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LIFFEY (50) Built in 1813, Blackwall.
Broken up in 1827.

  • 1814 Capt. John HANCOCK, 04/1814, from NYMPHEN.
    Lying at Woolwich.
    He escorted a large fleet to Quebec and Halifax and afterwards served on the Channel station.
    LIFFEY was put out of commission at Chatham in August 1815.
  • 1818 Capt. Hon. H. DUNCAN, 06/1818, Portsmouth.
    He conveyed Field Marshal Lord Beresford to Lisbon before cruising against pirates in the West Indies.
  • After returning to Spithead LIFFEY attended on the Prince Regent in the autumn of 1819. She subsequently conveyed Ambassador Sir Charles Bagot from Yarmouth to Cronstadt and, on her return sailed with ACTIVE for Naples where she remained from 6 October 1820 to the end of February 1821.
    During a visit to Lisbon Capt. DUNCAN received the thanks of the Cortes for his help in controlling a fire in a public building.
  • In August and September 1821 she accompanied the Prince Regent to Ireland and Calais and was paid off in October at Portsmouth.
  • Using Sir William Congreve's sights Capt. DUNCAN brought LIFFEY's gunnery to a very high standard.
  • 1822 Capt. Charles GRANT, 10/1821, Portsmouth for the East Indies.
  • Capt. GRANT was made commodore of the expedition against Burma which followed the incursion of Burmese troops into Assam in 1824.
    LIFFEY, LARNE, SLANEY, four of the H. E.I. Co.
    cruisers and a number of transports and small craft including the paddle steamer DIANA, made their rendezvous at Port Cornwallis in the Andaman Islands at the beginning of May.
    Two divisions were detached to Cheduba Island and Negrais but the main body anchored within the bar of the Rangoon River, one of the mouths of the Irawaddy, on 10 May.
    The following morning LIFFEY followed LARNE up the river and silenced the battery at Rangoon before troops were landed to occupy the deserted town.
    Lieut. Samuel THORNTON of LIFFEY hoisted the British flag.
  • On the 16th. LIFFEY's boats under Lieut. James WILKINSON accompanied some troops in a attack on fortified positions near Kemmendale higher up the river.
    The lieutenant and nine men were wounded and the army had two killed and nine wounded.
  • When Commodore GRANT became seriously ill, LIFFEY left for Penang on 31 May leaving the naval command to Capt. MARYATT in LARNE.
    Capt. GRANT died on 25 July and was succeeded by Capt. Thomas COE who hoisted a broad pennant and carried out the duties of senior officer until relieved by Sir James BRISBANE.
    LIFFEY returned to Portsmouth on 21 January 1826.

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