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Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched : 1820 ; Disposal date or year : 1863
6 Jan 1817 A new sloop of war, to carry 18 guns, is ordered to be built in the dock-yard at Woolwich, of the fir which grows on the estate of the Duke of Athol ie larch, and, out of compliment to his Grace, is to bear his name.
20 Nov 1817 A sloop of war to be named Athol is building at Woolwich as an experiment how far larch timber may be serviceable for building.
1 Dec 1818 Named amongst a list of frigates building to replace those that have been condemned and taken to pieces following the end of the war.
27 Nov 1821 In commission and based at Halifax.
21 Oct 1824 At Portsmouth.
7 Mar 1825, detained in lat. 5° 21' N., long. 13° 13' W., in the River Gallinas, the Spanish slave schooner Espanola, Francisco Ramon Roderiguez, Master, 270 slaves on board when detained, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and sentenced to be condemned.
1 Sep 1825, detained in lat. 4° 12' N. long. 5° 33' W., off Cape Formosa, when bound from St. Thomas in the West Indies to the West Coast of Africa the Dutch slave schooner Venus, Andre Desbarbes, Master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Netherlands Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone and on 23 Sep 1825 sentenced to be condemned.
9 Sep 1825 the Atholl, when in company with the Esk and Redwing, detained in lat. 2° 23' N. long. 4° 17' E., the Portuguese slave schooner Uniao, Jozé Ramos Gomis, Master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and 21 Oct 1825 sentenced to be condemned.
15 Sep 1825 departed Prince's Island in company with the Maidstone, Esk, Redwing and Conflict, who departed in execution of their various orders.
17 Oct 1825, detained off Whydah, the slave brig George and James, whch was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court and sentenced to be condemned.
11 Nov 1825 boarded the Activo off Elmina.
12 Nov 1825, detained off Elmina Castle or Castle of St. George d'Elmina, the Dutch slave schooner Amable Claudina, Claudio Picaluga, Master, with 36 slaves on board when detained, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Netherlands Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone and sentenced to be condemned.
25 Nov 1825, detained in lat. 3° 31' N. long. 0° 54' E., when bound from Lagos to Bahia the Brazilian slave brigantine San Joao Segunda Rosalia, the late Amara Joze da Silva, Master, with 258 slaves on board when detained, 72 of whom died on the passage up to Sierra Leone. was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and was condemned on 9 Feb 1826.
1 Feb 1826, detained in Lat. 4° 24' S. Long. 9° 37' W., en route from Badagry to Pernambuco, the Brazilian slave brig Activo, 149 tons, José Pinto de Araujo, Master, with 166 slaves on board when detained, 2 of whom died on the passage up to Sierra Leone, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone on 17 Feb 1826 which was subsequently restored to her master, having been detained south of the Equator, despite the fact that the slaves were embarked north of that line.
8 Jan 1827 Reported to be in the East Indies
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1829 the 6th rate Atholl, 28 guns, Complement: 160, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 3 Deaths.
Portsmouth 6 Aug 1829 Sailed for Africa.
Portsmouth 26 Sep 1829 Reported to have been at Gibraltar on the 29th Aug., and to be under orders to sail for the coast of Africa on 1 Sep. On her way out from England she called briefly at Corunna, and then at Tangier where Mr. Hay the Consul-General and family, were landed on the 27th Aug.
14 Sep 1829 At Teneriffe.
1 Oct 1829 detained, following a chase, at lat. 9° 30' N., long. 16° 50' W., the French slave vessel, La Laure, Jean Victor Jastram, master, with 372 slaves on board which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Sierra Leone but was withdrawn, presumably because there was no treaty with the French to detain French vessels.
Sierra Leone 4 Oct 1829 Arrived from off the Rio Grande where she had captured a large French schooner, with 470 slaves on board. Sails shortly to cruise off Whydah, Guinea.
14 Dec 1829 Portsmouth Reports from Sierra Leone of 9 Oct. advise that the Athol, 28, Capt A Gordon, had arrived on station.
