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Type: 1st class sloop ; Armament 6
Launched : 6 Apr 1841 ; Disposal date or year : 1866
BM: 1055 tons ; Displacement: 1379 tons
Machinery notes: 280
29 May 1840 is ordered to he laid down in HM dockyard Pembroke 6 May 1841, Woolwich, The Driver arrived with the Geyser, recently launched at Pembroke Dockyard, to have her engines fitted by Messrs. Seaward and Co, at Limehouse. 23 Oct 1841, is at Limehouse, having her engines fitted, and is expected to leave shortly for Sheerness to carry out her trials. 25 Oct 1841, carried out trials down the River. 29 Oct 1841, Woolwich, in harbour. 31 Oct 1841, left Woolwich for Sheerness, to be coppered and made ready for sea. She took with her Royal Marines for the Alfred. 8 Dec 1841, was commissioned at Sheerness. 9 Feb 1842, Chatham, permission has been granted for the vessel's pinnace to be fitted with a screw, powered by a 5 or 6 horse power engine produced by the Disc Company. 1846 The Levant
20 Dec 1848 Cape of Good Hope
16 Feb 1850 The Geyser saves survivors of the barque Childe Harold, wrecked on Dassen's Island with the loss of Captain Byres, 12 Feb, and transports them to Cape Town, the Childe Harold having only left that port on about 11 Feb.
10 Feb 1851 At Rio de Janeiro
11 Feb 1851 detained in Lat. 23° 21' S. Long. 44° 0' W., off the Island of Marambaia, the slave brig Mangano, Manoel Gomes d'Oliveira Magano, master, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at St. Helena, and on 5 Jun 1851 sentenced to be restored to her master without costs.
6 Apr 1851 writes a report describing the state of the slave trade at various estates and locations on the coast of Brazil between Santos and Marambaia, including Albroa Bay ; Dois Rios ; Sombrio ; Perrequé ; Bahia de Sono ; Larangeiras ; Cairacus (Martin da Sa) ; Casatiba Bay.
23 May 1851 joined the Cormorant off Guarapari, who had been sent to cruise this part of the coast before returning to Rio de Janeiro to coal.
9 Sep 1851 at Itabapoama, on the coast of Brazil : carrying out an anti-slavery cruise in the region of Benevente and Piumé.
29 Jan 1856 Mid WN Tufnell apptd ; for service in the Black Sea.
24 Feb 1856 Arrived in the Mersey with stores and provisions for the Resolute.
23 Apr 1856, Present at Fleet Review, Spithead ; Commander Tower
24 Jul 1857 is reported by the Flag Officer's ship Castor at Simon's Town to be about to depart for a cruise to the East Coast of Africa, which in recent years has usually lasted about 9 months.
26 Jul 1857 also instructed to call at East London with passengers and forage, this being a period when the Dutch Boer residents and the Kaffirs were causing trouble ashore along the SE coast of Africa, diverting resources away from the fight against the slave trade on this station. Was then to proceed to Delagoa Bay and Quillimane to intercept supposed French vessels on the look out for "emigrants," as mentioned by the Hermes to the Flag Officer at Simon's Town.
23 Jun 1860 Devonport. Commissioned for Service on the Home Station as a Storeship.
1864 Home Station. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.