HMS Ranger

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Ranger, 1794
Type: Sloop ; Armament 16
Launched : 1794 ; Disposal date or year : 17 Jul 1805
Disposal Details : Captured by the Rochefort squadron. Commander Charles Coote

N.B. In an attempt to discover differences between the Sloop Ranger (1794) and the Brig Ranger (1797) have used the dates and details of commissioning officers from Rif Winfield's British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817, although he doesn't appear to make reference to the Brig, and even Colledge only appears to have limited data on its existence, not detailing when it was disposed of. So, whilst I've attempted to differentiate the vessels, particularly when the Brig was operating in the Downs and the Sloop was in the North Sea, attached to N. Yarmouth, and where the names of Captains were provided by sources.

Apr 1794 commissioned by Cdr James Hardy for the Downs station.

2 May - 1 Jun 1794 Departure of the Channel Fleet from St. Helen's, and the lead up to actions and manoeuvres with the French fleet. 29 May - 1 Jun., what was to be known as the Battle of the Glorious 1st June commences, resulting in the capture of six sail of the line and one sunk. 13 Jun, the fleet arrived back in home ports.

14 Feb 1795 the Channel fleet departed from Torbay for a brief cruise and to see various convoys safe out of the Channel.

Jan 1797 commissioned by Cdr Charles Campbell, and remained in the Downs.

Sep 1798 the Ranger, C Campbell, Commander, with the Cobourg Hired Cutter in company, captured the Neptunus. 16 Nov 1805 balance of prize money from the condemned part of the cargoes of the Neptunus and Ceres.

Apr 1799 captured the brig Ceres. 7 Nov 1805 balance of prize money from the condemned part of the cargoes of the Neptunus and Ceres, captured by the Ranger, C Campbell, Commander.

2 May 1799 the Ranger, with the Courier Hired Cutter in Company, captured the Vreeda.

Aug 1799 commissioned by Cdr John Little for service in the N. Sea. 16 Oct 1800 Plymouth, arrived from a cruise after smugglers, and brought in 140 ankers of spirits.

26 Jan 1801 recaptured 2 colliers and sent them into N. Yarmouth.

1 Apr 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth, the Ranger sloop, with the Phoenix cutter, with a convoy from Hamburgh.

5 Apr 1801 departed N. Yarmouth for the Downs with her convoy from Hamburgh.

10 May 1801 departed the Princess of Orange, with a squadron from Adm. Dickson's North Sea Fleet including the Monmouth, Vanguard, Madras, Texel, Ariadne, Assistance, Agincourt, Phoenix, and Speculator luggers, Ranger, and Squirrel, and Narcissus brig, to cruise off Goree.

25 May 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth, the Ranger sloop, Capt Little, from a cruise off Goree. The captain being very ill was brought on shore this morning at eight, and expired an hour after at his lodgings.

At some time in 1801 would appear to have been commissioned by Cdr Richard Goddard, between Cdr Little and Capt Coote.

15 Jun 1801 Adm Dickson's squadron arrived N. Yarmouth from a cruise off the Coast of Holland with the Blenheim, flag ship ; Brunswick, Princess of Orange, Leyden, Standard, Assistance ; Ranger sloop ; Jalouse, brig ; Phoenix and Speculator, Luggers ; and Hazard, Liberty and Diligent, cutters.

22 Jul 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth from a cruise.

2 Aug 1801 departed N. Yarmouth for Sheerness.

29 Oct 1801 arrived in N. Yarmouth Roads.

22 Nov 1801 arrived N. Yarmouth with the sloop Driver and remains with the Blenheim and fleet. Wind NNW.

20 Dec 1801 departed N. Yarmouth the sloops Hound, Alonzo, Ranger, and brig Cruiser, for Sheerness.

15 Jan 1801 arrived in the Downs from Sheerness, the sloop Ranger, and remains. It should perhaps be noted that the brig Ranger, store/slop ship, was also based in the Downs at this date.

10 May 1802 the Iris and Favourite are ordered to convey the troops serving as marines on board the Guelderland, Ambuscade, Amphitrite, and Galathea, Dutch ships, to Lymngton, Hants, from which place they will embark for Holland. The sloops Ranger, Arrow, and Autumn are ordered to take the seamen belonging to the 4 Dutch ships above, to Embden.

16 May 1802 departed Sheerness the sloops Arrow, Favourite, Autumn, and Ranger, with the cutter Trial, with Dutch seamen for Lymington, from whence they will be sent home. The wind at the West blows hard.

Circa 25 May 1802 Captain Charles Coote apptd to the Ranger.

