HMS Repulse

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Repulse, 1780
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 64
Launched : 1780 ; Disposal date or year : 10 Mar 1800
Disposal Details : Wrecked, March 10, on a sunken rock 25 leagues south-east of Ushant : crew, except 10 saved on the Glenan islands, but made prisoners. Captain James Alms.

3 Dec 1795 captured the French privateer Petit Peareu on the coast of Holland.

9 Jun 1797 the Repulse, Ardent and Leopard escaped the mutiny at the Nore, being fired on by the Monmouth and Director - see p. 74

9 Jun 1797 Henry Carew, her first lieutenant reported to his Commanding Officer, Cap. Alms, regarding the recovery of the vessel from the mutineers, as follows : Lieutenants, Master, Purser, Marine Officer, and Boatswain, together with all the gentlemen of the quarter-deck, for the purpose of retaking the command of his Majesty's ship Repulse, and having been led thereto from the loyal disposition of part of the ship's company. The plan I intended carrying into effect at the hour of eleven this night, having arranged these circumstances, nearly about the time the Leopard was perceived under way, our loyal party took fire thereat, and fearful of losing power by delay, caught the moment, and with great success, carried our point ; unfortunately it happened to be low water, and the ship soon after getting under sail, took the ground for nearly two hours under a heavy fire from the Monmouth, Director, Grampus, and Ranger. I am sorry to signify that the Second Lieutenant Delanoe, lost his leg in this business, but the nature of such a service will strike you with astonishment, that this was the only loss received, but the hull, sails, and rigging were very much damaged. I have every gratitude to each of my assistants, and part of the ship's company, in thus enabling me to inform you of the safety of his Majesty's ship here. H.C.

19 Mar 1799 at Spithead.

22 Mar 1799 arrived Cawsand Bay.

6 Apr 1799 departed from Cawsand Bay to join the Channel fleet.

14 Apr 1799 Portsmouth, arrived from Plymouth.

5 May 1799 Plymouth, arrived in Cawsand Bay from Spithead.

6 May 1799 Cawsand Bay, with other ships of the line joined the Queen Charlotte off Plymouth Sound and departed down Channel before dark.

20 May 1799 joined the fleet in the Mediterranean off Minorca and anchored in Port-Mahon that evening and departed on 22 on a cruise.

19 Sep 1799 Portsmouth, arrived the Repulse, 64, from the Channel Fleet.

18 Feb 1800 Plymouth, passed by, to join the Channel fleet, with the Agamemnon, and Megaera fire ship.

10 Mar 1800 The loss of the Repulse.

Repulse 17 Mar 1800 Loss of the Repulse. 17 Mar 1800 Lieutenant Rothersy, of the Repulse, 64, Captain Alms, arrived at the Admiralty, with the unwelcome intelligence of the loss of that ship on the French coast. She struck on a rock near Ushant in a violent gale of wind, and notwithstanding the utmost exertions were used by the Captain and Officers to save the men, 10 brave sailors unfortunately perished. Captain Alms and the remainder of the Crew were made prisoners by the people on shore : from whom, we understand, they received all possible assistance in the hour of distress, lieutenant Rothersy, and a few men came home in the long boat, in which they effected their escape from the wreck. The following are the authentic particulars of the unfortunate loss of the Repulse, 64, Captain Alms. The Repulse was one of the ships belonging to the Channel fleet, but had been detached by Sir Alan Gardner to cruise off the Penmarks, for the purpose of intercepting provision vessels going to Brest. On Sunday, the ninth of March, there came on a sudden and violent gale of wind, and the rolling of the ship occasioned an accident to Captain Alms, who, while standing near the companion ladder, was thrown down it, by which one of his ribs was broken, and he was disabled from doing any further duty on the ship's deck. For two or three days the weather had been so thick, that it was not possible to make any observation, and the current had driven the ship so far out of her reckoning, that about twelve o'clock on the night of the tenth, the Repulse struck on a sunken rock, supposed to be the Mare, twenty five leagues south east of Ushant. She was then going about six knots an hour. The ship continued striking on the rock near three quarters of an hour before she could be brought to wear, and the water rushed in so fast, that the lower deck tier was soon flooded. By great exertions, the ship was kept afloat long enough to be enabled to approach the coast near Quimper, and at half past ten o'clock, Captain Alms and the ship's company quitted her, and made good a landing on one of the Glenans Islands, about two miles from the Continent. The peasantry on the island gave every assistance, and it is supposed the ship's company have been sent prisoners to Quimper. In the confusion of getting on shore, one of the ship's boats upset with five seamen, who were drowned. Two others were drowned owing to drunkenness; and four more were so drunk, they could not get out of the ship. We believe these are all that perished. The First and Fourth Lieutenants, two Midshipmen, and eight seamen, preferring the risk of getting safe to England to the horrors of a French prison, betook themselves to the large cutter, and having got a small supply of provisions and bread, steered for Guernsey. They had got within eight leagues of the land on the first day, when a gale of wind came on, which drove them towards the French coast and it was not until the fourth day that they reached Guernsey, after having undergone the most severe hardships during three days and nights, the waves breaking over the boat so incessantly, that four of the seamen were constantly employed in baling her. The First Lieutenant was landed at Weymouth on Sunday. The Repulse had on the day preceding the accident recaptured the Princess Royal packet from the Leeward Islands, on board of which the Third Lieutenant and ten seamen had been sent. Some apprehensions are entertained on account of her, as she is not yet arrived. The French prize-master was carrying her into Nantes. The mail had been taken out by the privateer which captured her.

Repulse 26 Jun 1800 26 Jun 1800 Portsmouth, a Court Martial was held on Captain Alms, his Officers and men, for the loss of HM ship Repulse, on the coast of France. After a thorough investigation of the business, the Court was of opinion, that Mr. Rothery, the First Lieutenant, and Mr. Finn (SP?), the Master, had been guilty of disobeying the Captain's orders, sentenced them to be dismissed his Majesty's service, and rendered incapable of serving again. That Captain Alms, his other Officers, and ship s company, are honourably acquitted.