HMS Swaggerer (1809)
|Acquired:||by capture, 1809|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1815|
|General characteristics |
|Armament:||8 × 18-pounder carronades + 2 × 6-pounder guns|
HMS Swaggerer was a French privateer, the Bonaparte, captured in 1809. She served the Royal Navy in the Leeward Islands until broken up in 1815.
The circumstances of Bonaparte's capture are obscure and there are no details as to her dimensions.
On 17 April 1809, Pompee captured the Hautpoult. Swaggerer was among the vessels entitled to share in the prize money.[Note 1] Thereafter, Swaggerer assisted at the capture of Martinique, The Saintes and Guadeloupe.
- General Hamilton (11 August), lying at Parimarabo, Surinam, carrying a cargo of molasses;
- Mary (11 August), lying at Parimarabo, Surinam, in ballast;
- Pochohantes (12 August), lying at Braam's Point, Surinam, and carrying a cargo of salt; and
- Mercator (24 August), bound to Baltimore, laden with molasses.
Swaggerer was in company with Eclipse when, on 13 March 1814, they captured the brigantine Admiral Martin, which they sent in to Antigua. Then on 28 March Swaggerer and Ister captured the Camilla, which they sent into Tortola. By December, Swaggerer was under the command of Lieutenant Alexander Sandilands.
Swaggerer was broken up in 1815.
- A first-class share was worth £44 1s 7½d and a second-class share, such as a lieutenant would receive, was worth £3 3s 8d; a sixth-class share, the return to an ordinary seaman, was worth 6s 6d.
- A first-class share for the first three vessels was worth £194 13s 3d and a second-class share was worth £36 9s 11¾d; a sixth-class share was worth £2 11s 6¼d.
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