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HMS Stag (1758)

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Name  HMS Stag
Laid down  26 September 1758
Fate  Broken up July 1783
Launched  4 September 1758
Ordered  19 September 1757
Commissioned  October 1758
Construction started  26 September 1758
Length  38 m
Builder  Thomas Stanton, Rotherhithe

HMS Stag was a 32-gun Niger-class fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy, and was the first Royal Navy ship to bear this name. She was ordered during the Seven Years' War, and saw service during that conflict and also during the American War of Independence. She cost £7,136 19s 8d to build, plus fitting-out costs of £4,370 15s 2d.



Stag was brought into service in October 1758, under Captain Henry Angel. She was reduced to a 28-gun sixth rate in 1777, but restored as a 32-gun fifth rate in 1779.

In August 1781, Stag and Viper were in company when they recaptured the sloop Peggy and the cutter Hope.

On 4 January 1782, Stag under the command of Captain Robert Palliser Cooper, captured the French privateer Anti-Briton. Anti-Briton was armed with twenty-two 6-pounder guns and had a crew of 104 men under the command of John Kelly. Cooper had received intelligence that a privateer cutter had taken several vessels in the channel between Ireland and Britain. As soon as the weather permitted, Cooper set sail and was fortunate enough to encounter and capture her. Cooper reported that he took great pleasure in capturing her as she was quite new and had done a great deal of mischief. Kelly had captured the cutter Hope in August 1781. The Royal Navy took Anti-Briton into service as HMS Trimmer.

Then on 18 June Stag captured the French privateer cutter Victoire after an eleven-hour chase. Cooper had received intelligence on the 14th that two French privateers were cruising off Waterford. He immediately set off in pursuit and caught up with Vicotire off Dungarvan. She was armed with two 8-pounder and fourteen 6-pounder guns, six of which she threw overboard during the chase, and a crew of 91 men. Victoire was a new, copper-bottomed cutter, sixteen days out of Brest. The other French privateer, the cutter Eagle, of Dunkirk, was reportedly of the "same force" as Victoire, but had already left the area.


Stag was broken up in July 1783 at Deptford.


HMS Stag (1758) Wikipedia

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