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Type: Hired armed lugger ; Armament 10
Hired : 1799 ; Disposal year : 1801
1799 Black Joke renamed Suwarrow.
[Not only described as a Hired armed lugger, probably 10 guns, but also as a 14 or 18 gun schooner, and even a cutter, so one almost wonders if there may have 2 vessels, although I would have thought unlikely : could the vessel have been re-rigged ? Ed.]
27 Nov 1799, Plymouth, came in, from off Brest, the Suwarrow, 18, with dispatches from Lord Bridport.
2 Dec 1799, Plymouth, sailed with dispatches for Lord Bridport, off Brest.
8 Jan 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Suwarrow, 14, Lt. Nicholson, having parted company with Admiral Gardner's Fleet in a gale, east, the 21st ult. ; was blown into the Bay of Biscay ; but fortunately, by a shift of wind, got into Bantry short of provisions.
10 Jan 1800, Plymouth, sailed with victuallers for Torbay.
12 Mar 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Suwarrow from the Passage du Raz. He fell in with two French luggers of 8 guns, and one of 10 guns, full of men. Engaged them in a very gallant style, and beat them off; took three chasse marees, one in ballast, and two with wines, in sight of the luggers, which were running away ; he boarded and sent the chasse marees for Falmouth and Plymouth.
16 Mar 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Nereide for the Penmarks.
5 Apr 1800, Plymouth, arrived from off the Penmarks, after chasing a French privateer, of 16 guns, for several hours, but lost her in the night.
12th May 1800 the Clyde, Thames, and Suwarrow capture a French Chasse Maree.
5 Jun 1800, Plymouth, arrived with dispatches from Earl St. Vincent, which he left all well the 2d instant. She fell in with and captured a chasse maree going from Morlaix to Bourdeaux, with 300 Louis on board, to buy a cargo of brandies, &c.
17 Jun 1800, Plymouth, sailed with dispatches for Earl St. Vincent.
17 Aug 1800, Plymouth, arrived with dispatches from Earl St. Vincent for the Admiralty.
24 Aug 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Earl St. Vincent with dispatches.
13 Sep 1800, Plymouth, arrived La Providence French brig, with wine, soap, and brandy for the Brest fleet. She was discovered under the guns of two batteries near Camaret Point, by the Suwarrow, 14, and cut out by the ship's boats, notwithstanding the heavy fire of the batteries.
14 Oct 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Torbay, with the loss of anchor and cables in a gale on Saturday at S. E.
23 Oct 1800 Plymouth, sailed with dispatches for the Channel Fleet.
17 Nov 1800 ships' boats destroy French 20-gun ship-corvette Réolaise in Port Navalo and capture a merchant vessel. One man belonging to the Suwarrow was killed in the action.
11 Dec 1800, Plymouth, arrived from off Brest ; left the flying squadron off the Black Rocks. They had looked into Brest on the 7th inst., when there did not appear to be any movement.
21 Dec 1800, Plymouth, sailed on a cruise off the Penmarks.
3 Feb 1801 captured the French Brig La Jeune Annette and her Cargo. 22 Mar 1802 the proceeds arising due to be distributed.
Exeter Flying Post 5 Nov 1801, the Suwarrow, 14, Lieut. Nicholson, paid off, and the crew discharged. Exeter Flying Post 5 Nov 1801, the Admiral Mitchell, Lieut. J. Derby, went into Catwater, and all the hired craft have sent their stores and guns to the yard and gunwharf.
Type: Brig (late French privateer) ; Armament 16
Captured : 1809 ; Disposal year : 1815
9 Nov 11 cruising off Barbadoes.