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Vessels Built in Dorset for the R.N.

Men-of-war Built In Dorset With Their services

(Abbreviations used: Ch. = Channel Station ; Med. = Mediterranean ; W.I. = West Indies ; N.S. = North Sea ; N.A. = North America ; C. and C. = Convoy and cruising duties ; A.O. = Admiralty Order ; P.O. = Paid out of Commission ; R.S. = Receiving ship.)

Names of captains or of officers subsequently distinguished are within brackets (c. = captain). It should be remembered that only the chief movements of vessels are given. A ship may have been for some years in the Mediterranean, but have returned for short periods for repairs ; such intervals are not noticed in the list of services, nor, if occupied in more than one employment in a year, is any other than the principal one usually named.

VIPER (sloop), 270 tons, 14 guns ; built at Poole 1746. Services : C. and C. 1746-8 (c. Robt. Roddam) ; in June, 1747, silenced and dismantled a battery and took or burnt 33 coasters at Cedeyra, near Cape Ortegal ; W.I. 1749-52 (c. Corn. Smelt) and P.O. Made fireship and name changed to LIGHTNING by A.O. 22 July, 1755. N.A. 1757-8 (c. H. M. Goostrey) ; C. and C. 1759-61 (c. Jos. Norwood). Sold 1762.

ATTENTIVE (gunbrig), 178 tons, 12 guns ; built at Bridport 1804. Services : W.I. 1805-1O (Lieuts. John Harris and Robt. Carr). Broken up 1812.

CHEERLY (gunbrig), 177 tons, 12 guns; built at Bridport 1804. Services: N.S. 1805 (Lieut. G. Huish); Ch. (Plymouth) 1806-8 (Lieut. G. Fullerton); Brazil 1809-10 ; Ch. (Downs) 1811-12 ; Baltic 1813 ; N.S. 1814. Sold 1815. Spelt CHEARLY in Steel's List of the Royal Navy for May 1805 and listed as a 14 Gun Brig and serving as a part of the Channel Fleet in 1805.

FLY (Brig-Sloop), 286 tons, 16 guns ; built at Bridport 1805. Services ; Ch. 1806 (c. W. H. Dobbie) ; Cape 1807 (c. John Thompson) ; Ch. (Downs) 1808-9 ; C. and C. 1810 (c. M. H. Dixon) ; Baltic 1811-12 (c. Henry Hyman or Higman (per Wm. James Naval History). Wrecked 29 Feb. 1812, on the Knobber Reef on the east point of the Isle of Anholt: crew saved. According to Steel's List of the Royal Navy the Captain of HMS FLY in May 1805 was P.B. Pellew and the Purser was a Richard Cotter and she was serving on the Jamaica Station at this time, although this may have been an earlier vessel with the same name.

INDIGNANT (gunbrig), 182 tons, 12 guns; built at Booles and Good's Yard, Bridport 1805. Services : Ch. 1805-6 ; Baltic. 1807. Downs, 1808-9. Broken up 1812.

INTELLIGENT (gunbrig), 179 tons, 12 guns ; built at built at Booles and Good's Yard, Bridport 1805. Services : Ch. 1805-6 (Lieut. Nich. Tucker) ; Baltic 1807 ; Ch. 1808-9 ; off Cherbourg 1810-14. Sold 1815.

INVETERATE (gunbrig), 182 tons, 12 guns ; built at built at Booles and Good's Yard, Bridport 1805. Services: Ch. 1806-7 (Lieuts. Horace Petley and George Norton). Wrecked near Saint Vallery en Caux, 18 Feb. 1807: crew except four, saved, but made prisoners.

CARRIER (cutter), 54 tons, 6 guns ; built at Bridport as Frisk and in 1805 purchased by the RN. Services : Ch. (Lieuts. L. R. Ramsey and William Milne) took La Ragoten, 8, on 20 Feb. 1807, and L'Actif 2, on 14 Nov. Wrecked near Étaples, on the French coast, 5 Feb. 1809: crew saved, but made prisoners.

