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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 32 (12 pdr.)
Launched at Bewley in 1758 ;
Disposal date or year : 1803 †
Tons (BM) : 656
† 24 Oct 1793 Action with the Uranie, and subsequent capture by the French 40-gun frigate Carmagnole and accompanying vessels.
24 Oct 1793 Thames, 32, Captain Jas. Cotes, captured by a squadron of French frigates.
8 Jun 1796 in the approaches to the English Channel the re-capture of the French frigate Tamise (late British Thames), by the frigate Santa-Margarita, Captain Thomas Williams, and the capture of the French frigate Tribune by the Unicorn, following a chase. The Tamise was taken back into the RN under her original name and the Tribune under her present name.
Between Aug and Oct 1797 captured a French privateer, name unknown, on the Jamaica station.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. W. Lukin.
13 Jan 1799, Portsmouth, arrived from Marcou.
Mr. Sadler the Chemical Professor, on going down to inspect his new invented guns, which are on board the Thames frigate, prevented a sailor in the Captain's barge from being drowned. On leaving the frigate at night, Mr. Sadler fell into the water, and would inevitably have lost his life had not the identical sailor jumped in to his rescue.
12 Feb 1799, Portsmouth, with the outward bound Lisbon fleet, and expected to sail to-morrow. General Cuyler goes out in the Thames, and General Tarleton in the Hyaena.
3 Mar 1799, Portsmouth, sailed the Mediterranean convoy, under the escort of the Thames and Hyaena frigates, with the Gorgon and Serapis armed 44 gun storeships ; General Cuyler and his suite went in the former frigate, and General Tarleton in the latter.
5 Feb 1800, Plymouth, arrived with the Terpsichore, and Alcmene.
5 Mar 1800, Plymouth, sailed the Thames, 32, Captain Lukin, to join Admiral Sir A. Gardner's fleet off Brest.
24 Apr 1800, Torbay, sailed with the Channel Fleet, under the command of Sir Alan Gardner.
12 May 1800, with the Clyde, and the Hired Armed Schooner Suwarrow captured a French Chasse Maree.
1 Jun 1800 a part of a squadron detached from Channel fleet to Quiberon bay and the Morbihan to aid the royalists.
22 Jul 1800, Portsmouth, arrived from the Channel fleet.
27 Sep 1800, Portsmouth, went out of Harbour, after being refitted.
6 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, sailed with the Triumph to join the Channel Fleet.
26 Oct 1800, at Sea, the Tower of Caduan E.S.E. 36 leagues, captured Le Diable a Quatre French ship privateer, of 16 x 12 and 6-pounders, and 150 men; after a chase of 5 hours, the Immortalite having joined in the pursuit, and much facilitated the capture of the privateer, a fast sailer, and well found, out from Bourdeaux one day.
3 Nov 1800 Plymouth, arrived a beautiful ship corvette, of 20 guns, 16 mounted, and 160 men, called La Diable a Quatre, captured after a long chase by the Thames, 32, when only two days from Bourdeaux. The Immortalite, 44, was in sight at the capture.
4 Nov 1800 Plymouth, arrived a French schooner, L'Unique, 6 guns and 80 men, with a valuable cargo, from Guadaloupe to Bourdeaux. She was captured the 31 Oct., 36 hours from Bourdeaux, by the Thames, the Immortalite, being in sight at the capture.
30 Nov 1800 captured the French privateer Actif in the Bay of Biscay.
13 Dec 1800, Plymouth, arrived L’Actif, 16, and 120 men, prize to the Thames, 32, ; she is quite new rigged : and not long off the stocks at Bourdeaux, launched and fitted in seven days, out of port one day, and in Plymouth the third day from her leaving Bourdeaux ; and on board her was discovered one of the mutineers of the Hermione.
14 Dec 1800, Plymouth, came in from a cruize with the Amethyst.
5 Jul 1801 sent to recall the Superb to join the squadron, but became becalmed.
8 Jul 1801 observed a Franco-Spanish squadron of 6 sail of the line prepare to sail on the 9th for Algeziras, and sailed to Gibraltar to warn the Admiral.
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.