HMS Clyde

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Clyde, 1796
Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38
Launched in the King's Dock Yard at Chatham 1796 ;
Displacement : 1002 tons (BM)

Built of fir.

13 Dec 1797 captured the French privateer Success in the Channel.

16 Dec 1797 captured the French privateer Dorade in the Channel.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. C. Cunningham. In the Channel.

13 Jan 1799 captured the French privateer Bon Ordre in the Channel.

14 Jan 1799 Plymouth, arrived the American ship Hiram, of and from Castine in America, Captain Samuel Witney, laden with lumber, bound to Liverpool, captured on the 4th inst., in lat. 49 deg. 30 min. long. 21, by La Vengeance French privateer, 22 guns, of Bayonne, and recaptured about three hours after by the Clyde.

16 Jan 1799 Plymouth, arrived from a cruize, with a French brig privateer, 16 guns, and a French schooner privateer, 14 guns.

14 Mar 1799 Plymouth, departed on a cruize.

24 Mar 1799 Plymouth, arrived a prize sloop from Bourdeaux to Brest, with provisions for the French fleet, prize to the Clyde.

11 May 1799 extract of a letter from an officer on board the Phaeton, at Sea. Lat. 49.58. Long. 8. 10. relative to the sailing of the Brest Fleet. We are under a press of sail for Ireland, to join Lord Bridport, though we have at present received no new intelligence of either him, or the French. Our squadron is the Stag, Mermaid, and Clyde. Upon the first tidings we received of the French Fleet being out, we made sail for Ushant, to look for Lord Bridport, but not falling in with him, made the best of our way to Ireland, which we hope to reach to-morrow. A general action will most probably take place. We spoke Rear-Admiral Whitshead on the night of the 7th, in the lat. of Ushant. He had four men of war with him.

16 May 1799 Plymouth, arrived a Danish ship, the Copenhagen, for Altona, stopped and sent in by the Clyde. She beat to windward through the Bay of Biscay, but saw nothing of the French fleet, though directly in their track.

13 Jun 1799 Plymouth, arrived from off Brest.

19 Jun 1799 in the Sound, at Plymouth.

6 Aug 1799 Plymouth, arrived with the Diamond, 38, and Fowey cutter, Lt. Danby, and ordered to sail on a secret expedition, supposed off Brest, to watch the motions of the combined fleets.

8 Aug 1799 Plymouth, departed with secret orders with the Diamond, and Fowey cutter, on a cruise to the westward.

20 Aug 1799 captured the French 36-gun frigate Vestale.
List of Killed and Wounded.
Clyde. W. Gatt, Quarter-Master, and John Hurne, Private Marine, killed.
John Tucker, S. Collins, and John Gardiner, Seamen, wounded.
La Vestale. Ten Seamen and Marines, killed. Two Officers and Twenty Seamen and Marines, wounded. One Officer and several Seamen since dead of their wounds.

28 Aug 1799 Plymouth, arrived in the Sound with her prize La Vestale.

31 Aug 1799 Plymouth, La Vestale went up the harbour.

24 Sep 1799 Plymouth, departed on a cruise.

18 Oct 1799 Extract of a letter from Captain Cunningham, off Ushant. Yesterday looked into Brest, which we have not been able to do before, since we left Torbay. There are about forty sail of the line apparently ready for sea ; but although we were very near, it is impossible to tell within five or six of the number. On the 16th spoke to a neutral, who departed that morning, in consequence of the Danish Consul going on board to inform him, if he did not sail immediately, he would he detained, as an embargo was to take place this day. The Dane informed him there were 48 sail of the line, and 15 or 16 frigates, mostly ready for sea. The French still continue sending vessels to the Cape and to all parts of St. Domingo. Several have lately departed from Bourdeaux.

5 Nov 1799 Plymouth, arrived with the Fisgard, and Fowey cutter, from a cruise off Brest.

15 Nov 1799 Plymouth, departed on a cruise.

23 Dec 1799 Plymouth, letters from the Ethalion, 38, of the 14th inst. state that the Clyde, Ethalion, Fisgard, and a cutter, had looked into the outer road of Brest, and then appeared ready for sea near fifty sail of all descriptions. The above frigates chased into Kediarne Bay a coasting convoy of 10 sail, which they hoped to cut out.

