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Type: Sloop ; Armament 17
Launched : 15 Jun 1859 ; Disposal date or year : 1906
BM: 880 tons ; Displacement: 1260 tons
Machinery notes: 200 hp
9 Oct 1861 Devonport. Commissioned.
1 Jan to 23 Nov 1864 North America and West Indies Station. Report of Scarlatina onboard. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
23 Nov 1864 Paid off.
17 Dec 1866 at Ascension, Commodore G. Phipps Hornby writes to the Secretary of the Admiralty forwarding a report from Cdr. Peile, of the Espoir, dated River Congo, 12 Nov 1866, regarding the destruction of a British factory, the property of Messrs Hatton and Cookson, and a Portuguese factory, owned by Senor Corriera, by about 1,000 natives, during which the Portuguese schooner of war Napier suffered about 13 casulties, which included 5 dead and a boat's gun was captured.
23 Dec 1866 at Ascension.
28 Jan 1867 at sea, in Lat. 1° 14' S., long. 6° 55' W., when the Commodore sent his annual report to the Admiralty listing the vessels captured for slave trading and piracy etc. on the West Africa station, 2 vessels during the year ended 31 Dec 1866, one of which was restored to her owner.
12 Feb 1867 the Commodore writes a report on the slave trade during 1866 stating that it is in decline and he is only aware of one schooner escaping on 11 May with 125 slaves and 2 vessels being detained, albeit one of them being restored to her owner despite the fact that it was clearly fitted out for the slave trade. Whilst the trade may be carried on in one or two areas on a very minor scale, legal trade has increased immensely. However on the negative side of the equation 6 officers and 33 men died on the station during the year ending Sep 1866, and 133 officers and ratings were invalided to the U.K., and at the same time he notes that with the decline in the slave trade the excitement has been lost and that the service on the station is now very monotonous and boring, and perhaps one should add a good thing too !
14 Feb 1867 at Sierra Leone, when the Commodore writes his regular report of proceedings to the Secretary of the Admiralty. It may be of interest that he notes that the Report of Proceedings for the Investigator for September and October 1866, has miscarried or gone missing and he's waiting for a duplicate.
1869 Harbour Service
1879 Devonport. Will be used as a hulk for Breakwater.
1890 Devonport. Hulk for Breakwater.