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BOREAS (28) 6th rate Built in 1774, Hull.
Sold in 1802.

  • She was launched at the yard of Messrs. Blaydes & Hodgson on 23 August 1774. 1775 Capt. Charles THOMPSON, fitting out at Chatham. Took on powder at Sheerness and sailed for the Downs and Spithead where she was ordered to take shipwrights to Halifax from Portsmouth and Plymouth. As they got under way from St. Helen's the lead-line fouled, causing the man in the chains to give wrong readings and BOREAS to ground and suffer considerable damage before she was got off. She returned to Portsmouth to repair.
    The Master, Francis Geary Gardner, was tried by court martial and honourably acquitted.
    BOREAS, when re-fitted, was ordered to the West Indies and returned to Plymouth in 1777.
    The 1st. Lieutenant, John LAUGHARNE, died a vice Admiral in 1819.
    The gunner, Jacob SWANSON, was renowned for the behaviour of his wife who was the heroine of a low-class chap-book, "The Adventures of Moll Swanson of Portsmouth".
  • 1782 Capt. A. MONTGOMERY, in the Downes.
  • 1778 Capt. Charles THOMPSON, Leeward Is.
    On 18 December 1778 BOREAS, off Martinique, attacked a French convoy from Marseilles. She captured a ship and a polacre and drove several others on shore, although coming under fire from two 74's, two frigates and shore batteries.
  • 1784 Capt. Horatio NELSON, to the West Indies on 25th. May. With Lady Hughes, the wife of Rear Adm. Sir Richard HUGHES, and her daughter, Roxy, as passengers.
  • In August 1779 BOREAS captured the large ship COMPASS, armed en flute, bound for Europe from Martinique with produce and 200 invalids. BOREAS had 4 men killed and several wounded. Twenty others were burnt by a gunpowder explosion on COMPASS after her capture.
  • From 1797 she was used as a slop-ship at the Nore.

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