Wrecked 7 July 1801
‘Based at Plymouth, this small gun vessel weighed anchor from the Cattewater during the afternoon and made sail for Stonehouse Pool. At 8 p.m. when close to the Hoe, she missed stays and found herself being driven down towards the shore. She immediately anchored, but found she was still driving, her cable stoppers parting as she did so. She struck the rocks at the western end of the Hoe, breaking off her rudder and her counter giving way, causing her to flood. Boats were hoisted out, one of which was sent to the Barbican for assistance. In the meantime, her three guns, shot and stores were heaved overboard a nd pumping commenced. A dockyard launch arrived with help, also boats from nearby ships. They attempted to haul her off, but failed and during the night she started to break up, her crew being taken off. The following day dockyard craft did successfully refloat her, towing her back to the Cattewater, where she was declared a total wreck.’
This morning the Augustus, gun vessel, lying in Catwater, got under weigh for Cawsand Bay, and in turning into the Sound, missed stays, and went on shore east of the two gun batteries under the lower fort of the Citadel and though every assistance was given by Capt Hawker and the boats of the Fisgard etc., and casks ready to buoy her, she went to pieces in the night, the crew and part of her stores are saved.
Naval Chronicles 1801 p80
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