arrived Plymouth Sound from a cruize.