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Type: Schooner ; Armament 5
Purchased : 1826 ; Disposal date or year : 3 Nov 1834
Disposal Details : Wrecked on Quay Verde, in the Bahama Channel, Lieut. Charles Bolton
Jamaica 30 Jan 1828 Cruising off the north cost of Cuba for the suppression of the slave trade.
Nassau, New Providence 17 Jul 1828 Refitting.
Portsmouth 6 Sep 1829 By the Druid, arrived from Jamaica, the Nimble was at the Bahamas, and among the Keys suppressing piracy.
16 Nov 1829 detained in lat. 23° 50' N., long. 77° 30' W., near the Berry Islands, bound from the River Pongo to Cuba, the Spanish slave schooner Gallito, Francisco Garcia, master, with 144 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Havana, and on 26 Nov 1829 sentenced to be forfeited. see also p. 273 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
1830 Jamaica Station
13 Jul 1832 detained in lat. 21° 15' N. long. 83° 5' W., off the Isle of Pines, Cuba, whilst en route from Loando, the Portuguese slave vessel Hebe, Domingo Jozéd'Almeida, master, with 401 slaves on board, were landed as Nassau and the case taken to Sierra Leone where the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, on 25 Oct 1832, sentenced the vessel to be condemned and the surviving slaves to be emancipated.
At sea 21 Oct 1832 Bound from Bermuda to Halifax, was spoke with 30 miles S,W, of Cape Sable.
Bermuda 13 Nov 1832 Arrived and is now refitting.
10 Dec 1832 at Bermuda.
29 Mar 1833 detained the slave vessel Negrita, with 195 slaves on board. 7 May 1835 the proceeds arising due to be paid.
Jamaica 26 May 1833 Arrived from a cruise.
Off Barbadoes 18 May 1833 Captured a slave ship and sailed with it to Trinidad.
10 Nov 1833 Lieutenant Charles Bolton, appointed in command on the West Indies station, captured six vessels with 1902 slaves on board. One of his toughest opponents was the Spanish slave schooner Joaquina, with 327 slaves on board, which did not surrender until she had had her master and 2 men killed, and was in a sinking condition, off the Isle of Pines, whilst en route from the River Bonny to Havana, when she was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Havana, and on 21 Nov 1833 sentenced to be condemned. See also p. 273 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
7 May 1835 proceeds arising due to be paid.
Extract of a Letter from Capt. Bolton, dated, His Britannic Majesty's schooner Nimble, Havanna, 16th November, 1833.
I beg to acquaint you, that I arrived this day, at this port, in his Britannic Majesty's schooner, Nimble, with the Spanish slave-schooner, 'Joaquina,' captured on the morning of the 10th inst. off the Isle of Pines. At daylight on the 10th inst. a sail was discovered about 9 or 10 miles to leeward, standing in for land. All sail was immediately made in chase, and having greatly the superiority of sailing, I soon made her out to be a large schooner, which we were closing very fast. When within three or four miles the stranger, perceiving there was no chance of escaping by sailing, wore round, shortened sail, and hove-to to receive us ; being then seven or eight miles from the south-west point of the Isle of Pines. I soon afterwards took in studding-sails and square sail, and prepared for action, still bearing down upon him ; he then hoisted Spanish colours and fired a blank gun, when I hoisted our colours, and as soon as we were within musket-shot (to ascertain positively what he was) I ordered two muskets to be fired over him, which he returned by a well-directed shot from a long 12-pounder.
I immediately opened fire upon him, closing as quickly as possible. The wind now becoming very light, he continued receiving and returning our fire until within half pistol-shot, when, having received two 8-pound shot between wind and water, several through his upper works and sails, his mainmast cut nearly through, and rigging much damaged, the captain desperately wounded (since dead), he struck his colours, and cried for quarter. His defence was most obstinate and desperate, continued nearly an hour, and he fought worthy of a better cause.
3 Dec 1833 the slave schooner Amistad Habanera was burnt by own crew on the Isle of Pines.
4 Dec 1833 discovered a slave schooner, Name Unknown, fitted out for the slave trade, burnt out on the coast of the Isle of Pines.
7 Dec 1833 detained off the Isle of Pines the slave schooner Manuelita, Jozé de Cano y Garay, master, with 485 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Havana, and on 17 Dec 1833 sentenced to be condemned. 7 May 1835 proceeds arising due to be paid.
Barbadoes 5 Feb 1834 is reported to be at Port Royal.
18 Aug 1834 detained off Cape Maize, Cuba, the slave schooner Felicidad, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and sentenced to be condemned.
Halifax 29 Sep 1834 Refitting in the harbour.
30 Oct 1834 detained the slave vessel Carlotto. Ł20 15s. 5d. 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.
3 Nov 1834 lost on Key Verde, the Bahama Channel, along with 70 slaves. The crew and 200 slaves were rescued.
17 Nov 1834 the survivors arrived Havannah.