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Type: troopship, late 6th rate ; Armament : 28
Launched : 29 Mar 1821 ; Disposal date or year : 1865
BM: 500 tons
1 Jan 1820 building of teak.
Portsmouth 5 Oct 1821 Arrived from Madras, manned with invalids and a part of the 73d regiment doing duty as marines.
1824 - 1826 Burmese War - medal awarded to surviving officers, seamen, and marines - "India, No. 1" that decoration, with clasp for "Ava"). See p. 246-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
Aug 1824 following ships composed the naval force in India : Tees (26 guns), Alligator (28), Slaney (20), Arachne (18), Larne (20), Sophie (18), Liffey (50). Of this force only the Larne was at Rangoon, the Sophie having been despatched to Bengal for provisions, &c.
22 Jan 1825 Burma War - arrived at Rangoon.
13 Feb 1825 Alligator, Arachne, Sophie, Diana, Satellite and ships' boats &c. involved in further offensive operations.
middle of May 1825 Captain Ryves was invalided and replaced by Lieutenant Edward Blanckley of the Alligator, who was promoted to the command of the Sophie, which departed from the station shortly afterwards.
middle of May 1825 following the departure of the Sophie the Alligator and Arachne were the only men-of-war at Rangoon.
7 Nov 1825 Captain Alexander died, and was succeeded in command of the Alligator by Captain Chads.
8 Mar 1826 end of the Burma war.
10 Apr 1826 part indemnification due to the British government for the expenses of the Burma war was landed at Calcutta from the Alligator.
Circa 1 July 1827 A transport reported she spoke the Alligator, then about eight miles from Quebec.
Portsmouth, 19 July 1828 At the Tagus.
Portsmouth, Nov 15 1828 arrived from Madeira, via Plymouth, with the remains of Captain Canning. All was quiet when she sailed.
Deal 4 Dec 1829 Sailed for Portsmouth
Portsmouth 6 Dec 1829 arrived from Sheerness.
Portsmouth 13 Dec 1829 (Capt Charles Yorke), arrived from Leith with volunteers for the Druid.
1 Feb 1830 Lieutenant D. de Saumarez, appointed to the Ariadne, in exchange for Lieutenant J. P. Blackwood.
Portsmouth 20 Nov 1831 (Captain Lambert), Has gone out of harbour to Spithead and her ship's company will be paid in advance on Monday, in preparation for sailing for the East Indies.
13 Aug 1832 arrived Madras.
24 Sep 1832 arrived Singapore, from Malacca ; sailed the 25th for Manilla.
27 Nov 1832 departed Manilla for Singapore,
10 Jan 1833 at Prince of Wales's Island
26 Jan 1833 arrived Madras from Penang.
31 Jan 1833 departed Madras for a cruise.
25 Feb 1833 departed Trincomalee for Madras.
19 Apr 1833 arrived Singapore from Penang.
6 July 1833 arrived Madras from Singapore : sailed for a cruise 13 July.
7 Aug 1833 arrived Madras from Pondicherry.
5 Aug 1833 departed Trincomalee for Madras.
1 Sep 1833 departed Madras, on a cruise.
15 Sep 1833 arrived Madras from Trincomalee.
10 Oct 1833 arrived at Singapore from Madras, and sailed on the 18th for Batavia.
Bombay, 31 Jan 1834 At Sydney.
21 Feb 1834 arrived Hobart Town from Swan River.
14 Mar 1834 arrived as Sydney.
Mauritius, Jun 20 1834 Reported to be at New South Wales
12 Apr 1834 arrived at NSW from NZ,
3 Jun 1834 departed New South Wales for Hobart Town.
17 June 1834 arrived NSW from a cruise.
Dec 1834 reported to be due at Madras, from New South Wales, where she had been relieved by the Hyacinth.
27 May 1835 arrived at the Cape, from Colombo, en route for England.
Portsmouth 15 Aug 1835 arrived from the East Indies station, via the Cape (2 Jun), St Helen (18), and Ascension (24th).
Portsmouth 29 Aug 1835 was paid off on Thursday.
Portsmouth 15 Jul 1837 commissionwd for service on the North West Coast of New Holland, where it is intended to set up a new settlement.
Spithead 30 Sep 1837 sailed for the Chops of the Channel with water and provisions for vessels prevented from coming up Channel by the present easterly winds.
Circa Apr 1840 at Singapore. 21 Jun 1840 arrived in Macao Roads and established a blockade of the port and river of Canton. See p. 282 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
1 Jul 1840 at the anchorage under the Buffaloe's Nose.
4 Jul 1840 anchored off Chusan.
5 Jul 1840 Chinese troops retreat into Chusan following short bombardment. See also p. 282 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
6 Jul 1840 British troops discovered that Chinese troops had departed Chusan during the night. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 15 Dec 1840.
Aug 1840 maintained a blockade at Amoy. See p. 284 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
21 Nov 1840, at Chusan. 21 Jan 1841 departed Bocca Tigris for Lantao Island. 26 Jan 1841 returned to Bocca Tigris and from thence to Macao. 2 Feb 1841 departed for Macao roads. 19 Feb 1841 Macao roads, detached with the light squadron to Wangtong, to prevent any further defensive preparations. 20 Feb 1841 arrived Wangtong, 24 Feb 1841 ships' boats invovled in operation at Sammonhow. 26 Feb 1841 operations to take North Wangtong Island, See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 11 Jun 1841. See also p. 289-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 27 Feb 1841 the advanced squadron proceeded up the river to attack the Fort, Camp, and Ship Cambridge and Chinese positions below Whampoa Reach. See p. 289-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 1 Mar 1841 off Wantong. Sent up the river to Canton. 2 Mar 1841 anchored in the stream between that fort and Napier island. See p. 289-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 12 Mar 1841 operations at Canton. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 11 Jun 1841. 3 Jul 1841, Commander A. L. Kuper, Alligator, promoted to Captain. 3 Jul 1841, Lieutenant P. B. Stewart, Alligator, promoted to Commander. 3 Jul 1841, Mates B. Woolcombe, and B. Drury, promoted to Lieutenant. 1839-42 Engaged in the Operations in China. Officers and Men serving on this ship during this period may be eligible for a Medal. See p. 288 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
4 Feb 1844, arrived Honk Kong, from Trincomalee. Is being described from now on in the newspapers as a trooper or troopship.
23 Mar 1844, departed Hong Kong for Madras.
12 Apr 1844, arrived Singapore, from Hong Kong.
15 Apr 1844, Master Joseph N. King, appointed to command the Alligator, vice Browne.
22 May 1844, was reported to have been at Madras.
8 Jun 1844, the Hampshire Advertiser of 15 Jun advises that the troop ship Alligator, then at Trincomalee, is ordered to be paid-off, and converted to be a receiving ship at that port.
27 Jul 1846, The Admiralty announces that the medals for the officers and men of the Alligator and other vessels engaged in the War in China have been received, and are now available on application etc. 1846 China and India Station
Dec 1846 Hulked as Hospital and Storeship at Hong Kong.
Oct 1865 Hulk sold at Hong Kong.