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ALCMENE (38) The French LA TOPAZE taken on 22 January 1809 by CLEOPATRA, JASON and HAZARD off Guadaloupe. first named JEWEL and then ALCMENE.
Broken up in 1816.

  • 1811 Capt. Edwards Lloyd GRAHAM, from SOUTHAMPTON, fitting at Portsmouth for the Mediterranean.
  • In May 1812, while ALCMENE was at Lissa, her boats were placed under the command of Lieut. Edward SAURIN with orders to intercept enemy convoys between Curzola and the mainland.
    They captured several small boats laden with wine and these were left under the protection of Mr HOLBROOK (senior) midshipman, in the launch when four boats went in chase of two sail seen in the distance.
    It was dark before Lieut. SAURIN came up with his quarry near the island of Lessina and discovered that there were now 13 of them.
    He formed his four boats in line and approached the largest, giving her a shot from the small brass piece in the bow of the pinnace.
    The enemy, which had been silent, now opened up and a carronade loaded with langridge shot and musket balls was discharged into the pinnace.
    The other boats came up and they managed to board and carry the enemy but not until the crew had all been killed or wounded.
    The others continued to fire until the prize was towed out of range by Mr HOLBROOK (senior), who hastened to assist when he heard the firing.
  • Twenty officers and men were killed or wounded in the pinnace; Lieut. SAURIN was shot through the right wrist and left arm and Mr HOLBROOK (junior) was shot through the body.
    In the boat commanded by Mr John Samuel JOHNSON, master's mate, one man was killed and three wounded.
    The prize was a trabaccolo of 4 guns and 30 men.
  • 1813 Capt. Jeremiah COGLAN, Mediterranean.
    He exchanged out of CALEDONIA when the prospects of a general action with the Toulon fleet lessened as more men were draught from the French navy into the army.
    The French lateen-rigged vessel AIGLE of 7 guns, one howitzer and 59 men was captured on 8 June 1813 and on 23 December he captured the French national schooner FLECHE between Corsica and Cape Delle Molle.
    Carrying 12 guns, 99 men and 24 soldiers, she was bound for Corsica from Toulon.
  • On 11 April 1814 Capt. COGLAN joined Capts.
    BRISBANE and LOUIS in the destruction of a French convoy which had run ashore under the protection of batteries at Port Maurice in the Gulf of Genoa.
    The three ships then sailed for Genoa, then under attack by Sir Josias ROWLEY's squadron.
    ALCMENE's orders to land seamen were countermanded when the fortress surrendered. She later took part in the occupation of Corsica.
  • On 11 May 1815 TREMENDOUS, ALCMENE and PARTRIDGE arrived off Naples, during the war against Murat, and obtained the surrender of the ships of the line and the arsenal there.
    On the 20th. TREMENDOUS and ALCMENE anchored close to the mole with two Neapolitan line-of-battle ships hauled out along side them and the following morning 500 marines landed and took possession of the castle of St. Elmo and united with the civic guard to keep order until the 23rd. when the Austrian army under Prince Leopold arrived.
    The two Neapolitan ships, JOACHMIN and CAPRI were escorted to Malta by ALCMENE.
  • ALCMENE was paid off at Deptford in November 1815.

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