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BRILLIANT (28) 6th rate Built in 1779, Buckler's Hard.
Broken up at Portsmouth in 1811.

  • 1782 Capt. J. GIBSON, Gibraltar.
  • 1793 Capt. ROBINSON.
  • 1794 Capt. PIERREPOINT, 11/1794.
  • 1795 Capt. CARTHEW, 08/1795.
  • 1796 Capt. BLACKWOOD, 07/1796.
  • 1798 Capt. Hon. C. PAGET, 10/1798, Portsmouth.
  • BRILLIANT sailed from Lisbon with a convoy at the beginning of March 1800 but lost touch with them in a gale after a few days. She arrived in Plymouth on the 20th. and was put under quarantine because she had been in the Straits. The ships of the convoy straggled into Plymouth and she sailed with them for the Downs on the 24th. and arrived off Portsmouth the following day. She put back into Plymouth on the 27th. with another Lisbon convoy.
  • On 7 April a court martial was held on board GLADIATOR at Portsmouth to try John SMITH, cook of BRILLIANT, on a charge of uttering seditious expressions in the cabin of Mr William POLE, the gunner, in the presence of that officer. Mr POLE was also accused of not informing his superior officers. SMITH was found guilty and sentenced to be dismissed from his office of cook and to be imprisoned in the Marshalsea prison for 12 months. Mr POLE was acquitted.
  • Returning from the Downs BRILLIANT picked up a Cork convoy from Portsmouth on 11 May.
  • The DRAGON packet of 14 guns, a prize to BRILLIANT, arrived in Plymouth on 8 September. With a cargo of cocoa, coffee, indigo and cotton for L'Orient she had made the passage from Guadeloupe in 25 days.
  • On 13 January 1801 she returned to Portsmouth with four transports under convoy, containing part of the 9th. and 52nd regiments from Lisbon. She sailed again on the 17th. on a nine day cruise with orders to detain all Swedish and Danish vessels.
  • During her next cruise in the Bay of Biscay she experienced the full fury of a gale on 20 March and for several days she made so much water that they were obliged to throw 14 guns overboard. Earlier she had been chased by a French squadron but escaped during the night. She arrived in Plymouth on 6 April and, commanded by Capt. WODEHOUSE, sailed on the 10th. with a convoy for the Downs. They arrived at Portmouth on the 15th. and continued with the convoy on the 20th.
  • 1803 Out of commission at Chatham.
  • 1804 Capt. Francis VESEY.
    She arrived at Portsmouth on 13 February with a large convoy for the Downs and sailed again on the 15th. with a convoy for Guernsey.
  • 1805 Capt. BARRIE.
    While passing through the Firth of Clyde in January seven of her crew deserted in boats belonging to the islands.
    Capt. BARRIE fired his guns to warn other boats to keep clear and the noise caused a panic in Greenock where TOURTERELLE put to sea to investigate. She was recalled after Col. Campbell of the Craignish Volunteers boarded BRILLIANT and was told the reason.
  • 1807 Lieut. SMYTH, Jersey station.

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