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GRAMPUS (50) Built in 1803, Portsmouth.
Sold in 1832.

  • 1803 GRAMPUS was commissioned at Portsmouth by Capt. Gordon CAULFIELD in March 1803 and was ordered to the Downs on 7 May.
    As soon as her complement of men was completed and her bounty paid she sailed to join Ad. THORNBOROUGH's squadron off Goree. She returned to Portsmouth from Guernsey on 20 June to fit out for the East Indies and sailed with a convoy under her protection on the 29th. She carried 100,000 being shipped by the Hon. E. I.Co.
    to Bengal.
  • 1805 East Indies.
  • 1806 Capt. James Haldane TAIT removed into GRAMPUS from SIR FRANCIS DRAKE in March 1806 while she was employed in India.
    Later she was stationed at the Cape of Good Hope, returned home in the summer of 1809, escorting a large convoy of East India Co.
    ships which Cat.
    TAIT had taken under his protection at St. Helena.
    He was presented by the Court of directors with a sum of money for the purchase of a piece of plate.
    GRAMPUS was paid off because of her poor condition.
  • 1811 Capt. William HANWELL.
    East India convoy 28 April to see them through to the coast of Africa.
    Later in the year at Portsmouth.
    On 30 September a court martial was held on board RAISONNABLE in Sheerness harbour to try Lieut. John CHESHIRE of GRAMPUS.
    Capt. HANWELL accused him of insolence, contempt and disrespect on 11 April and similar conduct, coupled with neglect of duty, on 15 April.
    The court found the charges unfounded and acquitted Lieut. CHESHIRE.
  • In November 1811 Capt. COCKBURN hoisted a broad pendant on board GRAMPUS, preparatory to proceeding as one of three commissioners (the others were Messrs. Sydenham and Morier) nominated by the Prince Regent to mediate between Spain and her colonies.
    They received final instructions on 2 April 1812 and arrived in Cadiz on the 21st.
    to find the Spanish government and the majority of the Cortes resolved to retain absolute control over their South American possessions instead of taking a liberal view as proposed by the British government.
    He returned from his unsuccessful mission on 4 August.
  • 1812 Capt. Robert BARRIE, Cadiz.
  • 1812 Capt. Francis A. COLLIER, from October 1812 until August 1815.
    In the spring of 1814 she was ordered to the East Indies.
  • 1816 Out of commission at Woolwich, where she was converted to a troopship and then used as a hospital ship at Deptford from 1820 until being lent to the Society for Destitute Seamen at Deptford in 1824.

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