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SEAGULL (16) Built in 1795, Rotherhithe (built of fir).
Lost in 1805.

  • 1799 H. WRAY, 10/1795, cruising.
  • 1800 T. LAVIE, Plymouth. She arrived in Plymouth from Guernsey on 9 January and sailed again on 25 March on a four week cruise. She cruised regularly in the Channel through 1800.
  • 1801 Capt. BURROWS, Portsmouth.
    He returned from a cruise on 7 April and handed over to J. WAINWRIGHT who sailed for Jersey on the 14th. She was to sail regularly over this route through 1801-2.
    SEAGULL was nearly lost off Portland during a gale on Sunday 2 November when she had to throw all her guns overboard. She was on her way from Jersey to Portsmouth where she arrived on the 4th.
  • 1802 Lieut. MURRAY.
  • 1803 Henry BURKE, 05/1802, re-fitting at Plymouth. She sailed from Plymouth on the 15 August 1803 with a convoy for Cork and on her return, some 20 miles off Corunna on the 25th., she fell in with the East Indiaman LORD NELSON which had been captured 13 days before by the French BELLONA and was being taken to the Spanish port by a prize crew consisting of a Lieut. Fougie and 41 men.
    Her passage had been followed by two small cutters, one a privateer, which had informed Capt. BURKE of her course.
    After a chase of 5 hours he brought her to action which continued though the night until daylight.
    When he found that SEAGULL's masts and rigging were badly cut up and that she had received two shots between wind and water he was obliged to pull off to do repairs.
    Lieut. Fougie struck his colours to SEAGULL as Capt. BURKE was about to resume action when COLUSSUS and TONNANT of Sir Edward PELLEW's force were sighted coming up.
    The LORD NELSON was boarded by boats from COLUSSUS and they found that five of her original crew had been serving the guns against SEAGULL.
    They were put in irons while protesting that they were Americans.
  • SEAGULL lost two seamen, William ARMSTRONG and Jeremiah FALLS, killed and Lieut. William DAVIS, marine William REYNOLDS, and seamen John THOMPSON, Thomas MANNELL, Joseph CRAGG, William ROCKETT, Patrick M'DONALD, James DRIMOND and Francis GREY, wounded.
  • On 28 September SEAGULL was warped down into the Sound and made signals to the masters of the four transports Nos.
    28, 30, 31 and 35.
    These then made their way into the Sound with the 9th. regiment of foot on board and the band playing "Croppies lie down." They all sailed at 4 PM
    and were soon clear of Penlee Point. She returned to Plymouth on 21 January 1804 in a hurricane which had been blowing since the 19th. and had wrecked a number of vessels in the Sound.
  • On 17 July 1804 she sailed to Cork and on 6 August to the Downs returning to Plymouth on 29 August.
  • SEAGULL foundered sometime in May 1805, all lost.

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