Built in 1795, Northfleet.
Broken up in 1836.
- Capt. V. C. BERKLEY, 12/1795.
Capt. Jacob WALLER, Mediterranean.
On 26 April 1797 EMERALD accompanied IRRESISTABLE when two Spanish 36-gun frigates, ELENA and NIMFA, were captured in Conil Bay, near Cape Trafalgar.
ELENA ran ashore, she was got off but was so damaged that she had to be destroyed.
- In July 1797 THESEUS, CULLODON, ZEALOUS, LEANDER, SEAHORSE, EMERALD, TERPSICHORE and the FOX, cutter, were detached by Earl ST. VINCENT to join Sir Horatio NELSON in an attack on Santa Cruz, where it was rumoured that some treasure ships had arrived from South America on their way to Cadiz.
- The attack took place on the night of the 24th.
Capt. WALLER landed with Capt. TROUBRIDGE of CULLODEN under a battery close to the south end of the citadel.
Most of their ammunition was ruined in the surf and they lost their scaling ladders for attacking the citadel.
They were unable to find the Rear Admiral but did join up with Capts.
HOOD and MILLER of ZEALOUS and THESEUS, 80 marines, 80 seamen with pikes and 150 with small arms.
The streets were commanded by field pieces, with several thousand Spanish and 100 French troops, so Capt. TROUBRIDGE sent to say that he would set the town on fire if his people were not allowed to re-embark.
The Spanish acceded to his proposal and agreed to take the wounded into hospital.
- After the battle in Aboukir Bay EMERALD was part of a squadron detached by Lord Nelson to watch the coast of Egypt for supplies being brought in from France.
On 2 September 1798 EMERALD made a signal for a sail bearing E by S, and a cutter was seen standing towards the shore.
EMERALD fired several shot to bring her to but she persisted and ran aground near the tower of Marabou.
On board were General Carmin, Capt. Valette, a courier, some soldiers and a crew of 60 under Capt. Gardon.
As soon as they landed they were attacked by Arabs who stripped them and slaughtered several including the three first mentioned.
EMERALD's boats immediately pulled inshore and her people, including midshipman Francis FANE, swam ashore with a ropes and barrels, and managed to save Capt. Gardon and four of the crew, who had escaped naked to the beach.
The rest of the Frenchmen were taken off as prisoners by the Arabs.
- Capt. Lord PROBY, 12/1797.
On 7 April 1800 LEVIATHAN and EMERALD captured the Spanish frigates CARMEN and FLORENTIA, bound for Lima with 3,000 quintals of mercury, and took them into Gibraltar on the 10th.
INCENDIARY captured two of the ships they were convoying.
- 1803 Captain James O'BRYEN.
On 10 August 1803 EMERALD and HEUREUX captured the Dutch ship SURINAM PLANTER, from Surinam to Amsterdam, laden with 922 hogsheads of sugar, 342 bales of cotton and 70,000 lb. of coffee.
In 1804 EMERALD was off St. Pierre in Martinique.
On the morning of 13 March he sent his first lieutenant, Mr Forrest, with 30 volunteers on board the armed sloop FORT DIAMOND to weather the Pearl rock and bear down on an armed schooner anchored under the battery at Seron.
The ship's boats were sent in the opposite direction as a distraction.
The schooner, the privateer MOSAMBIQUE of ten 18-pdr carronades from Guadeloupe, was boarded under heavy fire and taken.
Her crew of 60 escaped ashore.
- On the evening of 20 April Lieut. GREGORY, with EMERALD's boats, attempted to bring out a sloop and a schooner from Port-au-Diable.
When he was unable, he set them on fire and destroyed them.
- On 26 April EMERALD was lying off the bar at Surinam and Capt. O'BRYEN was ordered, in conjunction with Brigadier-General Hughes, to gain possession of Braam's Point.
He pushed over the bar and anchored close to a battery of seven 8-pounders, followed by PANDOUR and DRAKE.
The fort was silenced by a few broadsides from EMERALD and 43 officers and men were captured.
EMERALD then forced her way though the mud of the river in three feet less than she drew, to bring up near the forts covering the Colony.
The governor of Surinam agreed to surrender.
- In August she captured the Leghorn ship AUGUSTA laden with merchandise.
- 5 April 1805 EMERALD was with the SWIFTSURE (74) and the LEVIATHAN (74) bearing the flag of Rear Ad. DUCKWORTH, near the Gut of Gibraltar.
During the following two days they captured two Spanish 36-gun frigates, both having on board 3,000 quintals of quicksilver, and eleven sail of merchantmen.
The prizes were all taken into Gibraltar.
- 1805 Portsmouth.
- 1806 Frederick Lewis MAITLAND.
He was appointed on 28 November.
In April 1807 he captured the French privateer AUSTERLITZ of 14 guns and 60 men and a Spanish polacre from La Guira.
He also recaptured the ZULEMA, an American ship which had been taken by a French privateer.
The following July he took an American ship having 90 men belonging to the French ships in the Chesapeake.
- On 13 March 1808 Capt. MAITLAND attempted to cut a large French schooner out of Vivero harbour.
They came under heavy fire from the forts before they were taken by landing parties and the guns spiked.
The schooner was captured but went on shore at high water and a large body of infantry opened fire on the men trying to get her off.
Lieut. BERTRAM persevered for several hours but, finally had to blow her up. She was the French corvette APROPOS mounting eight 12-pdr carronades.
EMERALD had nine killed and sixteen wounded.
- EMERALD was with Rear Ad. STOPFORD's squadron (CEASAR, DEFIANCE, DONEGAL and NAIAD) anchored off the Chassiron lighthouse on 23 February 1809, with AMETHYST acting as lookout to the N. W., when eight sail of the line and two frigates, flying French colours, were seen in the eastward.
STOPFORD chased them into the Pertuis d'Antioche and sent NAIAD to warn Ad. GAMBIER.
Leaving EMERALD and AMETHYST to watch the enemy, he attacked three French frigates, ITALIENNE, CALYPSO and CYBELE, which had anchored in the Sable d'Olonne under shore batteries.
They were driven ashore and wrecked.
More British ships arrived and the French squadron of 11 sail of the line and 4 frigates was blockaded in the Basque Roads by 7 sail of the line and 5 frigates.
Four French ships were destroyed and others driven ashore in an attack on 11 April.
More would have been accomplished if GAMBIER had supported Lord COCHRANE when he signalled that the enemy ships ashore could be easily destroyed.
- EMERALD captured the French privateer brig INCOMPARABLE of St Malo, with eight 6-pounders and 60 men, on the morning of 8 October 1809. She had been out four days without making any captures but was running down to take an English brig when sighted.
- At half past nine on the morning of 22 March 1810 a sail was sighted from the masthead and after a chase in a strong breeze which lasted for nearly 12 hours a fine letter of marque ship, the BELLE ETOILE of Marseilles, was captured. She had left Bayonne four days previously bound for the Isle of France with a cargo of wine, oil and flour. She was carrying 56 men and 8 guns (although pierced for 20), four of these, her water and some of her provisions were thrown overboard in the latter part of the chase. She was 350 tons, 15 months old and had made one trip to Guadeloupe.
- On 6 April 1811 EMERALD captured the French ship privateer AUGUSTO, with 18 guns and 126 men. She had been three days out from Brest without making any captures.
- 1812 Portsmouth,