23 Dec 1799 Plymouth, from off Brest, which she left the 15th.

25 Mar 1800 Falmouth, arrived with the Agamemnon, 64, which had struck on the Penmarks (it is said, the very same rock the Repulse was lost on) ; she was with difficulty kept above water, as when she arrived it was above the magazines. She fell in with the Childers off the land, from whom she received some assistance, and accompanied her into port. They were constantly pumping the whole of last night, assisted by the crews of two sloops of war lying here, and the Chatham guardship, and a part of the soldiers from Pendennis garrison ; notwithstanding which it was found this morning the water had increased three feet; but we learn, that towards the afternoon, the leaks had not gained on the men at the pumps ; it is therefore hoped they will be able to prevent her from sinking.

12 May 1800 with the Thames, and the Hired Armed Schooner Suwarrow, capture a French Chasse Maree, Name unknown.

13 Jun 1800 Plymouth, arrived from Quiberon Bay with dispatches for the admiralty from Earl St. Vmcent.

27 Jun 1800 Plymouth, departed with the Beaulieu.

20 Aug 1800 Plymouth, arrived El Belas, Spanish packet, (with dispatches, which were sunk), from the Havannah, with a cargo of cocoa, &c. prize to the Clyde, bound to Corunna.

4 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived La Rose French schooner from Bourdeaux, bound to Gaudaloupe, with wines and brandies, prize to the Clyde.

10 Oct 1800 Plymouth, came in La Magicienne French schooner, letter of marqne, Citizen Andoin, richly laden with gum, ivory, and natural curiosities, from Senegal to Bourdeaux, prize to the Clyde.

10 Oct 1800 Plymouth, came in a sloop with timber, detained by the Clyde.

22 Oct 1800 a list of vessels destroyed, captured, and re-captured during the late cruise : destroyed the Deux Amis, Spanish letter of marque, 4 guns and 27 men, from Vera Cruz to St Andero, burnt in the harour of St. Vincent ; captured El Beloz, Spanish packet, 4 guns and 30 men, from the Havannah to Corunna; captured La Rose French schooner, from Bourdeaux to Gaudaloupe; captured La Magicienne French schooner, from Senegal to Bourdeaux; recaptured the Dick Guineaman, of Liverpool, taken by the Grand Decide privateer. The Fisgard was in sight at the time, and apprehended the privateer after a chase of about 2 hours.

22 Oct 1800 arrived Plymouth with the Dick Guineaman, outward bound, of 16 guns and 45 men, taken by Le Grand Decide French privateer of 18 guns and 160 men after a desperate action of 7 hours. Fortunately the Clyde, and Fisgard, hove in sight ; the former taking possession of the Dick and the latter left in chase of the former. The wounded were entered on the books as supernumeraries, and are now in the RN Hospital, where every care will be taken to complete the cure of their wounds ; unfortunately it is noted that the Dick's captain subsequently died of his wounds.

7 Nov 1800 Plymouth. Mr. Whitford took an inquisition on the body of a seaman, washed ashore at Yealm ; it appeared from the best evidence that could be produced, that he was the boatswain's mate of the Clyde, 44, Captain Cunningham, washed overboard two months since from the sprit sail yard, whilst trying to take in the sprit-sail, which flapped and knocked him overboard. Verdict : accidental death.

25 Feb 1801 in Plymouth Sound paid wages and prize-money.

5 May 1801 arrived briefly at Falmouth, the Nymphe, and Clyde, from off Brest, the former sending in a ship's boat to shore to collect letters., both departing when the boat returned.

6 May 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound from the Channel Fleet, last from Falmouth ; she counted last Monday twenty-five sail of the line and ten frigates and corvettes, with top gallant-yards across.

17 May 1801 departed Plymouth Sound for Jersey ; is to have with him several frigates, gun-brigs, and sloops of war, besides a flotilla of gun boats ; the whole to be under the orders of the Prince Duke de Bouillon, and D'Auvergne as Commodore.

