HMS Charon

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Charon, 1783
Type: Store-ship ; late 4th rate ; Armament 44
Launched at Bristol : 1783 ; Disposal date or year : 1805
Tons (BM): 889

2 May - 1 Jun 1794 Departure of the Channel Fleet from St. Helen's, and the lead up to actions and manoeuvres with the French fleet. 29 May - 1 Jun., what was to be known as the Battle of the Glorious 1st June commences, resulting in the capture of six sail of the line and one sunk. 13 Jun, the fleet arrived back in home ports.

14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet departed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.

12 Jun 1795 the Channel Fleet, under Lord Bridport, including the nnnnn, departed from Spithead for Quiberon bay. 22 Jun sighted the French fleet to west of Belle-Isle, and finding the French admiral had no wish for a fight, ordered the Fleet in chase and to engage as ships came up. During the chase the former British 74, Alexander was retaken, along with the French 74s Tigre and Formidable (subsequently renamed Belleisle). And so ended the Battle of the Isle de Groix.

20 Sep 1795 Lord Bridport remained with his fleet off the coast protecting the ill-conceived Quiberon Bay expeditions until 20 Sep, when he returned with 2 or 3 ships to Spithead, leaving Rear-admiral Harvey in command.

Converted for use as a Store-ship.

9 Mar 1796 Charon and Pique captured the French privateer Lacedemonian near Barbadoes.

27 Apr 1796 Sainte-Lucie. A squadron, including the Charon armed store-ship, Captain James Stevenson, arrived with troops, to reduce the Island, which was achieved by 26 May.

2 Mar 1798 captured the French privateer Alexandrine in the Channel.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. Right Hon. Lord Camelford. At Spithead, under orders for the Mediterranean.

19 Mar 1799 Portsmouth, is going to Gibraltar, with the ordnance transport New Adventure under convoy.

Circa Jan 1800 Captain Bridges, is appointed to command the Charon, 44.

25 Apr 1800 departed, the Inflexible, Stately, Wassenaer, Alkmaar, Charon, Expedition, Hebe, Pallas, Romulus, Sensible, Niger, Resource, and Vestal, with troops ; the Commanders of which have sealed orders.

Apr-5 Jun 1800 blockade of Genoa and cutting out of the Prima galley.

4-5 Jun 1800 consented to evacuate the town of Genoa, and, with the 8000 of his troops that were able to march, retire to Nice. In some preparatory conferences held on shore between General d'Ott, Lord Keith, and General Masséna, the latter expressed as much contempt for Austria, as he did respect for England ; observing to Lord Keith, " Milord, si jamais la France et l'Angleterre s'entendre, elles gouverneraient le monde." Much more passed in the same strain. There was, no doubt, a little policy in all this ; and it may indeed be gathered from an apparently authentic account of the negotiation for the surrender of Genoa, that the French general seldom paid a compliment to the British admiral or nation, without exacting in return some solid concession. On the 5th, the Minotaur, Audacious, and Généreux 74s, Charon store-ship, Pigmy cutter, and a small Neapolitan squadron, anchored in the mole of Genoa.

30 Aug 1800 taken on the Mediterranean station the boats St. Antonio and St. Maria.

8 Mar 1801 Expedition to Egypt, Captain Peter Ribouleau.

8 Mar 1801 of the personnel employed disembarking the army in Aboukir Bay one officer, Master's Mate Richard Ogleby, and 4 seaman were wounded.

26 Aug 1801 will be paid the Net Proceeds of Hull, Stores, and Head-Money for the capture of the Alexandrine on her next arrival in port, possibly Plymouth.

3 Mar 1803 the following vessels remained at Valetta when the Hector departed Malta, for England : the Kent, Superb, Triumph, Donegal, Gibraltar, Agincourt, Charon, Expedition, Experiment, Active, Phoebe, Niger, Victorieuse, and Resistance, the Regulus, and Raven, having departed Malta for Egypt, and the Blonde to Naples, the crew of the Raven having been reported to be sick. The Tourterelle, Pandour, were lying at Alexandria ; and the Braakel, guard ship, at Smyrna ; the Anson having departed Malta for Egypt at the latter end of November.

Circa 15 Aug 1803 Capt W Drury apptd to the Charon.

2 Nov 1803 arrived Spithead the Nova Sinken Deynades, from Havre for Lisbon, sent in by the Charon.

13 Jan 1804 arrived in the Motherbank, off Ryde, Isle of Wight, for quarantine, from the Mediterranean, the store ship Charon, with the Ambuscade, lately recaptured from the French by the Victory, along with 9 transports, commanded by Lt McCullock.

20 Jan 1804 departed Spithead to the Eastward.

May 1805 Woolwich, to repair in Ordinary.