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Type: Survey Ship ; late Sloop ; Armament 20
Launched : 23 Dec 1813 ; Disposal date or year : 1848
BM: 457 tons
27 Oct 1814 commissioned at Sheerness.
16 Jan 1815 Wm Marks advanced from AB to Gunner.
29 Jan 1815 came down from the river, through the Downs, bound to the westward.
Jan - Nov 1815 Marshall reports that whilst under the command of Captain Bluett she was employed on the coast of la Vendee, during Boanaparte's final attempt to continue the campaign.
27 Feb 1815 muster book signed by Purser G Nicholls.
7 Sep 1815 arrived Portsmouth from Cork.
26 Nov 1819 arrived Madeira prior to sailing for England.
21 Dec 1819 arrived Spithead from a survey of the Western islands, and coast of Africa.
23 Dec 1819 departed Spithead for Woolwich.
3 Jan 1820 arrived Woolwich from a survey of the coast of Africa and the Canary Islands, and is expected to be repaired and fitted for further foreign service.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and employed on voyages of discovery and survey duties.
29 Jan 1822 arrived Spithead from Woolwich with the Barracouta, fitted for surveying on the Coast of Africa, and will shortly be paid wages etc., prior to sailing.
4 Feb 1822 departed Spithead with the Barracouta to survey the S.E. Coast of Africa.
9 Feb 1822 a new type of chain pump has been fitted, per a plan of Lt. E. Edwards, which can apply the power of the capstan to the action of pumping, which allows a continue motion of the chains, which isn't usually possible using manpower, who usually find 10 minutes a maximum. For more info see the Hampshire Telegraph of 18 Feb 1822.
13 Feb 1822 departed Plymouth for Lisbon.
23 Feb 1822 arrived Lisbon with the Barracouta.
5 Mar 1822 due to depart Lisbon for Madeira, Teneriffe, Rio and the Cape.
In August, 1821, Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen commissioned the Leven, 24, for the survey of the coasts of Africa. He had previously seen much service in the East Indies, and had been a prisoner at Mauritius for two years. The Leven had a tender called the Barracouta, commanded by Commander William Cutfield ; and in 1822 these two vessels executed a survey of Table Bay. Captain Owen and his officers and men were entering upon most arduous work in a deadly climate, far more dangerous to life and health than service in the Arctic regions. Departing to Delagoa Bay, the men, serving up the rivers in open boats, died in great numbers. The ships were decimated ; and among the victims was Cutfield, who was succeeded by Commander Alexander Thomas Emeric Vidal, with Lieutenant Thomas Boteler as his assistant. The work was resolutely continued along the Mozambique coast, in 1823, by Sofala and Quillimane to Zanzibar and Mombasa, and was followed by the survey of the Seychelles, and Tamatave. As giving an idea of the desperate character of this service, more desperate than a hard-fought campaign, it is recorded that two-thirds of the officers of those surveying vessels fell victims, and that half the men died in seven months.
In November, 1825, Captain W. F. Owen began the survey of the west coast of Africa at Walfisch Bay, gradually working up to Sierra Leone and the Gambia. He returned home after a service of five years, having traced thirty thousand miles of coast, and prepared eighty-three charts and plans. When it is considered that no chartroom was supplied on board the Leven, and that she laboured under other avoidable disadvantages, the amount of work done by her officers in such a climate must be regarded as prodigious. Boteler died of fever on the coast in 1829, being then Commander of the Hecla, surveying vessel. Vidal also continued to work on the west coast after the return of the Leven ; and he later surveyed the Azores on board the Styx from 1841 to 1845. The Royal Navy A History from the earliest times to the present Vol VI.
26 Mar 1825 Is expected to call Cape Of Good Hope in the near future on her way home from the Madagascar and the Sychelles.
16 Jun 1825 Has detained and sent in to Port Louis, Mauritius, the Soleil, flying Spanish colours, with 160 slaves on board, discovered in St. Augustin Bay, Madagascar.
23 Jul 1825 had arrived at Port Louis, Mauritius, from Madagascar, where Captain Owen wrote to J. W. Croker at the Admiralty regarding his seizure of the slave vessel Soleil, and the fact that the Portuguese Governor at Madagascar had issued a passport for the ship, which was French property and was engaged in the slave trade.
17 Oct 1825 had returned to the Cape of Good Hope from surveying at Madagascar and Delagoa Bay, and was refitting.
21 Oct 1825 to proceed shortly to survey the coast of Africa when a survey of has been completed here. Her tenders are reported to be the schooner Albatross and brig Barracouta.
11 Nov 1825 Table Bay.
28 Jan 1826 at Sierra Leone.
5 Apr 1826 Sierra Leone, is reported to have completed a survey of the 6 islands making up the Isles de Los, 70 miles south of here, and to have inspected the coast line from the Cape of Good Hope to her, looking for anchorages etc.
1827 Harbour Service.
1830 Convict Hulk, Chatham.
Feb 1842 receiving ship, Limehouse.