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Type: Sloop ; Armament 5
Launched at Chatham : 12 Feb 1841 ; Disposal date or year : 1865
BM: 800 tons ; Displacement: 878 tons
Machinery notes: 220 hp ( red. to 200 in 1860)
15 Aug 1840 Orders have been received at Chatham to hasten the Ardent and Polyphemus steamers, of 800 tons, not yet completed building, the former to be fitted as a packet, the latter as a war steamer. 5 Feb 1841 Chatham, is shortly due to be towed to Messrs. Seaward and Co's., at the City Canal, to be fitted with her engines. 19 Feb 1841 Woolwich, The Fearless left on Sunday for Chatham, with the officers and men who brought round the Ardent, and returned on Monday. 19 Feb 1841 Woolwich, The Firebrand arrived from Chatham, having towed the Ardent new steam frigate from that port to Limehouse, to have her engines fitted by Messrs. Seaward and Co. 1 Apr 1841 has had her engines fitted at Messrs. Seaward and Co., at Limehouse, and gone down the river for trials ; she sails on Tuesday, for Plymouth and Pembroke, to be finished and commissioned for service. 8 Apr 1841 left Woolwich for Chatham. 10 Apr 1841 arrived at Chatham. 29 Jul 1841 Chatham, has been commissioned. 31 Jul 1841 Commander John Russell (b) appointed. 28 Aug 1841 Mate J. C. W. N. Taylor, appointed. 18 Sep 1841 arrived Spithead, from Woolwich 24 Sep 1841 Portsmouth, arrived from the River and will proceed shortly with despatches for the Brazils and Cape station. 25 Sep 1841 Lieutenants James Johnstone and W. Butler ; Master James Doidge ; Purser W. Stanway ; Surgeon H. Baker ; Assistant Surgeon Dr. W. Wood ; Mates H. Trollope and --- Davis, appointed. 1 Oct 1841 Portsmouth, departed for the Brazils, touching at Madeira en route. 15 Nov 1841 had arrived Rio from Plymouth.
30 Nov 1841 spoke with the Rose off Rio, on the lookout for a slaver ; spoke also with the packet Linnet off and for Rio.
20 Jan 1842 at Rio de Janeiro.
5 Mar 1842 the President arrived Rio de Janeiro from Valparaiso and the Ardent remained at Rio on the departure of the President for England.
18 Mar 1842 at Bahia.
9 Apr 1842 arrived Rio from Bahia.
10 Apr 1842 at Rio de Janeiro when the packet Star departed for England.
19 May 1842 at Rio was reported to be cruising on the coast of Brazil.
21 Sep 1842 at Rio it was reported she was stationed between Marenham and Para, on the north east coast of South America.
6 Feb 1845, following the ill-treatment of black British subjects by the Chiefs and slave dealers in the various lands surrounding Sierra Leone and not having received any positive response the boats of the Penelope, Ardent and Eclair, proceeded to the Tucker's slave factory, which was found to be empty, and was burnt to the ground, along with its contents. Further action against Tucker's residence was postponed, the tides not being helpful for the current operation.
25 Mar 1845 detained in lat. 10° 2' N. long 14° 00' E., off the Rio Pongas, the Spanish slave brigantine Dos Hermanos, Feliciano Roviera, Master, which was condemned on 9 Apr 1845 by the Mixed British and Spanish Court at Sierra Leone and on 9 Apr 1845 sentenced to be condemned.
Sep 1845 reported to have returned from the Coast of West Africa to England.
20 Dec 1848 Mediterranean
25 May 1855, Kertch and Yenikale were captured, along with thousands of tons and coal and provisions, along with factories etc., by some 60 French and British vessels, and allied troops, for which no prize money appeared to be payable, contrary to the Queen's instructions. See Hansard for more details, and approval for a Parliamentary Grant in lieu.
29 Dec 1855 At Kertch, Crimea
4 Feb 1856 Portsmouth. arrived Friday from the Mediterranean and has gone round to Woolwich.
28 Dec 1857 departed England for the West Coast of Africa for anti-slavery duties.
3 Mar 1858 weighed from Sierra Leone and proceeded southward : anchored off the Shebar River in the evening.
4 Mar 1858 continued down the coast. In the evening a French officer came on board from the Regina Coeli, with a tale of woe, advising that money that had been advanced to the local chiefs to purchase "emigrants," some would say slaves, had not produced the numbers agreed, and the French were now short of money to feed those they had already inveigled on board. Anchored a little later off Cape Mount.
11 Mar 1858 anchored again at Sierra Leone, finding the Childers had arrived.
28 Mar 1858 Bights Division, on the West Coast of Africa: following a visit by the Flag Officer he stated that there is no doubt that the vigilance of our cruisers alone has prevented the shipment of large numbers of slaves from the lagoons communicating with Whydah. The increase of the squadron has been most advantageous, and the cruizers, under Commander Aplin's judicious guidance, have been so far, I hope, completely successful. The squadron at present consists of the Hecla, Trident (to be relieved by Ardent,) Triton, Sharpshooter, Pluto, and Brune. l have stated that there is no doubt that the Slave Trade in the neighbourhood of Whydah is checked only by our cruizers; in proof of this I may mention that all the reports from British residents show that the demand for slaves in the interior markets has much increased, that the slave-hunts from Abomey and from Abbeokuta have been revived, and that three undoubted slavers, with two suspected vessels, are at this moment on the coast. These are, the Marshall, and the Hanover, both under American colours ; and the Don Juan, Spanish brig lately purchased, it is said, by slave-dealers, off Appi, watched by the Trident. There is also reason to suspect the American barque Firefly, boarded by the Pluto on the 10th of March last, and a Portuguese schooner. I have written to the American Commander-in-chief pressing him to station an American ship of war in the Bights.
Year ending 31 Dec 1858 suffered 238 cases of sickness during the year, in addition, 2 officers and 8 ratings were invalided back to England.
10 Mar 1859 returned to England from the West Coast of Africa and suffered 32 cases of sickness during the year to date, and 1 rating being invalided back to England.
1860 South East Coast of America