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VALIANT (74) Built in 1807, Blackwall.
Broken up in 1823.

  • 1807 Capt. MACKENZIE, fitting out at Woolwich.
    At the end of the year Capt. James YOUNG, Channel fleet.
  • 1809 Capt. John BLIGH, 03/1809, vice KERR (act.).
  • On 25 February 1809 THESEUS, HERO, TRIUMPH and VALIANT joined Rear Ad. STOPFORD's squadron of three line-of-battle ships and one frigate off the Chasseron lighthouse where he was blockading a large French force at anchor in the Basque Roads.
    The Rear Ad. was superseded by Ad. Lord GAMBIER on 7 March and Lord COCHRANE was appointed to conduct an expedition against the enemy using fireships.
    The attack was carried out on the night of 11 April when the MEDIATOR fireship broke through a boom and, followed by the others in succession, forced the enemy to cut or slip their cables.
    At daylight Lord COCHRANE signalled that seven of the enemy ships were ashore.
    The French immediately started to warp their ships into deep water and Lord COCHRANE, without waiting for orders, got under weigh in IMPERIEUSE and dropped down with the tide towards them.
    He sent off a number of signals designed to goad Lord GAMBIER, who had anchored the fleet about 6 miles off, into ordering some of the ships to come to the aid of IMPERIEUSE.
    In the afternoon INDEFATIGABLE, VALIANT and REVENGE proceeded to the assistance of IMPERIEUSE and with AIGLE, EMERALD and UNICORN formed a crescent which opened fire on VARSOVIE and AQUILON and forced their surrender.
    Most of the British ships grounded during the evening, VALIANT not floating again for nearly five hours. She suffered no casualties during the action.
  • VALIANT gave chase to the French frigate CANNONIERE off Belleisle on 3 February 1810 and captured her after six hours.
    The French ship had been renamed the CONFIANCE and reduced to 14 guns before being lent to the merchants of Mauritius to transport a valuable cargo of colonial produce to France.
  • In September 1810 the boats of CALEDONIA and VALIANT, together with the small vessels of the squadron in the Basque Roads, were very successful in stopping the coasting trade between Rochelle and the Ile D'Aix.
    Three brigs belonging to one convoy were destroyed and three more took refuge under a battery and four field pieces on the Point du Che near Rochelle on the 27th.
  • 130 marines were embarked in the boats of their respective ships and landed at half past two on the morning of the 28th.
    Lieut. LITTLE, RMA, pushed forward in a bayonet charge supported by Capt. M'LAUCHLIN and Lieut. COLTER of the VALIANT's royal marines.
    The enemy were put to flight and two of the brigs were captured and one burnt.
    One private from VALIANT was wounded and Lieut. Little had his hand shattered by a musket discharge whilst trying to wrestle it from an enemy, necessitating its amputation.
  • 1811 Capt. R. D. OLIVER, Basque Roads.
    Off Flushing in October.
  • 1814 Halifax.
  • 1815 Capt. Zachary MUDGE, Cork for the West Indies.
  • 1816 Out of commission at Portsmouth.

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