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TELEGRAPH (14) The American privateer schooner VENGEANCE taken in 1813.
Lost in 1817.

  • 1813 Lieut. Timothy SCRIVEN, Plymouth.
    After a chase of 44 hours to within 10 miles of St. Andero, TELEGRAPH captured the American schooner ELLEN & EMELINE on 12 August 1813.
    Armed with a single long 12-pounder on a swivel, she had only left Nantes three hours when first sighted with a cargo of silk for New York.
    In October 1813 Lieut. SCRIVEN was promoted to commander and TELEGRAPH was re-rated as a sloop of war.
  • On 7 October 1813 she arrived with dispatches for Sir George COLLIER in SURVEILLANTE on the north coast of Spain and on 13 October 1813 she destroyed the French FILBUSTIER (22).
    in the mouth of the Adour.
    The French corvette had been seeking an opportunity to escape from St. Jean de Luz which was threatened by the advance of Wellington's army and took advantage of a dark and stormy night. She was immediately chased by TELEGRAPH and the action lasted for three quarters of an hour before FILIBUSTIER's crew escaped ashore after setting her on fire.
    Lieut. SCRIVEN sent boats to try and save her without success.
    Papers found on board showed that she had been commanded by Lieut. Daniels and armed with sixteen French 24-pounder carronades, two long 9-pounders, a brass howitzer and four brass 3-pounders.
    There had been 160 men on board and their losses must have been considerable.
    TELEGRAPH's success was witnessed by both armies.
  • She took the French galliot HERCULES bound from Oleron to Nantes on 29 December 1813 and on the following day the French chasse-maree FELICITE bound from Bordeaux to Nantes.
    On 10 March 1814 she captured the French galliot NORTH STAR from Ile de Rhe also bound for Nantes.
  • 1815 She sailed with dispatches to America.
  • 1816 Lieut. Richard CROSSMAN, Plymouth.
  • 1817 Lieut. John LITTLE, Plymouth.
    During the night of 19-20 January 1817, whilst anchored off the Eastern Hoe in Plymouth Sound, she was wrecked by the same gale which caused the loss of JASPER.
    The only casualty was William KELLS who was crushed to death by the side of the vessel.
    A number of men were wounded including the surgeon, Mr DICK, who had his thighs broken.

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