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DART (28) Built in 1796, Redbridge.
Broken up in 1809.

  • DART had bow and stern the same shape and could anchor from either end. She was so sharp in her construction that the midship section resembled a wedge.
    This resulted in poor stability and she was unsafe in a wind
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  • 1796 R. RAGGETT, 10/1796 Downs.
  • 1799 Patrick CAMPBELL, 04/1799 Sheerness.
    On 6 October 1799 DART, HASTY, CRACKER and DEFENDER sailed from Usk and at 4 AM
    their boats cut out four Dutch gunboats from Marken in the Zuyder Zee without loss of a man.
    They each mounted four long guns or carronades and one, purpose built as a gunboat, was armed with two long 18-pounders in the bow and two 18-pounder carronades as a broadside.
    The others were schuyts.
    The behaviour of Messrs. HALL and WINTER, midshipman, were particularly commended.
  • Under the command of Captain Inman of ANDROMEDA, DART took part in a frigate and fire-ship attack on French frigates in Dunkirk Roads on the night of the 9 July 1800.
    At about midnight DART answered a challenge from the first French frigate by pretending to be from Bordeaux, fired a broadside at the third, then ran alongside the east-most frigate at the time that the fire-ships should have hooked on to the west-most one.
    Unfortunately the French had time to cut and stood down the inner channel within the Braak Sand before the fire-ships could reach them.
  • Two parties from DART boarded their frigate and within a quarter of an hour had driven the enemy below and cut her cables with the loss of one dead and the 1st. lieutenant, James M'DERMETT, and 10 men wounded.
    When she was brought out she proved to be the DESIREE armed with 40 long 24-pounders.
    All her officers were killed except for one midshipman.
    In all she lost 100 killed and wounded out of a complement of 330.
  • The other French frigates returned to harbour the following day.
    DART was awarded a naval medal for the action.
  • The squadron of frigates and sloops, BLANCHE, ALCMENE, DART, ARROW, ZEPHYR and OTTER, under the command of Capt. RIOU (who was killed in the action), assisted in the attack on the vessels at the harbour mouth during the Battle of Copenhagen on 2 April 1801.
    DART lost two killed, including Lieut. Edwin SANDYS, and one wounded.
  • 1803 Deptford.
  • 1804 Cdr. BROWNRIGG, Downs.
    On 25 March DART, SQUIRREL and BASILISK arrived in Deal from a cruise and on the 27th. DART, HARPY, FURY, LOCUST and MILBROOK sailed to cruise off Boulogne.
    On 25 April she sailed again SQUIRREL, ORESTES, ARCHER, AGGRESSOR and MARINER but DART was driven back into DEAL by strong westerly winds the following day. She sailed again on the 30th.
    In August DART was in Sheerness. She sailed back to the Downs with RATTLER at the end of the month. She was back off Boulogne in September.
  • On 8 December Capt. Sir Home POPHAM sent DART, accompanied by the SUSANNAH explosion vessel and two Carcasses, to a station between Sengate and Fort Lapin to assault Fort Rouge.
    Lieut. STEUART commanded the explosion vessel, Mr BARTHOLOMEW of ANTELOPE the first Carcass and Capt. BROWNRIGG the third.
    Mr BARTHOLOMEW could not reach the fort and the second Carcass did not explode but was recovered.
    The FOX cutter reported that Lieut. STEUART had done considerable damage to the western side of the fort.
  • 1805 to the West Indies, 21 August.
  • 1806 Joseph SPEAR was appointed to DART by Rear-Ad. COCHRANE in the Leeward Is.
    and then successively to command his flagship NORTHUMBERLAND and AGAMEMNON before returning to DART.
    In company with WOLVERENE he captured a three-masted privateer schooner JEUNE GABRIELLA (8), on 9 November 1806 and recaptured a brig from Halifax bound for Trinidad with fish.
  • 1808 Thomas PINTO, promoted from lieutenant on 09/2/1808, Leeward Is.

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