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Chapman, 1793 & 1804
Type: hired armed ship ; Armament 24
Hired : 1793-1801 ;
Hired again : 1804-> ;
1 Jan 1799 Cdr. R Keen ; Master - ; stationed Liverpool to Plymouth ; built -. (N.C.)
1 Feb 1799 departed from Milford with 25 sail for Plymouth. At 1 A. M. it came on to blow hard at E.S.E., and split part of her sails. At half past twelve at noon of 2 Feb saw the Helen and Mary, Thomas, one of the convoy carried away her bowsprit, foremast, and main-top-mast, and hoisted a reversed ensign as a signal of distress, which the Chapman answered, and made the necessary signals for the regulation of the convoy, and endeavoured to get on board a hawser, but could not as it blew a hurricane, and the Wind W. by N. The Chapman lay too by her until the next day, where the land of Padstow bore S. by E., four leagues ; when she got an hawser on board the Hellen and Mary, and towed her ; but coming on to blow with snow showers, parted the hawser. The Chapman lay too under the land and got the hawser on board again, and safely towed her into Falmouth. Had it not been for the attention of the Chapman she must have foundered, as from her situation she could neither wear or stay, and from the very heavy sea it was impossible to make her steer.
3 May 1799 Plymouth, arrived with a convoy from Milford.
6 Mar 1799 Plymouth, departed under Captain Keen, with a convoy for Milford.
13 May 1799 Plymouth, departed with a convoy for Milford.
24 Oct 1799 Plymouth, arrived, with a convoy from Milford.
21 Dec 1799 Plymouth, hard frost. departed with a convoy for Liverpool.
24 Mar 1800 Plymouth, departed to the eastward.
26 Mar 1800 Portsmouth, arrived with a convoy from Plymouth;
8 Jun 1800 Plymouth, arrived from Milford Haven with a convoy of seamen for the fleets.
24 Jun 1800 Plymouth, departed with a convoy.
2 Jul 1800 Plymouth, arrived with a convoy from Milford.
10 Jul 1800 Plymouth, departed with a convoy.
Circa 1 Aug 1800 Captain Keen, of the Chapman, appointed to the command of the Spitfire, 24.
10 Aug 1800 Plymouth, arrived with a convoy from Milford.
13 Aug 1800 Plymouth, departed with a convoy for the Downs.
13 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived with a convoy from Milford Haven.
27 Jan 1801 arrived Falmouth with a convoy from Wales &c.
7 Feb 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound with a convoy from Wales, last from Falmouth.
25 Feb 1801 departed Plymouth Sound with a convoy for Milford haven.
5 Mar 1801 departed Plymouth Sound with a convoy for Milford Haven.
11 May 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound the Chapman, and the London Packet, with a convoy from Wales.
20 May 1801 departed Plymouth Sound to the Eastward with the Phoebe's late convoy viz., Indefatigable, Barnham ; Nancy, Steel ; London, Shaw ; Ariadne, Sale ; and Marquis of Stafford, Pastgate ; with several other vessels.
2 Jun 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from the Downs.
22 Sep 1801 came into Plymouth Sound the Chapman, Hired armed ship, Captain Brown, with a convoy of coasters, and a French chasse marie, La Juene Marie, with wines, was cut out by the boats of La Hirondeile, near Rochefort.
24 Sep 1801 departed Plymouth Sound with a convoy for Milford.
27 Oct 1801 came into Plymouth Sound with 150 new raised men from Milford.
2 Nov 1801 arrived in the Downs and departed for the River to be paid off.
13 Nov 1801 returned to owners following the Peace of Amiens per BWAS.
Nov 1804 following the breakdown in the Peace of Amiens would appear to have been hired again per the following item, but I don't have any other sources, so we'll have to make do with this.