HMS Recruit

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Recruit, 1806
Type: Brig-sloop ; Armament 18
Launched : 1806 ; Disposal date or year : 1822

13 Dec 1807 Robert Jeffery landed ashore, alone, on the island of Sombrero, a deserted island, without food or water. The story of Robert Jeffery is described in the book Marooned, by James Derriman, available in Google Books.

29 Jan 1808 arrived at Carlisle Bay, Barbados.

1 Feb 1808 returned to the island of Sombrero to find Robert Jeffery.

11 Feb 1808 arrived Sombrero island, but no trace of Jeffery.

17 Feb 1808 back at Carlisle Bay, Barbados.

22 May 1808 George Jones died of fever.

13 Jun 1808 court of inquiry held on board HMS York at Barbados regarding the sending ashore of Robert Jeffery by Lieutenant Lake, commanding officer of the Recruit, to the uninhabited island of Sombrero.

Jun 1808 Lieutenant Lake, commanding officer, sent home to England as Sick on board the Camilla, where he arrived on 13 Aug 1808.

6 Sep 1808 Recruit in action with the French brig-corvette Diligente, which although she escaped, was subsequently captured and purchased into the service following the surrender of Martinique.

30 Jan-24 Feb 1809 a part of a expedition under R.-adm Sir A Cochrane which arrived off Martinique with a view to taking the Island.

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. 1 May 1835 a portion of the prize money resulting from this action due for payment : namely a dividend from the estate of the bankrupt agent Henry Abbott's : no doubt one of the many fraudsters who ripped off matelots in those days : officers and ratings being fair game.

5-6 Feb 1810 Captain Lake court martialled on board the Gladiator at Portsmouth for landing Robert Jeffery ashore, alone, on a deserted island.

Torbay 14 Mar 1811 arrived from Portsmouth to collect convoy together for Newfoundland.

Torbay 17 Mar 1811 departed with convoy for Newfoundland.

Plymouth 22 Mar 1811 departed with convoy for Newfoundland.

Plymouth 24 Mar 1811 departed with the Newfoundland convoy.

Portsmouth 23 Aug 1811 departed for Plymouth.

Plymouth 25 Aug 1811 arrived from Newfoundland, and last from Portsmouth.

Plymouth 6 Oct 1811 Returned and will sail again as soon as the wind moderates.

Portsmouth 7 Oct 1811 arrived from Plymouth, where she has been refitted.

Portsmouth 17 Oct 1811 departed from Spithead with the convoy for Halifax.

Cowes and Yarmouth roads 20 Nov 1811 departed with the convoys for the Mediterranean, Lisbon, and Halifax, long detained by foul winds.

Plymouth 30 Nov 1811 Sent in the Ranger, from the Brazils, captured some days since by a French privateer, and shortly afterwards re-captured, off Scilly.

Plymouth 11 Mar 1812 Put back due to contrary winds.

30 Jan 1813 arrived Sydney, N.S.

18 Aug 1813 captured the Schooner King George on the N.A. & W. Indies station.

28 Aug 1813 arrived Halifax from a cruise.

13 Sep 1813, arrived Halifax, with the Borer, from a cruise.

13 Jun 1814, arrived Halifax, from a cruise.

20 Jul 1814, arrived Halifax, the ship Alexander Ball, Skinner, from Bristol, for the Mediterranean, captured by the US privateer Gen. Armstrong, re-captured by the Niemen and Recruit.

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.

22 Sep 1814, arrived Halifax, from the Chesapeake with a small convoy, and a prize for the Espoir.

8 Nov 1814 arrived Halifax, in 4 days from Moose Island.

22 Nov 1814, Loire departed Halifax, with the escorts Penelope and Recruit, and a convoy for England.

12 Dec 1814 arrived Plymouth, from Halifax, with a convoy and dispatches.