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HYPERION (32) Built in 1807, Hull.
Broken up in 1833.

  • 1807 Fitting out at Sheerness.
  • 1808 Capt. T. C. BRODIE.
    to the Mediterranean on 30 June.
  • 1811 Jamaica.
  • HYPERION touched at Gonaives in San Domingo to complete wood and water and was contacted by an English merchant named Simpson, who had been detained there for alleged breach of blockade, claiming the protection of the British flag. This was readily granted, but he had not been on board for long when the shore batteries, without warning, opened up on HYPERION's boats. Three men were killed and Capt. BRODIE, master's mate DILLON and marine officer George Pattoun were forced to surrender.
    At dawn the following morning the first lieutenant, James MORGAN, beat up through an intricate channel and anchored the frigate in four fathoms, not more than a musket shot from the shore. Then, with one broadside presented to the batteries and the other to a Haitian frigate, he sent Lieut. George BISSETT ashore to inform the Commandant that if, after 15 minutes of the boat landing, the captain and his companions had not been set at liberty, the town would be destroyed and the man of war taken to Jamaica. The three officers were promptly returned to their ship.
  • 1811 Capt. William Price CUMBY, 09/1811.
    In October 1811 HYPERION sailed for Vera Cruz and Havana on her way back to England.
    After re-fitting at Portsmouth she spent the whole summer of 1812 cruising in the Davies Strait to protect the whale fishery. She subsequently escorted a convoy from Newfoundland to Barbados and returned to St. John's to be frozen up in the harbour. Her men suffered less from the cold than might be imagined because Capt. CUMBY had insisted that they spend their arrears of pay on warm clothing at Portsmouth.
  • In November 1813 she sailed from Newfoundland with the Portuguese trade.
  • 1814 Channel and Biscay.
    On 14 June he captured the American privateer brig RATTLESNAKE (16), commanded by Mr David Moffatt. She had already captured 28 British merchant vessels and with her extraordinarily fast sailing she would have done great damage to the trade in the Bay.
  • On 25 January 1815 Capt. James LILLICRAP took temporary command of HYPERION and escorted home a large convoy of merchantmen from Oporto before being superseded by Capt. CUMBY.
  • HYPERION paid off at Portsmouth on 31 August 1815.
  • 1818 Capt. Thomas SEARLE, 09/1818.
    He was sent out to South America to order the return of Capt. SIRRIFF of ANDROMACHE who was commanding the British squadron off Chile. Capt. SIRRIFF was a personal friend of Lord COCHRANE who was commanding the Chilean navy and was embarrassing the British government by his partiality and lack of neutrality in the disputes between Spain and her former colonies. Capt. SEARLE took advantage of ANDROMACHE being in dock to take over Capt. SHIRRIFF's contract to ship home half a million pounds sterling, thus making a handsome profit.
    HYPERION paid off on 25 April 1821.
  • 1821 Capt. James LILLICRAP, 04/1821.
    On 19 September following he sailed for the Cape of Good Hope with Lord Charles Somerset and his suite as passengers. Finding that Rear Ad. LAMBERT had already left for England, he followed instructions from the Admiralty and hoisted a broad pendant, continuing in command on the station until Commodore NOURSE arrived in 1822.
    On 10 June 1822 HYPERION rescued the Hon. Company's extra ship ALBION, which broke from her moorings in Simon's Bay during a gale and drove towards some rocks. The ship had treasure worth more than 100,000 pounds on board and many females were among her passengers. The captain was presented with 500 pounds for a piece of plate and 250 pounds was distributed among the officers and another 250 pounds among the men who had contributed towards the rescue. In the same gale two Russian men of war were rescued from imminent danger.
  • HYPERION visited St. Helena and left stores at Ascension Is. before joining Sir Charles ROWLEY on the Jamaica station. By that officer he was sent to cruise off Cuba to suppress piracy and he also sat as one of HM Commissioners in Jamaica condemning numerous pirates.
    In October 1823 he was appointed to GLOUCESTER (74).
  • 1823 Capt. George RICH, 10/1823, Jamaica.
  • 1825 Capt. W. J. MINGAYE, 01/1825. She was stationed at Newhaven for the suppression of smuggling. Over the next five years more than 55 supplementary Lieutenants were borne on her books at any one time. She paid off on 30 May 1831.

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