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Type: Gun vessel ;
Machinery notes: 80
1860 Tender to Narcissus, Devonport
Dec 1860 Devonport. Commissioned.
17 May 1861, departed the Cape, with the Gorgon, to look for a missing steamer with the Governor on board, and discovered the vessel relatively easily.
24 Jun 1861 detained off Quicimba Island the Portuguese slave dhow Flora de Cabaceira, which was sent for adjudication to Mixed Commission Court at Cape of Good Hope and sentenced to be restored to her Master.
31 Oct 1862, when the Gorgon arrived at Zanzibar, one of the Penguin's boats came alongside, reporting that they had been detached from the Penguin 300 miles to the north of Zanzibar, with orders to rendez-vous in 14 days, but following the loss of a whaler by swamping, and with 2 crews in the cutter, they had headed back to Zanzibar, against both the wind and current, and had been waiting at Zanzibar a month for the Penguin, and had to rely on the generosity of the Hamburgh Consul for food, and weren't best pleased at their treatment by the Penguin.
1864 Cape of Good Hope and East Indies station. Medical report : fever onboard : number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
8 Apr 1867 has been at Bombay having her boilers repaired for the last 6 months, and is now ready for sea.
20 May 1867 detained a large dhow in Lat. 14° 20' S., long. 51° 0' E., to the north of the Island of Abdul Husi, bound from Lamoo to Muscat, with 216 slaves, most of whom were children, who, with the crew, were taken on board the Penguin, the dhow not being seaworthy was burnt, and the case was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at Aden.
May 1867 arrived at Muscat at the beginning of May and was informed by the Sultan that a number of vessels had attempted to land slaves near the town and others had passed on to the northward and into the Persian Gulf. Was unable to reach Rassel-had until 10 May, which was too late to find any slaves from the East African coast as they would by that time have arrived in Persia.
30 Jun 1867 at Zanzibar.
22 Sep 1867 whilst cruizing off Cape St. Andrews, Madagascar detained an Arab dhow, Name Unknown, with 118 slaves on board, bound from Magineale to the Botler River, Madagascar. Being involved in the slave trade and unseaworthy, the negroes and crew were taken on board whilst the dhow was destroyed and the crew subsequently transferred to a trading dhow, and the case was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at Aden.
16 Nov 1867 detained in the Suidy River an Arab slave dhow, Name Unknown, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at Aden.
27 Mar 1868, detained a slave dhow, Name Unknown.