Built as gun-sloop by the yard of Edwards, Shoreham for the Royal Navy.
24 January 1795 ordered.
June 1795 keel laid down.
25 March 1796 launched under the name HMS PHEASANT one of the Merlin class, she was the third ship in the Royal Navy with this name.
Tonnage 373 ton (bm), dim 106.1 x 28.3 x 13.9ft., draught 10.3ft.
Armament 16 – 6 pdrs. upperdeck, 4 – 12 pdrs. guns quarter deck, fore-castle 2 – 12 pdrs. carronades
28 April 1796 completed at yard, then moved to Portsmouth for fitting out.
June 1798 commissioned under command of Commander William Skipsey.
08 August 1798 completed. Building cost £8.087.
The class was later rearmed with: Upperdeck 14 – 32pdr. carronades, quarter deck 4 – 12 pdr. and fore-castle 2 – 12 pdr. carronades.
August 1798 sailed for Halifax.
From 1800 till 1804 under command of Commander Henry Carew.
22 August 1803 returned to the U.K.
1804 Under command of Commander Robert Paul, 01 September 1804 sailed for Jamaica. Commander Paul died at Barbados early 1805.
1805 Under command of Commander Robert Henderson in the Leeward Islands, Caribbean.
16 December 1805 he retook the English ship CLIO laden with merchandise.
January 1806 under command of Commander John Palmer, he was her commander untill 1814.
August 1806 the PHEASANT was in the U.K.
28 September 1806 sailed for South America.
1807 She bombarded Montevideo with other British warships, and on 03 February took part in the storming of the town, which was taken on 04 February 1807.
June 1807 took part in the siege on Buenos Aires.
1808 In service in the Channel Fleet and she took the French privateers Le TROPARD (5 guns) on 08 May 1808, and Le COMTE DE HUNEBOURG (14 guns) from St Malo on 03 February 1810, and the Le HÉROS (6 guns) on 17 June 1811.
From July till September 1812 repair and refit in Plymouth, repair bill £11.587.
05 January 1813 arrived from Oporto in Plymouth.
12 March 1813 took together with the HMS WARSPITE the American privateer WILLIAM BAYNARD (4 gun).
06 May 1813 brought in the American brig FOX 98 guns) which carried a letter of marquee; she was captured by HMS PHEASANT, WHITING and SCYLLA after a chase of over 100 miles. The FOX was underway from Bordeaux to Philadelphia.
05 June 1813 sailed from Torbay with an outward bound convoy for Newfoundland.
28 December 1813 sailed from Newfoundland with a convoy to the U.K.
October 1814 command was taken over by Commander Edmund Waller, used in the Channel Fleet.
November 1815 paid off into ordinary at Plymouth.
Refitted at Plymouth from September till December 1818 and re-commissioned on September 1818, under command of Commander Benedictus Kelly.
After her refit sailed for the Africa Station.
30 July 1819 she captured the slave vessel NOVA FELICIDAD, the same year she lost her Captain Kelly, surgeon, gunner and quartermaster on most probably malaria, not given of one of the lower ranks lost there live, but most probably yes.
September 1821 under command of Commander Douglas Clavering, at the Africa Station.
November 1822 she sailed via Havana and New York back to England.
De-commissioned and fitted out as a receiving ship at Woolwich, in service as so from August 1823 till November 1824.
11 July 1827 sold at Deptford for £1.250 to John Small Sedger, Rotherhithe, for breaking up.
Source: Log Book. British Warships in the age of sails 1793- 1817. www.cronab.demon.co.uk
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