Origin and History
The frigate was built by John Lock at the Chatham dockyard and launched on July 23 1757.
During the Seven Years' War, the frigate was under the command of:
- in 1758: captain John Elliot
- from 1759: captain Robert Carkett
The frigate was captured by the French on May 23 1762.
Service during the War
On March 11 1758, the frigate was part of sir Edward Hawke's squadron (7 ships of the line and 3 frigates) who sailed from Spithead to intercept a French squadron preparing to escort a fleet of transports from Rochefort with troops for America. On the night of April 3, Hawke arrived off Isle d'Aix. On April 4, Hawke's squadron gave chase to some French vessels and the Hussar (28) drove a brig ashore and burnt her. This expedition effectually prevented the despatch of French supplies to America.
In the summer and autumn of 1759, the frigate was part of commodore William Boys' squadron blockading the French squadron of Thurot at Dunkerque. In October, Boys' squadron was driven from his station by a gale. On October 15 at 5:00 PM, Thurot seized the opportunity, slipped out through a thick fog and made to the northward. Boys followed as soon as possible but was not able to overtake Thurot. Ultimately, Boys contented himself with cruising off the coast of Scotland with the object of preventing any sudden raid there.
On 3 April 1762, the frigate attacked 4 ships lying under a fort in Tiburon Bay, burning one of them, sinking another and capturing the 2 remaining vessels. She then returned to Jamaica with her prizes. The frigate lost 1 man killed and 12 wounded in this action. On May 23, the frigate was captured by the French after running aground off Cuba.
To do: more details on the campaigns from 1760 to 1762
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Blasco, Manuel, British 6th Rates, 3 Decks Wiki
Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy
- HMS Hussar
N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.