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Racer, 1833
Type: Brig-sloop ; Armament 16
Launched : 18 Jul 1833 ;
Disposal date or year : 1852
BM: 431 tons
Notes:

29 Aug 1832 laid down at Portsmouth Dockyard.

1 Oct 1832 when it was observed in the Hampshire Telegraph that she was said to be 18 inches wider than the general class of sloops.

20 Jul 1833 In Portsmouth harbour.

26 Aug 1833 Taken out of Portsmouth basin.

31 Aug 1833 Will go out to Spithead next week, prior to sailing for the West Indies.

5 Sep 1833 Has gone out to Spithead.

7 Sep 1833 At Spithead.

12 Sep 1833 departed Spithead for Plymouth.

24 Oct 1833 arrived Bermuda from Portsmouth (12 Sep).

12 Dec 1833 departed Jamaica for Carthagena.

5 Feb 1834 Has departed Barbadoes for Port-au-Prince.

2 Jun 1834 refitting at Port Royal whilst keeping a watch on the local situation.

22 Jan 1835 detained in lat 20° 26' north, long 72° 36' west, close to Tortuga, bound from St. Thomas to Havana, the Spanish slave schooner Julita, Gabriel Perez, master, with 343 slaves on board, was condemned on 21 Jan 1835 and "all her existing negroes emancipated."

11 Jun 1835 St John's, Newfoundland departed for Fortune's Bay for fishery protection duties.

10 Nov 1835 at Halifax, having been employed on fishery protection duties off Newfoundland and visiting outlying stations in the Davis Straits and on the Labrador coast, but ice along the coast prevented her closing these settlements. During this period it is reported that she went ashore in Esquimaux Bay and had to unload her guns and stores etc. before she could be refloated and could continue her cruise.

18 Dec 1835 arrived Portsmouth from Bermuda (28 Nov).

26 Dec 1835 departed Portsmouth Monday to Sheerness to be paid off, with supernumeraries for the Scout.

2 Jan 1836 a court martial was held on board the Howe, at Sheerness, on the captain of the Racer, Commander James Hope, for running the vessel ashore on the coast of Labrador.

2 Jan 1836 is reported to have been taken into dock at Sheerness to have some defects made good, and rumoured that she is to be prepared for sea service.

23 Jan 1836 arrived Portsmouth Monday from Sheerness, en route for the West Indies.

8 Mar 1836 detained in lat. 15° 46' N. long. 60° 9' W., en route from the River Bonny to Porto Rico, the Portuguese slave vessel Vigilante, late El Manuel, Manuel de Barros, alias Miguel Bertinote, master, with 321 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 25 Nov 1836 sentenced to be condemned.

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.

19 May 1836 arrived Jamaica from Chagres.

21 Aug 1836 is reported to be at Newfoundland, and is expected to sail for the West Indies when the frost sets in.

1 Mar 1837 at Port Royal, Jamaica ; ships on the station are reported to be generally healthy

7 Jun 1837 detained in of Cape Cruz, Island of Cuba, in lat. 19° 18' N., long. 78° 42' W., the Portuguese slave schooner Antonico, Agoste José Victorio, alias Geronimo Giscafre, master, with 183 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court at Havana and on 11 Sep 1837 sentenced to be forfeited.

11 Jun 1837 detained the 87 ton Portuguese slave schooner Traga Milhas, Rafael José Alves, master, with a cargo of 283 slaves, off the island of Jamaica, in latitude 19° 20' N., longitude 76° 47' W., following a short chase, whilst en route from the River Sherbro to Havana. The vessel was found to be in poor condition and the 280 surviving slaves were disembarked at Port Antonio, Jamaica, into the care of the Collector of Customs, and the Traga Milhas taken round to Port Royal where she was condemned as being unfit for sea. From documentation held at Sierra Leone it would appear that this vessel had carried out 2 previous trips to West Africa to trade slaves with the West Indies. The Mixed Court sat in 28 Dec 1837 and the schooner, her stores and cargo were confiscated, and the surviving slaves were registered and emancipated.

