Built in 1795, Deptford.
Broken up in 1860.
- 1795 Capt. Lord Amelius BEAUCLERK, 12/1795.
He was stationed off the coast of Ireland and had considerable success against enemy privateers.
On 13 June 1796 he captured, after a 45 minute action, the PROSPERINE (42).
Of the 348 on board the enemy, 30 were killed and 45 wounded.
DRYAD lost 2 killed and 7 wounded.
PROSPERINE was taken into the Royal Navy as AMELIA.
DRYAD's senior lieutenant, Edward Durnford KING was promoted to commander for his part in the action.
- 1798 Capt. C. J.M.
MANSFIELD, 12/1798, Ireland.
- 1803 Capt. Robert WILLIAMS, 05/1802, Portland, for the suppression of smuggling.
He removed into the RUSSEL in February 1803.
- 1804 Capt. John GIFFARD.
Conveyed Lord GARDNER to Cork and remained under that officers orders on the Irish Station.
Resigned due to ill health at the end of the year and was replaced by Capt. dam DRUMMOND.
- On 2 November 1805 DRYAD and BOADICEA fell in with four line-of-battle ships off Ferrol which had escaped from the battle of Trafalgar under Rear-Ad. Dumanoir le Pelley.
The two ships tried to lead the enemy into the path of a British squadron by firing rockets but unfortunately lost them a short time after their signals had been seen by Sir Robert STRACHAN.
(After an action lasting three and a half hours the French ships struck their colours to CAESAR, HERO, NAMUR & COURAGEUX, 74's; and SANTA MARGARITTA, PHOENIX, REVOLUTIONNAIRE & AEOLUS, frigates)
- 1807 Capt. William Price CUMBY, 07/1807, pro tempore command of DRYAD, making several valuable captures during a three month cruise on the Irish Station.
- 1808 Capt. Adam DRUMMOND, Irish Station.
On 22 March 1808 he captured the French privateer RENNAIR (13), with a crew of 95 men.
- 1809 Capt. Edward GALWEY.
He commanded DRYAD during the expedition against Walcheren and later on the north coast of Spain under the orders of Sir Robert MENDS.
On 23 December 1812 he drove a nameless French national brig of 22 guns ashore on the Isle d'Yeu where she was completely wrecked.
DRYAD was hulled several times by shots from the shore and her foremast was hit, but received no casualties.
- On 26 March 1814, while returning from Newfoundland DRYAD encountered the wreck of the French frigate CLORINDE (40), with only her foremast standing and one third of the crew dead or wounded, trying to escape from the EUROTAS (45), with whom she had fought a bitter action.
Capt. GALWEY accepted her surrender and towed her into port when DRYAD was put out of commission.
CLORINDE was taken into the Royal Navy as TOPAZE.
- 1816 Sheerness, fitting for Jamaica.
This was cancelled and she remained out of commission at Sheerness until 1825.
- 1825 Capt. Hon Robert RODNEY, 08/1825, Sheerness.
He died on 20 July 1826 while in command of the frigate.
- 1826 Capt. Hon. George CROFTON, 07/1826, Mediterranean.
- 1830 Capt. John HAYES, 05/1830, Plymouth.Sailed for the coast of Africa on 29 September 1830 as Commodore on that station.
(See FAIR ROSAMOND which acted as tender to DRYAD) She was put out of commission on 13 September 1832
- 1832 Harbour service as Receiving Ship at Portsmouth.