HMS Polyphemus

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Polyphemus, 1782
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 64
Launched : 1782 ; Disposal date or year : 1827
B.M.: 1409 tons

Dec 1796 Polyphemus and Apollo captured the French privateer Deux Amis on the Irish station.

5 Jan 1797 the French frigate Tortue captured.

30 May 1797 Cork, has reputedly sent on shore 6 of her officers, but things remain peaceable and quiet on board. (N.B. that this was during the mutiny at Spithead.)

1 Jan 1799 Ireland.

9 Aug 1800 a squadron under Vice-Admiral Dickson consisting of the Monarch, Glatton, Polyphemus, Ardent, Veteran, Romney, Isis, Waakzamheid, and Martin ; Volcano, Hecla, Sulphur, and Zebra bombs ; Boxer, Furious, Griper, Swinger, and Haughty gun-vessels, departed North Yarmouth Roads for Copenhagen to be present during Lord Whitworth's negotiations with the Danish authorities! 15 Aug arrived in the Skaw and then went through a number of manoeuvres etc. ; and then departed for England. For more details see p. 240 of vol 4 of the Naval Chronicles.

14 Sep 1800 the squadron arrived back at Yarmouth.

2 Feb 1801 remains in the Roads at N. Yarmouth.

10 Mar 1801 the North Sea Fleet has come together at N. Yarmouth, and consists of the London, and St George, 98 guns, Adm. Sir Hyde Parker having transferred his flag from the Ardent to the St George ; Monarch, Bellona, Saturn, Ramilies, Ganges, Warrior, Russell and Defence, 74 ; Veteran, Ardent, Polyphemus, Raisonable, Agamemnon, 64 ; Glatton, 54 ; Isis, 50 ; Desiree, Blanche, and Amazon frigates ; Pylades, Hyaena, Dart, and Arrow, sloops ; Harpy ; Biter, Blazer, Bruiser, Tigress, Pelter, Teazer, Hasty, Force, Sparkler Brigs ; Terror, Volcano, Explosion, Hecla, Zebra, Albion, Sulphur, and Discovery bombs ; Eling, schooner ; cutters Fox and Hazard ; and luggers Rover and Lark.

Circa 12 Mar 1801 fleet under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker and Lord Nelson, consisting of 17 ships of the line, 3 frigates, 10 gun-brigs, nearly as many bomb-ketches, with smaller vessels usually attendant on a fleet, making in the whole nearly 50 sail, got under weigh from Yarmouth Roads at the break of day, and by eight o'clock had cleared the Sands ; they directed their course to the northward, wafted by a fine breeze at S.W. as departed from Yarmouth roads for Copenhagen (Naval Chronicle). 30 Mar the vessels initially detailed to take part in the forthcoming Battle of Copenhagen. 1 Apr the vessels detailed sail for Copenhagen ; the British ships held in reserve ; the Danish positions : 2 Apr the battle commences : the truce : the casualties : the wash-up :

12 Apr 1801 the fleet departed from Copenhagen into the Baltic.

18 Jun 1801 a letter of this date, received from Kioge Bay, in the Baltic, reports the presence of the following fleet, this at about the same time as Lord Nelson departed in the Kite for N. Yarmouth, V.-Adm Pole having arrived here in the Aeolus to relieve Nelson : the St George, Elephant, Defiance, Polyphemus, Edgar, Agamemnon, Defence, Adder, Aeolus, Kite, Dart, Zebra, Terror, Explosion, Sulphur, Discovery, Volcano, Hecla, Wrangler, Cracker, Safeguard, Sparkler, Attack, Tigress, Bruiser, Hasty, Biter, Otter, Force, Pleaser, Teazer.

19 Jul 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth with the Baltic fleet under the command of Adm Graves, consisting of the Defiance, flag ship ; Veteran, Polyphemus, and Ruby, 74s ; Otter, brig ; Latona, and Jamaica, frigates ; Vesuve, Bruiser, Cracker, Hasty, Teazer and Pincher, gun-brigs ; Alecto, fire-ship ; Sulphur, and Explosion, Bomb ; Speedwell, and Queen, tenders.

