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The Times, November 18th, 1800:

" .... Orders have been received at Portsmouth from the Commissioners of the Transport Board for the dismantling the different transports lately fitted up at this port, for the reception of Horse Artillery and Cavalry, under the inspection of Sir Jerome Fitzpatrick; and for the racks, mangers, and other materials of which the same consisted, to be brought ashore, and disposed of. ....."




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The Times, September 9th, 1795:

" .... A fresh order was issued out yesterday from the Navy Office, to expedite the equipment of the East India and other ships taken up in the River, as store ships, to carry out troops, &c. to the West Indies in the ensuing convoy appointed to sail under command of Admiral Christian. ...."




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nine eastindiamen were purchased into the RN during 1795,6 in Mar,3 in May.among these ships,all 4th rates,was HMS Abergavenny54.She eventually sailed in convoy to the W.Indies on Feb 10th 1796,arriving Barbados on Mar 27th.Adm Christians convoy arrived later on 21st April,severe weather in the Eng Channel delayed their departure,with loss of ships & lives.--James vol 1 pp368. Winfield gives no account of further eastindiamen being purchased.


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The ships "taken up in the River" may have been hired as transports rather than commissioned into the RN. This was not unusual - e.g. I think several HEIC ships were involved on this basis in the taking of the Cape of Good Hope.


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Yes it would seem quite possible that some smaller HEIC ships were taken up & used as transports.The nine ex HEIC ships purchased 1795 were all large over 1000ton,commissioned as 4th rates,manned with over 300 men,armed as 4th rates with 50 plus guns & commanded by RN Captains or possibly Acting Lieutenants.Some of these were later to be turned over to the Transport Board & struck from the Navy List.By the end of 1807 only the carronade-armed Glatton remained as a 4th rate.
"The 50 Gun Ship" Rif Winfield.


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