30 Aug 1837 sent into Havana the Spanish merchant schooner Antonico, detained on 7 June last at latitude 19° 18' N., longitude 78° 42' W., whilst sailing under Portuguese colours, having on board 183 negroes embarked in the River Congo circa 29 Apr. and landed at Nassau, New Providence, which were probably to be sold at Trinidad. it subsequently transpired that the vessel was probably Spanish and hence her being sent into Havana to be condemned.

28 - 30 Sep 1837 extract from the Log when the Racer experienced a hurricane.

23 Dec 1838 arrived off Teneriffe, following a passage of 14 days from Spithead.

11 July 1840, left Jamaica with a convoy of merchantmen, for Cape Antonio, in the island of Cuba.

7 Nov 1840 Purser E. B. Robins appointed (acting) to the Racer,

14 Sep 1840 Portsmouth, Commander George Byng, commanding officer drowned in a boating accident whilst attempting to go ashore in the gig at Vera Cruz.

5 Dec 1840 Lieutenant Thomas Harvey (Flag Lieutenant to Sir Thomas Harvey), promoted to be Acting Commander of the Racer, vice Byng, deceased.

Lieutenant Thomas Harvey, promoted to the rank of Commander and to the Racer.

7 Jan 1841 arrived at Halifax. from Tampico with 100,000 dollars for the use of the Commissariat, and departed in a few days afterwards for Bermuda.

4 Mar 1841 at Jamaica.

3 Apr 1841 Lieutenant Michael De Courcy, appointed to Charybdis (late Racer), vice Tinling, to Magnificent

17 Apr 1841 departed in company with the Cleopatra, 16, on a cruise.

15 May 1841 at St. John's, New Brunswick,

23 May 1841 the Master, Mr. C. T. A. Noddall, jumped overboard with a rope to save a man who had fallen overboard, and was injured when returning on board.

24 May 1841 arrived Newfoundland.

26 Sep 1841 at St. John's, NB.

18 Oct 1841 was at Halifax on the departure of the Seringapatam for England.

19 Nov 1841 was at Barbadoes.

2 Dec 1841 departed Jamaica for Nassau.

1 Jan 1842 following her arrival at Falmouth the packet Pandora, departed Barbadoes 1 Nov 1841 reports the death of Master's Assistant Crosby, of the Firefly, the health of ships' companies in the West Indies not being good.

2 Dec 1841 departed Jamaica for Nassau.

4 Feb 1842 reported to be at Jamaica, per the Winchester, departed Bermuda 4th inst.

5 Apr 1842 departed Jamaica with the squadron for Honduras and Belize to resolve some local political problems.

C 9 Aug 1842 at Vera Cruz.

24 Aug 1842 at Honduras.

01 Oct 1842 had departed Halifax for Quebec, en route for England.

22 Oct 1842 arrived Spithead from Quebec.

22 Oct 1842 this afternoon a wherry from shore bringing out a letter for the Racer was struck by a squall and sank without trace, neither the father and son crew, named Abraham, appearing to have survived, the son leaving a widow and 2 children.

25 Oct 1842 came into harbour to be paid off.

29 Oct 1842 Oct 1842 when the Racer was becoming due to be paid off the Hampshire Telegraph printed a warning to all Midshipmen that in future on being paid off, their pay will be retained till they produce their logs complete to the moment of being paid off.

29 Oct 1842 when the Ship's Company of the Racer was paid off her men were taken to the Portsmouth Dockyard Pay Office to be paid and the reporter for the Hampshire Telegraph observed that the previously gross custom by which the [Admiral / Captain] Superintendent's boat's crew lined the stairs to the Pay Office and pressed the men who had been paid to buy their slops had been discontinued.

