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Type: 1st class sloop ; Armament 6
Launched : 20 Jul 1841 ; Disposal date or year : 1854
BM: 1054 tons ; Displacement: 1379 tons
Machinery notes: 280
29 May 1840 is ordered to he laid down. 21 Nov 1840 is building at Pembroke and is ordered round to Chatham immediately after launching, and is expected about March next. The stores and fittings are being prepared. 20 Jul 1841 was launched at Chatham. Her dimensions are reported to be the same as the Devastation.. 5 Aug 1841 Woolwich, the African sailed for Chatham to tow the Growler to the City Canal to have her engines fitted by Messrs. Seaward and Co. 11 Dec 1841 Woolwich, Growler, has been commissioned by Commander Claude H. M. Buckle at Limehouse, where her machinery is being fitted by Messrs. Seaward and Co. 17 Dec 1841 Limehouse, the following officers have been appointed:- Lieutenant N. L. Sanders ; Master J. Tucker, ; Purser J. Milner ; Acting Gunner J. Rose ; Acting Boatswain J. Gouldsworthy ; Acting Carpenter J. Tucker. 14 Jun 1844 at Rio de Janeiro.
21 Jul 1844 detained in Lat. 0° 50' S. Long. 13° 30' W., en route to Havana the Spanish slave vessel Veterano, S. Sabate, master, with 340 slaves on board which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 2 Aug 1844 sentenced to be condemned.
23 Sep 1844 is reported to have been transferred from the Brazilian to the West African station. An attempt by the ship's pinnace, at Gallinas, on the African coast, to capture a felucca, probably the Huracan, Jaime Guardiola, master, but the vessel proved too well prepared, and killed 2 men and wounding 3 as they attempted to board : the Huracan was eventually detained on the 24 Feb 1845 at Popoe by the Hydra, Commander Young - see p. 364 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow 23 Sep 1844 detained in Lat. 7° 3' N., Long. 11° 45' W., off the Gallinas the Spanish slave schooner Concepcion, alias Concha or Conchita, P. Soler, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone and on 03 Oct 1844 sentenced to be condemned.
4 Nov 1844 detained in Lat. 7° 5' N. Long. 12° 46' W. the Spanish slave vessel Enganador, 44 tons, with 518 slaves on board, condemned on 27 Nov 1844 in the Mixed British and Spanish Court at Sierra Leone.
11 Jan 1845 detained off the Sherbro the Spanish slave brigantine San Antonio, alias El Cayman, 88 tons, master and owner Pedro Antonio Gaza, condemned on 8 Feb 1845 in the Mixed British and Spanish Court at Sierra Leone.
15 Jul 1845-46 paid to the officers and crew £47 12s. 0d. being the amount of expenses for prosecuting the Spanish schooner Enganador, at Sierra Leone.
Sep 1845 is reported to have returned from the Coast of West Africa to England.
20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth.
30 Aug 1851 Mediterranean.
Jan 1854 Portsmouth. Completed breaking up, per Parliamentary estimates etc. 1861-62.