9 Dec 1829 the Sybille and Atholl detained the Brazilian slave brigantine Amelia / Emelia, 175 tons, and 187 negroes, at lat. 5° 35' N. 4° 19' E. ; bound from Whydah to Bahia, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone and sentenced to be condemned.
Whydah Dec 1829 sailed for Fernando Po, and from thence to off Prince's Island, where a Dutch vessel, sailing under French colours, was taken.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1830 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 2 Deaths.
Prince's Island 6 Jan 1830 arrived with other ships of the Squadron.
3 Aug 1830 detained in lat. 3° 41' N. long. 7° 32' E., en route from the River Bonny to St. Jago de Cuba, the Spanish slave schooner Santiago alias Polasqui, Francisco de Paula Golget, master, with 165 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone and on 31 Aug 1830 sentenced to be condemned.
Portsmouth, Sep 25 1830 Reports from the coast of Africa state that the Atholl had recently visited the settlement at Fernando Po, which she reports is an unhealthy place for Europeans.
17 Oct 1830 detained in lat. 6° 0' N. long. 14° 40' W., en route from Little Bassa to St. Jago de Cuba, the Spanish slave schooner Nueva Isabelita, alias Numero Filomino Xiro, with 141 slaves on board which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone and on 29 Oct 1830 sentenced to be condemned.
10 Nov 1830 detained the Dos Amigos.
Sierra Leone 3 Dec 1830 sailed to cruise for slave ships off the Tongus.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1831 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 5 Deaths.
19 Apr 1931 arrive with the Medina, and Sea Flower, at Prince's Island from Fernando Po, where they join the Dryad and her other tenders, the Fair Rosamond and Black Joke. It is reported that the Purser is seriously ill from fever contracted at Fernando Po.
25-26 Apr 1931 Off the south east of the Island of Fernando Po came into contract with the Spanish slave brig Marinerito, of 303 tons, and 5 heavy guns, a crew of 72, carrying 496 slaves, and following a long and severe action the Black Joke ran the vessel alongside and boarded her losing one man and 6 wounded, the latter including her commanding officer, Lieutenant William Ramsay. 15 of the crew of the slaver were killed and a number wounded : most were sent to Anobona for disposal, whilst a few were sent with the surviving negroes and the brig to Sierra Leone under a prize crew, for adjudication by the Mixed Court.
14 May 1831 in the Bight of Benin, and reported to be under orders to return to England in the near future.
29 Aug 1831 Navy Pay Office revokes the licence granted to Samuel Solomon, of Chatham, on the 14 Jun 1831, to act as an Agent in the receipt of pay, wages, prize and bounty money for petty officers, seamen, and others, which licence is withdrawn by me, on the ground of a fraudulent transaction in the case of a prize order granted by Joseph Cassar, late of His Majesty's ships Sybille, Atholl, and Dryad (per London Gazette).
8 Nov 1831 arrived Fernando Po, and to take over supervision of the repairs being made to the Black Joke.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1832 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade.
1832 converted into a Troopship.
4 Dec 1832 sailed for Dublin.
Circa 19 Aug 1833 arrived Portsmouth from Barbados.
Portsmouth 2 Sep 1833 sailed Wednesday last for Cork, with troops in ease of an emergency.
Plymouth 9 Oct 1833 Arrived from Cork.
Plymouth Oct 27 1833 Arrived from Lisbon, whence she sailed on the 21st inst.
Devonport, Dec. 12 1833 The troops that arrived on Tuesday are now on board the Athol troopship, bound shortly for Cork.
2 Jan 1834 In the Sound, Plymouth.
14 Feb 1835 Portsmouth has sailed for Chatham with invalids from the West Indies.
Portsmouth 25 Apr 1835 it is reported that the Atholl will embark the 43rd Light Infantry at Cork, for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and on their arrival, the 34th proceed from that station to Halifax, on their return home from service.
11 Jun 1835 St John's, Newfoundland is reported to have sailed for Quebec.
Portsmouth 8 Aug 1835 arrived Spithead from Quebec (9 Jul), with the crews of the Jackdaw and Firefly, for court marial for the loss of their vessels.
