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BELLIQUEUX (64) 3rd rate Built in 1780, Blackwall.
Hulk in 1814.
Broken up in 1816.

  • 1781 Capt. J. A. BRINE.
    She was in Rear Ad. HOOD's division in an action with a superior French fleet under De Grasse off Martinique on 29 April 1781.
  • 1782 Capt. A. SUTHERLAND, North America.
  • 1793 Capt. G. BOWEN.
  • 1794 Capt. J. BRINE.
  • 1796 Capt. J. INGLIS, 06/1796, North Sea.
  • 1798 Capt. H. INMAN, 01/1798. Capt. R. ENGLAND, 06/1798. Admiral Lord DUNCAN hoisted his flag in her in August. In October Capt. INGLIS was re-appointed to her.
  • 1799 Capt. Rowley BULTEEL, 05/1799.
    On 15 May 1800 she sailed from Portsmouth escorting a convoy of outward bound East India ships: BOMBAY CASTLE, LADY JANE DUNDAS, BENGAL, PHOENIX, CASTLE EDEN, NEPTUNE, COUTTS, DORSETSHIRE, EXETER, CEALIA and BELLONA, ABUNDANCE bound for the Cape of Good Hope and ROYAL ADMIRAL for Botany Bay. Soon after daybreak on Monday 4 August four sail were seen from the masthead standing towards them. Capt. BULTEEL bore down on them with his whole convoy, counting on the warlike appearance of his China ships to intimidate an enemy. The other ships separated and bore up under a press of sail so Capt. BULTEEL went after the largest. After a few shots the enemy surrendered and proved to be the the French frigate LA CONCORDE, with forty-four 18-pounders and 444 men, commanded by Capt. Landolphe.
    The same evening the French frigate LA MEDEE, of thirty-six 12-pounders, surrendered to the BOMBAY CASTLE and the EXETER. LA FRANCHISE (42) was chased by COUTTS and NEPTUNE but escaped in the night after throwing overboard some of her guns and her anchors and boats. (She managed to reach Rochefort after escaping from CLYDE in squally weather during October.) The fourth vessel, an American schooner taken as a prize and fitted as a cruiser, also escaped.
    The three frigates were part of a squadron which had sailed from Rochefort on 6 March 1799 and, after raiding commerce off the African coast, had re-fitted at Rio de la Plata, and were now cruising off Brazil where they had plundered a number of Portuguese vessels.
  • 1803 Out of commission at Chatham.
  • 1805 Capt. George BYNG, 03/1805.
    The following autumn she sailed with Sir Home POPHAM's expedition against the Cape of Good Hope. They arrived in Table Bay on 4 January 1806 and the troops under Major general Sir David Baird were augmented by a marine battalion commanded by Capt. BYNG during the operations ashore. He was joined by officers taking passage to India and by Capts. Edmeads, Cameron, Christopher and Moring of the East Indiamen WILLIAM PITT, DUCHESS OF GORDON, SIR WILLIAM PULTNEY and COMET. The seamen under his control were found essential for the movement of artillery in a difficult terrain.
    After the Dutch Governor Jansens signed a capitulation on the 18 January, BELLIQUEUX escorted the East India Company ships to Madras.
    In the autumn of 1806 she formed part of Sir Edward PELLEW's squadron which captured or destroyed the Dutch frigate PHOENIX, seven brigs and about twenty armed and other merchant vessels in the Batavia Roads on 27 November.
    On 26 August 1807 Lieut. (acting) TURNER and six men were killed in an affray between the boats and two Malayan proas.
  • In 1809 Capt. BYNG, at Bombay, was appointed to command the expedition sent to occupy the island of Rodriguez and he hoisted a commodore's broad pennant on BELLIQUEUX.
    After its capture the island became the base for operations against Reunion and Mauritius.
  • In June 1810 BELLIQUEUX was ordered to China to escort the home bound trade.
    Before she sailed from India she exchanged 50 of her healthy men for a similar number who been serving in the tropics for 10 years or more. She also took on board 32 invalids.
  • She sailed from Macao Roads on 14 February 1811 with seven East Indiamen and, after weathering severe storms off the Cape, reached St. Helena on 15 May. Here they were joined by MENELAUS and CHIFFONEE, five more Indiamen and several South-Sea whalers, and sailed again on 9 June. They all reached the Downs safely on 8 August and BELLIQUEUX was paid off at Chatham shortly afterwards.
  • In China Capt. BYNG had augmented the vegetable money drawn by the purser with an additional 150 dollars and capons, potatoes, pumpkins, lime juice, oranges and dried onions were purchased and 2,000 lb. of onions were pickled on board with all the native spices of India. This provided an anti-scorbutic diet for any sick men all 224 cases on the sick list yielded to treatment. At St. Helena the captain managed to obtain more bullocks and sheep than had ever been allowed to one ship and large quantities of fresh water-cress were eaten there.
    The Directors of the Hon. E. I. Co. presented Capt. BYNG with 1,000 guineas for a piece of plate in acknowledgement of his services.

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