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Akbar, 1801 (ex-East Indiaman)
Type: 4th Rate ; From 1805 troopship † ; Armament 54
Purchased : 1801 ; Disposal date or year : 1862
BM: 1388 tons
1801 Marquis Cornwallis Purchased and renamed Cornwallis
1806 Cornwallis renamed Akbar, although it would appear that the name Cornwallis remained in use for a number of years afterwards.
9 Feb 1810 Dover, Cornwallis, [should probably read Akbar, having been renamed in 1806], and Samarang involved in a naval and military expedition to take the island of Amboyna, along with three Dutch national vessels which had been sunk ‡, following which the islands of Saparoua, Harouka, Nasso-Lant, Bouro, and Manippa soon surrendered.
‡ One of these vessels, the Mandarin, which was raised, was subsequently used as a troop transport.
1 Mar 1810 chased the Dutch national brig Margaretta into a small bay on the north side of the island of Amblaw which, after a long haul, was eventually taken by the ship's boats.
21 Nov 1810 off the island of Rodriquez preparing for a joint naval and military expedition to take the Isle of France, where they arrived on 28th, and the capitulation was signed on the 3 Dec.
13 Mar 1811 Sailed from Madras.
4 Aug 1811 a part of the fleet involved in the invasion of Java, now under the command of R.-adm the Hon. R. Stopford, who detached the Akbar, Phaëton, Bucephalus, and Sir-Francis-Drake to blockade the French frigates Nymphe and Méduse in Batavia road.
30 Aug 1811 Akbar weighed and sailed to the westward and was replaced by the Barracouta in blockading the French frigates Nymphe and Méduse in Batavia road.
† 1813 some comments on her suitability as a man of war and her consequent reduction to a store and troop ship.
Portsmouth Aug 16 1813 Arrived from the Downs, under orders for America..
Portsmouth Aug 18 1813 Allocated to convoy duties.
Portsmouth Aug 23 1813 The Acbar sailed with the Iris and convoy for Brazil and NSW.
Falmouth Aug 27 1813 Sailed 39 merchantmen to join Acbar off this port.
Portsmouth May 25 1814 Arrived (Captain A Dickson), with a convoy from the Brazils, which coast she left 15 weeks ago. Portsmouth May 30 1814 Has made a convoy signal for the West Indies. Portsmouth Jul 11 1814 Dropped down to St. Helen's Roads, with a small convoy for North America and Newfoundland, and will sail in the morning, wind permitting.
Portsmouth Jul 12 1814 Sailed.
Cove of Cork, Jul 21 1814 Arrived from Portsmouth, with convoy of merchantmen and will proceed to sea the first shift of wind.
Cork Jul 25 1814 Sailed with convoy, for Newfoundland and Halifax.
17 Aug 1814 The Neptune, from Porto Rico, spoke on the Sunday with the Acbar, accompanied by a convoy.
14 Sep 1814, Akbar arrived Halifax, with the Sharpshooter, and a convoy from Cork and Portsmouth, in 55 days.
Falmouth Oct 26 1814 Arrived, the Henry, from St. John's, bound to London ; fell in with the Acbar ; kept company, and on the 13th made signal of distress. The Akbar sent on board 6 men to assist at the pumps, and without this assistance they must have abandoned the ship.
Portsmouth Nov 2 1814 arrived from Plymouth.
Portsmouth Feb 2 1815 Dropped down to St. Helen's to sail on a cruise.
Portsmouth Feb 3 1815 HMS Akbar is appointed convoy for the Cape, East Indies, and South Seas.
Falmouth Mar 20 1815 Passed down Channel HMS Akbar with ships bound to the East Indies.
Deal Apr 4 1815 arrived from Plymouth, and sailed to take command in the Scheldt.
Deal Apr 25 1815 arrived from the Scheldt, and sailed again for Plymouth.
3 Jun 1815, arrived Halifax in 55 days from Plymouth.
28 Jun 1815, at Halifax, a Court Martial was held on board for the trial of the officers and men of the Levant and Cyane, captured by the USS Constitution, the officers and men being acquitted, since, with her greater manoeuverability the Constitution was able to stay out of range of the Levant and Cyane's carronades, which were no match for the 17 long 24-pounders, which were picking off the Levant and Cyane at will.
31 Jul 1815, departed Halifax on a cruise off New York.
11 Aug 1815 captured the Hannah. 3 Feb 1818 an a/c of the condemned part of the cargo will be exhibited in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty.
30 Aug 1815, arrived Halifax, the American brig Hannah, from Guadaloupe, to N. York, captured by HMS Akbar, but I know not why !
31 Aug 1815, during a gale lost her main mast etc., which killed Midshipmen Haswell and Marley, and injured Mid. Whidden and several seamen.
9 Sep 1815, arrived Halifax, from a cruise off New York.
2 Dec 1815, flag ship for R.-Adm Griffith, departed Halifax, for Bermuda.
16 Dec 1815, arrived Bermuda, from Halifax, with the loss of some spars in the recent bad weather.
8 Jun 1816, arrived Halifax, from Bermuda.
1 Sep 1816, departed Halifax, for Shelburne, N.B., with the Niger, and Pactolus.
24 Sep 1816, arrived Halifax, from Shelburne, N.B.
10 Nov 1816, departed Halifax, for England, having handed over as flag ship to the Forth, and takes with her a large number of passengers, including 200 invalids.
Portsmouth 11 Dec 1816, on Wednesday evening arrived from Halifax, (10 Nov.) She reports that the crews of the Akbar and Pactolus, with the military, assisted in fighting a serious fire at Halifax.
1824 Condemned to Harbour Service
1830 Quarantine Service, Milford
Feb 1842 Quarantine Service, Liverpool.
1848 Quarantine Service, Liverpool.
1860 Quarantine Service, Liverpool
1862 HMS Hero renamed Akbar
1862 Newly named Akbar converted for use as a Training Ship.
1870 Juvenile Reformatory, Liverpool
1879 Juvenile Reformatory, Liverpool
1890 Juvenile Reformatory, Liverpool