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HMS Porgey (1807)

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Name  HMS Porgey
Laid down  1806
Launched  May 1807
Ordered  11 December 1805
Construction started  1806
Builder  Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), Bermuda
Fate  Burnt to avoid capture 14 June 1810
Type  Ballahoo-class schooner

HMS Porgey was a Royal Navy Ballahoo-class schooner of four 12-pounder carronades and a crew of 20. The prime contractor for the vessel was Goodrich & Co., in Bermuda, and she was launched in 1804. Like many of her class and the related Cuckoo-class schooners, she succumbed to the perils of the sea relatively early in her career.

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Service

She was commissioned in 1807 under Lieutenant Elmes Steele. In June of that year she was in the Bay of Fundy. While there she pursued smugglers and impressed sailors in Passamaquoddy Bay on the border between the United States and the British province of New Brunswick in what is now Canada. Porgey's commander, (acting) Lieutenant James (or John) Flintoph, seems to have landed himself in considerable legal trouble as a result and soon after left the service. In June at Passamaquoddy, Maine, he fired on the town, endangering children playing on the green, searched shipping in the harbour, impressed some sailors, and shot away the rigging of a schooner at anchor.

In 1809 Porgey was in the North Sea and came under the command of Lieutenant Hugh Gould. Porgey and her sister schooners Cuckoo and Pilchard were at the unsuccessful Walcheren Expedition, which took place between 30 July and 9 August 1809. Between December 1809 and March 1810 she was in Sheerness undergoing repairs.

Fate

On 4 June 1810 Porgey grounded under enemy fire in the Scheldt estuary while going to the assistance of the hired armed cutter Idas. Lieutenant Gould had Porgey's crew take to her boats and then set fire to her before he left.

References

HMS Porgey (1807) Wikipedia


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