FROLIC (sloop), 384 tons, 18 guns ; built at Bridport 1806. Services : W.I. 1808-13 (c. Thos. Whinyates). Taken 18 Oct. 1812 by the American sloop Wasp (56 k. and w.). Re-captured the same day by the Poictiers, 74, which also took the Wasp. Broken up by A.O. 21 Oct. 1813.

LAUREL (6th rate), 520 tons, 22 guns ; built at Bridport 1806. Services: C. and C. 1807 (c. J. C. Woolcombe) ; Cape of Good Hope 1808, taken 15 Sept. 1808 by La Cannoniere, 36, off Isle of France (28 k. and w.). Retaken 12 April 1810 by H.M.S. Unicorn, and renamed LAURESTINUS. Cape 1811 (c. the Hon. Wm. Alexander Gordon) ; Ch. 1812 ; N.A. 1813 (c. Thos. Graham). Wrecked on the Silver Keys, Bahana Islands: crew saved.

PHILOMEL (sloop), 384 tons, 18 guns ; built at Bridport 1806. Services : Med. 1807-14 (c. Geo. Crawley and Chas. Shaw). Sold 1817

EGERIA (sloop), 424 tons, 18 guns ; built at Bridport 1807. Services : N.S. 1808-12 (c. Lewis Hole). Took Noesois, 10, 21 Dec. 1808, and Aalborg, 6, 2 March, 1809. R.S. Devonport 1825-60 ; Police ship, Devonport, 1860-4.

MINSTREL (Sloop), 423 tons, 18 guns ; built at Bridport 1807. Services: Med. 1807-14 (c. John Hollinworth and Robt. Mitford). Took Ortenzia,10, 16 July, 1808. Sold 1817.

CURLEW (sloop), 382 tons, 18 guns; built at Bridport 1811. Services: N.A. 1813-14 (c. Mich. Head). Sold in East Indies 1822.

SARACEN (sloop), 382 tons, 18 guns ; built at Bridport 1812. Services: Ch. 1812 (c. K. L. A. Harper), took Le Courier, 14, on 23 Sept. 1812 ; Med. 1813--14, landing parties took the islands of Zupano and Mezzo (Adriatic) with their garrisons in June 1813. Sold 1819.

CONFLICT (gunbrig), 180 tons, 12 guns ; built at Bridport 1812. Services : Newfoundland (Lieut. H. L. Baker) 1813 ; C. and C. (A. M. Hawkins) 1814. R.S. Sierra Leone 1832-40. Sold 1841.

CONTEST (gunbrig), 180 tons, 12 guns ; built at Bridport 1812. Services: N.A. 1813-14 (Lieut. Jas. Rattray), cutters of Contest and Mohawk cut out an American privateer 14 July, 1814. Wrecked near Halifax 14 April, 1828 Lieut. Plaggenborg; all drowned.

SNAP (gunbrig), 180 tons, 12 guns; built at Lyme 1812. Services : C. and C. 1813-14 (Lieut. W. B. Dashwood), took Le Lion, 16, 6 Nov. 1813.

PLUMPER (gunbrig), 180 tons, 12 guns ; built at Bridport 1813.

SWINGER (gunbrig), 180 tons, 12 guns; built at Bridport 1813. Services : C. and C. 1814 (Lieut. A. B. Branch).

FURY (bombship), 325 tons, 8 guns ; built at Bridport 1814. Services: Arctic Discovery 1821-3 (c. Sir W. E. Parry) ; second voyage 1824-5 (Com Henry Parkyns Hoppner), Bilged in Regent's Inlet, in the Arctic, 1825.

Sources: Victorian County History - Dorset
              Steel's List of the Royal Navy May 1805;
              William James Naval History (1837);
              History of the RN - William Laird Clowes.

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