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SOUTHAMPTON (32) Built in 1757, Rotherhithe.
Wrecked in 1812.

  • 1799 Capt. John HARVEY, to the West Indies on 5 January.
  • 1802 Capt. Christopher COLE, Leeward Is.
    After the Peace of Amiens SOUTHAMPTON was ordered home and paid off in September.
  • 1803 under repair at Portsmouth.
  • 1811 Capt. E. L. GRAHAM, convoy to the West Indies.
    Later in the year Sir James YEO, Jamaica.
  • On 17 October 1812 SOUTHAMPTON and RHODIAN captured the schooner RISING SUN bound for Charleston from New York, and on 7 November the schooner ELINOR JANE from Alexandria to Charleston.
    With help from VARIABLE the two ships captured the ship GEORGE AND MARY, the brig VENUS and the brig HELEN all bound for Lisbon from Charleston on 12 November.
  • After capturing the United States brig VIXEN, of 14 guns and 138 men, on 22 November, SOUTHAMPTON was returning to Jamaica with her prize through the Crooked Island passage in the Bahamas when, during the night of 27 November, they were both driven by a strong westerly current on to an uncharted reef of rock which extends eight or nine miles from Conception Island.
    (Between Cat Island and Rum Cay in the Bahamas) This reef was unknown to the Barbadian pilot on board.
    SOUTHAMPTON bilged almost immediately and the prize remained afloat for only a few hours but the crews of both were saved.
    A court martial cleared Sir James YEO, his officers and crew, of blame for the loss of the ship.
    Sir James returned to Portsmouth as a passenger in the BRAZEN, arriving on 9 February 1813.

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