HMS Teazer (1798)
HMS Teazer (or Teaser) was a schooner purchased in Honduras in 1798 for local use. She was armed with six 4-pounder guns and had a crew of 25 men from the "Colonial Troops".
|Armament:||6 x 4-pounder guns in 1798|
Teazer served in defense of the British colonists at Honduras and participated in the repulse of the Spanish expedition at the Battle of St. George's Caye in September 1798.
Teazer was driven ashore in a hurricane at Bridgetown, Barbados, on 23 July 1813. Her ultimate disposition is unknown. The Spanish threat having passed, she may have been returned to her former owners.
It is arguable as to whether she deserves the designation "HMS" as Teazer was never commissioned into the Royal Navy, and her officers and crew were civilians, whereas in the case of hired armed vessels, the Royal Navy provided the captain.
Citations and references
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
- James, William (1837). The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV. R. Bentley.