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Type: 2nd class steam frigate ; Armament 6
Launched : 6 Oct 1845 ; Disposal date or year : 1864
BM: 1270 tons ; Displacement: 2100 tons
Machinery notes: 540
Mar 1841 has been ordered to be built at Portsmouth. 4 Dec 1841, Portsmouth, her frames are in the course of preparation. 20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth
Jan 1849 Commissioned for West Africa.
2 Oct 1849 Seized Brazilian slave schooner Veloz.
6 May 1850 at Ascension.
2 Aug 1850 detained in Lat. 4° 50' S. Long. 13° 0' E., the Brazilian slave brig Esperanca, with 687 slaves on board.
19 Oct 1850 detained in Lat. 4° 48' N. Long. 4° 47' E., the Brazilian slave schooner Feliz Aurora, with 237 slaves on board, Antonio Luiz de Carvalho, master ; she was condemned on 23 Nov 1850, by the Vice-Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone, 235 slaves being emancipated.
30 Nov 1850 at Ambriz, Angola.
16 Dec 1850 at sea in lat. 15° 30' S. Long. 3° 54' E., flag ship on the Weat Coast of Africa. The Commodore reporting to the Admiralty the detention, by the Cyclops, on 25 Nov 1850, of the Portuguese brigantine Veiga, now fraudulently wearing the colours of Brazil, and with 623 slaves on board, embarked the previous night at Mazula, Angola, having only a few days since departed Loanda.
24 Feb 1851 at Sierra Leone, with the Commodore writing to the Admiralty forwarding correspondence concerning the anti-slavery activities of HM sloop Sealark off the Portuguese fort of Quicombo.
8 Mar 1851 at Sierra Leone.
18 Mar 1851 off Grand Bassa.
24 Mar 1851 off Quittah.
30 Mar 1851 off the River Benin investigating the attack by the King of Dahomey on Abbeokuta.
23 Apr 1851 at sea, the Flag Officer having recently visited the Governor General of Angola on 21 Apr at St. Paul de Loanda for talks, in company with the British Vice-Consul.
29 Apr 1851 in Lat. 13° 15' S. Long. 9° 5' E.
12 May 1851 at sea.
17-24 May 1851 Left Ascension.
2 Jun 1851 Left Sierra Leone with 11 Spanish prisoners, formerly a part of the crew of the slave brigantine Desengano, detained by the Penguin in 8 Apr.
11 Jun 1851 off Palmas where the 11 Spanish prisoners were landed as requested by the Spanish Consul at Sierra Leone.
16 Jun 1851 Left Madeira.
23 Jun 1851 Arrived Portsmouth. Paid-off. The Centaur, 6 steam frigate, Captain Patten, bearing the broad pendant of Commodore Fanshawe, arrived at Spithead, this morning from the coast of Africa, with invalids, mail and despatches from the [anti-slavery patrol] squadron, off West Africa. Since commissioning in Jan 1849, she has taken 5 prizes, including the Esperanza, 730 slaves ; and another with 370 in her. The slave trade is reported to be diminishing ; and the squadron was generally healthy. The vessel will come into harbour tonight and be paid off here at Portsmouth.
30 Aug 1851 Portsmouth
31 Dec 1851 at Monte Video. Flag ship on the South East Coast of South America. R.-Adm. Henderson writing to the Admiralty regarding the exploits of the Locust at Bahia, and her co-operation with the local authorities regarding the slave vessel Relampago, detained by a Brazilian schooner.
13 Sep 1853 probably at Rio de Janeiro.
15 Nov 1853 at Bahia, as flag ship on the Brazil Station. Has lately been employed on the coast cruising between Pernambuco and St. Catherine's.
12 Dec 1853 at Rio de Janeiro.
13 Jan 1854 at Rio de Janeiro.
4 Feb 1856 Portsmouth. In Fitting Basin.
24 Mar 1856 The Centaur, 6, paddle frigate, Captain Clifford, has been taken out of the basin today.
26 Mar 1856 Got up steam today to try her engines.
28 Mar 1856 The Centaur, 6, paddle frigate, Captain Clifford, having completed her refit, had her compasses adjusted today, and went out of harbour, and joined the Baltic Fleet.
23 Apr 1856, Present at Fleet Review, Spithead ; Captain Clifford, CB
23 Sept 1859 Devonport. Commissioned.
23 May 1860 on the North China coast.
7 Jun 1860 Hongkong.
23 Jun 1860 on the North China coast.
26 Jul 1860 Shanghai.
26 Aug 1860 Gulf of Pecheli.
28 Sep 1860 Shanghai.
2 Mar 1861 in the Yang-tse River.
15 Apr 1861 in the Yang-tse River at Nankin.
15 Oct 1861 Shanghai.
1 Nov 1861 Japan.
15 Feb 1862 Ningpo.
27 Apr 1862 Shanghai.
27 May 1862 Ningpo.
11 Jun 1862 Shanghai.
12 Jul 1862 in the Yang-tsze-Kiang at Nankin.
27 Jul 1862 Shanghai.
28 Aug 1862 Japan.
15 Dec 1862 Shanghai.
1 Jan to 28 May 1864 China station. Medical report : heart disease onboard : number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
28 May 1864 Paid off.