HMS Romney

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Romney, 1762
Type: 4th rate, quarter-decked ; Armament 50
Launched at Woolwich in 1762 ;
Disposal date or year : 19 Nov 1804
Disposal Details : Wrecked on the Haaks, near the Texel : crew saved. Captain Hon. John Colville.
Tons (BM) : 1046.

17 Jun 1794 the Romney, Captain the Honourable William Paget, with a convoy bound from Naples to Smyrna, off the island of Miconi, captured French 40-gun frigate Sibylle, Commodore Jacques-Mélanie Rondeau. The Sibylle, built at Toulon in 1791, was purchased into the British navy. For more on the taking of the Sibylle see P. 314 of United Service Magazine 1840 Part III, in Google Books.

Aug - Sep 1796 Vice-admiral Sir James Wallace, with the Romney and frigate Venus, Captain Thomas Graves, prepare the defences of St.-John for a French assault, which in the end didn't come to fruition.

1 Jan 1799 Capt. J. Lawford. In the North Sea.

13 Aug-Oct 1799 employed on expedition to Holland.

Circa 1 Aug 1800 Captain Sir Home Popham is appointed to command the Romney, 50.

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.

12 Feb 1801 anchored in Table Bay the Romney and Sensible with a division of the 65th Regt of foot on board. Parted company off the Cape de Verds with the rest of a squadron consisting of the Sheerness and Wilhelmina, and a sloop of war. The 61st Regt is to be embarked, destination unknown.

14 May 1801 landed troops in bay of Kosseir.

12 Apr 1803 the Romney, Capt Popham, and Daedalus, Capt Waller, arrived off Plymouth Sound last night, from the East Indies.

17 Apr 1803 departed Plymouth the Romney and Daedalus, with five East Indiamen, for the Downs, and the wind getting up from the SW made a large offing, and departed for the Downs.

19 Apr 1803 having arrived in the Downs from Plymouth, it was reported that last night, in the strong winds blowing, along with several other ships, the Romney parted her cables, but was soon brought up again.

20 Apr 1803 a lighter has departed Sheerness for Deal with 2 cables on board, for the Romney, to replace those lost in the westerly gales, which continue to blow.

22 Apr 1803 departed the Downs for Nore.

24 Apr 1803 departed the Nore for Chatham, to be paid off.

10 May 1803 is stripped and ready for paying at Chatham.

10 Jun 1803 commissioned at Chatham by Capt Brown.

7 Jul 1803 at Chatham, the Romney, Amphitrite, and L'Aimable are in dock undergoing repairs.

19 Aug 1803 arrived in the Downs from Chatham.

20 Aug 1803 departed the Downs for the Westwards.

21 Aug 1803 arrived Spithead from the Downs.

21 Aug 1803 arrived Spithead from the Downs.

26 Aug 1803 dropped down to St Helen's with a small convoy for India and several vessels for the South Seas and Guinea, and remains.

28 Aug 1803 departed St Helen's with her convoy for the Cape and East Indies, including the Admiral Aplin for Madras, the packet Georgiana for St Helena, and with vessels for the South Seas, the Glow-worm and Thames for the Coast of Africa, Guinea. Having completed the duties detailed here she sails for the Barbadoes.

Circa 13 Feb 1804 is reported to have received orders to call at English settlements on the Coast of Africa for news and to scour the coast for any enemy cruisers.

7 Aug 1804 on Tuesday morning the Romney, Capt Brown, sailed past Portsmouth for the Downs with 200 ships from the Leeward Isles, the remainder having departed for the Northern ports under convoy of the Ulysses.

Circa 20 Oct 1804 Hon Capt Colvill apptd to the Romney, vice Brown.

1 Dec 1804 the Hampshire Telegraph reports that the Romney was lost last Monday, the 19th, having got underweigh from North Yarmouth, with the Adamant, en route to relieve the Princess of Orange and the Raisonable, and join the North Sea Squadron. In the rough weather that they met after leaving Yarmouth, they separated, and initial reports suggest that the weather was also thick and blowing with rain, producing bad visibility, and the Romney confused some merchant vessels wrecked on the Haak Sands for a part of the North Sea Fleet, but also ended up on the Haak Sands where they would appear to have remained until the ship started breaking up and they departed the wreck on rafts and the 300 men were rescued and taken prisoner by the Dutch, who had sent out 5 launches in awful conditions to save them. It would appear that no one realised that the Romney had gone down until the Alert cutter joined the North Sea Fleet with Master's Mate, Mr W S Haydon, and 13 men that they had rescued from their raft on the 23rd Nov.

4 Dec 1804 the Hon Capt Colvill and the officers from the Romney arrived at Yarmouth, on their parole.

6 Dec 1804 Capt Colvill, Lieut Barker, and Mr G F Rhode, purser, arrived in London Thursday night, reporting that the ship's company were receiving good treatment from the Dutch.