HMS Champion

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Champion, 1779
Type: 6th rate ; Armament 24
Launched at Ipswich : 1779 ; Disposal date or year : 1816
B.M.: 519 tons

1782 Rodney's Victory over the French, under the Comte de Grasse.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. G. E. Hammond. North Sea.

30 Jun 1799 at Yarmouth Roads, on the morning of the 26th inst. being off the Dudgeon, a brig was observed boarding two merchant vessels to leeward. After a chace of three days and two nights I had the satisfaction to capture the French privateer Anacreon, commanded by Citizen Blanckeman, belonging to Dunkirk, of 16 guns, and 125 men, 74 of whom were away in prizes she had made this cruise. She is almost a new vessel, sails remarkably fast, is copper-bottomed, and seems fit for his Majesty's service. I feel myself very happy in this capture as she has been a great annoyance to the trade on the Northern coast. I have the honour to be, &c. G. E. Hamond.

22 Jun 1799 captured the French privateer Anacreon in the North Sea.

10 Mar 1800 Portsmouth, departed with the Endymion, and Arethusa, with a convoy for the Mediterranean. The Endymion and Arethusa accompany them only a part of the voyage.

17 May 1800 The Endymion, advises that when in company with the Champion and Mediterranean convoy, fell in with a Portuguese Brazil ship, deeply laden, totally dismasted and abandoned : which, after considerable exertion, was put into a navigable state, and towed by the Champion into Gibraltar.

20 Jul 1800 maintaining the blockade off Malta.

6 Jul 1801 departed Torbay to join the Channel fleet.

8 Jul 1801 due to SW winds put back to Torbay.

Sep 1801 re-captured the late British bomb-vessel Bulldog.

17 Sep 1801, Gulf of Tarento, the Mercury having received Information that HM late sloop the Bull Dog had departed from Ancona on the 25 of August, with several trabacolos for Egypt or Tarento, laden with cannon, powder, shot, &c. I went immediately in pursuit of them with the Champion; and on the morning of the 15th, just entering the Gulf of Tarento, we had the satisfaction to discover the St. Dorothea in chase of the above-mentioned vessels, but at a very great distance to windward, and it was impossible to get near enough to keep sight of them after dark ; however we continued beating to windward all night, and at day-light the Champion made the signal for seeing them to leeward, close in with Gallipoli ; but she was unable to prevent their anchoring under the guns of the garrison ; this was, however, no check to the gallantry of Lord William Stuart, who persevered in a very distinguished manner, notwithstanding the fire from the batteries and the Bull Dog, until he had got close in under her stern, and then gave her so warm a return, that in a few minutes she hauled down her colours, and the cable being cut was soon without reach of the batteries. There were four trabacolos and a tartan with the Bull Dog, all of which had warped close to the walls of the garrison, except one trabacolo, which was also well in and defended by the batteries ; but the Mercury was enabled to get so near as to drop a boat and bring her off without mischief ; she is laden with brass mortars, field-pieces, &c. and was destined for Tarento. Lord William Stuart reports one man killed on board the Champion, and several shot in the masts and hull, chiefly from the batteries.

19 Aug 1802 arrived at the Motherbank, for quarantine, in the Solent, the Champion, 24, Captain Lord Stuart, in 40 days, from Malta.

23 Aug 1802 departed Spithead with the Coromandel, armed transport, to Chatham, to be paid off.

Circa 17 Sep 1803 Capt Collier apptd to the Champion.

Circa 3 Oct 1803 Capt Bromley apptd to the Champion.

14 Nov 1803 departed Chatham the Champion, Capt Bromley, for Sheerness.

17 Nov 1803 arrived in the Downs the Champion and Starling from the Nore.

18 Nov 1803 remains in the Downs the Monarch, Utrecht, Raisonable, Magicienne, Squirrel, Amaranthe, Champion, Vulture, Hound, Merlin sloops ; Perseus, and Fury, bombs ; Seaflower, brig ; Starling, gun brig ; Findon, hired sloop, and the transports Plymouth, Supply, and Sussex Oak.

2 Dec 1803 arrived Spithead, the Champion, 24, Capt Bromley, from the Downs.

9 Dec 1803 departed Spithead with a convoy for the Downs.

15 Dec 1803 remains in the Downs.

3 Jan 1804 arrived Spithead the Fortunee, Capt Vansittart ; the Champion, Capt Bromley ; and the Thisbe, Capt Shepheard, with a convoy from the Downs.

15 Jan 1804 arrived Spithead from Cork.

21 Jan 1804 departed Spithead with a convoy for the Downs.

10 Sep 1804 dispatches received at the Admiralty yesterday advise that the Champion, Orestes, and Jackal had engaged some 50 vessels which had departed Ostend for Boulogne ; the Orestes was reported to have received some damage.

30 Nov 1804 departed the Downs the Champion, frigate, and Vulture, sloop, with a large convoy of merchant ships, transports, coasters, and colliers, for Spithead.

May 1805 Downs

18-23 Jul 1805 attacks on convoys off Calais - Vimereux - Ambleteuse.

10 Aug 1806 6 merchant vessel of the homeward-bound Quebec fleet, burnt by the French Vétéran, 74, with Jérôme Napoléon onboard.

28 Aug 1816 lying at Sheerness ; offered for sale.