Portsmouth 5 Sep 1835 sailed yesterday with the 86th and 73rd Regiments for Cork. [It may be of interest to note that the families and camp followers for the 86th Regiment were supplied with transport to follow the Regiment, whilst the families etc. of the 73rd Regiment were left to beg on the streets of Portsmouth, and as a result became a charge on the Poor Law, much to the chagrin of the local rate payers].
Portsmouth circa 5 Jun 1836 is reported to have arrived off here, from the Cape of Good Hope (1 Apr), having called at St Helena (7th).
Portsmouth 9 Jul 1836 having disembarked the 99th Regiment (Depot) at Plymouth the Atholl returned Thursday to Spithead, landed the 98th (reserve), and sailed Friday for Cork with the 61st (Depot).
Portsmouth 27 Dec 1836 sailed with stores and provisions for Ascension.
Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope 13 Mar 1837 arrived from Portsmouth and Ascension.
Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope 16 Mar 1837 sailed for Algoa Bay.
Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope 25 Mar 1837 arrived from Table Bay.
Portsmouth 15 Jun 1837 arrived from Algoa Bay (29 Mar) ; Simon's Bay (11 Apr) ; Table Bay (20) ; St Helena (30).
Circa 14-15 Feb 1838 returning from Mauritius, reported to be in lat. 27° N, long 36° W, and was initially becalmed, but as she headed north experienced squalls from the north-west.
26 Oct 1839 Second Master W. C. Pettigrew, appointed to the Athol. 25 May 1839 Sheerness, is expected to sail today, for Portsmouth, where she will embark a detachment of the 24th Regiment ; at Plymouth, a detachment of the 15th Regiment ; and at Cork, for a draught of the 32d Regiment, and thence proceed with them for Quebec. 1 Jun 1839 Portsmouth, arrived to-day from Woolwich to embark officers and men of the 24th Regiment for Canada ; she will call at Cork to take in other detachments for the same quarter. 2 Nov 1839 Portsmouth, is ordered to Greenock to receive the 1st Royals on board for service at Gibraltar. 24 Jun 1840 Portsmouth, Apollo arrived on Sunday from Plymouth, and came into harbour the next day, last from Quebec,(24 May). The troop-ships Athol and Sapphire were preparing to follow with detachments of the 15th Regiment. 22 Apr 1840 Barbadoes Atholl and Sapphire were reported to be sailing, with the 67th Regiment, for Canada, and were then to bring the 15th Regiment to England. 27 Jun 1840 Portsmouth arrived on Thursday from Quebec, which she left on the 1st of June, but was detained in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by contrary winds and thick fogs till the 11th on which day she passed St. Paul's, making the passage from that island, across the Atlantic to this pert, in 14 days, and from Quebec in 25 days. 3 Jul 1840 Portsmouth embarked and sailed with officers and men of the 58th Regiment, for Glasgow. 18 Jul 1840 Portsmouth arrived at Greenock on Wednesday. 8 Aug 1840 Portsmouth sailed Tuesday for Glasgow with the HQ of the 58th regiment. 8 Aug 1840 Second Master Henry Paul, appointed to the Atholl. 22 Aug 1840 on her arrival at Plymouth from Liverpool will make good her defeats, and it is expected will be ordered to Quebec, via Cork, with a part of the 66th Regiment. 27 Aug 1840, was taken into dock at Portsmouth. 5 Sep 1840 Portsmouth will be ready on the 10th, when she will proceed to Quebec, to bring home part of the 66th Regiment. 28 Oct 1840 sailed from Quebec for England with men of the 66th Regt. 16 Dec 1840 Portsmouth, is in this harbour refitting. 21 Dec 1840 Portsmouth, taken out of the basin. 2 Jan 1841 Portsmouth, was paid wages to-day, and sailed for Cork, Corfu, Barbadoes, Quebec and returns to Portsmouth. Second Master W. Diaper, appointed to the Atholl troop ship, 7 Feb 1841, The Atholl, arrived at Corfu in 25 days, from Cork with troops, and embarked a division of the 52th Regiment and was to sail on the 13th for Barbadoes, touching at Malta. 4 Mar 1841, Malta, sailed with the remainder of the 50th Regiment, for West Indies. 13 Mar 1841, arrived at Gibraltar, and sailed again on the 19th for Barbadoes. 9 Apr 1841, arrived at Barbadoes with troops from the Mediterranean. 1 May 1841, sailed from Carlisle Bay, for Quebec. 27 May 1841, arrived at Quebec. 31 Jul 1841, Second Master Mr. Diaper, of the Atholl, appointed to the Partridge. Second Master Thomas Hart, appointed to the Atholl 31 Jul 1841, Clerk F. E Dusautoy, appointed to the Sapphire, from the Atholl. Clerk A. W. Whitehouse, appointed to the Athol, from the Sapphire. 31 Jul 1841, Boatswain Mr. Birch, appointed to the Atholl. 9 Aug 1841 at Portsmouth.
