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ROYALIST (18) Built in 1807, Sandwich (Cruizer class).
Sold in 1819.

  • 1808 John MAXWELL, Downs North Sea.

    On 16 July 1808 she captured the Danish privateer schooner ARISTIDES while she was in the act of engaging an English packet boat off Goteborg.
    A fine vessel, American built and mounting six guns and carrying 41 men, she had left Flodstrand the same morning intending to cruise off Scotland for five months
  • Some 30-25 miles north of Dieppe on the evening of 1 May 1809 ROYALIST fell in with five French privateer luggers. She gave chase and, two and a quarter hours later captured the PRINCESSE of 16 guns and 50 men.
    The other four made their escape in the dark.
  • On 17 November 1809 she took the French LE GRAND NAPOLEON (18) off Dungeness and in December 1809 she made three captures: the privateer cutter L'HEUREUSE ETOILE (2), out of Dieppe, on the 6th., the lugger BEAU (or BONNE) MARSEILLES (14) one of the fastest sailors in Boulogne which was taken into the Royal Navy as DEFENDER, on the 10th. and the lugger LE FRANCOIS (14) also from Boulogne, on the 31st. She also recaptured two English vessels which had been taken as prizes by French privateers.
  • On the 12 February 1810, after a chase of one hour, she took the privateer lugger PRINCE EUGENE of 14 guns and 55 men which had sailed with three others from Boulogne the same day.
  • 1810 George DOWNIE, 06/1810, Portsmouth.
    About 4 miles off St. Valery en Caux on 5 December 1810, ROYALIST captured a privateer lugger LE ROI DES NAPLES of 14 guns and 48 men a few hours after she left Dieppe.
    Eight days later about 15 miles off Fecamp she took the privateer AVENTURIERS, a new lugger of 14 guns and 50 men out on her first cruise. She gave chase to a strange sail in the same area on 3 February 1811 and soon made her out to be a privateer.
    A few hours later CASTILIAN joined in with the advantage of the weather gauge and the two of them brought her to together. She was the lugger BRACONNIER of ten guns, which were thrown overboard in the chase, and 47 men. She was two days out of St. Valery.
  • At 11 o'clock on the night of 19 December 1811 he captured the French privateer RODEUR of 14 guns and 60 men in the Dover Straits after a close chase of two hours.
    Carb MILLER, a marine private, was killed and Mr Thomas L. REID, midshipman; John BROWN and David OLIVER, marine privates; Samuel SAUNDERS, marine corporal, and John BROWN, able seaman, were wounded.
    The French had one killed and eleven wounded.
    A French lugger, FURET, of 14 guns and 56 men, was captured off Folkestone on the night of 6 January 1812 after a short chase. She was two days out of Calais.
  • 1812 Ditto, Channel. She captured a French privateer lugger named LA RUSE off Hythe shortly before midnight on the 29 December 1812.
    With 16 guns and 65 men she was an entirely new vessel on her first cruise.
    The enemy had one man killed, one wounded and the main mast shot away before he surrendered.
  • 1813 J. J. Gordon BREMER, Channel Fleet.
    In the spring of 1813 while Wellington was advancing out of Portugal towards Salamanca, a French force, estimated at 13,000 had been investing Castro-Udiales on the north coast since the 4 April.
    The French had been driven out the previous year and replaced with a Spanish garrison of 1300 which was commanded by the governor, Don Alvarez.
    They were supported by LYRA, Capt. Robert BLOYE, senior officer, and ROYALIST and SPARROW who arrived on the 4 May.
    To counter the French batteries which were being thrown up to the west and south-west of the town, a 24-pounder was landed with great difficulty from SPARROW on to a small island, and on the 8th. it exchanged fire with a couple of 12-pounders at point blank range.
    In addition, ROYALIST and SPARROW during the day, and their boats at night, took turns at blockading Portugalette, some 12 miles along the coast, where the French were rumoured to have several more guns embarked.
  • On the 10th. a second 24-pounder was mounted by Capt. TAYLOR of SPARROW and it was ready for firing by the following morning but, in spite of fire from the island and an 18-pounder carronade on the castle, the French succeeded in breaching the walls and advancing in to the town.
    Capt. TAYLOR was directed to re-embark the guns and men from the island and to arrange the evacuation of the garrison and the destruction of the castle.
  • The ship's boats were waiting on the evening of the 11th. when the garrison embarked by companies as they gradually fell back after disputing the town house by house.
    Every soldier was brought off, as well as many inhabitants and 140 French prisoners, and they were distributed among the three brigs and the ALPHEA schooner and landed at Bermeo on the morning of the 12th.
    Their losses numbered about 50 killed and the same number wounded.
    The loss to the French was believed to be about 2,500 men.
  • Lieut. KENTISH of ROYALIST was slightly wounded in the leg and midshipman Mr C. J. SUTTON was more severely wounded with a musket ball in his leg which had to be amputated.
    The carpenter, Mr CHARTERS and the captain of the foretop, John LLOYD, were also wounded.
  • ROYALIST and SPARROW took the prisoners to Corunna with a company of artillery from Castro while LYRA remained off the coast.
    Lieut. M'DONALD in ALPHEA arrived in the Hamoaze on the 25th. with Capt. BLOYE's letters.
  • Off Arcasson on 6 September Capt. BREMER finally managed to catch an American schooner he had been chasing for four days. She was the NED, a letter of marque from Baltimore, 280 tons and copper bottomed, bound for Bordeaux from New York.
    Pierced for 16 guns but only mounting six she had a crew of 45 men.
  • On 30 October 1813, some 150 miles west of Ushant in very squally weather, ROYALIST came across Capt. MACDONALD in SCYLLA who was shadowing a French national frigate LA WESER, Capitaine de Vaisseau Cantzlaat, which was under jury rig after being dismasted in a gale.
    In the afternoon the two brigs, SCYLLA on her quarter and ROYALIST on her bow started an action which continued for an hour and a half until they were forced to haul off repair their rigging.
  • Down wind of them was a man-of-war, RIPPON (74) and Capt. BREMER sailed to her at 3 AM
    to apprise Capt. Sir Christopher COLE of the enemy's force. The following morning a breeze came up and enabled RIPPON to close and the French frigate struck her colours.
    Since the prize was in a badly damaged state Capt. COLE took off most of the prisoners and towed her into port.
  • The two 44-gun French frigates WESER and TRAVE had left the Texel on 30 September to sail round the north of Scotland and both were dismasted in the same gale on the 16th. after WESER had captured two Swedish vessels.
    TRAVE had an exchange of fire with ACHATES before being captured by ANDROMACHE on the 23rd. and taken into Cawsand Bay.
  • ROYALIST had two men killed in the action: Joseph SANGTER, able seaman, and Cornelius RALT, ordinary seaman.
    Five were severely wounded including the master, Mr W. WILSON, and four others, including the first lieutenant, Mr J. WARING, slightly wounded
  • 1815 Thomas WOLRIDGE, 'sealed Orders'.
  • 1816 Houston STEWART, Jamaica.

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