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HMSAlertwas a 10-gun cutterlaunched at Doverin 1777 and was converted to a sloop in the same year.
On 19 September 1777, during the American War of Independence Alertcaught and engaged the American 16-gun brigantine Lexington in the English Channel. After two hours fighting,LexingtondamagedAlert's rigging, and broke off the action, butAlert's crew quickly managed to repair the ship and caught up withLexington, which was now virtually out of ammunition and unable to reply toAlert's fire. After a further one and a half hours bombardment byAlert,Lexington struck colors surrendering toAlert.Lexingtonhad lost 7 men killed with 11 wounded, whileAlerthad two killed and 3 wounded. During the action of 1 June 1778 Alertengaged the French 10-gun LuggerCoureur, and after 90 minutes, forcedCoureurto strike.
Alert was captured in the Channel by the Juon on 17 July 1778; and foundered December 1779 off the coast of America. French records show her serving as Alerte, a cutter of fourteen 4-pounder guns and valued as a prize at Lt 32,289.