HMS Pike (1804)
|Ordered:||23 June 1803|
|Builder:||Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), Bermuda|
18 March 1807 by French privateer Marat
|Fate:||Foundered August 1809|
|Tonnage:||70 41/94 bm|
55 ft 2 in (16.81 m) (overall)|
40 ft 10.5 in (12.5 m) (keel)
|Beam:||18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)|
|Depth of hold:||9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)|
|Armament:||4 x 12-pounder carronades|
HMS Pike (1804) was a Royal Navy Ballahoo-class schooner of 4 12-pounder carronades and a crew of 20. The prime contractor for the vessel was Goodrich & Co., in Bermuda, and she was launched in 1804. She captured one 10-gun enemy vessel before being herself captured, and recaptured. Pike foundered in 1809.
Pike was commissioned in Jamaica in June 1804 under Lieut. John Nichols. Lieut. Duncan Macdonald replaced him in October. In 1806 Lieut. C. Spence took command, and then Lieut. John Otley replaced him in August.
On 25 August Rear-Ad Dacres ordered a small squadron consisting of the 18-gun Stork, the 14-gun Superieure, the 10 or 12-gun schooner Flying Fish, and Pike to bring out or destroy privateers based at Batabano in the in Cuba. The squadron was under the command of Captain George Le Geyt of Stork.
As they approached the Isle of Pines on 30 August the squadron sighted a Spanish schooner anchored there. Le Geyt reinforced Pike with a lieutenant and eight seamen and sent her to engage the Spanish vessel. After a short chase and two broadsides from Pike's two 12-pounder carronades, the Spaniard surrendered. She turned out to be a guarda costa of 10 guns, with a crew of 45 men. Pike took possession of her and took her back to the squadron.
Le Geyt then discovered that Stork drew too much water to permit her to enter the Gulf of Batabanó so he reinforced the other three vessels with his boats and men and sent in a cutting-out expedition under Captain Edward Rushworth of Superieure.
The landing party consisted of 63 officers and men; none of the men were from Pike, and the 10 men from Flying Fish remained to guard the party's boats. The party landed on 2 September and crossed some two miles of marshy ground to storm a fort at Batabano. On their way they broke through an ambush of enemy soldiers and militia, killing two, to capture six 18-pounder long guns, which they spiked. The party then proceeded to take possession of the vessels in the bay. There is some disagreement as to how many vessels they captured and took as prizes, with the total rising as high as 12. At the least, the prizes included a felucca, pierced for 14 guns and mounting one 18-pounder, a schooner pierced for 12 guns, a French 4-gun privateer, and three Spanish privateers of 1 gun each. The party also burnt at least six smaller, coasting vessels after having removed their cargoes. Total British casualties amounted to one man badly wounded.
Capture and recapture
On 18 March 1807, Pike was sailing from Jamaica to Curaçao when she encountered the French 16-gun privateer Marat off Altavella (the eastern point of the island of Santo Domingo). Pike, still under the command of Otley, surrendered after losing one man killed and five wounded out of her crew of about 20.
In September 1808 the Cruizer-class brig-sloop Moselle, under Cmdr. Alexander Gordon, recaptured Pike. On 6 July 1809 she was one of the vessels that made up the blockade of the city of Santo Domingo and was present at its surrender.
Pike foundered in August 1809.
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