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EXPLOSION Bomb Purchased in 1797.
Wrecked in 1807.

  • 1799 Lieut. H. S. BUTT, 08/1797, Spithead.
  • 1801 J. H. MARTIN. She took part in Lord NELSON's attack on the Boulogne flotilla on the night of the 15/1816 August 1801 in the 3rd. division under Capt. Isaac COTGRAVE in GANNET.
    The boats of the division attempted to take one of the enemy flotilla but were forced to withdraw with a large number of men killed by constant fire of grape from the shore.
    EXPLOSION lost one seaman killed and two wounded.
  • 1803 Capt. PAUL, Downs.
    EXPLOSION and PERDSEUS were sent in to bombard the harbour of Fecamp on the morning of 20 September 1803.
    The firing started at about half-past nine and continued until EXPLOSION ran out of shells at eleven.
  • On 7 November 1803 Capt. PAUL with the boats of EXPLOSION joined those of TEXEL on the impress service in Margate and ten men were procured.
    The following day a protest was received from Mr Cobb, the Margate Magistrate.
    One of the men seized was his Sub-Deputy and Captain of the Volunteers, another was a constable.
    Three others were also householders and one lad was identified as an apprentice, they were all returned to shore.
    Two others were returned because they were unfit due to age and infirmity.
  • On the 1 August 1804 a squadron of sloops, bombs and cutters under Capt. Oliver in MELPOMENE attacked Le Havre.
    EXPLOSION and the other bombs (MELPOMENE, ARIADNE,TRUSTY, MAGNANIME, MERLIN, FAVORITE, HECLA, METEOR, EXPLOSION, ZEBRA, KING GEORGE, HOPE, NANCY, COUNTESS OF ELGIN, and LOCUST) were stationed off the Pier heads and kept up a well-directed fire for an hour and a half.
    When the tide and wind changed they anchored offshore and EXPLOSION, which had fired all her shells, was resupplied by METEOR.
  • The following morning the bombs returned to continue the bombardment for another three hours with shells and carcasses.
    Some enemy brigs and luggers tried to get out to attack the bombs but were driven back by the rest of the squadron.
    Although EXPLOSION was hit on several occasions no lives were lost.
  • 1805 Edward ELLICOT, Boulogne squadron. She was wrecked near Heligoland on 10 September 1807.

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