Courier (1812 ship)

Courier was built at Baltimore in 1812. The British captured her in 1813 and she became a British merchantman based in Jersey. She was wrecked in February 1819.

United States
OwnerJohn Gooding, Wm. T. Graham, Jas. Williams[1]
Launched1812, Baltimore[1]
Captured14 March 1813
United Kingdom
OwnerLa Quesne
Acquired1813 by purchase of a prize
FateWrecked February 1819
General characteristics
Tons burthen244,[2] or 250, or 251[1] (bm)
Sail planSchooner
  • US Letter of marque:35[1]
  • UK letter of marque:25[2]


Courier was built in Baltimore in 1812 and had been commissioned on 26 September 1812.[1]

On 14 March 1813 HMS Andromache captured the Baltimore letter of marque Courier, off Nantes.[1] Courier, Captain Robert Davis, was sailing back to Baltimore from Nantes.[3] She arrived at Plymouth on 21 March.[4]

Courier appeared in Lloyds Register (LR) in 1813 with Clements, master, LeQuesne, owner, and trade Plymouth–Jersey. She is described as a schooner, two years old, and an American prize.[5]

Captain John Clement acquired a letter of marque on 27 July 1813.[2]

Year Master Owner Trade Source
1815 Clement Le Quesne Plymouth–Jersey LR
1820 Clement Le Quisne Plymouth–Newfoundland Register of Shipping (RS)


A letter from Jersey dated 22 February 1819 reported that "Courier, of this port, late Mauger"' had struck a rock 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Jersey. She sank just outside the port. By cutting her masts and discharging part of her cargo she was later refloated and taken in to Jersey in a severely damaged condition. She had been on a voyage from Rio de Janeiro to Jersey; her sugar and coffee was totally spoilt.[6] The Weymouth-Channel Islands packet Countess of Liverpool rescued the crew.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cranwell & Crane (1940), p. 378.
  2. ^ a b c d "Letter of Marque, p.57 - accessed 25 July 2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. ^ "No. 16713". The London Gazette. 20 March 1813. p. 582.
  4. ^ Lloyd's List (LL) 23 March 1813, №4755.
  5. ^ LR (1813), Supple.pages "C", Seq.№77.
  6. ^ "The Marine List". Lloyd's List. No. 5365. 2 March 1819. hdl:2027/uc1.c2735029.
  7. ^ Mayne (1971), p. 8.


  • Cranwell, John Philips; Crane, William Bowers (1940). Men of marque; a history of private armed vessels out of Baltimore during the War of 1812. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Mayne, Richard (1971). Mailships of the Channel Islands, 1771–1971. Picton.