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Type: Gun brig ; Armament 12
Launched : 1813 ; Disposal date or year : 1833
BM: 181 tons
Deal 22 Aug 1815 Sailed to Sheerness, to be paid off.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based on Cork.
Portsmouth 25 Nov 1826 In the harbour.
6 Jan 1827 Based at Oporto.
18 Oct 1827 John Barrow, Admiralty Office, wrote to Lieut. Medley, commanding HM Gun-Brig Plumper, transmitting for information and guidance, a Copy of an Act, 5 Geo. IV. c. 113, intituled, "An Act to amend and consolidate the Laws relating to the Abolition of the Slave-trade," with reference to the Treaties which have been entered into with Spain, Portugal, and The Netherlands, for the prevention of an illicit traffick in Slaves, and of which Copies are contained in the said Act; I am also to enclose to you 3 Instructions, signed by His Royal Highness, authorizing you, in conformity with the Treaties, to search Vessels bearing those Flags; in doing which, as well as in the whole of your conduct towards such Vessels, you are to be strictly governed by the said Treaties, and the Instructions attached to them. I am, &c. John Barrow.
Lisbon 20 Nov 1827 Put in to repair damage received in the gale whilst en route for the coast of Africa.
14 Mar 1828 off Prince's Island, Coast of West Africa, and is shortly to take Governor Lumley to Sierra Leone. The condition of the Plumper is said to be very rotten.
Sierra Leone 17 May 1828 Refitting.
17 Oct 1828 detained the Brazilian slave sloop Minerva de Conceicao, in or about lat. 1° 36' N. long. 2° 26' E., with 105 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 19 Dec 1828 sentenced to be condemned. 17 Jun 1831 the proceeds arising due for payment.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1829 the Gun brig Plumper, 12 guns, Complement: 50, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 3 Deaths.
Falmouth 19 Jan 1829 arrived from Sierra Leone with the crew of the slave vessel Presidenta, captured by the Black Joke.
6 Aug 1829 detained the Brazilian slave schooner Ceres, Joao Baptista Bregara, master, at lat. 1° 30' N. 9° 16' E, ; bound from River Cameroons to Rio de Janeiro, 279 negroes being on board when the vessel was taken, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 22 Sep 1829 sentenced to be condemned. 100 Negroes died during the passage to Sierra Leone, and 50 following the vessel's arrival, during the court process, leaving only 128 to be registered as emancipated.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1830 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 2 Deaths.
12 May 1830 detained the Spanish slave schooner Loreto, alias Corunera, Jozé Garcia Basurto, master, with 186 negroes on board, in lat. 5° 24' N., long. 10° 8' E., whilst en route from Little Bassa to Havana, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 27 May 1830 sentenced to be condemned.
9 Oct 1830 has departed Sierra Leone to cruise amongst the rivers to the north with a view to attempting to disrupt the slave trade, which, from intelligence received, is reported to be thriving in that region.
7 Nov 1830 detained in the Rio Pongos the Portuguese slave schooner Maria, formerly La Felis, Carlos Magnus Bergstrand, master, with 35 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 25 Nov 1830 sentenced to be condemned.
29 Nov 1830 50 miles from Sierra Leone and sighted the Dryad, which had just arrived on station. Inspected a French vessel loaded with slaves, but was unable, at this date, to detain her as she was flying the French flag. Her Commanding Officer reports that a few week previously he was in search of slave vessels up the River Pongos and that 38 of his crew were taken to hospital at Sierra Leone, 14 of whom have since died.
Sierra Leone 7 Dec 1830 remained on the departure of the Primrose for England. [would appear to update the previous item] Is reported to have been up the Melacouree, which has brought about a lot of sickness, having lost 27 of 38 men taken to hospital, and the survivors, having been treated with mercury, will probably never fully recover and are being sent home to England at the first opportunity.
26 Dec 1830 detained in lat. 5° 26' N. long. 11° 25' 0" W., in the River Gallinas ; bound from River Gallinas to Havana, the Spanish slave brigantine Maria, Jozé Rodriguez, master, of 180 tons, with 505 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 19 Jan 1831 sentenced to be condemned.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1831 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death, and in the absence of other information I assume the cause of death was from disease etc.
18 Feb 1831 arrived from the river Nunez where a Spanish slave vessel was reported to be loading her cargo, but she was flying French colours by the time the Plumper arrived and couldn't be touched.
Fernando Po 11 Sep 1831 Refitting. Lt Sullivan, her new commanding officer died soon after arriving on station.
Sierra Leone 6 Oct 1831 Is ordered to sail to the Gambia.
Oct 1831 at Fernando Po, a lieutenant, Mr. Sullivan, due to join the Plumper, has died from fever.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1832 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death by Accident.
Gambia 31 May 1832 remained when the Dryad sailed, awaiting the arrival of the Favourite, when she was expected to sail for Sierra Leone to pick up the crew of the Conflict and return to England.
Portsmouth 13 Jul 1833 To be sold out of the service.
30 Aug 1835 offered for sale at Portsmouth by Dutch auction at £500, but taken in at £460.