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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 32
Launched on the River Thames in 1757 ;
Disposal date or year : 27 Nov 1812
Disposal Details : Wrecked on a reef of rocks, near Conception island : crew saved. Captain Sir Jas. Lucas Yeo
Tons (BM) : 671
14 Jul 1793 sailed with the Channel fleet from St. Helen's. On the 18th to the west of the Scilly Isles and subsequent manoeuvres.
31 Jul 1793 briefly sighted, but was unable to close the French fleet ; returned to Torbay on 10 Aug.
23 Aug 1793 the Channel Fleet sailed to escort the Newfoundland trade, West Indian convoys in home waters.
27 Oct 1793 sailed in search of the French fleet and squadrons. 18 Nov brief skirmish with a French squadron : by mid-December the fleet had returned to Spithead.
2 May - 1 Jun 1794 Departure of the Channel Fleet from St. Helen's, off the Isle of Wight. The lead up to and actions and manoeuvres with the French fleet on 29 May - 1 Jun., resulting in the capture of six sail of the line and one sunk.
13 June 1794, the major part of the fleet arrived at Spithead with the prizes, with 9 ships being sent to Plymouth.
14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet sailed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.
Circa 8 Aug 1795, Captain Nelson on a cruise along the coast of Italy with a small squadron, including the Southampton. On the 26th, in the vicinity of Vado, the boats of the squadron cut out or destroyed a number of vessels, without the loss of a man.
29 Sep 1795 Southampton off Genoa ; the French frigates, 36-gun Vestale and 28-gun Brune, corvettes Alerte and Scout, etc., departed Genoa for Toulon. An inconclusive engagement took place between the Southampton and the Vestale sufficiently damaging the former to permit the French squadron to make their escape.
9 Jun 1796 while cruising with the Mediterranean fleet, before Toulon, the Southampton captured the French ship-corvette Utile, of 24-guns. The Utile was taken into the RN under her present name.
29 Jan 1797 Porto-Ferrajo. Minerve, accompanied by the Romulus, Southampton and Dido frigates, Dolphin and Dromedary store-ships, two sloops, and 12 transports, sailed for Gibraltar, where she was to meet the Minerve on 10 Feb.
14 Feb 1797 Jervis's action with the Spanish off Cape St Vincent.
31 Mar 1797 sailed from Lisbon to blockade Cadiz.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. John Harvey. In the West Indies.
9 Jun 1800 captured the French privateer Hirondelle on the Leeward Island station.
Circa 21 Jun - 27 Jul 1799, a small Spanish tartanne, from Cadiz bound to Vera Cruz, having on board 350 cases of quicksilver, and some dry goods, taken by the Southampton.
Deal 10 Jan 1810 Sailed.
Portsmouth 6 Feb 1811 Fitting for the West Indies.
Portsmouth 20 Feb 1811 Gave instructions to the West India convoy, but detained as more ships are expected from the Downs.
Portsmouth 11 Apr 1811 Arrived from convoy duties.
2-3 Feb 1812 off what is now Haiti, captured the pirate ship Améthyste, late French frigate Félicité
Mid-Late 1812 cruised, for several weeks, along the southern coast of the United States.
Jamaica late 1812. The storm of the 12th and 13th inst. we learn was not so severe at Cuba and New Providence as at this island. The Southampton frigate, then at sea, sustained some damage, having carried away her main top-mast, and sprung her bowsprit.