Type: 5th rate ; Armament 36 (18-pounder)
Launched at Dudman's Yard, Deptford, in 1795 ;
Disposal date or year : 1841
Dec 1796 Cruising with a small squadron of frigates off Brest, reporting the movements of the French fleet to the admiral of the British fleet, then cruising some distance of the Ushant [Captain Robert Barlow].
11 Dec 1796 despatched to the admiral to the westward of Ushant to report the arrival of the French squadron under M. Richery entering the road at Brest and subsequently returned to cruise off Brest.
19 Dec 1796 joined the fleet announcing that the French fleet had sailed from Brest.
20 Dec 1797 captured the French 36-gun frigate Néréide, which was purchased for the navy under the same name.
30 Dec 1798 departed Plymouth on a cruise.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. R. Barlow. Cruising.
8 Mar 1799, Plymouth, arrived from a cruize.
12 Mar 1799, in Plymouth Sound.
16 Mar 1799, Plymouth, orders came down this day for the Russell, Phoebe, Proselyte, to sail on Tuesday next to reinforce Admiral Kingsmill's squadron off the Coast of Ireland.
20 Mar 1799, Plymouth, sailed for the coast of Ireland, with the Russell and Proselyte.
22 Mar 1799, Plymouth, a seaman of the Phoebe died in the hospital : his death was occasioned by a block falling on his head, which fractured his skull.
Oct 1799 Phoebe and Révolutionnaire captured the French privateer Bourdelais on the Irish station.
11 Oct 1799 Phoebe and Révolutionnaire captured the French privateer Grand Ferrailleur, 16 guns, 121 men, in lat. 48° N., long. 24° W., 16 days from Bourdeaux, and had not taken any thing.
15 Oct 1799, Cove of Cork.
12 Nov 1799, Plymouth, arrived L’Hazard of Bayonne, French letter of marque, of 10 guns and 60 men, from Senegal for Bourdeaux, with a valuable cargo of spices, ivory, and gum, prize to the Phoebe, 36, which came in this afternoon. The cargo of L’Hazard consists of 57,965 lb. of gum arabic, in grains ; 16 bales of Bourbon coffee ; more coffee ; pepper ; valued at £10,000.
27 Dec 1799, Plymouth, went down the Hamoaze into the Sound.
3 Jan 1800, Plymouth, sailed with the Sirius, and Indefatigable, on a cruise.
21 Feb 1800 captured the French privateer ship Bellegarde, 14 guns, and 114 men, of St. Maloes. She had been out 16 days, and had captured the ship Chance of London, from Martinico, and the brig Friends, of Dartmouth, from St. Michael's, bound to Bristol ; the former since recaptured by HM sloop Kangaroo.
5 Mar 1800 captured the French privateer Heureux, which was purchased into the Service.
9 Mar 1800 arrived Kinsale with the French privateer Heureux, 22 brass twelve-pounders, 220 men.
23 Mar 1800, Plymouth, arrived the Phoebe, 36, Captain Barlow, with one of her prizes, a beautiful corvette of 22 guns.
29 Mar 1800, Plymouth, 11 British seamen found in arms on board L'Heureux, when captured by the Phoebe, are now in irons ; they pretend to be Americans.
7 May 1800, Plymouth, sailed for Cork with the Kangaroo, for Cork.
30 Aug 1800, Plymouth, arrived from convoying out the outward-bound Halifax fleet.
11 Sep 1800, in Hamoaze.
13 Sep 1800, Plymouth, went into the Sound.
14 Sep 1800, Plymouth, sailed for the coast of Ireland on a cruise.
22 Oct 1800, Portsmouth, arrived Phoebe, from Ireland.
13 Nov 1800, Portsmouth, sailed to St. Helen’s.
17 Nov 1800, Portsmouth, sailed from St. Helen’s for Ireland.
19 Feb 1801 captured the French frigate Africaine, taken into the Service under her French name.
Circa Mar 1801 It is reported that the merchant vessel Britannia, from Lisbon, captured and since retaken, has arrived at Cork.