20 Jul 1801 The fleet under the command of R.-Adm. Sir Thomas Graves, which arrived yesterday evening from the Baltic, departed N. Yarmouth today, supposed for a cruise off Holland. Additional vessel seem to have arrived overnight, so a revised listing of vessels that arrived with the fleet yesterday may be created, along with a list of those that departed this morning, consisting of the Polyphemus, Ruby, Veteran, Raisonable, Agamemnon, and Asia ; Vesuve, Bruiser, Cracker, Teazer, Pincher, Boxer, Adder, Zephyr, Biter, Ready, Safeguard, Tigress, Wrangler, Plumper, Attack, and Sparkler, gun-brigs ; Alecto, fire-ship ; Sulphur, Explosion, Hecla, Terror, Volcano, Zebra, and Discovery, bomb-vessels. I note that the Latona, and Jamaica, frigates ; and Otter, brig, remained at Yarmouth when the fleet departed today.

13 Aug 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth the Polyphemus from Goree.

21 Aug 1801 the Polyphemus, Adm Graves, departed N. Yarmouth, with the Standard, 64 ; and the Ariadne sloop, for a cruise off Goree.

20 Dec 1801 remains in N. Yarmouth Roads with the Blenheim, Adm. Dickson, and his squadron.

3 Jan 1802 the Blenheim, flag ship of Admiral Dickson, remains in Yarmouth Roads with the Monarch, Adm. Graves, Agamemnon, Raisonable, Standard, St. Albans, Veteran, Ruby, Asia, Polyphemus, Princess of Orange, and Assistance ; Adder gun-vessel ; Inspector, and Pylades sloops ; and Jalouse, and Cruiser brig.

11 Feb 1802 remains with the Blenheim, and the squadron, in Yarmouth Roads.

25 Apr 1802 arrived Sheerness from Yarmouth, to be paid off.

10 May 1802 is reported at Sheerness to have been paid off recently at Chatham.

Circa 14 Jul 1804 Capt Lawford apptd to the Polyphemus.

22 Jul 1802 head money for those present at the Engagement at Copenhagen, on the 2d April 1801, due for payment.

11 Oct 1804 arrived from the Downs.

12 Oct 1804 7 men and an officer belonging to the Polyphemus were in a boat which upset when the boat was returning to the ship at Spithead, from Haslar Hospital. Fortunately a boat was sent from the Poulette, who had observed the accident, and along with a wherry which was close by when the accident happened, they were able to rescue the officer and men, who were taken on board the Gladiator where they received due attention.

7 Dec 1804 Sta.-Gertruyda, 34, Captured, by the Polyphemus 64 and Lively frigate, off Cape Santa-Maria.

May 1805 With Vice Admiral Sir John Orde.

10 Oct 1805 off Cadiz - the tactical preparations etc. for the forthcoming battle. 20 Oct combined fleet departed Cadiz, fleet manoeuvres.

21 Oct 1805 England expects….. &c. signalled, the first shots of the Battle of Trafalgar are fired. Nelson shot. Resumé of what had taken place. Individual ship actions and losses : Polyphemus. The post-mortem commences ; Summary of British casualties ; Death of Nelson ;

22-30 Oct 1805 losses amongst the prizes due to bad weather etc: Redoutable, Rayo, Monarca (sank) ; Fougueux, Bucentaure, Indomptable, San-Francisco-de-Asis, Aigle, Berwick (wrecked) ; Algésiras (taken into Cadiz) ; Santa-Ana, Neptuno (recaptured) ; Santisima-Trinidad (scuttled) ; Achille, Intrépide, San-Augustin (burnt) ; the washup ; burial of Nelson ;

15 Dec 1805 a convoy under the charge of Polyphemus and Sirius was attacked by a French squadron and the Sirius chased away.

14-16 Jul 1806 the ships' boats from the Prince-of-Wales, Centaur, Conqueror, Monarch, Revenge, and Polyphemus, along with 3 boats each from the Indefatigable and Iris, capture the French 16-gun brig-corvette César from the R. Gironde.

Portsmouth 30 Dec 1806 Put back having sprung her maintopmast.

Portsmouth 31 Dec 1806 departed from Portsmouth.

15 Jun - Sep 1807 operations in the Rio de la Plata.

14 Nov 1808 whilst cruising off the city of Santo-Domingo the ship's boats captured the French national schooner Colibri.

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.

20 May 1812 Polyphemus, Thalia and Reindeer departed from Negril bay, Jamaica with a large convoy, the former as far as Cape Antonio. Escaped attack by a US squadron. Much of the convoy is understood to have subsquently been dispersed in a hurricane.

Portsmouth 4 Oct 1812 arrived with the American ship Amazon, from New York, a prize.

Plymouth 5 Oct 1812 Recaptured and sent in the British ship Diana, from Santa Cruz, bound to Liverpool, which was taken by an American privateer.