20 May 1801 departed Plymouth Sound for the coast of France, with the Cockchaffer lugger.

13 Jun 1801 arrived Plymouth Sound the American ship Polly Carey, J Southworth, master, cut out of the Bay of Cancale, by the boats of the Jason and Clyde, mistaking her for a French corvette.

6 Jul 1801 letters received at Plymouth from the Clyde, Havre, dated the 29th Jun. mention that she was to cruise on that station some weeks longer with the squadron under his command.

19 Jul 1801 departed the Suffisante, with live stock and vegetables for the squadron off Havre; viz. Clyde, Lapwing, La Loire, and Trent.

8 Oct 1801 letters received from the Clyde, dated off Havre, state that there had been no movement whatever for several days in that port.

4 Nov 1801 came into Plymouth Sound, from a cruise

15 Dec 1801 went up into Plymouth harbour.

29 Apr 1802 arrived Spithead the Clyde, 38, Captain Cunningham, from Plymouth, they are bound to the eastward to be paid off.

2 May 1802 departed Spithead the Clyde, 36, Captain Cunningham, for the Eastward.

6 May 1802 passed through the Downs for the Nore.

7 May 1802 arrived Sheerness, from Portsmouth.

Circa 25 May 1802 Captain Larmour apptd to the Clyde.

Circa 21 Aug 1802 the death of Mr. Francis Lean, purser of the Clyde was reported.

6 Sep 1802 departed Sheerness for the Downs.

15 Sep 1802 arrived Sheerness from the River with volunteers.

16 Sep 1802 Adm Sir J B Warren boarded the Clyde with his retinue at Sheerness, and departed.

24 Sep 1802 arrived at Elsineur, en route to St Petersburgh, having on board Sir John Borlase Warren, to take up his position as British Ambassador to Russia.

6 Nov 1802 remains in the Downs with the Immortalite, Topaze, Jamaica, Magicienne frigates ; Driver sloop ; Snipe gun brig ; Diligent store ship.

10 Nov 1802 departed the Downs for the Nore.

12 Nov 1802 arrived Sheerness from Petersburgh.

3 Dec 1802 departed Sheerness for N. Yarmouth.

6 Dec 1802 departed N. Yarmouth on a cruise.

31 Jan 1803 arrived N. Yarmouth from a cruise.

2 Mar 1803 arrived at the Nore.

24 Mar 1803 the Harpy departed Sheerness with provisions &c for the Clyde at Leith.

10 Jun 1803 the Clyde has sent into N Yarmouth Roads the following prizes : De Walhelm, and Andriana, Riga ; and Jonge Jan Pernes, Van Nort, with salt fish.

15 Jun 1803 the Clyde sent into N Yarmouth Roads a prize, the Vreendschaap, G J Kluir.

30 Jun 1803 departed N Yarmouth on a cruise.

3 Oct 1803 departed Sheerness, the Clyde, Cap Larmour, with Lady Warren, for Russia, and a convoy for N Yarmouth and the Baltic, but the wind shifting round to the Eastward were all brought to on the Warp Sand.

6 Oct 1803 departed N Yarmouth the Clyde with her convoy from Sheerness, thus joining the convoy collected at Yarmouth by the Mallard for the Baltic.

10 Oct 1803 due to strong NE winds the Clyde, Mallard, and their convoy have had to put back to Hosely Bay.

21 Nov 1803 departed Elsineur with a convoy of some 350 vessels, bound for the East Coasts of England and Scotland.

Circa 17 Mar 1804 Lieut Telfer of the Clyde is dismissed the service and rendered incapable of ever serving again, for being repeatedly drunk and neglecting his duty.

May 1805 Woolwich, repairing in Ordinary

25 Aug 1807 ship's boats capture a coasting sloop off Ypont.

28 Jul 1809 a part of a large fleet which departed from the Downs, with troops, with the aim of demolishing the dock-yards, and arsenals at Antwerp, Terneuse, and Flushing, often known as the ill-fated Walcheren Expedition.

6 Feb 1810 captured the French privateer Transet on the Home station.

7 Oct 1814 arrived for the river to be broken up.