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Primrose, 1810
Type: Sloop ; Armament 18
Launched : 1810 ; Disposal date or year : 1832

21 Jul 1810 with the homeward-bound Baltic convoy, of about 200 sail, off Rob's Snout, under the protection of the Lynx, Clio, Snake, Rosario, Gluckstadt, and Centinel?, with the Tartar, Rose, and Primrose following at some distance astern, [presumably with a view to preventing enemy gun boats sneaking up from astern, and picking off the slower vessels in the convoy.]

Portsmouth 30 Jan 1811 Sailed.

Plymouth 3 Feb 1811 Arrived from Portsmouth.

Portsmouth 21 Apr 1811 Arrived with a convoy from Lisbon.

Portsmouth 7 May 1811 Appointed to convoy for Newfoundland and Quebec.

Portsmouth 15 May 1811 Sailed with a convoy for Quebec.

Quebec 14 Jul 1811 Sailed with timber ships under convoy for England.

Plymouth 21 Aug 1811 Arrived the brigs Mary and Hope, departed convoy.

Portsmouth 24 Aug 1811 Arrived with convoy from Quebec.

Portsmouth 18 Sep 1811 Sailed on a cruise.

Deal 21 Sep 1811 Arrived from Portsmouth, after being on the Goodwin sands this morning ; the weather being moderate she floated off at the flood with little or no damage.

Deal 23 Sep 1811 Sailed to join the fleet off Flushing.

Yarmouth 18 Oct 1812 Remains.

Yarmouth 17 Oct 1812 Arrived from the Texel.

Yarmouth 27 Oct 1812 Sailed with live bullocks for the fleet.

Portsmouth 5 Jun 1813 Arrived with convoy for the Downs.

Portsmouth 27 Jun 1813 Appointed to the North American convoy.

Portsmouth 11 Jul 1813 Sailed this morning with a convoy bound to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Halifax, and Quebec ; but are now working into St. Helen's again.

Portsmouth 12 Jul 1813 Have sailed with the outward-bound convoy for Newfoundland and Quebec, &c.

Portsmouth 14 Jul 1813 put into Portland Roads with a large fleet under convoy for British America, which sailed the following day.

Falmouth 22 Jul 1813 Arrived with the outward-bound Newfoundland and Halifax convoy, put in by contrary winds.

The Acadian Recorder reports that Albion departed Falmouth 9 Aug 1813, in company with the Talbot, Primrose, and Mutine, and convoy for N. America, who were seen on the Banks on 15 Sep., and all well.

Portsmouth 23 Nov 1813 Arrived from Quebec with the remains of her convoy, the rest becoming scattered in a fog off the banks of Newfoundland.

Torbay 16 Dec 1813 Arrived with a convoy of transports from Portsmouth, bound to the North coast of Spain.

Torbay 26 Dec 1813 Sailed with a convoy of transports for the North coast of Spain. We yesterday mentioned the unfortunate action which took place through mistake, near Lisbon, between the Duke of Montrose packet and the Primrose sloop of war. The circumstances attending this action require investigation.

12 Mar 1814 Primrose discovered a strange vessel in lat. 43 16' N., lon. 10 56' W., and sailed in chase. Due to poor signalling etc. it wasn't realised until a number of shots had been fired and casualties incurred that the vessel was the British brig-packet Duke-of-Marlborough.

Plymouth 2 Apr 1814 Came in from Lisbon.

25 Aug 1814 captured a U.S. privateer, the 13 gun schooner Pike, with 85 men.

Portsmouth 15 Nov 1815 Arrived from Shields.

Portsmouth 8 Feb 1817 In harbour.

Plymouth 22 Mar 1817 Is expected to sail for Jamaica in the next few days.

Havannah 14 Jun 1818 Is reported to have sailed for Jamaica.

Port Royal, Jamaica circa 1 Oct 1818 Is reported to have sailed for Honduras, and thence to England.

Jamaica 27 Dec 1824 Is reported to have captured a French brig with 460 slaves, off Sierra Leone.

6 Sep 1826 at Para, the C.O., Captain Octavius Vernon, writes to H. E. the President of Para, regarding his detention of the Spanish vessel Pedro Primeiro, as requested, about which there appears to have been some misunderstanding. See Parliamentary papers for 1827.

6 Jan 1827 employed in the West Indies.

Vera Cruz 8 May 1827 Sailed for Tampico and England.

Tampico 12 May 1827 Sailed for Havannah.

