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PHOSPHORUS (4) Fireship Purchased in 1804. Four 12-pounder carronades.
Sold in 1810.

  • 1805 Lieut. G. N. TREMLETT, Downs.
  • 1806 Lieut. W. J. HUGHES, Downs.
    At daybreak on the 14 August 1806 PHOSPHORUS, 24 miles south of the Isle of Wight and sailing to join the Channel fleet, was chased by a French privateer mounting 12 guns and full of men.
    After an exchange of fire during which one of PHOSPHORUS's carronades was put out of action, the Frenchman ran alongside at ten minutes past five and seventy or eighty men attempted to board.
    The 24 officers and men in PHOSPHORUS put up a determined resistance and after 45 minutes the enemy made sail and sheered off.
    HUGHES chased after him but was unable to close so made sail for the safety of the Downs.
  • PHOSPHORUS had eight wounded, some severely, one, landman Anthony CONSOLVA, mortally.
    Lieut, HUGHES lost a middle finger and was severely wounded in the left hand; the second Master, Mr Thomas ESTHER was wounded in the right thigh.
    The other wounded were: able seamen, Stephen BUBBS, Charles CHADDOS, Samuel MOORE, John ROWLANDS and landman James HILL.
  • 1807 Lieut. R. D. LANCASTER, Downs.

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