29 Oct 1842 it is understood that the crew of the Jaseur may be turned over to the Racer.

5 Nov 1842 following the vessel having been paid off Colour Sergeant Henry Green of the Portsmouth Division of the RM, was rewarded with the medal and gratuity of £15 for Long Service and Good Conduct.

17 Nov 1842 letter from the Admiralty to the Foreign Officer : My Lord, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to request that the Earl of Aberdeen will cause the Portuguese government to be informed that the warrants issued to HM ship Racer on the North America and West India Station under the Treaty with Portugal dated 3rd July last for the suppression of the Slave Trade have been returned to this office and cancelled. I am &c Jno Barrow.

27 Feb 1844 struck by lightning at the Bucco, in the Rio de la Plata ; a portion of Metal at the Mast-head fused and the Spars were said to have been saved by the Lightning Conductors fitted.

7 Sep 1844 detained in Lat. 13° 44' S. Long. 38° 33' W., the Brazilian slave polacca Bom Destino, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Mixed Court of Commission, Rio de Janeiro, and on 7 Oct 1844 sentenced to be condemned.

1846 East Coast of Africa.

Jan 1848 Devonport, in Ordinary (reserve).

15 July 1848 Experimental Squadron departed from Portsmouth - see St Vincent for article from the Morning Chronicle dated 17 Jul 1848.

20 Dec 1848 Tender to Caledonia.

30 Aug 1851 Mediterranean.


Extract from the Log of H. M. Sloop RACER, James Hope, Esq., Commander; between 1 P.M. of the 28th September, 1837, and 12 A.M. of the 30th September, 1837.

H. K. F. Courses. Winds. Wind Force Weather L.W. Remarks.

September 28, 1837.

1 2 - S W - - - - P.M. 1.30. Spoke an English schooner from Jamaica.
2 4 5 WSW ENE 7 O C Q - 2. Spoke an English brig; furled the courses, and trimmed on larboard tack; rove top tackle-falls.
3 3 - S E by S - - - - -
4 2 - - - - - - -
5 1 5 - - - - - 5. Sent top-gallant-yards on deck ; housed top- gallant-masts, and in flying jib-boom.
6 1 5 - - - - - -
7 1 5 - - - - - 7.30. Furled the topsails, and set the main try-sail; battened the hatchways down.
8 1 - S by E - 7 QRW - -
9 1 - Up S E - - - - -
10 1 - - - - - - -
11 1 - Off SSW - 8 UQR - -
12 1 - - - - - - Midnight. Set fore-stay-sail, and wore.

September 29, 1837.

A.M. - - - - - - - -
1 1 - - - 8 UQR 6 -
2 1 - Up N - - - - -
3 1 - - - - - - -
4 1 - - E by N 9 GUR 6 -
5 1 - - - - - - -
6 1 - - - - - - 6. A sea washed away life-buoy, stove stern-boat, and carried away star board-fall-gripes and lashings,
Cut away ditto.
7 1 5 Off N W - - - - -
8 1 5 - - - - - -
9 1 5 - ENE 10 - - 9. Down main-trysail ; a heavy sea running ; sent top-gallant-masts on deck
10 1 5 - - - - - -
11 1 5 - - - - - -
12 1 5 - - 10 Q U R 6 - Noon.
Course S 44 W ; Distance 36’
Lat. N. D.R. 19° 43’
Longitude W. D.R. 83° 23’
Bearings and Distance Cape Antonio, N 33° W 156’
1 4 2 NW ½ W ENE 10 Q U R - P.M. Shaped a course N W ½ W.
2 4 5 - - - - - -
3 4 5 - - - - - 3. Sea washed away part of lee hammock-nettings and two upper half-port
4 4 4 - - 11 - - -
5 4 4 - - - - - -
6 4 4 - - 11 - - -
7 4 5 - - 12 - - 7.15. a heavy gust of wind the ship went over on her beam-ends, and lay with her tops in the water for two minutes; when the masts going she righted, with 5½ feet water in the hold.

