HMS Dauntless (1808)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Launched:||20 December 1808|
|Class and type:||Cormorant-class ship-sloop|
|Tons burthen:||422 bm|
|Length:||108 ft 4 in (33.02 m)|
|Beam:||29 ft 7 in (9.02 m)|
|Depth of hold:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
Her first service was in November 1809, when she escorted a convoy to the African coast, returning in early 1810 to cruise against enemy shipping in the North Sea and to escort convoys to North Russia. In the autumn of 1811 she was sent to the Cork Station, and after refitting at Portsmouth in early 1814 she served on the Newfoundland Station. In January 1816, as the Royal Navy contracted after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, she paid off at Portsmouth.
In November 1818, she was recommissioned for service in the East Indies. Over the next five years, Dauntless visited China, New Zealand, South America, the Pacific archipelagos and New South Wales. Her Captain, George Gambier, in company with members of the Philosophical Society of Australasia fixed a suitably engraved bronze tablet on a "beetling rock" on the south head of Botany Bay to commemorate the first landing of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks in Australia in 1770. The tablet has not been seen for some years. Dauntless sailed through Torres Strait to Trincomalee to rejoin the fleet, and returned to Portsmouth to pay off in October 1823.
She was sold for breaking in 1825.
|1809||Lt Whitman RN (died on the African Station)|
|2 May 1810||Lt Daniel Barber RN|
|November 1818||Captain Hon. Valentine Gardner RN|
|June 1821||October 1823||Captain George Cornish Gambier RN|
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- "Age of Nelson website". http://www.ageofnelson.org/MichaelPhillips/info.php?ref=0705. Retrieved 2009-08-15.