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LEOPARD (50) 4th rate Built in 1741, Blackwall.
Broken up in 1761.

  • 1742 Capt. Lord FORRESTER. On March 11 1742 he captured a ship loaded with provisions and naval stores. She was following five Spanish Men of War, who sailed about a fortnight before from Port Passages for the West Indies.
  • From a letter dated Gibraltar Bay, August 19 1742:
  • "On the 9th. inst. between Cape St. Mary's and Cadiz, I saw a ship stemming right in for the latter place, and as she lay immediately in my route, I fir'd two shot at her, and brought her to. On examination I found her to be a Spaniard of above 200 tons, laden with Logwood, Cochineal and Cocoa, and several other sorts of Dyes, Canary Wines, 4 Camels and a great present, yet unknown, for the King of Naples; also a Bishop and a Priest, a Spanish General and other Spanish officers and great sums of piastres."
  • On Tuesday 31st. January, before the Admiralty Court, Judge Sir Henry Penrice, the Santa Teresa Joseph, taken by the LEOPARD, was condemned as a legal prize, as was her cargo. This amounted to more than 30 L per man.
  • He continued in LEOPARD until the beginning of 1745, when he was promoted to DEFIANCE (60).
  • 1744 Capt. Lord Alexander COLVILLE, Mediterranean
  • Florence, April 11th. N. S.
  • "Lord Colville in the Leopard Man of War. together with the Dartmouth, put into Leghorn lately; the latter lost her Mainmast in a Storm, and was obliged to refit as well as she could there, in order to return to Port Mahon, to get another Mast and to repair. Lord Colville's Ship was extremely damaged in her Rigging, but he repaired that at Leghorn, and is preparing to go immediately on a Cruise on the River of Genoa."
  • From the London Gazette.
  • After re-fitting he was ordered, by Vice Adm. MEDLEY, to cruise off the coast of Genoa, where he captured a French vessel and destroyed eight others, three Genoese and five from the Papal States. Mainly laden with corn, their loss added to the food shortages in Genoa, which, although officially neutral, did her best to injure British interests.

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