Found bowsprit gone at the collars ; foremast six. feet above the deck, mainmast at the hounds ; everything on the lower deck hove to leeward ; hatches unshipped and part of the shot and chain cables thrown out of the lockers ; bread-room hatch washed away ; lee waist-anchor adrift ; cut away ditto ; battening down hatches afresh, clearing wreck, and pumping ship ;

8 - - Drift to the NW 1 mile per hour - - - - at 8.30 the wreck being clear, sent a watch below to clear up lower deck.

9

10

- - - - - - 9. Pumps sucked ; ship went over on her beam-ends, but righted immediately with 2½ feet of water in the hold ; found sternports stove in ; the weather waist-anchor and swinging-boom hove inboard and lower-deck as above ; hove overboard two lee carronades, shot and all other small deck lumber ; pumping ship, securing hatches, and clearing lower deck.
11 - - - - - OQU - 11.10 Departed this live Charles Gambridge (boy), from injuries received on the lower deck.
12 - - - - - - - Midnight

30 Sep 1837

A.M. - - - - - - - -
1 - - - - 12 OQU - -
2 - - - ESE - - - -
3 - - - - - - - 3. Got head of main-trysail hoisted 12 feet up the stump of main-mast
4 - - - - - - - -
5 - -

Drift to the NW 1 mile per hour

- - - - -
6 - - - - - - - -
7 - - - - - - - 7. Mustered ship’s crew and found missing Henry Langmede (A.B.), and James Martin (capt. forecastle).
Found the chronometers full of water, and the mainspring of No. 374 (Arnold) broken.
8 - - - - 11 - - -
9 - - - - - - - -
10 - - - - - - - -
11 - - - - - - - 11. Committed the body of Charles Gambridge (boy), to the deep.
12 - - - - 10 OCR - Noon.
Course S 69 W ; Distance 81’
Lat. N. D.R. 20° 12’
Longitude W. D.R. 84° 42’
Bearings and Distance Cape Antonio, N 8° W 103’
P.M. - - - - - - - -
1 2 - Drift to the NW 1 mile per hour ESE 10 OCR - P.M. Employed stowing the boats.
2 2 - - - - -
3 2 - - - - 3. Got top-gallant-masts lashed as jury-masts and crossed to[-gallant yards as lower yards. Set in inner jib as a main-staysail
4 2 - - - -
5 2 - - - -
6 2 - - - -
7 2 - - - -
8 2 - - - - 8. Employed as most requisite, clearing the decks &c.
9 2 5 - - -
10 - 5 - - -
11 2 2 - - -
12 2 - - - -
1 Oct 1837
A.M. - NW - 9 - - - A.M. Set fore-top-gallant-sail and main-trysail.
1 2 - - - - -
2 - - - - - -
3 - - - - - -
4 - - - - - -
5 - - - - - -
6 - - N ESE 8 QRO - Daylight.
Set spendee-jib on bowsprit and main top-gallant-sail ; held a survey on provisions, &c. and hove overboard those spoiled ; employed re-stowing starboard sheet anchor and mounting guns ; departed life, a child – committed the body to the deep.
Noon
7 - - -
8 - - C -
9 - - -
10 - - NNE -
11 - - SE by S 7 BC -
12
Course N 21° W ; Distance 140’
Lat. N. D.R. 22° 22’
Longitude W. D.R. 86° 36'
Bearings and Distance Cape Antonio, S 51° W 90’
- - -
P.M. - - - - - - - -
1 2 - NNE - - - - P.M. Employed clearing bread-room ; drying slops, flags &c., set fore and main royal.
2 2 - Easterly 6 - -
3 2 - - -
4 1 5 - -
5 1 5 - -
6 1 - - -
7 1 - - -
8 1 5 NNW NE 5 BC -
9 1 5 -
10 1 5 -
11 1 5 NW by N -
12 2 - - Midnight. Wore.