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SCYLLA (18) Built in 1809, Topsham (Cruizer class).
Disposal in 1846.

  • 1811 Arthur ATCHISON, cruising in Channel.
    SCYLLA was lying close under the Ile de Batz off Roscoff on the morning of 8 May 1811 when Capt. ATCHISON saw a brig escorting a convoy of 5 small vessels and he immediately gave chase.
    A couple of hours later he came within range and opened fire but, after a quarter of hour, he saw that the brig was attempting to run herself ashore, so he lay along side her although they were both doing about 8 knots in an increasing wind and sea.
    They soon got possession of her but not before her captain, a midshipman, the Boatswain and three seamen were killed.
  • She proved to be the French national brig CANNONIERE, armed with ten 4-pounders, one 24-pounder carronade and four swivels and with a complement of 77 men.
    Commanded by Enseigne Jean Joseph Benoit Schilds, she was only two hours out of Perros-Guirec and was taking her convoy to Brest.
    Capt. ATCHISON was only able to capture one of the convoy, a sloop laden with wheat, the other four ran themselves ashore inside the rocks.
  • SCYLLA lost two men killed: Thomas SHIELDS, captain of the after-guard, and David O'LEAN, ordinary seaman.
    Mr Thomas LIVER, midshipman, and Matthew VIVANON, marine, were slightly wounded.
  • 1812 C. M'DONALD, Channel.
    At the beginning of May 1813 WHITING, with PHEASANT and SCYLLA in company, captured an American brig letter of marque FOX some 200 miles S. W. of Cape Clear after a chase of more than 100 miles.
    The FOX, which threw overboard two of her eight guns, was bound from Bordeaux to Philadelphia.
  • At one o'clock in the morning of 18 October SCYLLA, 180 miles west of Ushant, fell in with a French frigate apparently on her way to Brest.
    Although the enemy ship was under jury main and mizzen masts, Capt. MACDONALD judged it prudent to avoid action with such superior force but instead to shadow in the hope of meeting up with another British vessel.
    On 20 October he had the good fortune to meet with ROYALIST and together they made a joint attack on the frigate which proved to be the WESER (44).
    After nearly an hour and a half, both SCYLLA and ROYALIST were badly cut about and as they hauled off to repair their rigging RIPPON came up and WESER struck to her, being now in a crippled condition.
    SCYLLA had two men slightly wounded quarter-master's mate James WATTS and able-seaman Peter RATHBORNE.
  • 1814 William Henry SMYTH, Messina with the Anglo-Sicilian flotilla.
    Early in 1814 SCYLLA was employed on a confidential mission to the Court of Naples at Palermo which was then wavering in its allegiance to Napoleon.
    On the night of 19 February the WHITBY transport which was moored within the mole head at Palermo caught fire. She was cut adrift and the wind, then blowing a gale, drove her through the lines of moored vessels until she grounded under the citadel.
    SCYLLA escaped the blaze and Lieut. SMYTH, coming offshore in a boat, was able to rescue a seaman who had jumped overboard from the transport.
    One of the moored vessels hit by the WHITBY was loaded with 1200 barrels of gunpowder.
  • 1815 George Bennet ALLEN, 07/6/1814, convoy to Cork.
    ALLEN removed to RIFLEMAN on 22/08/1815.
  • 1816 18 Portsmouth.
  • 1820-24 Plymouth.
  • 1825 George RUSSELL, 09/1824, Jamaica.
  • 1827 William HOBSON, 03/1826, Jamaica.
  • 1828 Portsmouth.
  • 1830 John HINDMARSH, 03/1830, Portsmouth, for the Mediterranean.
  • 1832 Hon. George GREY, 09/1831, Mediterranean.
    He removed to SCOUT on 10 December 1833.
  • 1834 Paid off at Chatham on 8 March.
  • 1836 Edward John CARPENTER, 12/1834, NAWI
  • 1838 Hon. Joseph DENHAM, 12/1836, Lisbon.
  • 1840 Plymouth.
  • 1844 Robert SHARPE, 01/1842, NAWI

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