HMS Corso / El Corso

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Corso / El Corso, 1796
Type: Receiving ship (1803) ; late Brig / sloop ; Armament 16
Taken : 2 Dec 1796 by the Southampton in the Mediterranean ;
Disposal date or year : 1814
Notes:

24 Aug 1798 captured the French privateer Francois in the Mediterranean.

21 Nov 1798, Tangier Bay, after seeing the convoy into the Bay of Gibraltar yesterday, I chased two French privateers, one of which, l'Adolphe, 6 carriage guns and 42 men, I captured in the evening, and the other was driven on shore about two miles to the westward of Tariff, but from the day being far advanced, and very hazy weather, I found it impossible, with safety, to attempt destroying her. Coryndon Boger. Naval Chronicle p. 77 Vol. 1, 1799.

1 Dec 1798 captured a French privateer, Name unknown, in Rosea Bay.

19 Feb 1799 joined the blockade off Malta with a large French armed store ship which, with the Audacious, she took possession of yesterday, by signal from Lord Nelson, whose squadron was then engaged with the Trench ; Captain Ricketts reported this ship to be the Ville de Marseilles, loaded with salt meat, brandy, wime, clothing, stores, &c. ; departed from Toulon on the 7th inst., in company with the Genereux 74, Admiral Perrée, Badine 24, and 2 Corvettes, with 4,000 troops on board for the relief of Malta.

26 Aug 1800 with the cutter Pigmy, a punitive expedition made against the town of Cesenatico, when all the vessels in the harbour were either set on fire or sunk and the 2 piers burnt.

28 Aug 1800 off Ancona.

6 Sep 1800 captured on the Mediterranean station the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Madona del Carmina, laden with Salt, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori : the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Madona del Laura, from Trapani, bound to Poute Gori, laden with Salt : the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Madona del Gratia, laden with Salt, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori : and the Imperial Polacre Bark Madona del Jossata, laden with Salt, from Trapani hound to Ponte Gori.

12 Sep 1800 captured on the Mediterranean station the Neapolitan Polacre Brig Archimede, laden with Salt, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori.

16 Sep 1800 captured on the Mediterranean station the Neapolitan Polacre Ship La Rachele, laden with Salt, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori : the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Divinj del Providenza, laden with Salt, from Trapani bound to Ponte Goni : the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Vicenza di Tripani, from Tripani bound to Ponte Gori : the Imperial Ireballo, Pleni Luno, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori : the Imperial Ireballo, Successo, from Trapani, bound to Ponte Gori : and the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Annunciate Angiolo, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori.

17 Sep 1800 captured on the Mediterranean station the Neapolitan Polacre Ship Madona del Picta, laden with Salt, from Trapani bound to Ponte Gori.

16 Nov 1800 a Cisalpine trebaccolo, from Ravenna bound to Pesario, laden with pine : taken by the El Corso and Pigmy on the Mediterranean Station.

17 Jan 1801 the Imperial ship La Sfinge, from Barcelona bound to Trieste, laden with brandy ; taken by the El Corso and Pigmy on the Mediterranean Station.

13 Feb 1801 the Danish ship Adonis, from Copenhagen bound to Trieste, laden with stockfish ; detained by El Corso and Pigmy on the Mediterranean Station.

16 Feb 1801 the Danish brig Madellina Christiana, from Venice bound to Zante, laden with plank, &c. detained by the El Corso and Pigmy on the Mediterranean Station.

27 Feb 1801 the Imperial Trebaccolo Madona del Annunciade, from Trieste bound to Fiume, laden with hemp ; retaken by El Corso and Pigmy, from a French privateer on the Mediterranean Station.

15 Mar 1801 at half past six this morning the Pigmy and El Corso chased the French privateer trabaccolo Achille, commanded by Francisco Bruni, mounting 4 x 9-pounders, and 2 x 6 pounders, brass cannon, with 44 men, from Ancona one day, and had made no capture, off the north end of the Isle Lonzo until she anchored near the Isle Molata at half past eight, hoisted French colours, and struck them on my firing one shot.

11 Apr 1801 captured the Imperial brig Padre Aroaroza, from Mesina bound to Trieste, laden with cotton; as prize to El Corso, in the Mediterranean.

11 Apr 1801 captured the Imperial brig Nuova Armieize, from Cyprus bound to Trieste, prize to El Corso, Ricketts, in the Mediterranean.

17 Apr 1801 the Cisalpine trebaccolo St. Luizi. from Eipidore bound fo Siniglis, laden with wheat, taken by El Corso, on the Mediterranean Station.

19 Apr 1801 the imperial brig L'Imperetore, from Trieste bound to Zante, laden with merchandise ; re-taken by El Corso, on the Mediterranean Station.

27 May 1801 at nine o'clock this morning, captured off Manfredonia, the small vessel Corivesse, mounting one brass gun, commanded by M. Bernard du Bourdier, Lieutenant of the Regeneree, who, with another officer, was carrying dispatches from Alexandria to Ancona.

23 Jun 1801 captured the pirate tartan Tigre.

10 Jul 1802 arrived Spithead from the Mediterranean.

15 Jul 1802 departed Spithead the Mermaid, with the Corso brig, for Woolwich, to be paid off.

Mar 1803 reduced to harbour service at Portsmouth.

27 Mar 1803 ordered to Gravesend, under Captain Motley, Regulating Officer there, [presumably to impress men from the merchant shipping that passes through that place. Ed.]

30 Jun 1803 it has been announced in the Portsmouth section of the Hampshire Telegraph for 20 Jun 1803, that prize money due to the ship's company of the Foudroyant, Northumberland, Audacious, Alexander, Success, La Bonne Citoyenne, and El Corso, for Le Genereux taken circa 18 Feb 1800, is due to be paid by Navy and Prize Agency, Messrs Mottley and Grout, at Barnard's Inn, Portsmouth. Whilst the London Gazette seems to concentrate mainly on the London Agents, and far less often on other agents based in the home ports, I thought the fact that this agent was advertising his wares, including making loans, and also where and when he was paying out prize and salvage monies &c. might be of some interest.

May 1805 Gravesend, to receive men