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Type: Sloop ; Armament 18
Launched : 31 May 1824 ; Disposal date or year : 1867
BM: 456 tons
Complement :71 officers and men ; 24 boys ; 20 marines
1824 - 1826 Burmese War - medal awarded to surviving officers, seamen, and marines - "India, No. 1" that decoration, with clasp for "Ava"). See p. 250 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
14 Nov 1825 arrived at Rangoon.
8 Mar 1826 end of the Burma war.
6 Jan 1827 Employed in the East Indies.
Pula Penang 15 Jun 1828 Sailed for England via Isle de France.
Portsmouth 13 Nov 1828 Arrived from the East India station.
Ascension 10 Jul 1829 is reported to have arrived from Fernando Po. Mr. Rytheroes, the surgeon, Mr. Brickwood, midshipmen and 2 marines are reported to have died.
Halifax 11 Aug 1829 Arrived from Fernando Po.
Halifax 7 Sep 1829 Sailed for Quebec.
Halifax 19 Oct 1829 Sailed to Bermuda for the winter months.
Bermuda 30 Oct 1829 Refitting.
Portsmouth 12 Dec 1829 Is reported to be wintering at Bermuda.
Bermuda circa 12 Nov 1829 Rendered assistance to the William transport which had got ashore and bilged.
Malta 20 Jan 1830 Remains.
Bermuda 3 Apr 1830 Sailed for Halifax to relieve the Rose.
St. Kitt's 3 Dec 1830 Arrived.
St. Jago de Cuba 21 Jul 1831 Sailed for Bermuda.
4 Jan 1832 the ship's boats take men of the 77th Regiment from Port Antonio to Marchioneal. 5 Jan the Captain of the Blanche writes from Montego-Bay, Jamaica, that when he arrived the Racehorse and Sparrowhawk were here and that the Blossom was at Savannah la Mar ; the Firefly at Black River, and Champion at Port Antonio, and that the insurrection is now coming under control. See London Gazette of 22 Feb 1832, P 18, for more detail @ www.gazettes-online.co.uk/.
8 Apr 1832 sailed from Barbadoes to Antigua.
Plymouth 10 Jun 1832 Arrived from Jamaica (10th May), Bermuda (22d).
11 Oct 1832 departed Portsmouth for the Mediterranean.
2 Nov 1832 arrived Gibraltar.
Malta 8 Jun 1833 Awaiting the arrival of the Flag Officer.
Vourla Bay 23 Nov 1833 Refitting.
Vourla Bay 4 Dec 1833 Refitting.
Malta 6 Jan 1834 Is reported to have been at Alexandria, where she is expected to winter.
Malta 18 Feb 1834 In harbour at Valletta.
Barcelona 23 Mar 1834.
Malta 18 Jul 1834 Sailed for Gibraltar and England.
Plymouth 2 Oct 1834 Has gone out to the Sound.
Plymouth 9 Oct 1834 In the Sound and ready for sea.
Plymouth 29 Nov 1834 Arrived from Newfoundland.
Port Royal 16 Jul 1835 arrived from England with the Fountain tank-vessel, after a 35 day passage.
Port Royal 19 Jul 1835 sailed for Halifax.
Halifax 8 Aug 1835 arrived here from Port Royal.
Extract from the Log of H. M. S. CHAMPION, off Barbadoes, kept by W. Parker, Master.
|Thursday, Sept. 3, 1835.|
|1||E J S||NNE||A.M. Fresh breezes and cloudy; braced up on starboard tack, head offshore; extremes of the island of Barbados, N by W ½ W|
|2.30||2.30. Furled the mainsail.|
|4||4. Squally, with rain.|
|5.40||6.40. Bore up, set the foresail, jib, and driver.|
|6.15||6.15. Squally, with thick heavy rain ; up foresail and driver, down jib ; wore ship's head off shore; lowered topsails, and close reefed them.|
|7||j||7. Wore and set the courses.|
|7.45. Made our number to the signal station, Barbados.|
|8||8. Up courses and hove-to • found lying here H. M. steam-veseel Spitfire ; the commander of ditto came on board ; bore-up: out fourth and third reef; set the top-gallant-sails. Needham's Point, E S E, half a mile; set courses.|
|9||W by N||9. Squally ; in top-gallant sails, up mainsail, down top-gallant yards, and struck the masts.|
|10||W by N ½ N||N E||10.50. In three reefs of the topsail ; furled the mizen ditto ; reefed the foresail, and set it.|
|Noon||Noon. Strong gales, with thick rain.|
|_||Lat. d. r. 13° 15’ 24" N., long. d. r. 60° 14’ 40".|
|Point Moliciqua, St. Lucia, N 66° W, 50 miles.|
|1||W by N , N||N E byN||P.M. Strong gales, with thick rain ; close reefed the fore and main-topsails ; bent the storm-staysails : sent top-gallant-masts and stud-sail booms on deck, and made all snug aloft.|
|1.20||1.20. Heavy squalls; furled fore-top-sail, up foresail, in main-topsail, and furled them.|
|2||2. Set the main-trysail and fore and main-staysails.
