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Purchased in 1804. Sold in 1814.
1805 George COCKS, Mediterranean. While in the squadron under Vice-ad. Lord Collingwood he detained three vessels:
The Prussian ship MINERVA taking brandy from Barcelona to Emden on 17 November 1805. The Danish ships VILDANDEN from Barcelona to Copenhagen and the SOPHIA from Altona to Salo on 19 December.
1808 James CAULFIELD, North Sea. On 9 June THUNDER, with the gun-brigs CHARGER, PIERCER and TURBULENT in company, got under way from Malmo Road with a convoy of 70 home bound merchantmen. As the convoy arrived abreast of the south end of Saltholm twenty-five Danish gunboats attacked TURBULENT, Lieut. George WOOD, stationed at the rear. TURBULENT opened fire from her carronades and THUNDER assisted with mortar shells but the other two vessels were too far away to help. After 10 minutes TURBULENT's main-top-mast fell and shortly after she was boarded and the Danes secured her as a prize. They then formed up on both quarters and astern of THUNDER and opened a heavy fire which was answered by the bomb's two long 6-pounder stern guns and her carronades. After four hours the Danes gave up trying to force Capt. CAULFIELD's surrender and retired with 12 or 13 merchant vessels they had captured.
England became involved in war with Russia when the Treaty of Tilsit united Russia and Denmark in league with France and on 25 August a Swedish fleet with CENTAUR and IMPLACABLE engaged a Russian fleet off Hango Head. After losing SEWOLOD, burned and sunk as a waterlogged prize by CENTAUR, the Russians took shelter behind a boom in Rogerwick where they were blockaded by Vice-Ad. SAUMAREZ. He ordered Capt. CAULFIELD to bombard the port which he did for a fortnight without result until one of his shells landed in a magazine. When the Admiral ordered him to withdraw Capt. CAULFIELD tried NELSON's blind eye approach and when an officer was sent to repeat the order he requested that he might remain a little longer. With the approach of winter the fleet was withdrawn from the Baltic and the Russians returned to Cronstadt.
THUNDER was not present at the original attack in the Aix Roads on 11 April but she was employed on the 20th. and 24th. in bombarding the REGULUS (74) lying aground on a shoal at the entrance to the Charente. The French ship later got afloat and escaped into Rochefort. Capt. CAULFIELD was promoted to post captain August 1809 backdated to 11 April.
1809 William SHEPHEARD, 12/9. From April to November 1810 he was senior officer of the bombs supporting the two divisions of gunboats employed in the defence of Cadiz against the besieging French under Marshal Soult. For most of that time THUNDER was anchored within range of the enemy batteries and Capt. SHEPHEARD rowed guard himself every fourth night during his time in Cadiz Bay. He removed to COLUMBINE at Cadiz on 11 November.
1810 W. O. PELL, Cadiz. On 23 November 1810 an attack was made on French gunboats at Puerta de Santa Maria using mortar and howitzer boats. The bombs and gunboats provided a diversion by bombarding Fort Catalina. In an attack on 6 March 1811 THUNDER, this time with the bomb HOUND, again bombarded Fort Catalina while seamen and marines landed to storm French batteries, spike the guns and destroy emplacements.
THUNDER weighed anchor from Spithead at 6 o'clock on the morning of the 9 October 1813 following orders from Sir Richard BICKERTON to proceed to Woolwich. At half past eight, when she was S. S.W. of the Ower's Light, a lugger was seen to windward. When THUNDER altered course in shore the lugger followed and two hours later she came alongside, her decks full of men and called on the bomb to surrender. Capt. PELL put his helm down, fired four guns and a musket volley and carried her by boarding. She was the NEPTUNE of Dunkirk, two days out of La Hogue, armed with 16 guns and carrying 65 men. Four of the enemy were killed and ten wounded. Able seamen John DIXON and George JENKS were wounded in THUNDER.