31 May 1802 arrived Sheerness, the Ranger, Capt Goddard, from Embden.

17 Jun 1802 her ship's company has been paid at Sheerness.

27 Aug 1802 a Court Martial was held on board the Phoebe, at Sheerness, for the trial of the Gunner of the Ranger, of 18 guns, for carelessness with respect to the magazine, in consequence of which the ship had been nearly lost. The Ranger was at the time employed in conveying volunteers from Deptford to Sheerness, and providentially all the powder was taken out, except such as was kept for the sentinels - this caught fire, and exploded with great violence, setting the ship in flames, and she was saved by scuttling the decks, and half filling her with water. The prisoner was found guilty of negligence, severely reprimanded, and mulcted four months' pay.

8 Oct 1802 arrived Spithead the Ranger, Captain Coote, with new raised seamen from Deptford

9 Oct 1802 a seaman belonging to the Ranger, Captain Coote, at Spithead, jumped overboard, with an intent to drown himself, but was prevented from effecting his purpose by a Black, who immediately jumped after and saved him.

31 Oct 1802 passed through the Downs for the Westward.

3 Nov 1802 departed Portsmouth for the Downs.

4 Nov 1802 passed through the Downs for Sheerness, and later to Deptford.

25 Jan 1803 the Ranger and Jalouse were supposed to depart Deptford down river for the Downs, but are still short of men from the rendez-vous.

17 Feb 1803 the Ranger, Hound and Diligence have been paid off at Deptford, and re-commissioned by their original captains.

24 Mar 1803 arrived Sheerness.

6 Jun 1803 departed the Downs last night on a cruise.

20 Jul 1803 arrived the Downs from a cruise.

23 Jul 1803 departed the Downs on a cruise.

8 Aug 1803 departed the Downs last night.

22 Aug 1803 arrived in the Downs from a cruise.

28 Aug 1803 departed the Downs, the Ranger, sloop ; the bomb Sulphur ; and cutter Swallow on a cruise.

3 Sep 1803 arrived in the Downs from a cruise.

4 Sep 1803 remain in the Downs the Monarch, Adm Lord Keith ; Utrecht, R.-Adm Montague, Capt Rogers ; Raisonable, Capt Hotham ; Immortalite, Capt Owen ; Ranger, Capt Coote ; Sulphur, Capt McLeod ; and Conflict, Mariner, Speculation, gun brigs ; the transports Comet, Canada, Aurora, and Minerva, under the command of Capt Watson, RN.

11 Sep 1803 arrived in the Downs the Monarch, York, and Ranger, from a cruize.

12 Sep 1803 departed the Downs on a cruise.

10 Oct 1803 arrived in the Downs from a cruise.

12 Oct 1803 remain in the Downs the Monarch, Right Hon Adm Lord Keith ; Utrecht, R.-Adm Montague, Capt Rogers ; Diana, Capt Maling ; Ranger, sloop, Capt Coats ; Squirrel ; Autumn, Capt Jackson ; Vesuvius, Capt O'Brien, bomb ; Sulphur, Capt M'Leod ; Archer, Conflict, Monkey, and Sterling, gun brigs ; the latter from a cruise.

13 Nov 1803 arrived Spithead the Fortuna schooner, prize to the Ranger.

26 Nov 1803 arrived Dungeness.

27 Nov 1803 departed Dungeness for off Havre.

30 Nov 1803 arrived Spithead, the Ranger, Capt Coote, with a schooner which she detained off Havre.

22 Dec 1803 departed Spithead for a cruise off Havre.

7 Feb 1804 arrived Spithead, from the squadron off Havre, the Ranger, Capt Coote, having been on the French Coast for 6 weeks.

20 Feb 1804 departed Spithead, for a cruise off Havre, the Ranger, Capt Coote, and the Merlin, Capt Brenton.

19 Apr 1804 arrived Spithead from off Havre.

28 Apr 1804 departed Spithead to join the Havre squadron.

Circa 14 Jul 1804 the Orpheus and sloop Ranger have been ordered to prepare for Service in the Mediterranean. Cancelled.

Circa 21 Jul 1804 the Orpheus and sloop Ranger have been apptd to the next Newfoundland and Halifax convoy, and have hoisted signals accordingly.

26 Jul 1804 departed Spithead with a convoy for Newfoundland.

22 Aug 1804 the Orpheus and Ranger departed Falmouth, with a convoy for Newfoundland and Halifax.

May 1805 Spithead

17 Jul 1805 captured by the Rochefort squadron.