Havannah 27 May 1827 Sailed for New York.

New York 28 Jun 1827 Sailed for Tampico.

Portsmouth 21 Jul 1827 Arrived from Vera Cruz with specie and cochineal.

29 Oct 1827 John Barrow, Admiralty Office, wrote to Lieut. Griffinhoofe, commanding HM Sloop Primrose, 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.

Sierra Leone 17 May 1828 Refitting.

28 Jul 1828 detained the Brazilian slave schooner Nova Virgem, with 354 negroes, in lat. 5 50' N., which was condemned by the British and Brazilian Mixed Commission at Sierra Leone on 18 Sep 1828, and the surviving 320 surviving negroes were emancipated.

14 Sep 1828 detained the Brazilian slave schooner Zepherina, with 218 negroes on board, in or about lat. 5 50' N. long. 3 37' E. On 9 Dec 1828 she was condemned by the British and Brazilian Mixed Commission at Sierra Leone.

Circa Dec 1828 is reported to be off the Gallinas.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1829 the Sloop Primrose, 18 guns, Complement: 125, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death, for which no reason is given.

15 Jan 1829 Detained the Portuguese slave Brig Vingador, at lat. 12 17' N. 16 54' W. ; bound from Town of Cacheo off the River Cacheo to St Jago. 223 slaves were on board when the vessel was captured, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 3 Mar 1829 sentenced to be condemned ; and 115 men, 51 women 54 children, were subsequently emancipated.

15 Jan 1829 detained the Portuguese slave Galliot Aurelia, at lat. 12 17' N. 16 54' W. ; bound from the Town of Cacheo off the River Cacheo to Brazil, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 3 Mar 1829 sentenced to be condemned, with 13 men, 6 women, 10 children on board when the vessel was captured being emancipated.

Sierra Leone 2 Mar 1829 Was refitting following a long and busy cruise during which a number of slave vessels were apprehended by the ship's boats, and the brig Lochiel, with all her crew dead, was brought here for adjudication.

Accra 11 Apr 1829 Arrived, all well.

Ascension 7 Aug 1829 Refitting.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1830 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade.

At sea 4 Feb 1830 Spoke with the Bramble off Ascension.

24 Mar 1830 the boats of the ship detained the Spanish slave schooner Maria de la Conception, Santiago Comas, master, in the River Pongos, with 79 negroes on board. On 11 May 1830 she was condemned for being engaged in the illicit traffic in Slaves by the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Sierra Leone.

25 Mar 1830 the boats of the ship boarded the Maria in the Rio Nunez, but were unable to arrest her. She was subsequently arrested in the Rio Pongos by the Plumper on 7 Nov 1830, probably on her next trip to the West Coast of Africa.

Sierra Leone 10 Apr 1830 Refitting.

22 Aug 1830 anchored in the Bay of Loango.

4 Sep 1930 sailed for Prince's Island, and on the 7th detained the slave ship Veloz Passagera, Joz Antonio de la Vega, master, following a severe action, losing 3 men killed and 12 wounded, her captain being included in the latter. The Velos lost 43 killed and 20 wounded ; she had 555 slaves on board ; her crew will be sent to England to be charged with piracy. 6 Jun 1831 account of proceeds of the bounty granted for 551 slaves and a moiety of the hull, &c. will be deposited in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty on the 16th inst. See p. 269 at
After the action Captain Broughton mustered the ship's company and found that 3 men had been killed, viz.:- James Graham, a seaman, and William Bunker, and Benjamin Allen, marines ; and that 9 men, besides the witness, had been wounded, viz. Mr. Watts, the boatswain, and Mark Derrick, a marine, both dangerously, who were subsequently invalided home to England ; George Martin, Henry Amy, John Compton, John Owens, Thomas Walker, Henry Stevens, and William Rust, seamen and marines, wounded, but whose wounds were not considered dangerous. The Veloz was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 16 Oct 1830 sentenced to be condemned.

Sierra Leone 7 Dec 1930 sailed for England.

Plymouth 21 Jan 1831 arrived from the West Coast of Africa, having been absent for 3 years and 4 months.

29 Nov 1833 it is interesting to note that the case of the slave vessel Donna Mariana, captured by a pirate, and then taken by the Primrose in Aug 1828, is still bouncing around the courts in London. [She was reported to have been sold for about 900, but by the time the lawyers have come to a conclusion I suspect that there will be very little left in the kitty for Prize Money.]