HMS Dictator

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Dictator, 1783
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 64
Launched : 1783 ; Disposal date or year : 1817
Notes:

Chatham 29 Dec 1784. arrived and remains.

Doubled and sheathed &c.from with 3-inch deal from ports to first futtock-heads and thence to keel with inch stuff.

15 Jan 1799 Portsmouth, at Spithead.

7 Apr 1799 Portsmouth, departed with the Cambridge militia, for Dublin.

l5 Dec 1799 Plymouth, came in the Dictator, with the Royal Pembroke militia on board. She captured a rich prise on her passage.

31 Jan 1800 Plymouth, departed for the Cove of Cork, the Dictator, 64, Capt. J. Hardy, and the Roebuck, 44, Capt. Buchanan, with the 46th (or South Devon) regiment of foot on board.

21 Mar 1800 Plymouth, arrived from Cork with 500 of the 82d regiment onboard.

24 Mar 1800 Portsmouth, arrived the Dictator, Roebuck, and Trusty, with the 54th regiment, from Ireland, which landed at the Block House.

27 Mar 1800 Plymouth, departed for the Downs.

5 Aug 1800 Portsmouth, departed the Dictator, Delft, Trusty, Astrea, Termagant, Fury, and Tortoise, on a secret expedition.

8 Mar to 2 Sep 1801 Services off the coast of Egypt.

8 Mar 1801 of the personnel employed disembarking the army in Aboukir Bay one seaman was killed and one officer Midshipman Edward Robinson, since dead, and one seaman wounded.

4 Dec 1801 arrived Spithead the Dictator, armed en flute, with the Inflexible, with detachments of the Guards from Egypt on board.

17 Feb 1802 departed Spithead for the Downs.

19 Feb 1802 arrived Sheerness, from the Downs, and departed Sheerness for Chatham to be paid off.

Mar 1802 paid off.

1803 refitted as a troop ship.

10 May 1803 nearly ready to be commissioned at Chatham.

Circa 26 Nov 1803 Capt Tinling apptd to the Dictator, vice Newhouse.

Circa 21 Apr 1804 Capt Hawkins apptd to the Dictator, vice Tinling.

1805 Limehouse, repairing in Ordinary.

Yarmouth 2 Jan 1807 Remains in Yarmouth Roads.

26 Jul 1807 departed as a part of a fleet of 38 vessels for Copenhagen and was present from 15 Aug - 20 Oct for the siege and bombardment of Copenhagen and capture of Danish Fleet by Adm. Gambier.

May - Oct 1808 in the Baltic with a fleet under V.-adm Sir J Saumarez.

Yarmouth 31 Dec 1809 departed for Portsmouth.

Hull, 2 Oct 1810 in the last week has recaptured the Maria Elizabeth, Henbeip, from Riga.

6 Jul 1812 off Mardoe on the Norway coast, Dictator, Calypso, Flamer and Podargus sighted and chased a Danish squadron through difficult waters, in which two of the British brigs went aground, destroying the frigate Nayaden, and badly damaging the brigs Laaland, Samsoe, and Kiel and a number of gunboats.

Deal 9 Sep 1813 Came down from Sheerness and departed this afternoon for Portsmouth.

Portsmouth 14 Oct 1813 arrived from Passage.

Portsmouth 22 Nov 1813 Has departed for Hoseley Bay to take troops to Holland.

Deal 9 Dec 1813 Awaiting the arrival of troops for Holland.

Deal 12 Dec 1813 The troops were all safely embarked yesterday on board by the Deal boatmen.

Deal 13 Dec 1813 departed the expedition for Hobart, [Holland].

Deal 12 Jan 1814 Embarked troops for Helvoetsluys, and will sail immediately.

Deal 16 Jan 1814 Is still detained by contrary winds.

Deal 20 Jan 1814 departed yesterday with a detachment of the Guards for Holland, but put back by contrary winds, with the loss of anchors and cables.

Deal 13 Feb 1814 arrived from Holland.

Portsmouth 10 Apr 1814 Has received on board French prisoners from Dunkirk and other ports which have hoisted the white flag, and will sail with them early tomorrow morning for Boulogne.

Aug 1814 a portion of the prize money resulting from the various actions in the Chesapeake became due for payment on 1 May 1835 : 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.

14 Dec 1814 distribution of head-money arising from the capture of American gun-boats and sundry bales of cotton, [per London Gazette of 26 Jun 1821].