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BRISEIS (10) Built in 1808, Upnor (Cherokee class).
Wrecked in 1816.

  • 1808 Robert PETTET, 07/1808, Heligoland.
    BRISEIS' boats with those of the gun-brig BRUISER captured a Danish privateer EL COURIER in May 1809.
    In July 1809 BRISEIS joined the small force under Capt GOATE of MUSQUITO which cleared the French out of Cuxhaven. A few days later her people captured an enemy battery near Gessendorf. (see MUSQUITO).
  • 1809 J. M. ADYE, 09/9, North Sea Baltic.
    On 6 November he captured the Danish privateer RECIPROCITE (4) off Heligoland. Twelve days out of Husum she had made no captures.
    On 8 August 1810 he took the COMMERCE and RAFFNEES.
  • 1810 George BENTHAM, 09/1810, Baltic. He was flag-lieutenant to Lord GARDNER at Yarmouth and was appointed by him to be acting commander of BRISEIS.
    At noon on the 14 October 1810 he fell in with an enemy schooner some 80 miles W by S of the Horn Reef. After a chase of eight hours he brought her to action. This lasted for an hour with the vessels touching for most of the time and resulted in severe casualties on both sides. The enemy lost eight killed and nineteen wounded out of fifty-four before she surrendered, BRISEIS lost four killed: Alexander GUNN, master's mate; John DAVIDSON, clerk; John LAKE, able seaman and Robert BYERS, captain of the top. Eleven of the crew were wounded.
    Lieut. BENTHAM took his prize into Yarmouth Roads. She was the French privateer SANS SOUCI, of ten 12-pounders and four 2-pounders, commanded by Jules Jacobs and had sailed from Amsterdam on the 12th. with another vessel of the same class cruise off the Dogger Bank. On receiving the report of this capture, the Admiralty confirmed his appointment with seniority from the date of the action.
    He took the privateers THREE BROTHERS on the 23rd. and UBRICA WILHELMINA on the 25th.
  • 1811 William Richard SMITH, Woolwich, for the Baltic.
  • 1812 John ROSS, 03/1812, Baltic.
    On 28 June 1812 BRISEIS entered the Pillau roads in East Prussia to speak with the British merchantman URANIA. Finding that she had been captured by French troops ROSS withdrew until dark, then sent in his pinnace with Lieut. Thomas JONES, Midshipmen William PALMER and 18 seamen to retake her. Although they came under fire from the French they boarded and drove out the enemy with the loss of one seaman, John COOPER, killed and three, Mr PALMER, sergeant Joseph COOK RM and seaman Robert STARKINS, wounded.
  • On the 19 October 1812 BRISEIS captured the French privateer cutter LE PETIT POUCET (4) with a crew of 23 men off Rennoe and on the 11th. drove 3 similar boats on shore in Hammerhus Bay.
  • 1814 Ditto, Spithead.
  • 1815 W. R. JACKSON, Channel.
  • 1816 George DONETT, Jamaica. On 4 November 1816 BRISEIS was wrecked near Point Pedras, Cuba.
    Tuesday, January 14, 1817. SHIPWRECK.
    Account of the loss of His Britannic Majesty's Sloop Briseis, George Dourett, Esquire, Commander.
    His Majesty's Sloop Briseis sailed from Port Royal, Jamaica, on the 12th. October, 1816, with a West India Regiment bound for New Providence, but mistaking the land about the Bay of Florida for the Havanna, she was hove to on the night of the 4th., at half past 8 o'clock, and in the act of wearing at 10 she struck on a shoal in two fathoms water; the sails being immediately set and trimmed, she got off the bank, again struck the ground and remained.
    The sails were then handed and the boats hoisted out, anchors out, &c. &c. but just in the act of getting her off, the wind freshened from the east Northeast, and blew for four hours a gale; on account of the heavy sea running, two boats were upset, and the rudder of the vessel knocked from her stern.
    At 12 o'clock AM , finding every effort to get the vessel off, useless, the masts were cut away, and she immediately fell on her broadside and bilged. The two remaining boats were employed disembarking the troops from the wreck, and at eight o'clock, she was abandoned by the captain and crew. The shoal lies about 4 miles from the land has only 2 01/2 fathoms water.

    Quebec Mercury #2, page 11

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