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Re: The Frigate Sheerness
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 15:14:34 »
NMM have a "contemporary sketch" by Aston H Long, not available to view on line and I can't find out a date for the artist but suspect it may be yet another Sheerness of late Victorian period. P

I have added a few more details to my earlier posting


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Re: The Frigate Sheerness
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 11:00:38 »
From assorted trawlings of the web ,
1692  Frigate HMS Sheerness under Capt Anthony Roope bombards the Scottish Isle of Bass and then takes a Danish ship off Leith

Earlier ship 1698 -739. Minutes of Council of Barbados. A Judge of Common Pleas sworn. Two letters from Captain Cutter of H.M.S. Bonaventure and Captain Bowles of H.M.S. Sheerness read, asking for money to buy provisions for their voyage home. They were ordered to bring in an account of their complement of men in time of peace and a computation of their allowance at six [rations] to four [men] for three months. (There is also an HMS Queenborough mentioned.)
1698 Capt Valentine Bowles 111 Court martialed and discharged for drunkeness & neglect of duty in the West Indies

NMM have log book 1694-98 under ADM/L/S/257
NMM have Log book 1702-6 under ADM/L/S/355

From: 'America and West Indies: August 1698, 6-10', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: 1697-1698, volume 16 (1905), pp. 368-374. URL: Date accessed: 28 September 2008.

July 1728 in Boston USA Capt James Cornwell

1733 Capt Robert Fytche or Fitch West Indies US East Coast

 Sheerness launched 1743 George Rodney as Captain until Oct 1744, July 1749- 1750 Hugh Palliser as Captain, ship sails to East Indies and back
From "Medicine under Sail"
"Captain Hugh Palliser's experiments aboard HMS Sheerness are described, in which "he provided extra fresh provisions instead of salt port". Upon arrival at the Cape of Good Hope "not a man was ill with scurvy", an experience he used "to advise his friend, Captain Cook".

18/8/1756 captures French "Auguste" off Spain
Sold off 1768

There are also references to a later Sheerness  1794 and wrecked 7 January 1804 or 1805 or1806 at Trincomalee after dragging her anchors during a storm in the harbour

Another- Sheerness, 1797
Type: Tender ; Armament 10
Launched : Purchased 1797 ; Disposal date or year : ????
1805 River Thames
A hired cutter from 1801-5. Took 2 French ships ;D

1800 HMS Sheerness off Helder           Capt John Surman Carden
1802            ""     ""   Red Sea & Med    ""     ""           ""

1803 On the 9th of September, at daylight, the British hired cutter Sheerness, of eight 4-pounders and 30 men and boys, commanded by Lieutenant Henry Rowed, having the look-out on the French fleet in Brest harbour, observed, close in-shore, two chasse-marées stealing towards the port. Sending a boat, with seven men and the mate, to cut off one, the Sheerness herself proceeded in chase of the other, then nearly five miles distant, and close under a battery about nine miles to the eastward of Bec du Raz. At 10 a.m. it fell calm, and the only mode of pursuing the enemy was by a small boat suspended at the stern of the Sheerness, and which with difficulty would contain five men. Lieutenant Rowed acquainted the crew with his determination to proceed in this boat, and called for four volunteers to accompany him. Immediately John Marks the boatswain and three others, came forward ; and the boat with her five put off from the cutter, in chase of the chasse-marée, the about four miles off, and, by the aid of her sweeps, nearing the shore very fast.

After the boat had pulled for two hours, the chasse-marée was seen to run on shore under the above-mentioned battery, which stood within a stone's throw of the beach. Notwithstanding this, and that there were 30 French soldiers drawn up on the beach to protect the vessel, Lieutenant Rowed continued his pursuit ; and, as he and his four followers laid the French chasse-marée on board on one side, her crew deserted her from the other. It was then that the soldiers opened a heavy fire of musketry upon the British, who had just commenced cutting the cable, and were using other means to get the vessel afloat. In order that the French soldiers might not see how to point their pieces, the British seamen, although there was not a breath of wind, hoisted the foresail ; but of which the halliards, almost at the same moment, were shot away. Fortunately for the enterprising crew now on board the chasse-marée, the tide was flowing and aided their exertions : the vessel got off, and the boat commenced towing her from the shore.
 Fortunately, also, not a man of the five was hurt, although, as afterwards counted, 40 musket-balls, intended for them, had lodged in the side and the two masts of the chasse-marée.

Scarcely had the prize been towed a third of a mile, when a French boat, containing an officer and nine men, armed with muskets, and who had pulled up in the wake of the vessel unobserved by the boat ahead of her, suddenly made her appearance alongside. In an instant, and without waiting for any orders, John Marks, the boatswain, dropping his oar, and

Sorry page not continued, lots more if any one wants to google "HMS Sheerness"    Pete

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The Frigate Sheerness
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 22:22:39 »
Interesting story from Scottish Holidays website.

The Kyle of Tongue is where an incident occurred that has left historians ever wondering that if it had happened differently, the Battle of Culloden would have had a different victor. In 1746 the area witnessed a scene of naval engagement which sealed the fate of Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite Rebellion. To help the Prince in his quest, the King of France dispatched the Jacobite ship Hazard with loot of £13600 in gold to Scotland. It was spotted by an English frigate, the Sheerness, and in order to avoid bombardment from its heavy artillery, the Hazard fled into the Kyle of Tongue to seek refuge, on the assumption that the frigate was too large to follow so close to the shore.

 The frigate followed unmercifully however, and forced the Jacobite ship aground. The Jacobites fled under heavy cannon fire and tried to smuggle the gold to Inverness under the cover of darkness. Scouts followed them from the Mackay clan, who were not persuaded to the Jacobite cause and in the morning they rallied their troops and descended on the rebels. They in turn threw the loot into Lochan Hakel before being defeated. The Prince then sent 1500 of his troops to rescue the gold and defeat the Mackays but they too were defeated on their way. The missing men may well have altered the outcome of the battle, which took place three weeks later.

Didn't know there was a ship called Sheerness ???
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{


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