HMS Clio (1807)

Sketch of Clio, or a ship very similar to her, by Commander William Farrington, c.1812. original in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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HMS Clio was a Cruizer-class brig-sloop, launched in 1807. She saw extensive service during the Gunboat War against Denmark-Norway, and was quite successful. Clio disabled the fort at Skansin in the Faroe Islands in March, 1808, and took her first prize in July. By the end of 1814, she had taken around forty prizes, all small ships, and been a succesful convoy escort to and from the Baltic. She was out of service from 1816 to 1822, before resuming operations in the North Sea. In 1830, Clio was sent to South America, and in 1833, Clio landed men ashore on the Falkland Islands to reassert British rule from the Argentinians. She captured the slave ship Feliz Vencedor in 1841, before she was sent to Australia. While in the Pacific, Clio was deployed to China during the First Opium War, and she participated in the assault up the Yangtze that led to the Chinese surrender. After returning home, Clio was decommissioned and broken up in 1845.