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ELK (18) Built in 1804, Deptford (Cruizer class).
Broken up in 1812.

  • 1805 Randall M'DONNELL, Jamaica.
  • 1806 W. F. WISE, Jamaica.
    While he was stationed off St. Ann's Bay on the north coast of Jamaica he learnt that one of the Santiago row-boat privateers, which had taken two doggers, would stand over to Cuba during the night of the 4 May 1806.
    He fell in with them off Cabo Cruz, Cuba, and captured the privateer CUBANA which was armed with one swivel gun and muskets.
    He also retook one of doggers.
    The privateer had been out of Santiago for five days and only five of her 14 man crew were on board, the rest being in the prizes.
  • 1806 George MORRIS, Jamaica.
    At noon on the 1 October 1806 ELEPHANT signalled ELK to investigate a schooner to the N. N.W.
    and, after a run of nine hours, during which he carried away his main-top gallant-mast, Capt. MORRIS came up with her.
    Fearful that the schooner would gain the wind he ran alongside and boarded her, causing so much damage that she sank as soon has her crew had been taken off. She had been the French privateer ALLIANCE with one long 12-pounder, two sixes and two 12-pounder carronades.
    Her 75 men were commanded by Alexander St. Helme and she had been out from Guadeloupe for three months, taking the English brig NEPTUNE, from Jamaica to Exuma, and two American schooners.
  • 1807 Jeremiah COGHLAN, 08/1807, Jamaica.
    From RENARD.
    During the whole time he commanded ELK, a period of nearly four years, he was employed as senior officer of a light squadron established for the protection of the Bahamas.
  • On 19 October 1807 he captured, after a long chase,the Spanish schooner letter of marque POSTA DE CARACCAS, sailing from Campeachy (Campeche) in Yucatan, Mexico, to Havana with a cargo of leather and rope and twenty-four thousand dollars in specie she was carrying as freight.
    Her single gun had been thrown overboard, together with the mail, during the chase.
  • He was in the Caicos Passage between North Caicos and Mayaguana Island on 12 February 1808 when he captured the French schooner privateer HARLEQUIN, commanded by Petre Andia. She was armed with two carriage guns and small arms and carried a crew of 54 men.
    After leaving Baracoa in Cuba 10 days before the privateer had made one capture, an American ship sailing under Swedish colours from Cape Francois in San Domingo to Philadelphia with a cargo of coffee and sugar.
  • Capt. COGHLAN was promoted to post captain on 27 November 1810 but he remained in ELK for a further five months.
    ELK returned to England on 27 September 1811 in company with SPARROW after escorting a convoy of merchantmen from Negril Bay.

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