Royal Naval Biography/Philpot, Robert

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[Post-Captain of 1800.]

This officer was made a Lieutenant in 1790, and obtained the rank of Commander Jan. 3, 1799. On the 14th Oct. following, being on a cruise off Porto Rico in the Echo sloop of war, he chased a French letter of marque mounting 12 four-pounders, with a complement of 30 men, into Aguadilla bay; and the following day his boats captured a Spanish brig of 2 guns and 20 men, laden with cocoa and indigo. On the 16th in the evening, the Echo’s pinnace and jolly-boat, containing 15 men, under the command of Lieutenant Napier, pulled into the bay and succeeded in carrying the letter of marque, which was brought off in triumph, notwithstanding a heavy fire from 2 field-pieces, one 18-pounder, and several smaller guns, all placed on the beach for her protection. In the execution of this service the pinnace was sunk, but not a man hurt. The prize had on board a valuable cargo, and was bound to Curaçoa.

Captain Philpot was posted into the Prompte, a 20-gun ship, July 1, 1800; and convoyed a fleet of merchantmen from Jamaica to England in the spring of 1801. He subsequently commanded the Brighton district of Sea Fencibles, and regulated the impress service at Deal.

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