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Type: Hired Cutter ; Armament 12
Hired : 1799 ; Disposal date or year : 1801
N.B. You may note that the name of the vessel appears as Unicorn in some instances.....I suspect that this might be an error by the editors of the Naval Chronicle since I can find no trace of a cutter Unicorn, and both officers concerned also served in the Union at the right dates. I've therefore noted the apparent error under a vessel with the name Unicorn, but have input the data here, under Union. I note that prize money was paid to the Union. The only problem I can see for this would be if the Unicorn cutter, if there was such a vessel, may have replaced the Union for a short period ? FWIW I note that a Lieutenant Elliot / Eliot also served on board the lugger John and the lugger Plymouth about the same dates, in summer 1800, and wonder if there might have been a slight hiatus around this period at the Naval Chronicle, or in the information that was supplied to them ?
16 Jan 1800 the frigate Nemesis, sloop Savage, lugger Nile, cutters Narcissus, Union, Lt. Guyon, and Stag in sight of or involved in the capture of the French Privateer lugger Le Renard, 14 guns, 2 swivels, and 65 men, Jean Jacque Fourmintin, Master, Privateer lugger Le Modere, and recaptured the English brig Atlas, from Lisbon ; the Union then being posted off Boulogne.
4 Feb 1800 recaptured of the Elizabeth West-Indiaman.
Circa Feb 1800 Lieutenant Guyon, of the Unicorn cutter, is appointed to L'Anacreon brig.
Circa Feb 1800 Lieutenant Henry Rowed appointed to the Unicorn.
11 Mar 1800, Portsmouth, sailed the Unicorn cutter, Lt. Rowed, on a cruise.
25 Apr 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Union cutter, Lt. Rowed, and the next day sailed again on a cruise.
16 Jun 1800, Portsmouth, arrived the Unicorn cutter. Lt. Rowed, from a cruise.
29 Mar 1801 Lieutenant Rowed re-captured the ship Friendship, taken by the privateer La Pluton, Charles La Niece, Captain and captured by the Sheerness Hired Cutter.
1 May 1801 salvage money for the re-capture of the Friendship will be paid on the cutter's next arrival at Portsmouth.