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DAPHNE (20) 6th rate Built in 1776, Woolwich DY.
In French hands from Jan. 1795 to Dec. 1797.
Sold in 1802.

  • 1782 Capt. Hon. M. FORTESCUE, North Sea.
  • 1794 Capt. William Edward CACRAFT. She was captured by two French men-of-war on 22 December 1794 and retaken in the Bay of Biscay by Capt. DURHAM in ANSON on 28 December 1797.
  • Capt. CACRAFT was confined, along with other prisoners, including an English lady and her daughter, in barbaric conditions in a castle near Brest.
    He attempted an escape, disguised as a French sailor, in the company of Lieuts. CARTER and GODENCH of ALEXANDER, but, while they were making their way to a house frequented by the masters of American vessels, they were recognised and recaptured. Lieut. GODENCH escaped. The prisoners were later exchanged after the French Admiral Villaret de Joyeuse interceded with his government.
  • 1798 Capt. Sir Charles LINDSAY, West Indies. She was with Capt John LAWFORD's squadron which captured a Swedish convoy in the summer of 1798. Capt. LINDSAY was drowned on the night of 6 March 1799 when returning to his ship, then some 10 miles in the offing, in a small boat after dining ashore in Demerara. Lieut. Philip BROWNE acted as captain for some time until Capt. MATSON was appointed to her.
    In April 1800 DAPHNE was cruising between St. Kitt's and Tortola.
    On 16 January 1801 Capt. MATSON observed a schooner escorting some coasters near the shore at Guadeloupe. He detached Lieut. Kenneth MACKENZIE, who was commanding a small sloop employed as tender to DAPHNE, with the boats of CYANE and they brought them all off. The next day they captured the French national schooner ECLAIR which was anchored under the batteries at Trois Rivieres. Lieut. MACKENZIE was rewarded with the command of ECLAIR which was taken into the Royal Navy.

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