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ULYSSES (44) 5th rate Built in 1779, Fisher, Liverpool.
Troop ship in 1790.
Sold in 1816.

  • 1779 Capt. Thomas DUMARERESQ, Jamaica.
  • 1781 Capt. John THOMAS.
    On the 1st. August Jamaica was hit by a dreadful hurricane which destroyed several plantations and damaged many others. More than 97 merchant vessels were driven ashore in Port Royal harbour, some of which were entirely lost. The ULYSSES and the SOUTHAMPTON were entirely dismasted.
  • 1782 Capt. Thomas SPRY. Jamaica.
  • 1799 Armed storeship belonging to the Transport Office.
    Capt. PRIESLAND, Mediterranean.
  • 1800 Capt. SAYER (2), Spithead.
  • 1803 Capt. E. H. COLUMBINE, Trinidad.
  • On 30 April 1804 ULYSEES captured, after a few hours chase, the French privateer lugger PETIT DECIDE,J. Bideau, master, with one long brass 4-pounder and 26 men. She had taken nothing in the fortnight since she left Guadeloupe.
  • 1807 Under repair at Portsmouth.
  • 1808 Capt. MAUDE, Leeward Is.
  • 1809 Capt. Warwick LAKE.
    On 5 and 6 February 1810 he faced a court martial on charges relating to the time he had been commander of RECRUIT in 1807 (see RECRUIT for details). He was dismissed from his Majesty's service.
  • 1811 Capt. H. E. R. BAKER, cruising.
  • 1812 Capt. FOTHERGILL, flagship of Rear Ad. William BROWN.
    Guernsey station.
  • 1813 Capt. Thomas BROWNE, Baltic, where ULYSSES was stationed in the Belt for the protection of convoys. In December he conducted the army under Sir Thomas Graham to the Scheldt.
    In the summer of 1814 ULYSSES escorted a convoy to Jamaica and on her return Capt. BROWNE was appointed Commodore on the coast of Africa.
    Here he destroyed the two remaining British slave factories.
    His squadron destroyed thirty slavers before he was obliged to leave the station to obtain supplies at St. Helena, having supplied his provisions to ships escorting the homebound convoys.
    At St. Helena he received the news of Napoleon's return from Elba and, finding a fleet of Indiamen worth some 10,000,000 pounds waiting there for the protection of a man-of-war, agreed to accompany them until he could pass their charge on to another warship. Unfortunately they met no other ships and Waterloo had been fought before they reached England. However the East India Company presented him with a larger piece of plate than ever given to another captain.

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