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Viper, 1797
Type: Cutter ; Armament 14 x 4-pounders ;
Purchased : 1797 ;
Complement : 43 men ;
Disposal date or year : 13 Feb 1809
Disposal Details : Sailed from Cadiz for Gibraltar and not since heard of. Commanding Officer - not known.
Complement : 48

13 Mar 1797 capture of the Spanish brig-privateer Piteous Virgin Maria, 10 guns, 8 swivels and 42 men in the Straits of Gibraltar.

13 Jan 1799, Plymouth, arrived.

3 Mar 1799, Plymouth, arrived the Viper Cutter, Lieutenant Pengelly.

1 Apr 1799, Plymouth, sailed for Africa.

3 Aug 1799, Plymouth, arrived from Sierra Leone, after a short passage. As she ran down the coast, Lt. P. found the settlements very healthy.

26 Dec 1799 the capture of the French lugger privateer Furet.

28 Dec 1799, at Falmouth, refitting following the action with the Furet, during which the main mast was seriously damaged, as were the sails and rigging.

30 Dec 1799, Plymouth, letters from Falmouth state, that the Viper cutter, 12 * 4-pounders and 43 men, Lt. Pengelly, had captured and brought in there, after a gallant action, the French privateer La Furet, 14 guns, and 64 men, Citoyen Louis Bouvet, out two days from St. Maloes. Circa 21 Jun 1800 prize money for the capture of Le Furet due on arrival of the Viper in Port.

5 Jan 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Viper cutter, Lt. Pengelly, with the privateer Ferret, 14, and 63 men, which she captured after a long and gallant action.

Circa Feb 1800 the Lords of the Admiralty have advanced Lieutenant Pengelly, of the Viper cutter, for his gallantry in capturing a French lugger privateer of superior force, a Commander in the Royal Navy ; and appointed him to the Pegasus, 28 guns, fitted as a troopship.

25 Mar 1800, Plymouth, the large ship the Juliana, Hanson, from Mogadore to Altona, with cotton, wool, &c. was yesterday sent off without breaking bulk, by order of the Privy Council (being suspected of infection, having a cargo similar to those sunk off Gravesend) ; the Viper cutter sailed with her, with positive orders to see her to her destined port, but not to have any communication with her on her passage.

27 Apr 1800, Plymouth, arrived from a cruise.

5 Jun 1800 joined the Impetueux, at Quiberon bay and the Morbihan to aid the royalists.

Circa 1 Aug 1800 cut out the French gun brig Le Cerbere, 3, from Port Louis. See pp 153-4 of Naval Chronicle, Vol. 4, for details, available in GoggleBooks. Letters from the Impetueux and other ships speak in the highest terms of Lieutenant Coghlan and his little crew's gallantry, and Admiral Earl St. Vincent presented her commanding officer with a sword worth one hundred guineas for his bravery, and Sir E. Pellew's squadron gave up their shares of the prize money.

11 Sep 1800, in Stoneham Pool.

1 Apr 1801 in company with the sloop Atalante, fell in off Land's End with 4 French privateers : 3 of them hauled off, and after a chase of 17 hours, captured Le Heros brig of St. Maloes, Renne Crosse, Master, mounting 14 guns, and manned with 73 men.

May 1805 Plymouth Sound