8 Jul 1803 with the blockading fleet off Toulon.
13 Jun 1804 a small French squadron entered Toulon.
26 Jan 1805 Phoebe joined the Mediterranean fleet and joined in the search for the French fleet. It was discovered on 14 Feb that the French fleet had returned to Toulon.
31 Mar 1805 Active and Phoebe watched the French fleet depart Toulon whilst the Mediterranean fleet was victualled at Palma and rejoined on the 4th Phoebe reporting that the Toulon fleet was at sea again : the search began again. 4 May, having heard that the Toulon fleet had passed through the Straits on 8 Apl, the fleet anchored at Mazari bay to water and provision. Phoebe may well have remained as a part of the Mediterranean squaseon, whilst the rest of Nelson's fleet sailed for the West Indies ?
Circa 1 Oct 1805 the arrival of the additional frigates Naiad, Phoebe, Sirius, Juno, and Niger off Cadiz allowed Nelson to detach them to disrupt local shipping supplying provisions for the joint fleet in Cadiz.
10 Oct 1805 off Cadiz - the tactical preparations etc. for the forthcoming battle. 20 Oct combined fleet departed Cadiz, fleet manoeuvres.
21 Oct 1805 England expects….. &c. signalled, the first shots of the Battle of Trafalgar are fired. Nelson shot. Resumé of what had taken place. Individual ship actions and losses. The post-mortem commences ; Summary of British casualties ; Death of Nelson ;
22-30 Oct 1805 losses amongst the prizes due to bad weather etc: Redoutable, Rayo, Monarca (sank) ; Fougueux, Bucentaure, Indomptable, San-Francisco-de-Asis, Aigle, Berwick (wrecked) ; Algésiras (taken into Cadiz) ; Santa-Ana, Neptuno (recaptured) ; Santisima-Trinidad (scuttled) ; Achille, Intrépide, San-Augustin (burnt) ; the washup ; burial of Nelson ;
Deal 1 Jan 1807 Sailed to the French coast.
9 Jul 1806 Phoebe, Thames and Blanche detailed to pursue French squadron reported to be destroying British and Russian fishing and merchant vessels in the Arctic.
7 and 12 Jul 1809, captured the Russian vessels St. Nicholas 1 and 2, and another vessel, name unknown. 28 Oct 1818 to be registered in the High Court of Admiralty.
Torbay 6 Jan 1810 Sailed for off the Isle of Bas.
21 Nov 1810 off the island of Rodriquez preparing for a joint naval and military expedition to take the Isle of France, where they arrived on 28th, and the capitulation was signed on the 3 Dec.
5-6 Mar 1811 extract from log when she experienced the effects of a hurricane in the Indian Ocean.
Port Louis 14 Mar 1811 arrived.
20 - 21 Mar 1811 extract from log when she experienced the effects of a hurricane at Port Louis, Mauritius.
7-9 May 1811 the frigates Phoebe and Galatea, and brig-sloop Racehorse, have distant sighting with the French 40-gun frigates Renommée, Clorinde and Néréide, off the Isle de France, whilst the Astrea, was lying in Port-Louis.
14 May 1811 the Astrea, Phoebe, Galatea, and Racehorse, sailed from Port-Louis for Tamatave, Madagascar, arriving on the 20th, and, sighting the French squadron, made chase ; a severe action ensued resulting in the capture of the Renommée, and the subsequent surrender of the Néréide on the 25th at Tamatave. The Néréide, as the Madagascar, and Renommée, as the Java, were added to the Navy List.
3 Aug 1811 a part of the fleet involved in the invasion of Java, which terminated with the surrender of Dutch and French forces on 16 Sep. 31 Aug frigates Nisus, Présidente, and Phoebe, and sloop Hesper, detached to take the seaport of Cheribon. 31 Aug Nisus and Phoebe, sailed for Taggal where they took quiet possession of the fort and public stores.
Plymouth Dock 18 Jan 1812 Arrived from the East Indies with dispatches.
Plymouth 1 Apr 1812 Came down the harbour and anchored in the Sound, after having been refitted.
