VI. The Hero: Introductory note

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The Barrington Papers, Vol. 77. Originally published by Navy Record Society, London, 1937.

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In the Hero Barrington accompanied Hawke on his last cruise of the war, seeing in safety the Troops going down to the Tagus. Upon the return of the Channel Fleet to Torbay, Hawke applied for relief. The Hero was sent to Plymouth to embark Sir Charles Hardy, who hoisted his flag in her on September 7th. Hardy transferred his flag to the Union on October 1st, 1762, and detached Barrington for a cruise from which he returned to Torbay on November 4th. In Torbay the Hero assisted to get off the Diligence, which was driven ashore on November nth, and afterwards proceeded to Plymouth, where she was reprovisioning when the war came to an end.

On November 26th, 1762, a Royal Proclamation was issued, declaring a cessation of arms. Durell, Commander in Chief at Plymouth, ordered Barrington on November 30th to prepare the Hero's pay books in readiness for paying her off. On December 7th the Admiralty issued orders for the Hero to be paid off and laid up at Plymouth.

On December 23rd, 1762, Captain Barrington read to his ship's company the Thanks of Parliament, and the Commissioner began paying the men. On Christmas Day, payment being completed, the men were discharged and the Pendant struck.