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ROVER (18) Built in 1808, Berwick (Cruizer class).
Sold in 1828.

  • 1811 Justice FINLEY, 10/1810, Channel.
    In March 1811 ROVER accompanied Sir Joseph YORKE's squadron to Lisbon and on 30 November she captured the French letter of marque COMPTE REGINAUD of 14 guns which was carrying a cargo of spices, sugar and coffee from Batavia to La Rochelle.
    The French vessel was originally HM
    sloop VINCEJO which had been captured in Quiberon Bay by French gunboats on 8 May 1804.
  • 1812 Lieut. Francis Erskine LOCH, acting commander.
    After a chase of nine hours on 21 October 1812 ROVER detained the American letter of marque schooner EXPERIMENT off Cordoban Light. She was armed with six 9-pounder carronades and carried a crew of 17 men.
    Thirty-one days out of Charlestown she was bound for Bordeaux with a cargo of cotton and rice.
    Lieut. LOCH's commission as a commander was confirmed in January 1813 and the following August he moved to SPARROW.
  • 1814 William Henry BRUCE.
    He removed to ROVER from MANLY in October 1814 while on the North American station and was ordered home with dispatches.
    In 1815 she accompanied Rear Ad. BURLTON as escort to the outward bound East India trade to the south of the equator and returned to England with a convoy of merchantmen from Barbados.
    After the battle of Waterloo ROVER was ordered to cruise off Diepe to prevent Napoleon escaping to America. She was taking dispatches from Lord KEITH to Sir Henry HOTHAM when she met BELLEROPHON off Ushant with the Emperor on board.
  • ROVER was paid off in October 1815.
  • 1816 Deptford.
  • 1817-28 Plymouth.

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