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MILBROOK (18) Schooner Built in 1797, Redbridge.
Gunvessel in 1799.
Lost in 1808.

  • 1800 Lieut. Matthew SMITH, Channel.
    When the frigate STAG was driven on shore in Vigo Bay on 6 September 1800, MILBROOK saved a great many of the crew.
    No lives were lost and the frigate was blown up by her officers.
  • Early on the 13 November 1800 MILBROOK was off Oporto with two brigs of the Newfoundland convoy under her protection and a number of other vessels were in the offing which Lieut. SMITH assumed were part of the same convoy.
    When they were threatened by the approach of a French privateer ship of 36 guns he determined to give the enemy battle in order to give the convoy an opportunity of escaping.
    The enemy approached under English colours, fired a musket and called on MILBROOK to surrender; to which Lieut. SMITH returned a broadside.
    In a near calm they exchanged broadsides until the enemy appeared to strike her colours, but MILBROOK, with 10 of her 18 guns dismounted and her masts, sails and rigging cut to pieces, was unable to follow when the Frenchman using his 32 sweeps made his escape.
  • The enemy ship which put into Vigo was the BELLONE with 320 men of whom 20 were killed and thrown over the side during the action.
    The first and second captains and more than 45 others were wounded.
    MILBROOK had only 10 wounded including the master, Mr Thomas FLETCHER, and the surgeon's mate, Mr J. PARSTON. She was towed into the Tagus where she received the thanks of the British factors.
  • 1801 Lieut. Newton De STARCK, Plymouth.
    He received orders to take dispatches to Rear-Ad. SAUMAREZ on the 6 September and sailed two days later.
    MILBROOK chased after a small Spanish privateer off Cape Montego on the 15 September 1801 which turned out to be the BAPTISTA of 8 guns, laden with a valuable cargo of English prize butter which she was taking from Vigo to Seville.
  • MILBROOK returned to Portsmouth from Lisbon on 22 August 1802 paid off and re-commissioned at Portsmouth on the 31 October 1802.
    On 11 August 1803 she took fifty sail of vessels under convoy from Portsmouth to the Downs.
    In the spring of 1804 she was employed in the blockade of Boulogne.
  • 1804 John C. CARPENTER, Channel.
    On 24 August she arrived at Portsmouth from the Downs and sailed again on 15 September to escort the Newfoundland trade convoy from Poole to Plymouth which she reached on the 17th.
    The convoy sailed to the westward a few days later escorted by the WOLFE sloop.
  • Off Oporto on 6 May 1805 Capt. CARPENTER captured the Spanish privateer lugger TRAVELA (3), and learned that she had captured a brig, laden with wine, out of Oporto.
    He made for Vigo to which port he believed that she had been sent and, on the 9th., about 25 miles off the Bayonna Is.
    (Islas Cias) he saw a brig standing for the northern passage.
    He sailed round the southern side of the islands and captured her in the mouth of the Vigo river. She was not the one he expected but an English brig, STORK, which had been captured from the Newfoundland bound convoy by the Spanish privateer brig, PHENIX (12). She was carrying salt.
  • 1808 Lieut. James LEACH.
    MILBROOK was lost on the Burlings on 22 March 1808.
    All the crew were saved.

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