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Type: Brig ; Armament 12
Launched : 20 Apr 1844 ; Disposal date or year : 21 Dec 1848
Disposal Details : Wrecked in the Adriatic ; Com. John Jervis Palmer
BM: 428 tons
26 Apr 1845 captured the Brazilian slave barque Princeza, off Quillimane, on the east coast of Africa, but was released on the 9th August, there being no court at Sierra Leone competent to take cognizance of the case, the relevant Treaties having been allowed to lapse and the new Treaties yet to be ratified. 30 Oct 1846: £36 11s. 3d. paid by the Crown to or on behalf of captors, in satisfaction of expenses etc., arising from the seizure of a vessel alleged to be engaged in the Slave Trade.
2 May 1845 detained a slave dhow, Name Unknown, which case was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and on 25 Jun 1845 sentenced to be condemned.
Circa 18 May 1845 the ship's boats chased an Arabian Pangia, with 390 slaves on board, which were eventually landed and abandoned by their captors, and were subsequently taken to the capital of Mozambique and emancipated by the Portuguese authorities.
2 Aug 1845 departed Simon's Town for a tour of duty in the Mozambique Channel and on the East Coast of Africa.
15 Oct 1845 in lat. 17° 20' S. long. 37° 58' E., going up a small river in the vicinity of Point William, in the ship's pinnace and jolly-boat, met with a local chief and through an interpreter discussed the problems being experienced by the natives with Arab slaved traders and went ashore with a landing party and were shown a large dhow on shore, which had been deserted and appeared to have no papers. Being convinced she was being used in the slave trade she was measured at about 84 tons and, then, not having the manpower to put her back in the water, set the vessel on fire, with her associated hut, and burned them to the ground. The chief being much pleased with the result advised that another dhow could be found about some 40 miles distant. With guides provided the party sailed for some 9 hours and eventually came across another dhow, but somewhat larger, at about 151 tons, which had also been pulled ashore and was well screened. As in the previous case the Arabs appeared to have deserted the vessel, but whilst in the process of examining the vessel and associated hut, a fire of musketry was received from the bushes. However, despite the continued fire, the vessel, which showed the usual signs of having recently been occupied by slaves, along with the hut being used to store provisions, such as 200 bags of dohll, etc., were destroyed by fire, without any casualties being suffered. The cases were sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, where, on 20 Jan 1846, they were condemned.
10 Nov 1845 following a long and difficult chase, of about 4 hours, during which time it was necessary to maintain a constant fire on the Brazilian slave barque Diana, en route from the Brazils to Pomba, Vincente Magdalena, master, 287 tons, of Rio de Janeiro, was detained in lat. 13° 10' S. long. 41° 45' E. Being fitted out for the slave trade she was sent to the Vice-Admiralty Court, at the Cape of Good Hope, for adjudication ; arrived at the Cape on 26 Dec., and was condemned on 14 Jan 1845.
At some time between 1 Oct and 15 Nov 1845 in lat. 18° 15' S. long. 41° 40' E. boarded the Dutch ship rigged vessel Prins Hendrich, Ide Fieifer, Master, of Amsterdam, with a general cargo, following a long chase, during which time the vessel altered her course repeatedly, and the subsequent account she gave of herself was "exceedingly unsatisfactory."
18 Nov 1845 whilst anchored in Pomba Bay a slave dhow, Name Unknown, was discovered in a nearby creek, and was later dragged up into the mangrove bushes by her crew, who subsequently destroyed her, whilst the Mutine waited for a spring tide to float the vessel off and detain her. The case was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and on 13 May 1846 sentenced to be condemned.
25 Nov 1845 in Pomba Bay, on the East Coast of Africa, discovered a small slave vessel hidden in a creed in the bay, with associated slave barracoons in the vicinity, containing several hundred slaves. The situation was discussed with the Portuguese authorities, the Captain of the HMFM Villa Flor, who sent in 28 in the ship's boats to bring out the slave vessel, however, since she was aground, this was not possible, but she was completely destroyed by fire, despite the fact that they were exposed to the concentrated fire of some 400 Arabs, which killed one seaman and wounded a marine.
On the following morning Captain Pedro Valente da Costa L. Pinho, in command of the Villa Flor, now being fully aware of the force against which they were pitted, accepted the Mutine's earlier offer of assistance, and a force of some 40 men from the Mutine, with those from the Villa Flor, prepared to attack the town and the Barracoons, the fire-power of the 2 vessels, both having moved up to 2 cable lengths off the town, soon drove the Arabs from their positions, enabling the destruction of the town and barracoons by men from the ships' boats.
5 Jan 1846 burnt in lat. 16° S. long. 45° E., in Boyanna Bay, a slave dhow, Name Unknown, her crew having made their escape ashore, it not being possible to get her off the beach ; the case being sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope where on 13 May 1846 the dhow was sentenced to be condemned.
21 Jan 1846 detained by the ship's boats, following a 2 hour chase, in lat. 11° 20' S. long. 40° 28' E., the slave pangaio Pomba, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and on 9 Apr 1846 sentenced to be condemned.
26 Jan 1846 off Ibo.
6 Feb 1846 sighted off Pomba Bay, and subsequently detained after a long chase in lat. 13° 30' S. long. 41° 25' E., the Brazilian slave ship Amelia, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and on 13 May 1846 sentenced to be condemned.
21 Jan 1846 Captured Arab Boat, Name Unknown. 30 Nov 1848 Tonnage Bounty, and proceeds from sale of Ivory and Dollars, due for payment.
9 Jan 1846-47 paid £30 5s. 6d. expenses of adjudication of a slaver dhow, Name Unknown, at the Cape of Good Hope.
28 January 1847-48 paid £18 18s. 0d. in respect of expenses incurred beyond the proceeds in the case of the dhow, Name Unknown, at the Cape of Good Hope.
28 January 1847-48 paid £18 18s. 0d. in respect of expenses incurred beyond the proceeds in the case of another vessel, Name Unknown, at the Cape of Good Hope.
Summer, 1848 at Beyrout.
20 Dec 1848 Mediterranean.
21 Dec 1848 My copy of the Navy List for 20 Dec 1848 has a hand written note to the effect that she capsized at " IP 275 " ? whilst on detachment.