HMS Charger

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Charger, 1801
Type: Gun Brig ; Armament 14
Launched : 1801 ; Disposal date or year : 1814

13 Jul 1801 departed Sheerness the Charger, Lt King ; Bold, Lt Short ; Minx, Lt Roch??? ; Constant, Lt Bremer ; and Mallard gun brigs, for the Downs.

14 Jul 1801 arrived in the Downs from the Nore, and remains.

14 Aug 1801 departed Dover / Downs, the Charger, Lt Rice, to join the fleet off Boulogne.

19 Sep 1801 arrived in the Downs the Eugenie and Diligence sloops ; Sulphur bomb ; Charger, Bold, and Ferreter, gun-vessels, and remain.

13 Oct 1801 returned to Walmer Roads with Captain Russel's division from off Calais, blowing hard.

15 Oct 1801 departed the Downs the Bold, Snipe, Ferreter, Charger and Locust, on a cruise.

20 Nov 1801 remains in the Downs, in company with the Overyssel, &c.

28 Nov 1801 the Nemesis, frigate ; Arrow, sloop ; Charger, gun-brig ; and Ranger store brig, during the NNE severe gale last night, drove out of the Downs.

30 Nov 1801 the Nemesis arrived back in the Downs, with the Arrow, and Charger, and remains with the Overyssel, Amazon, Alkmaar, Medusa, Brilliant, Jamaica ; Gannet, and Galgo.

18 Feb 1802 departed Sheerness, with the gun brigs Acute, Charger, Constant, Boxer, and Mariner, for the Northward.

11 Mar 1802 remains in the Downs with the St Albans, &c..

12 Mar 1802 departed the Downs on a cruise.

26 Mar 1802 remains in the Downs.

20 May 1802 passed through the Downs from Sheerness to Portsmouth.

23 May 1802 arrived Spithead the Charger gun-vessel from the eastward.

29 May 1802 departed Spithead to the eastward.

3 Jun 1802 arrived in the Downs from Portsmouth.

20 Jun 1802 arrived Sheerness from a cruise, Wind E.

31 Aug 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise.

27 Sep 1802 departed Spithead with the Locust gun-vessels on a cruise.

26 Nov 1802 departed the Downs for Spithead.

30 Nov 1802 arrived Spithead with the Autumn sloop of war, from the eastward.

28 Dec 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise.

10 Mar 1803 the Archer and Charger have been obliged to run into Sheerness harbour, owing to the tremendous weather.

17 Mar 1803 departed Sheerness the Charger, Lieut Blow, to the Swin, to raise men for the fleet. It is interesting to note the tenor in which this note is written in the newspaper, hoping very much, as I imagine must be the view of many, that the Peace continues, but this contrasts with those who seem to be almost looking forwards to the opening of hostilities with France again! Elsewhere I've noticed that those in favour of a return to hostilities are suggesting that the attitude of many of those who were hoping that the Peace would continue has changed as a result of Bonaparte's rantings on the Continent ! Being as these views are being voiced in the newspapers one wonders how much of this is true or pro-war propaganda. Had they known it was going to last another 11-12 years one wonders whether this might have changed their tune ?

23 Jul 1803 departed Spithead, the Charger, Lieut Blow, and a cutter, with a convoy for the Downs, but put back with her convoy.

27 Jul 1803 departed Spithead with a convoy for the Downs.

30 Jul 1803 arrived in the Downs with a convoy from the Westwards.

7 Sep 1803 was paid at the Nore and subsequently departed.

2 Nov 1803 arrived Spithead the Charger, with the Pedenton, Peiter Simon, Master, from Garla to Bourdeaux, with naval stores, prize to the Charger.

28 May 1805 captured the Dutch privateer De Zenno, 13 men, on the North Sea station.

May 1805 Downs Station

27 May 1805 captured the Dutch privateer De Zeum, 13 men : bounty-money granted paid circa Oct 1828 (sic).

31 Dec 1806 departed Harwich.

9 Jun 1808 during a calm, off the south end of the island of Saltholm, their convoy was attacked by 25 Danish gun-boats which succeeded in capturing 10 or 12 merchant vessels at the rear of the convoy and the gun-brig Turbulent.