8th – Brig Lord Melville / HMS STAR

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Our namesake, designed by George Record as a schooner but rigged as a brig (two masted with square sails on both and a gaff rigged fore and aft sail on the mainmast).  Named after Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty from 1812 to 1827.  Melville Sound in the Canadian arctic is also named after him and the town of Dundas is named after his father, Henry.

Complement:  60 men & 38 marines            Displacement: 186 tons burthen

Dimensions:  71 ft, 6 in on the keel, 72 ft, 10 in on the gundeck, beam – 24 ft, 3 in, depth of hold – 2 ft, 6 in, draught – 9′

Guns – 14 gunports with 12 x 32 pdr carronades & 2 x long 18 pdrs

April 1813 – launched at Point Frederick, Kingston & commissioned on 22 July 1813

28 September 1813 – Burlington Races

22 January 1814 – Name changed to STAR to bring her in line with the Royal Navy list.

6 May 1814 –  The storming of Fort Oswego

August 1814 – while blockaded in the Niagara River by an American squadron, the crew of STAR along with NETLEY & CHARWELL carried a gig and 6 bateaux above Niagara Falls and captured 2 of the 3 American schooners which were bombarding the British camp investing American held Fort Erie. On 15 August, the sailors were part of the Centre Column under LCol William Drummond in the attack on Fort Erie, which was repulsed with heavy losses.

Summer 1815 – In commission with reduced crew

Summer 1816 – Acting Lieutenant Bayfield on HM Sloop Star assisting in the survey of Lake Ontario, and sounding the channels in the St. Lawrence River among the Thousand Islands as far east as the Galops Rapids

1817 – In ordinary

1830s – Sold & broken up

Battle Honours Claimed:  “Lake Ontario 1813, Burlington 1813, Oswego 1814, Lundy’s Lane 1814, Fort Erie 1814