HMS Crane (1809)
|Ordered:||5 November 1808|
|Builder:||Josiah & Thomas Brindley, Frindsbury|
|Laid down:||December 1808|
|Launched:||27 September 1809|
|Fate:||Foundered December 1813|
|General characteristics |
|Tonnage:||385 55⁄94 bm|
|Beam:||30 ft 7 1⁄2 in (9.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)|
|Armament:||16 x 32-pounder carronades + 2 x 6-pounder bow guns|
She was commissioned in September 1809 under Cmdr. James Stuart for the Irish station. Stuart captured two American vessels, Asia of Boston and Washington of Marblehead, on their way home from Archangel. He brought the crews into Horta, in the Azores, and released them to John B. Dabney, the American consul, who repatriated them. It is not at all clear why Stuart had detained the Americans.
In August 1811 Commander William Haydon took temporary command and sailed her for the Leeward Islands on 29 September 1812. On 13 December 1812, she collided with the British merchant ship Robert Augustus, which was on a voyage from Barbados to Surinam; Robert Augustus sank without loss of life. Crane's next captain was Commander Thomas Forrest. In December 1813 Commander Robert Standly became her captain.
On 4 April 1814 Crane chased the American privateer Chasseur, of 14 guns and 135 men, off St Kitts, but was unable to capture her.
Citations and references
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- Gosset, William Patrick (1986). The lost ships of the Royal Navy, 1793-1900. Mansell. ISBN 0-7201-1816-6.
- Grocott, Terence (1997). Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Eras. London: Chatham. ISBN 1861760302.
- Hepper, David J. (1994). British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650–1859. Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot. ISBN 0-948864-30-3.
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 978-1-86176-246-7.