HMS Carysfort

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Carysfort, 1767
Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched at Sheerness : 1767 ; Disposal date or year : 1813
Complement : 188
Tons (BM) : 586

29 May 1794 28-gun frigate Carysfort, Captain Francis Laforey, fell in with and recaptured the French (late British) 32-gun frigate Castor, Captain L'Huillier. This capture brought about the famous legal case in the High Court of Admiralty as to whether the Admiralty was liable to pay for the prize, she not having visited a French port since being captured.

19 Aug 1796 capture of a French privateer carrying important intelligence regarding the movements of a French squadron in the East Indies.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. J. Turnor. East Indies.

9 Nov 1799 lately arrived Portsmouth from the East Indies, has been paid off.

16 Nov 1799 a seaman arrived in town, having been brought to England in the Carysfort frigate.- He states that he was one of the sailors belonging to the Resistance frigate, blown up-while lying in the Straits of Sumatra. This man, and three others were blown out of the ship, and are the only persons saved ; having existed three days on the stock of the Anchor, without provisions, floating about upon the water, till they were fortunately saved by a boat from the shore.

Circa Jun 1801 Mr. Williams, Purser of the Sardine, is appointed to the Carysfort.

20 Jun 1801 went out of harbour to Spithead.

27 Jun 1801 departed Spithead with the Argo and Wolverene, for Cowes, to take troops on board.

28 Jun 1801 arrived Spithead the Argo, the Carysfort, and several transports, with the 85th regiment and forty of the artillery on board, from Cowes. They departed on Tuesday on a secret expedition.

6 Jul 1801 departed Torbay this morning the Argo, Carysfort, and Falcon, with a convoy of troop ships &c., each with a flat bottomed boat on deck, on a secret expedition.

8 Jul 1801 due to SW winds the Argo, Carysfort, and Falcon, with convoy put back to Torbay.

11 Jul 1801 put back to Torbay, the Argo, Carysfort, Falcon, and five transports, with the 85th regiment on board for a secret expedition.

23 Jul 1801 arrived Madeira. Following consultation with the Governor the troops went ashore on the 27th and the Argo, Carysfort, Falcon were to remain until relieved.

2 Dec 1801 arrived Spithead the Carysfort, from Madeira.

20 Dec 1801 made the signal to come into Portsmouth harbour to be paid off, but remained out at Spithead.

4 Jan 1802 remains at Spithead, Capt Drummond.

26 Jan 1802 departed Spithead the Carysfort, 28, Capt Drummond, on a cruise after smugglers. It is reported that the smugglers have taken to using larger vessels, lately used as privateers until the peace, which are larger and better armed than the revenue cruisers, a large lugger having recently fired into 2 revenue cruisers, and hence the use of frigates and sloops, waiting to be paid off, to deal with the problem that has now arisen.

31 Jan 1802 arrived St Helen's from a cruise.

5 Feb 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise.

8 Feb 1802 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

11 Feb 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise after smugglers.

26 Feb 1802 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

28 Feb 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise.

8 Mar 1802 arrived and departed Spithead.

18 Mar 1802 arrived St Helen's from a cruise.

20 Mar 1802 departed St Helen's in the forenoon.

1 Apr 1802 arrived St Helen's from a cruise.

5 Apr 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise after smugglers.

28 Apr 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise.

Circa 1 May 1802 Captain Mundy apptd to the Carysfort.

14 May 1802 departed Spithead the Carysfort, 28, Captain Mundy, on a cruise after smugglers. She will return in a few days to be paid off.

20 May 1802 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

18 Jun 1802 a Court-Martial was held on board the Carysfort, at Portsmouth, on Mr. W. Diamond, Boatswain, who was tried for absenting himself without leave ; the charge being proved, he was dismissed the ship.

18 Jun 1802 departed Spithead, on a cruise.

29 Jun 1802 the Carysfort arrived Falmouth from a cruise.

19 Jul 1802 arrived Plymouth Sound from a cruise.

1 Aug 1802 came into Plymouth Sound from a cruise, with the Sirius.

6 Aug 1802 went into Barn Pool to have her rigging overhauled.

28 Aug 1802 the two Boards of the Admiralty and Navy visited Plymouth Sound and Cawsand Bay and on passing through the Narrows of Devil's Point, and Mount Edgcumbe the Centaur, Courageux, Hussar, Sirius, and Carysfort manned ship and fired a 19 gun salute.

16 Sep 1802 passed through the Downs for Sheerness.

22 Sep 1802 had arrived Sheerness, and remained.

28 Sep 1802 paid off and recommissioned.

13 Nov 1802 Captain Fanshawe apptd to the Carysfort.

15 Nov 1802 departed Sheerness for Shields, to enter men for the Fleet.

24 Mar 1803 arrived Sheerness.

3 Jul 1803 departed Sheerness the Carysfort with a Baltic convoy.

18 Aug 1803 the Amaranthe arrived N Yarmouth with the Unicorn, frigate ; Diligence, armed ship ; Mallard, gun brig ; and 2 cutters ; and a convoy of 300 merchant vessels, homeward-bound, from the Baltic. The ships for Liverpool departed company about nine days since, to go north about, under convoy of the Carysfort frigate.

24 Aug 1803 in company with the hired armed cutter Fox captured the French Vessel La Dunkerque.

10 Oct 1803 arrived at Sheerness for a refit.

17 Oct 1803 has completed her refit and is ready for sea.

20 Oct 1803 has been appointed to take the next Baltic convoy, and since there are about 20 ships waiting, it is understood that she might sail later in the day, weather permitting.

8 Nov 1803 a report from Elsineur advises that the Carysfort, with her convoy from the Nore was, between Anholt and Kohl.

Circa 10 Dec 1803 is reported at Portsmouth to have been lost on the Tidsal Sand when chasing a couple of privateers in the Cattegat, when returning to England from Norway, having been on convoy duties, but the following notes suggest, if true, that she was got off.

13 Dec 1803 was reported to have arrived off the Humber with her convoy of about 50 vessels from the Baltic. Reports from crews of wrecked merchant vessels, of the same date, from Leith, advise that as many as 9 vessels, if not more, were seen to have gone ashore from the Carysfort's convoy in the bad weather.

20 Feb 1804 arrived Spithead, from the Downs, the Carysfort, Capt Fanshawe.

25 Feb 1804 came into Portsmouth harbour.

18 Mar 1804 departed Spithead for Cork.

26 Mar 1804 the wrecking of the Apollo and a part of the West Indies convoy on the coast of Portugal and the escape of Carysfort and rest of the convoy.

Circa 15 Sep 1804 letters received from Barbadoes report the recent deaths of Capt Stirling, Serapis ; Lieut Bellamy, of the Carysfort ; and Lieut Low of the Imogene.

Circa 29 Sep 1804 the Carysfort, at Antigua, is laid up for want of men, it being implied that quite a large number had died from Yellow Fever, and those still on board have been landed and are now accommodated in the sail loft for their recovery.

5 Apr 1805 prize money for the French Vessel La Dunkerque due for payment.

May 1805 Antigua

End of Jun - early Jul 1806 a part of the homeward-bound convoy under the Carysfort and Dolphin, collected off and St.-Christopher, West Indies, escaped a French squadron.