HMS Circe

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Circe, 1804
Type: 5th rate ; Armament 32
Launched : 17 Nov 1804 ;
Disposal date or year : 20 Aug 1814
Notes:

Circa 1 Dec 1804 Capt Rose apptd to the Circe.

1 Mar 1805 captured the Spanish privateer La Fama, schooner, 4 guns, 62 men, off Oporto.

May 1805 With Rear Admiral Cochrane

4-8 Jul 1806 Northumberland, Elephant, Canada, Agamemnon, Ethalion, Seine, Galatea, Circe, whilst protecting a large convoy bound to England, chased a French squadron under M. Willaumez through the Channel between St.-Thomas and Passage island.

5 Apr 1807 captured the French privateer Austerlitz on the Leeward Island station.

2 Mar 1808 with a small squadron captured the Island of Guadaloupe with a view to reducing the number of havens available to French privateers.

12-17 Apr 1809 a part of a British squadron, off the Saintes, West Indies, which chased a French squadron, and captured the French 74-gun d'Haupoult of 1871 tons, and, under the name of Abercromby, cruised for three or four years in the British service. 1 May 1835 a portion of the prize money resulting from this action due for payment : namely a dividend from the estate of the bankrupt agent Henry Abbott : no doubt one of the many fraudsters who ripped off matelots in those days : both officers and ratings being fair game.

22 Apr 1808 Gorée and Supérieure in action with two French 16-gun brig-corvettes Palinure and Pilade, with the Circe and Wolverine approaching.

31 Oct 1808 captured the French brig-corvette Palinure.

12 Dec 1808 a part of a small squadron which discovered a small squadron, recently arrived in the West Indies from France with stores, which it attempted to destroy before the stores could be landed.

30 Jan-24 Feb 1809 a part of a expedition under R.-adm Sir A Cochrane which arrived off Martinique with a view to taking the Island.

Gibraltar 10 Oct 1811 Cruising in the gut.

Portsmouth 21 Jun 1812 departed on a cruise.

Portsmouth 26 Jul 1812 departed for off Cherbourg.

Cork 10 Oct 1812 Remains, due to bad weather.

15 May 1813 captured a U.S. privateer, the 5 gun schooner Lovely Lass, with 73 men : sent to Kingston.

17 May 1813 captured the American schooner William on the N.A. & W. Indies station : sent to Kingston.