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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 36
Launched at Bursledon in 1782 ;
Disposal date or year : 1814
Tons (BM) : 881
1783 Unicorn renamed Thalia.
12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the Thalia, sailed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). And so ended the Battle of the Isle de Groix.
20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.
15 Oct 1795 Melampus and Latona, and later the Orion and Thalia, and later still the Pomone and Concorde, sailed in chase of the two French frigates, the Tortue and Néréide, and the corvette Eveillé, 16. However, the closeness of the shore and prevailing weather conditions meant that the chase for the frigates was curtailed. But the Eveillé was less fortunate, and was taken by the Pomone and the Thunderer, 74, which had also appeared on the scene.
19 Jan 1797 detached from the Channel Fleet to Gibraltar.
5 Feb 1798 Thalia and others captured the French privateer Atout off Lisbon.
5 Feb 1798 captured the French privateer Antoine.
27 Feb 1798 captured the Spanish privateer San Josef, schooner, 6 guns, 10 swivels, 40 men.
4 Mar 1798 captured the Spanish privateer Victoria, brig, 14 guns, 10 swivels.
29 Jul 1800 ship's boats used to capture the Spanish privateer La Virgin del Carmen, xebec, 2 guns, 8 swivels, 31 men, on the Mediterranean station.
12 September 1800 the Thalia, Capt. J. Nesbitt, captured on the Mediterranean Station the Spanish Settee St. Antonio de Padua, laden with Flour and Soap, from Malaga bound to Ceuta.
7 Oct 1800, Plymouth, arrived from Gibraltar with dispatches for the Government, in ten days ; as soon as the dispatches and letters are fumigated they will be forwarded immediately express.
1801 ? Doubled and sheathed &c.with inch stuff from second strake below floor heads to keel.
May 1805 Nore.
29 Oct 1807 captured the French privateer Requin on the Home station.
20 May 1812 Polyphemus, Thalia and Reindeer sailed from Negril bay, Jamaica with a large convoy, the former as far as Cape Antonio. Escaped attack by a US squadron. Much of the convoy is understood to have subsquently been dispersed in a hurricane.
Deal 23 Jul 1812 Arrived with a convoy from the West Indies and gone for the River.
Portsmouth 23 Jul 1812 Passed by with the Jamaica convoy for the Downs.
Deal 26 Jul 1812 Sailed for the River.