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DANAE (20) The French LA VAILLANTE taken in the Bay of Biscay by Capt. Sir Edward PELLEW of INDEFATIGABLE on 7 August 1798. Handed over to the French 1800.
  • 1799 Capt. Lord PROBY, fitting out at Plymouth.
    In March DANAE got embayed in a bay of shoals and rocks near the Isle of Bas during a gale. She parted two cables but was brought up by letting go a third anchor.
    All her boats were stove in and Lord PROBY slipped and fell down the main hatchway, dislocating his shoulder and breaking two ribs.
  • On 6 March 1800 DANAE sailed from Plymouth on a cruise to the westward and at about half past nine on the 14 March when most of the officers were in bed, the marine officer came to the captain's cabin to inform him that there was a mutiny on the deck.
    He attempted to get up the after-hatchway but found that it was guarded by 20 men, and when he was stunned by a cut to the head, they were able to secure the remaining hatches.
    He distributed a few muskets and cutlasses to about 40 loyal men who were still in their hammocks in hopes that the mutineers would be forced by the weather to stand out to sea.
    Unfortunately the wind changed and the following morning the ship was able to reach Conquet in Finisterre where a large number of French troops came on board and took possession.
    Capt. PROBY, his officers and the loyal members of the crew were honourably acquitted of blame at a court martial on board GLADIATOR on 17 June.
  • On 12 June INDEFATIGABLE captured the French privateer VENGEUR which had sailed from Bordeaux two days previously for Brazil.
    The 200 men on board were taken to the Mill prison in Plymouth and on 24 August, while they were about to be marched to Stapleton prison, Lieut. Neville LAKE, who had been first of DANAE, spotted one John BARNETT who had been a principal ringleader of the mutiny.
    In other circumstances he would probably have escaped detection since he was from Jersey and spoke perfect French.
    BARNETT was tried by court martial on 2 September and sentenced to death.
    At half past ten o'clock on 9 September the prisoner was taken to a platform on the forecastle of PIQUE (38) and after he had prayed for some time he was run up to the fore-yard arm.
    The body remained hanging for an hour and was then taken to the Royal Naval Hospital.
  • At the end of September the ALARM, DISPATCH and MARQUIS of TOWNSEND privateers of Guernsey recaptured a large West Indiaman being taken into Brest. She had been taken by the French privateer GRAND MOUCHE and seven mutineers from DANAE were discovered among the prize crew on board.
    They were immediately put in irons and it was discovered that that the mutineers had mainly entered on board the GRAND MOUCHE and the BELLONE privateers from Bordeaux.
  • Another mutineer, John M'DONALD alias Samuel HIGGINS, was seized in the streets of Wapping.
    Disguised as an American and with protection papers he had been for some time aboard an American schooner which had lain for a fortnight alongside the tender at the Tower.
    He was tried on board IRRESISTABLE at the Nore on 10 June 1801 and in spite of his denials that he had ever been in DANAE he was identified as captain of the forecastle and sentenced to death.
    He was hung from the yardarm of ZEALAND on 20 June.
    M'DONALD disclosed that an Irish priest named Ignatius Finney and two men named Jackson and Williams had proposed the mutiny and the seizure of the ship.

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