Later years::HMS Concorde (1783)


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Later years Command of Concorde passed from Hunt to Captain Richard Bagot in November 1796, and he in turn was succeeded by Captain Batholomew Roberts in June 1797.<ref name="Winfield"/> Concorde captured the 4-gun privateer Poisson Volant off Cape Finisterre on 24 July 1797.<ref name="Winfield"/> She was bound from Bordeaux to Guadeloupe carrying wines and merchandise, after which she intended to cruise as a privateer in the West Indies.<ref name="Debrett">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Concorde was later commanded by Captain Robert Barton, who took a number of privateers in a series of cruises in the West Indies in 1798, capturing the 16-gun Caye du Pont off St Bartholomew on 3 January, the 8-gun Proserpine off Montserrat on 8 January, the 8-gun Hardi off Barbuda on 11 February, the 2-gun Hazard off Montserrat on 13 February and the 2-gun Rosière off Montserrat on 1 April.<ref name="Winfield"/> In an action with HMS Lapwing on 8 and 9 September she captured four privateers, the 8-gun Buonaparte, 10-gun Amazone, 4-gun Sauveur and 2-gun Fortune.<ref name="Winfield"/>

Concorde‍ '​s success against privateers continued with the capture of the 18-gun Prudente on 14 February 1799 and the 6-gun San Josef off Oporto in December 1800 and the 1-gun San Miguel el Volante on 1 December 1800.<ref name="Winfield"/> Concorde had a narrow escape from a French squadron under Rear-Admiral Honoré Joseph Antoine Ganteaume, which had sailed from Brest on 23 January 1801. The French sighted Concorde off Cape Finisterre on 27 January, and the 40-gun Bravoure was sent to chase her down.<ref name="Schomberg491">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Concorde cast off a Swedish ship she was towing and drew the French frigate away from the main body of the fleet. Barton then turned and engaged her for forty minutes, silencing her guns. By now the main French fleet was fast approaching, and with his sails and rigging damaged, Barton did not attempt to take possession of Bravoure and instead made for a British port to report the encounter.<ref name="Schomberg492">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Concorde had four men killed and 19 wounded in the engagement, while Bravoure had 10 killed and 24 wounded.<ref name="Schomberg492"/>

Captain John Wood succeeded Barton in 1802, and the following year Concorde went out to the Cape of Good Hope.<ref name="Winfield"/> On 7 November 1804, she captured the 360-ton privateer Fortune, under François-Thomas Le Même, after a ten-hour running battle.<ref name=cunat409>Cunat, p.409</ref> Captain John received his prisoners "with distinction" and Concorde returned to Bombay, although Fortune, reduced to a poor condition, limped for several days before arriving.<ref name=cunat409 /> She was under Captain John Cramer, probably from February 1806, and was in the East Indies in 1807, where in July that year she captured the 2-gun privateer Vigilant.<ref name="Winfield"/> Concorde returned to England and was paid off in September 1807. She spent the rest of the war laid up, and was sold at Deptford on 21 February 1811.<ref name="Winfield"/>

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