Portsmouth 8 Apr 1812 Is expected to sail with the Quebec convoy in the morning.
Portsmouth 9 Apr 1812 Sailed with a convoy for North America.
Deal 2 Aug 1812 Arrived with a convoy homeward-bound vessels, now gone for the River
Portsmouth 7 Aug 1812 Arrived from the Downs.
Plymouth 30 Sep 1812 Arrived from Halifax with dispatches.
Plymouth 3 Nov 1812 Came down the harbour and anchored in the Sound.
Plymouth 5 Nov 1812 Went down to the Sound having been thoroughly refitted since her return from America.
Plymouth Dock 5 Nov 1812 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 6 Nov 1812 Arrived from Plymouth.
23 Dec 1812 captured a U.S. privateer, the 14 gun brig Hunter, with 73 men.
Plymouth 9 Jan 1813 Has detained and sent in the American ship Vengeance from New York, for Bourdeaux.
Plymouth 11 Jan 1813 Remains.
Portsmouth 18 Mar 1813 Sailed the outward convoy for Brazil and the East Indies.
8 Feb 1814 Phoebe and Cherub arrived Valparaiso, where the US ship Essex and her prizes were anchored.
28 Mar 1814 following much propaganda and fake attempts to leave Valparaiso the Phoebe and Cherub captured the Essex.
31 May 1814 the Phoebe and Essex set sail for England ; and on the 13th of November, having stopped some time at Rio-Janeiro, the two ships anchored in Plymouth sound.
Plymouth 13 Nov 1814 Arrived with her prize, the American frigate Essex, last from Rio Janeiro.
Plymouth 12 Feb 1815 Came in having carried away her bowsprit and mizen top mast in a gale.
1826 Converted to slop ship. Jul 1830 Plymouth
27 May 1841 Plymouth. Phoebe, 42 guns, 926 tons, put up for sale 15 May 1841, Plymouth, to be sold out of the service - 926 tons BM."
|5 Mar 1811|
|1||3||0||SW||SE||A.M. Moderate and cloudy weather.|
|8||5||6||8.30. In top-gallant-sails ; jib down.|
|10||7||0||NNE||10.50. Squally ; up courses ; close-reefed-topsails|
Noon. Fresh winds and squally weather.
Course, N 12° E, distance 29 miles.
Lat 20° 7’ S, long 58° 26’ E
Isle of Flamondo, N 68° W, 38 miles.
P.M. Fresh breezes and squally, with heavy rain.
1.40. Handed the topsails ; reefed the courses ; down top-gallant-yards.
|4||2||4||NE by N|
|5||3||4||5.30 Struck top-gallant-masts ;|
|6||3||4||At 6, squally, with rain ; got the top-gallant-masts on deck and in jib-boom ; split the main-staysail ; shifted it.|
|9||3||4||NE||E by N|
|11||3||4||NW||NE by E|
|12||3||0||Midnight. Strong gales and squally weather.|
|6 Mar 1811|
|1||3||0||NW||ENE||A.M. Fresh breezes and squally, with heavy rain.|
|4||2||4||N ½ W||At 4, ditto weather.|
|9||3||4||S by E ½ E|
Noon. More moderate.
Lat 19° 43’ S, long 57° 51’ E
Round Island, SW by W ½ W, 10 miles.
|1||3||4||SSE||E ½ N||P.M. Fresh breezes and cloudy weather.|
|6||4||4||NW||E ½ N||At 6, moderate and squally weather.|
|8||3||4||N by E||Variable||At 8, ditto weather.|
|20 Mar 1811|
|A.M.||Southerly||A.M. Strong breezes and squally weather ; sent top-gallant-mast on deck.|
S by E
S by W
|P.M. Squally, with rain ; struck lower yards and topmasts ; employed hauling taught the moorings.|
|10||Heavy squalls ; blew away the mizen-storm-staysail.|
|21 Mar 1811|
|A.M.||SW||A.M. Strong breezes and squally, with rain.|
|P.M.||Westerly||P.M. Ditto weather; employed hauling taught the moorings.|
|Midn.||Midnight. more moderate.|