Marquis Cornwallis (1802 ship)

Marquis Cornwallis was launched at Sunderland in 1802. She traded widely, to the West Indies, the Iberian peninsula, and the Baltic. The American privateer Chasseur captured her in 1814 but released her as a cartel. She was wrecked in 1823.

United Kingdom
Name: Marquis Cornwallis
Namesake: Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis
Builder: Sunderland
Launched: 1802[1]
Captured: Wrecked December 1823
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 111[1] (bm)
Sail plan: Brig


Marquis Cornwallis first appeared in Lloyd's Register (LR) in 1802. In 1803 LR showed her master as G.Killer, changing to T.Letsne and then to T. Simpson. Her owner was "Captain & Co.", and her trade London–Tobago, changing to London–Copenhagen.[1]

Year Master Owner Trade Source
1805 T.Simpson Keiler & Co. Lieth coaster LR
1810 T.Simpson Keiler & Co. Lieth–Gothenburg

On 17 January 1814, Marquis of Cornwallis, Simpson (late), master, put into Weymouth, in a leaky state. she had been sailing from London to Gibraltar.[2]

LL reported on 6 September on a number of prizes that had fallen prey to the American privateers Chasseur, David Porter, and Whig. Chasseur had captured Marquis Cornwallis, Simpson, master, on 8 August, but had given her up as a cartel. She had arrived off the Isles of Scilly on 30 August. Marquis Cornwallis had been sailing from Teneriffe to Portsmouth.[3]

Year Master Owner Trade Source & notes
1815 T.Simpson Keiler & Co. London–Viana LR
1820 J.Napier Butt & Co. London–Petersburg LR; Damages repaired 1819[4]

In September 1818 Marquis Cornwall, Napier, master, was on her way from Dunkirk to Petersburg when she ran aground on the Swine Bottoms in the Baltic Sea, off Denmark. The "Diving company" assisted in getting her off and she arrived in the Sound on the 12th.[5]


Marquis Cornwallis, Herring, master, foundered on 3 December 1823 off the Dogger Bank, in the North Sea. She was on a voyage from Sunderland, County Durham, to London with a cargo of coals. A light collier from Shields saved her crew.[6]


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