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SEAHORSE (24) 6th rate Built in 1748, Barnard, Harwich.
Sold in 1784.

  • 1750 Capt. Hugh PALLISER.
  • 1750 Capt. Samuel BARRINGTON, Mediterranean station, he was particularly employed in negotiating the ransom of a number of British subjects who had been captured by the different pirate states of Barbary and sold into slavery.
    Gibraltar, August 16 1750
    In four or five days captain Barrington will sail from hence in a man of war for Tetuan and carry with him Mr Pettigrew, his Britannic majesty's consul general in Morocco, Fez and the Aleaves, in order to treat for the redemption of British captives now in slavery at those places.

    Gibraltar, Oct. 9th. 1750
    Yesterday captain Barrington in the Seahorse, man of war, returned hither from Cadiz, having on board a considerable sum of money for the redemption of all the British subjects who are in slavery at Tetuan.

    Gibraltar, Dec. 9th. 1750
    Captain Barrington, in the Seahorse, man of war, who sailed from hence on the 7th. instant, in the morning, for Tetuan Bay in order to bring over the British slaves, is returned hither this morning, and has brought with him Mr Latton and twenty-seven captives.
  • 1761 Capt. James SMITH. In October 1761 the Royal Society announced that they had appointed the Rev. Mr Maskelyne F. R.S. accompanied by Mr Robert Wadington, to go to the island of St. Helena and Mr Charles Mason, assistant observer at the royal observatory at Greenwich, accompanied by Mr Jeremiah Dixon, to go to Bencoolen in the island of Sumatra in order to observe the transit of the sun by Venus, which was to happen on 6 June 1761. Three astronomers were also appointed by the French king to go to Roderigo, the north of Siberia and Pondicherry.
    On the 8 January 1761 the astronomers sailed from Spithead in the SEAHORSE.
  • On the 11th., 34 leagues S. W. of Start Point, a sail was was sighted about 8 o'clock in the morning in the S. W. quarter, crowding down on him. He continued his course and prepared to engage. At a quarter before 11 the enemy came within pistol shot and an action began, which lasted an hour and a quarter with great warmth, during which the ships were board and board three different times, which occasioned great slaughter before the enemy, the French frigate, le Grand, fled on the appearance of the frigate UNICORN. SEAHORSE had 11 men killed and 38 wounded many of which were not expected to recover. "Another captain is to be appointed to SEAHORSE, which will proceed as soon as soon as she is re-fitted, in order that Capt. SMITH may be at home."
  • After her refit SEAHORSE sailed again from Plymouth on the 4 February, with the DORSETSHIRE (70), Capt. CAMPBELL, who was to escort her some leagues to the westward. "The astronomers, being too late for their intended destination are to be landed in the most convenient part of the southern hemisphere."
  • 1773 Capt. FARMER, sailed from Spithead on 19th. November 1773 with the SALISBURY, Commodore Edward HUGHES, in company, and sailed via Funchal and the Cape to Madras Roads. A very young Horatio NELSON joined her as a midshipman on the 28th. October. NELSON returned to England on board the DOLPHIN, Capt. James PIGOT, which sailed for home from Bombay on 23rd. March 1776.

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