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Type: Schooner ; Armament 2
Launched : 1827 ;
Disposal date or year : 1847
Jamaica 30 Jan 1828 Was on the Barbadoes station.
Nassau, New Providence 17 Jul 1828 Refitting.
19 Feb 1829 chased along the north coast of Cuba when she was driven ashore near Porto del Padre, the Spanish slave schooner Golondrina, Antonio Caravajal, master, with 1 slave on board which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Havana and on 5 Mar 1829 sentenced to be condemned.
5-6 Jun 1829 in the morning whilst off Puerto de Naranjos, on the Coast of Cuba, sighted and chased a suspicious vessel which turned out to be the Spanish slave schooner Voladora / Boladora alias Mulata, 235 tons (English), with 335 slaves on board, the chase lasting until 2300, when the slaver, not able to evade the smaller vessel, and hoping her better armament of 4 heavy guns to the Pickle's 2, her greater size, and larger crew, might prevail, and commenced an action at about 2330 which lasted until 0050 on the 6th, at close range, during which time the Voladora's masts were shot away and 8 or more of her crew probably dead, the vessel being reduced to a wreck, and surrendered, but in view of the darkness waited until daylight before boarding. She was towed into the Port of Xibarra by the Pickle, which suffered little damage, to be rigged with jury masts and to take on provisions to take the two vessels to Havana for adjudication by the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Havana and on 30 Jun 1829 sentenced to be condemned.
Amother source stated : captured the slaver, armed with two long 18's and two long 12's, and 60 men, and armed negroes. See p. 268 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
The Nautical Magazine of Nov 1834, page 649, available in Google Books, includes a first person account of the encounter, which includes the following return of killed and wounded, off Saint Domingo Key, on the N. E. coast of Cuba:
Total one killed, ten wounded (3 of whom subsequently died of their wounds).
|Mr. James Cook
|Mr. W. N. Fowell
Signed, James Cook.
Portsmouth 6 Sep 1829 By the Druid, arrived from Jamaica, the Pickle was at the Bahamas, and among the Keys suppressing piracy.
Jamaica 10 Nov 1829 Arrived from Nassau, New Providence.
18 Jun 1831 detained at Stirrups, Key, Bahamas en route from the West Coast of Africa to Matanzas, Cuba, the Portuguese slave schooner Rosa / Roza, Jozé Monteira da Fonseca, master, with 157 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and sentenced to be condemned.
21 Jun 1831 arrived at Havana, where it was discovered that the Rosa was not Spanish, as she pretended to be, but was Portuguese, and so couldn't be adjudicated at Havana.
22 Jun 1831 having watered the Pickle departed Havana with her prize for Nassau, New Providence where she was expected to arrive in 4 - 5 days.
3 July 1831 at Nassau, Bahamas, the Rosa had on board 157 negroes, (among whom were several pregnant women) all in a state of perfect nudity, and suffering from disease. The Board of Survey, in their report to the Governor, state, "That it is repugnant to every feeling of humanity, to allow so many human beings to be confined in so limited a space as the hold of this vessel, and we give it as our decided opinion, that the effect of a protracted voyage, under such circumstances, must be fatal to a large portion of them." These details were noted from a book entitled The Foreign Slave Trade, dated circa 1837.
Jamaica, Port Royal 13 May 1833 Has Sailed to Port-au-Prince.
1 Jan 1834 On the North America and West Indies Station.
Mar 1834 it is reported in the Nautical Magazine Apr 1835 that the Pickle boarded the Carlotta, but having no papers on board and no slaves, was allowed to proceed. That night the quartermaster caught a shark and on its stomach being opened were found a roll papers which must have been thrown overboard by the Carlotta, which proved that she had discharged a cargo of 293 slaves only 4 hours prior to the Pickle boarding her.
Portsmouth 21 Mar 1835 reported to have arrived Jamaica from Barbadoes 28 Jan.
Port Royal 19 Jul 1835 reported to be cruising off the coast of Cuba.
19 Jul 1835 reported to be Port Royal.
Prior to 7 Aug 1835 is reported to have sailed from Jamaica on a cruise.
27 Oct 1835 sailed from Kingston, Jamaica, for Chagres.
17 May 1836 has been furnished with instructions under the Treaty with Spain for the suppression of the Slave Trade by the Flag Officer, North America and West Indies Station.
1 Mar 1837 at Chagres ; ships on the station are reported to be generally healthy
26 Jun 1837 at Port Royal, Jamaica.
19 Jul 1837 reported to be off Cape Ontario cruising for slavers and pirates.
18 Dec 1838 detained off St. Jago de Cuba, having landed her cargo of slaves was taken to Jamaica, the Portuguese slave brigantine Nossa Senhora da Victoria / aka N. S. da Victoria, J. A Oliveiros, Captain of the Portuguese flag, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 19 Oct 1839 sentenced to be condemned. 21 Nov 1843 Prize money arising due for payment.
28 Dec 1838 Jamaica for Nassau.
9 Apr 1839 departed Jamaica for Bermuda.
4 Jun 1839 chased the Spanish slave schooner Sierra del Pilas, which was run ashore off the Isle of Pines, and her cargo of 173 slaves put on board the Pickle and taken to Havana, where they were transferred to the Romney, British slave receiving ship, pending the sentence of the Mixed Court, which condemned the Sierra del Pilas on 21 Jun 1839, and emancipated the slaves, who were then sent to Granada. To lighten the vessel in the chase it was reported that many of the slaves were thrown overboard, with some being picked up by the Pickle, but the greater part perished.
31 May 1840 sailed from Jamaica on a cruise.
5 Jul 1840 attempted to detain the Spanish slave brigantine Yberia, late Arrogante, late Urraca, as she departed Havana by firing 3 shots well wide of the mark, but this having no effect fired a further 3 shots with more effect, but the brigantine went aground on the shoal at Rincorn and was wrecked. Lt. Holland subsequently made a claim for tonnage bounty, but I don't know if it was ever approved. It is noted that this vessel was previously condemned at Sierra Leone after having been detained by the Cdr. Milne in the Snake in 1837, with 400 slaves on board, when she was known as the Portuguese vessel Arrogante.
27 Aug 1840 arrived Havana asking for further information regarding the Yberia from the British Commissioners and departed the following day for Jamaica.
18 Apr 1841 arrived at Kingston, Jamaica.
Early 1846 West Indies and North America Station