4 Sep 1841, Second Master H. Paul, of the Athol, promoted to Master. 23 Sep 1841, arrived at Jamaica from Portsmouth. 25 Nov 1841, arrived at Spithead from Nassau, having experienced the most tremendous weather and is ordered into harbour to be overhauled. 27 Nov 1841, Assistant-Surgeon G. W. Pritchett (Atholl), promoted to Surgeon. 4 Dec 1841, Assistant Surgeon Dr. James Mitchell, appointed to the Atholl. 4 Dec 1841, Portsmouth, is to be brought forward for service and is to proceed, when ready, with troops for the West Indies. She was taken into dock on Wednesday, and undocked on Thursday. 4 Dec 1841, Assistant Surgeon Dr. James Mitchell, appointed to the Atholl. 18 Dec 1841, Second Master H. Hunter, appointed to the Atholl. 18 Dec 1841, Portsmouth, is expected to sail to Jamaica, in about a fortnight, with troops [however programs can change]. 25 Dec 1841, Second Master W. Barnard, appointed to the Atholl. 20 Dec 1848 Particular Service
30 Aug 1851 Particular Service
3 Sep 1853 Akitoye, King of Lagos, died suddenly, and his son Ducimo was elected in his place on the following day, in presence of Lieutenant Pearce, Commander of the Atholl.
8-9 Sep 1853 Report to Rear Adm. Bruce by C. Gerrans Phillips, H.M.'s Sloop Polyphemus, off Lagos reads : "On my return from a cruize on the 8th instant, I was informed by the Consul, that a division of Kosoko's canoes were in sight off Lagos, on the Lake, stopping the trade, and cutting off supplies of provisions ; and earnestly requested me to make a demonstration against them. I therefore entered the river on the 9th instant with the boats of this ship, and those of the Waterwitch and Athol, and being joined by the war canoes of Lagos, tracked the marauders into a narrow creek, up which I forced my way with grape, canister and musketry for about a mile, the enemy making a very respectable defence till driven out of a village called Madjidoo into the interior, abandoning a great number of canoes, which were captured or destroyed by our Black allies, and the village committed to the flames. Commander A. H. Gardner, of H. M. ship Waterwitch, Lieutenant W. Strickland, of this ship, Lieutenant H. B. Johnstone, of the Waterwitch, and all the officers and men under my command deserve my best thanks for the steady and determined support they rendered me, and the perfect style in which their boats and guns were worked in single column up a very narrow creek, against the fire of foes hardly to be seen through the cover. A seaman of this ship, and a private marine of the Waterwitch, were wounded by the enemy's fire, but not dangerously. "
6 Nov 1853 at Ambriz. Assisting the US Navy with their inquiries into certain allegations made by the US merchant schooner H.N. Gambril, detained as being involved in the slave trade, the allegations were proven to have been made without foundation.
8 Apr 1854 anchored off Loanda for a brief stay.
13 Apr 1854 off Loanda again for a brief stay.
1860 Receiving Ship, Greenock
1861-62 noted in the Parliamentary financial statements as having been hulked and being the late Receiving Ship, Greenock.