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PIQUE (LA) (40) The French LA PALLAS, 44 guns, 350 men.
  • taken by LOIRE, DANAE, FAIRY and HARPY on 6 February 1800.
    Sold 1819) La PALLAS was captured after a "close and running action" lasting two hours. She was quite new, on her first cruise, having left St Malo six hours previously bound for Brest and then Mauritius.
    Harper, the master of a trawler, encountered LOIRE, and La PALLAS two leagues S. W. of the Eddystone and put a pilot on board the prize as she was much disabled, her main top-mast had gone over the side and standing and running rigging and sails cut to ribbons.
    LOIRE and La PALLAS then bore away for Falmouth with the wind blowing hard.
  • 1800 Capt. YOUNG, Plymouth.
    On 9 September 1800 George BARNET, one of the mutineers of the DANAE, was hanged at the yard arm of PIQUE which was then lying in the Hamoaze.
    After an hour his body was lowered and taken to the Royal Naval Hospital for burial.
    He had been sentenced at a court martial on board CAMBRIDGE on 2 September.
  • Capt. CUMBERLAND, Aug.
  • 1802.
  • 1803 Downs for Jamaica.
    On 6 December 1803 PIQUE and the CUMBERLAND (74) captured two feluccas, REPUBLIC and TEMERAIRE; one French schooner, BELLE LOUISE, and two American vessels, ACTIVE and SALLY WALTER, all carrying the French garrison of Cape Nicola Mole in the North West corner of San Domingo, which they had evacuated during the night.
    The French commander General Noailles escaped with one brig.
  • 1804 Charles Bayne Hodgson ROSS, Jamaica station.
    After a chase of five hours PIQUE captured the French national cutter TERREUR (10) on 18 March 1804.
    Six of the enemy's guns were thrown overboard in their effort to escape. She was commanded by Lieut. Colliner and had left San Domingo two days previously.
    The Spanish corvette ORQUIJO was captured on later occasion.
  • Lieut. William WARD in PIQUE's gig and Mr EVELEIGH, midshipman, in her yawl, boarded and captured without loss, the Spanish armed schooner SANTA CLARA off Ocoa Bay on 17 March 1806.
    The enemy was armed with one 9-pounder and carried 28 men.
  • On 26 March, while PIQUE was on passage from San Domingo to Curacao, she encountered two French brigs of war standing in to the land.
    By superior sailing she closed and subjected both of them to heavy fire.
    A fluke of the wind enabled Lieuts. WARD and P. H. BAKER with no more than 30 men to board one of them and, although she was stubbornly defended, she was taken after about 5 minutes.
    Mr John THOMPSON, the master, and eight seamen were killed and both lieutenants and 12 seamen and marines were wounded.
    Capt. ROSS meanwhile had taken the other brig after a few broadsides.
    The brigs were the PHAETON (16), with 120 men, commanded by Lieut. Freyanet, and VOLTIGEUR (16), with 115 men, commanded by Lieut. St. Craig.
  • On 1 November 1806 Capt. ROSS sent off three boats to intercept a schooner coming round Cabo Rojo in the S. W. of Puerto Rico but they lost her during a squall in the night.
    Lieut. BELL, in command, pushed on with Lieut. Baillie of the marines, landed at Caberet Bay, destroyed a three gun battery and captured a Spanish brig.
    The following day Lieut. BAKER, in the launch, drove a French privateer of 2 guns and 26 men on to the reef off Cabo Rojo and then, while returning to the ship, captured a 1-gun privateer after a long chase.
  • 1811 Under repair at Woolwich.
    In the autumn Capt. Hon. Anthony MAITLAND commissioned her at Woolwich for service first in the Mediterranean and then in the West Indies during the latter part of the war with America.
    Two Swedish ships were taken by PIQUE in January 1814 and sent in to Guadeloupe; BERNAT, laden with flour and rice, on the 13th. and MARGARET, in ballast, on the 19th.
  • On the morning of 26 April 1814 off the Silver Keys PIQUE captured the American privateer HAWK armed with four 6-pounder guns and one long 12-pounder and carrying 68 men.
  • PIQUE returned to Portsmouth at the end of the year and was back in the West Indies in the spring of 1815.
  • 1816 Capt. James Haldane TAIT, Jamaica.
  • 1817 Capt. John MACKELLAR.
    He exchanged into PIQUE from SALISBURY at Jamaica on 17 March 1817 due to the ill health of Capt. TAIT.
    When she left for home in September 1818 PIQUE encountered a dreadful hurricane during the passage and nearly foundered.
    She paid off at Deptford in December.

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