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RINGDOVE (18) Built in 1806, Brightlingsea (Cruizer class).
Sold in 1829.

  • 1808 Lieut. George PEAK.(act.
    Cdr.) North sea.
    RINGDOVE was anchored in Balta sound in the island of Unst in the Shetlands when Lieut. PEAK received information that two privateers had been seen off the islands with a sloop, supposed to be the HOPE of Leith.
    He weighed immediately and set sail for Norway and on the following day, 30 March, about 40 miles west of Bergen, in a northerly gale, he saw a sail steering towards him.
    Thinking that she was an English cruiser he made the private signal but she hoisted Danish colours and tried to escape.
    RINGDOVE soon closed and called on her to strike and when she refused, fired a few shots at her, which unfortunately killed one man and wounded two others. She then surrendered but, because of the bad weather, Lieut. PEAK was unable to transfer his prisoners until the following morning.
  • She was the FORDEN SHIEOLD, Michael Goeff commanding, which had sailed from Bergen four hours before encountering RINGDOVE.
    Four months in commission she had made five captures on previous voyages.
    Pierced for fourteen guns she mounted four and had a crew of 62 men. RINGDOVE received prize payments for the hull, stores and head money at Leith the following October.
  • 1808 George ANDREWS, North Sea.
  • 1809 William DOWERS, Leeward Is.
    On 17 December 1809 RINGDOVE was with the British squadron off Anse la Barque where two French frigates had taken refuge [see HAZARD].
    During the afternoon a battery on Point Lizard, a little to the southward, opened fire and struck RINGDOVE.
    DOWERS sent a party ashore which stormed the fort, spiked the guns, blew up the magazine and returned without loss all in one hour.
    The following evening her boats joined the others of the squadron on a fort at Anse de la Barque.
    The naval medal was awarded to all the ships involved.
    During the invasion of Guadeloupe at the end of January 1810 seamen from RINGDOVE under Capt. DOWERS were attached to the 1st. division of the army under Major-General HISLOP where they were employed in conveying howitzers, field-pieces and ammunition to the troops.
    DOWERS and DILKES also disembarked five days provisions for the troops at Three Rivers.
  • The surrender of Guadeloupe on the 6 February was quickly followed by an attack on the island of St. Martin's on 14 February 1810 by temporary Commodore FAHIE of the ABERCHROMBIE and Brigadier General HARCOURT.
  • Capt. SCOBELL in VIMEIRA, with a company of 25th. regiment under Capt. BEATTIE, accepted the surrender of the garrison of the French quarter of the island at Marigot Bay in accordance with the capitulation at Guadeloupe.
    Meanwhile a summons was sent to the Governor of the Dutch part of the island and the troops under General HARCOURT were landed in Little Cool Bay covered by the three brigs, RINGDOVE, SNAP and MORNE FORTUNEE, which anchored close in shore.
  • When a message was received from the Governor offering to capitulate, Brigadier-General SKINNER and Capt. DOWERS were appointed the British commissioners to discuss the terms but it was noon on the following day before they were ready for ratification.
    However the Governor decided to surrender himself and the garrison as prisoners of war and the Dutch colours were lowered at Fort Louis.
  • Captain DOWERS and Lieut.-Colonel STEWART performed a similar service on the island of St. Eustatius when they went ashore to treat with the Dutch commissioners.
    The island surrendered on 22 February as did the island of Saba to MORNE FORTUNEE on the same day.
    The Dutch and French had now been driven from the Antilles
  • 1812 Ditto, West Indies.
    OPn 28 July 1813 she retook the brig STAMPER, bound from Liverpool to Halifax.
  • 1814 Ditto, Jamaica.
  • 1816-23 Portsmouth.
  • 1824 Edwin RICH, 05/1823, W. Indies.
  • 1826 E. THORNBOROUGH, 08/1826, Plymouth.
  • 1827 Charles ENGLISH, 04/1827, Halifax.

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