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FAIRY (14) Built in 1778, Sheerness.
Broken up in 1811.

  • 1793 Francis LAFOREY, Leeward Is.
    He returned to England after the capture of Tobago on 15 April 1793.
  • 1784 R. BRIDGES.
  • 1795 J. IRWIN, 04/1795.
  • 1797 Thomas BAKER, 01/1797, until June when he was promoted to post rank in the PRINCESS ROYAL.
  • 1797 Joshua Sydney HORTON, 07/1797, Channel.
    He sank a French lugger off Boulogne on 5 October 1797 and captured a Spanish privateer with 8 guns in the Channel on 11 January 1799.
  • On 4 February 1800 SEAFLOWER was chased into St. Aubyn's Bay by the French frigate PALLAS.
    Capt. HORTON happened to be dining with Captain D'AUVERGNE, Prince of Bouillon, when the news arrived and immediately volunteered to take FAIRY, in company with with Capt. BAZELEY in HARPY, to fight the enemy.
  • They sailed at 6 AM
    the following morning and reconnoitred St. Malo.
    When he was five or six miles north-west of Cape Frehel he saw a large frigate running along the shore to the westward which did not answer the private signal.
    By tacking, Capt. HORTEN managed to entice her out and she arrived within pistol short at the same time as HARPY formed close under FAIRY's stern.
    A close action followed which lasted for nearly two hours before the enemy made sail away from them.
    As soon as they had repaired their damage they went in pursuit and made the 'enemy' signal to a squadron of British frigates that had been sighted from the masthead.
    Some hours later LOIRE, DANAE and RAILLEUR joined in the chase.
    When taken the enemy proved to be a new 42-gun frigate bound for Brest. She was victualled for five months and had 350 men on board.
    In FAIRY four seamen were killed in the action, Capt. HORTON and seven seamen were wounded and the purser, Mr HUGHES, broke his arm.
  • FAIRY and HARPY returned to Plymouth on 9 February to repair their damage.
    Two days later a letter from the prize master, Lieut. RAYNOR, arrived from Penzance announcing the arrival of PALLAS in Mount's Bay, totally dismasted.
    Mr P. Symons, broker to Capt. NEWMAN of LOIRE, then waited on Admiral PAISLY who ordered VOLTIGEUR to sail with a supply of spars and other stores for her.
  • PALLAS was brought into the Hamoaze on 3 March for repair and was added to the Royal Navy as PIQUE.
    Only FAIRY and HARPY were awarded medals for the action in 1847.
    (HORTON's post commission dated 12/02/1800)
  • FAIRY, Capt. Frederick WARREN, sailed again on 18 February with HARPY and DASHER for a cruise off the French coast.
  • The Boatswain, William Dimock SMITH, was charged before a court martial at Portsmouth on the 1 March with drunkenness, neglect of duty and and behaving in a contemptuous manner to his captain.
    He was sentenced to be rendered incapable of ever serving as an officer again.
    On the 11 July one of her seamen, Joseph BROWN, was charged with desertion.
    Because of his good character he was only sentenced to be mulcted of his pay.
  • Capt. WARREN sailed from Portsmouth on 2 October to put himself under the orders of the Prince de Bouillon at Jersey, she returned to Portsmouth on 31 October with the loss of three anchors.
  • On 30 November he sailed to Falmouth to collect the outward bound ships that FAIRY, ANDROMEDA and BOURDELAIS, were to convoy to the West Indies as soon as the wind permitted.
    FAIRY was employed principally on the coasts of Surinam and Demerara. She returned to Portsmouth from the West Indies on 12 August 1802 and sailed immediately to Deptford to be paid off.
  • 1803 Lord William FITZROY, (post capt.
    03/1804) re-fitting at Deptford.
    FAIRY arrived at Portsmouth with a convoy for the Downs on 8 June and sailed again on a cruise two days later.
  • 1805 Capt. CREYKE, Jamaica.
    He recaptured the American brig PANTHER, laden with coffee.
  • 1806 Plymouth

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