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Type: Brigantine ; Armament 6
Launched : 1831 ; Disposal date or year : 1845
1830 Chatham - building
20 Oct 1832 sailed for South America.
Rio Janeiro 21 Jan 1833 operating to and from and on the South America and the West Indies as a packet. Arrived from Buenos Ayres.
Buenos Ayres 23 Jun 1833 Arrived from Rio Janeiro.
Rio Janeiro 8 Aug 1833 Refitting.
1 Jan 1834 on the South America Station.
Buenos Ayres 11 Dec 1833 Arrived.
8 Jan 1836 detained, on the Admiral's instructions, the slave sumaca Vencedora, which had just landed her "cargo of slaves," and was taken into Rio de Janeiro. Circa 1847 the British government published details of the amounts paid in satisfaction or indemnification of expenses or damages arising from the prosecution or seizure of vessels alleged to be engaged in the Slave Trade and £81 5s. 0d. was paid in respect of the Hornet's arrest of the Vencedora.
March 8, 1836 The Admiralty wrote to the Foreign Office. Admiralty. Sir, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit to you, for the information of Viscount Palmerston, a Copy of a Letter from Rear-Admiral Sir Graham Hamond, reporting the detention of a slave-vessel called the Vencedora, otherwise the Cambuiha, by the Hornet packet, on the 8th of January last, in the neighbourhood of Rio Janeiro. I am, &c. John Backhouse, Esq. JOHN BARROW. 36. :
Letter from Rear-Admiral Sir Graham Hamond:
I Have to acquaint you, for their Lordship's information, that having learned, on the 7th instant, a suspicious vessel was hovering upon the Coast, I sent out the Hornet branch packet, which had arrived on the 2nd from the River Plate; and on the evening of the 8th she found at anchor, upon the Marini Islands, a little to the northward of this port, a Sumaca, called the Vencedora, completely fitted as a Slave-trader, which had evidently just landed her cargo of slaves. She was brought into this port, and the Papers found in her have been laid, with Lieutenant Coughlan's Report, before the Mixed Commission.
This vessel is Brazilian built, was in June last under Brazilian colours, with the name of Cambuiha, and sailed from Rio Janeiro for Loando on the 12th July, under the Portuguese flag, having changed her name to Vencedora, after one of the usual mock transfers. She has none of the regular Documents which a Portuguese vessel ought to have.
On this subject I beg to call their Lordships' attention to the following circumstances.
It is the general impression here that the Treaty with Portugal still permits the traffic in slaves south of the Line; and, under this impression, vessels are fitted out here, and sail almost daily from this port under the Portuguese flag for that traffic.
It does not appear that the Portuguese Treaty authorizes the condamnation of vessels fitted for the trade which have not actually negroes on board; and this Government recognises the loose and irregular transfers of Brazilian vessels to the flag of Portugal with the utmost unconcern; all that is required being the payment of certain fees.
In the newspaper of this day no fewer than 4 transfers of this sort are announced: 3 from the Brazilian, and 1 from the United States' flag, with changes of names, &c.; and each of these vessels is intended, no doubt, for the African Slave Trade, being of the particular class employed for that traffic.
These are notorious facts; and I beg to impress on their Lordships my firm conviction, that it will be impossible to prevent the Slave Trade being carried on upon this Coast, under cover of some flag or other, unless some much stronger mode of repression is adopted than at present existing. I am, &c. C. Wood, Esq. Graham E. Hamond.
17 Apr 1836 is reported to be carrying mail between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Ayres.
8 May 1836 reported to be at Rio de Janeiro.
20 Apr 1839 Jamaica sailed for Chagres. 24 Jun 1840 arrived Jamaica, from Chagres with 17,000 dollars on board. 29 Jul 1840 Jamaica left for Chagres; 5 Aug 1841 sailed from Barbadoes for Chagres.