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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 74
Launched from Mr. Adam's Dock, at Buckler's Hard 10 May 1800 ;
Disposal date or year : 1822
19 May 1800, Portsmouth, arrived.
Circa Jun 1800 Captain Darby is appointed to the Spencer.
Circa Jun 1800 Mr. G. Bellamy, Surgeon of the Spencer, married Miss Cremer, Plymouth.
6 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Spencer, to join the Channel fleet.
5 Jul 1801 sailed from off Cadiz for Algeziras roads where, on the 6th, the squadron engaged a small French squadron protected shore batteries, during which severe action the Hannibal went aground and was lost to the Spanish and French : details of casualties sustained in the action.
12 Jul 1801 sailed Gibraltar to chase a Franco-Spanish squadron observed sailing from Algeziras. 12th-13th the engagement commenced resulting in the destruction of 2 first rates, and the capture of a 3rd rate.
Circa Aug 1804 had joined the British fleet off Toulon.
19 Jan 1805 whilst watering at Agincourt sound the Mediterranean fleet was informed that the Toulon fleet was at sea, and sailed in search. It was discovered on 14 Feb that the French fleet had returned to Toulon.
28 Mar 1805 victualled at Palma and on the 3 Apr sailed to water at Pulla bay, but on the 4th the Phoebe reported that the Toulon fleet was at sea again : the search began again. 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, the 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.
15 May 1805 arrived Madeira : and Barbadoes 4 Jun with news that the French fleet was in the West Indies : 13th arrived Antigua and sailed for Europe.
17 Jul 1805 arrived off Cape St.-Vincent and sailed for Gibraltar, and having watered etc. proceeded west and north. 15 Aug received news from Adm. Cornwallis off Ushant, before Victory and Superb sailed for Spithead, arriving on the 18th, leaving the Spencer as a reinforcement to the Channel fleet.
2 Oct 1805 detached from off Cadiz to Gibraltar for provisions and water.
30 Oct 1805 Canopus, Queen, Spencer, Tigre arrive from Gibraltar and having escorted a convoy up the Mediterranean.
Circa 23 Dec 1805 the squadron under V.-adm Duckworth, having lifted the blockade of Cadiz, was between Madeira / Canary isles, where it was reported a French Squadron had molested one and chased another convoy. The French squadron was sighted on 25 Dec and chased, but after 30 hours was discontinued and the squadron sailed for the West Indies.
12 Jan 1806 arrived Barbadoes. 14th sailed for St. Christopher to water. 21 Jan joined by the Northumberland and Atlas. 1 Feb Kingfisher joined with intelligence that a French squadron had been seen steering for Santo-Domingo. 3rd was joined by the Epervier off Saint-Thomas. 5th Magicienne joined confirming the intelligence. 6 Feb a French Squadron was sighted leaving Santo-Domingo. the action of Santo-Domingo Roads commenced ; 2 French ships (Impérial and Diomède) run ashore and 3 (Alexandre, Jupiter, Brave) taken ; the wash-up ; the casualties ; more wash-up.
26 Jul 1807 sailed as a part of a fleet of 38 vessels for Copenhagen and was present from 15 Aug - 20 Oct 1807 for the siege and bombardment of Copenhagen and capture of Danish Fleet by Adm. Gambier.
Portsmouth 4 Apr 1814 Sailed from St. Helens with a convoy of transports for Canada.
28 May 1814 arrived Halifax from England with the Rifleman, and the Quebec convoy.
Circa 11 Jun 1814 departed Halifax.
Circa 9 Jul 1814 Ramillies arrived Shelburne, N.B., with the Spencer, Terror, bomb, and 2 transports with the 102nd Regt.
10 Oct 1814, arrived Halifax, from Boston Bay.
10 Dec 1814, arrived Halifax, the brig Superb, prize to the Spencer.
10 Dec 1814, the schooner Mary from Philadelphia, for Havana, prize to the Telegraph and Spencer is arrived Bermuda.
10 Mar 1815, arrived Halifax, the brig Legal Tender, captured about 50 days since by the US privateer David Porter, re-captured 7th inst., by the Spencer.
3 May 1815, arrived Halifax, with the Rifleman, from Castine with Maj. Gen. Gosselin and suit, Lt. Cols. Blommart, Ximones, and Hodge.
10 May 1815, departed Halifax, with the Brune, and several transports with the 29th and 98th regts. for England.
Portsmouth 30 May 1815 Arrived from Halifax.
Plymouth 7 Aug 1818 Arrived from a 2 month cruise and exercises in the Channel.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based on Plymouth.