2.20. Brailed up the trysail, down main-staysail ; wore ship's head to the eastward; down fore-staysail
|NNE||2.30. A tremendous heavy hurricane ; brought to the wind under bare poles.|
|3.40||SSW||3.40.The wind moderated and shifted suddenly round, with heavy rain, to the opposite, and blew most violently; a sea over the stern.|
|5.40||5.40. Washed the dingy and life buoy from the stern.|
|6||SSW||6. The wind moderated; set the main-staysail and main-trysail.|
|6.30||6.30. Strong gales; down main-staysail|
|7 & 8||S W off W S W||8. Strong gales and squally, with rain ; set the fore-staysail.|
|11||S W by S|
|Midn.||Midnight. Strong gales and squally, with rain; wore ship.|
|Friday, 4 Sep 1836.|
|A.M.||A.M. Moderate and cloudy.|
|1||head from N to NE||ESE||4. Wore ship; down main-staysail.|
|6||Easterly||Day-light. Saw the high land of St. Lucia, NW by W, 15 or 16 miles ; mode rate and cloudy ; made sail to single-reefed topsail and fore-sail.|
|7||W by N|
|8||8. Point Moliciqua, N E, 4 miles; moderate, with rain.|
|9||W by N ½ N|
|10||10. Sent the top-gallant-mast up, and fidded ditto; crossed top-gallant-yards, and set top-gallant-sails; sent the studsail-boom and small sails up, and loosed them to dry; carpenter employed repairing hammock-nettings, and other defects.|
|11||ESE||11. Out first reefs of the topsail.|
|Noon||WNW||Noon. Moderate and cloudy ; Sugar-loaf Hill, St. Lucia, E 13 miles.
Observations 13° 48’ 8" N Altofela, N by W 125 miles.
|1||WNW||SE by E||PM. Moderate and fair.|
|11||E by S||Ditto.|
Source: An Attempt to Develop the Law of Storms by Means of Facts by Lt Col W. Reid.
Rio de Janeiro 12 Sep 1835 arrived from Halifax and Barbadoes.
28 Oct 1835 arrived at Jamaica.
7 Dec 1835 detained whilst attempting to escape the Champion by running ashore near the Point de Mulos, Cuba, the Spanish slave schooner Diligencia, with 210 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Havana.
2 Mar 1836 detained, when the brig attempted to run ashore near Cayo Moa, Cuba, the Spanish slave brig Ricomar, with 188 slaves on board.
17 May 1836 has been furnished with instructions under the Treaty with Spain for the suppression of the Slave Trade by the Flag Officer, North America and West Indies Station.
Halifax 21 Aug 1836 is reported to be in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
1 Dec 1836 detained in lat. 19° 43' 0" N. long. 78° 37' 0" W., off Cuba, bound with slaves from Whydah to Havana, the Portuguese slave schooner Carlota, Miguel Paulo, master, with 204 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 16 Jun 1837 sentenced to be condemned. The slaves were landed at Honduras, where the schooner, having been surveyed was considered to be unfit for sea, and was also left, with a view to being sold. I presume that this note and the following one are related, being from different sources.
Belize 8 Dec 1836 arrived with a Portuguese schooner in company with 208 slaves on board, taken off Cape Santa Cruz, Cuba.
Jamaica 27 Feb 1837 sailed for Carthagena ; ships on the station are reported to be generally healthy.
13 Jun 1840 is about to be commissioned at Plymouth. 12 Jun 1841, Commander Richard Byron, appointed to the Champion. Champion has been commissioned at Plymouth. 19 Jun 1841, Lieutenant H. G. Morris ; Surgeon Alfred Cutfield ; Master R. Knox ; Purser W. H. Freeman ; Boatswain J. Body ; and Carpenter J. Widger, appointed to the Champion: 26 Jul 1841, Gunner J Napleton, appointed to the Champion. 31 Jul 1841, Lieutenant James Dalyell appointed to the Champion 7 Aug 1841, Plymouth, fitting out, for service in the West Indies, it is said. 12 Aug 1841, Plymouth, is ordered to the coast of Africa. 2 Sep 1841, Plymouth, sailed for South America ; Jan 1848 Portsmouth, in Ordinary (reserve).
20 Dec 1848 Pacific.
Feb 1850 Pacific Coast of Central America.
30 Aug 1851 Pacific.
1860 police vessel, Portsmouth.
1861-62 late harbour police vessel, Portsmouth per Parliamentary estimates etc.