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Type: Sloop ; Armament 18
Launched : 1807 ; Disposal date or year : 1841
Portsmouth 31 Dec 1809 Arrived with a convoy from Guernsey.
19 Jun 1810 captured the French privateer Intrepide in the Mediterranean.
13 Dec 1810 ships' boats of a squadron detached to capture or destroy an enemy convoy in the mole of Palamos, covered by the Sparrowhawk and Minstrel.
6 Nov 1811 captured the French privateer Invincible.
Deal 12 Oct 1814 Arrived with a convoy from the Mediterranean, and now under quarantine.
Deal 17 Oct 1814 Sailed for Sheerness.
Sheerness 27 Oct 1814 Is to be paid off.
Deal 21 May 1815 Arrived from off Dieppe.
Portsmouth 20 Jun 1815 Sailed with a small convoy.
Portsmouth 16 Jan 1826 In the harbour.
6 Jan 1827 Based on the Cape of Good Hope.
Cape of Good Hope 18 May 1828 Reported to be off the coast of Mozambique.
Portsmouth 10 Oct.1829 Is expected at Spithead from the east shortly, prior to her departure for the West Indies.
Woolwich 12 Oct 1829 sails shortly for Fernando Po, on her passage to the West Indies.
Portsmouth 29 Oct 1829 Sailed for the coast of Africa.
Madeira 12 Nov 1829 Arrived.
25 Dec 1829 boarded and inspected the Spanish slave Schooner Loreto, alias Corunera, and told the inspecting officer that she was procuring rice. It may be of interest to note that the Loreto was detained on 12 May 1830 by the Plumper in lat. 5° 24' N., long. 10° 8' E., whilst en route from Little Bassa to Havana with 186 negroes on board, so presumably they forgot to add that they were procuring rice to feed to their prospective cargo ?
At sea 16 Feb 1830 From Fernando Po to Barbadoes, spoke the Bramble at Lat. 7. long. 28.
9 Apr 1830 detained in at lat. 18° 50' N. long. 76° 31' W., en route from Brass to St Jago de Cuba, the Spanish slave schooner Santiago, 43 tons, with 144 slaves, commanded by Don Jozé Rivet. Having put on board a prize crew of 4 men under the prize master, Robert Boyle Miller, Capt. Gill set sail for Jamaica to collect despatches. The following day 3˝ feet of water was discovered the hold, and by the 22nd Mr. Miller was worried that the vessel was going to pieces and he was looking for somewhere to run the vessel ashore, 2 of his men having gone down with fever. Having failed to make it ashore on Cape San Antonio H.M. Sloop Slaney, Commander C. Parker, hove in sight with the Lord Bishop of Jamaica on board, returning from a pastoral visit to Honduras. The Slaney's Carpenter was sent on board to report on the state of the Santiago, and by the 24th there was 6 feet of water in the hold and she was considered to be in a sinking state, and should be abandoned. The negroes were transferred to the Slavey which set sail for Havana, arriving on the 27th and the case was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court, and on 21 May 1830 sentenced to be forfeited.
17 May 1830 Arrived Havana.
30 Dec 1831 sailed with troops from Port Royal to Montego Bay. 5 Jan 1832 The Captain of the Blanche writes from Montego-Bay, Jamaica, that when he arrived the Racehorse and Sparrowhawk were here and that the Blossom was at Savannah la Mar ; the Firefly at Black River, and Champion at Port Antonio, and that the insurrection is now coming under control. See London Gazette of 22 Feb 1832, P 18, for more detail @ www.gazettes-online.co.uk/.
9 Nov 1832 departed Halifax for Bermuda.
Jamaica 8 Jan 1833 Remains.
26 Jan 1833 departed Port Royal for Portsmouth via Tampico &c.
17 Feb 1833 arrived at Vera Cruz for specie and cochineal, and sailed on the 28th for Tampico.
Spithead 25 Apr 1833 Arrived from Havannah (27 Mar) and Tampico with specie.
Spithead 27 Apr 1833 inspected by the Commander in Chief during which a gun mis-fired and subsequently went off some hours later killing two men and wounding 5 others, who were removed to Haslar hospital.
Falmouth 30 May 1833 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 1 Jun 1833 Is now in the basin and is expected to be commissioned shortly.
Portsmouth 8 Jun 1833 To be docked Wednesday for repairs.
Portsmouth 6 Jul 1833 Is to be brought forward for commission.
Portsmouth 13 Jul 1833 To be fitted as a brig.
Portsmouth 28 Aug 1833 Was undocked.
Portsmouth 23 Nov 1833 In Harbour.
Portsmouth 23 Nov 1833 Is refitting in the basin.
Portsmouth 7 Dec 1833 Refitting for South America.
Portsmouth 4 Jan 1834 Fitting out.
Portsmouth 1 Feb 1834 Is expected to sail for the South American station shortly.
Portsmouth 13 Feb 1834 Sailed for the South American station.
Madeira circa 24 Mar 1834 Touched here en route for South America.
17 Aug 1834 rescued the crew of the Mars, en route from Launceston to London, foundered on the Falklands Islands 3 July.
10 May 1835 was at Valparaiso.
Valparaiso 30 Oct 1835 reported to be off the coast between Callao and Mexico.
17 Apr 1836 is reported to be calling at Guayaquil and Coquimbo, prior to returning to Valparaiso to meet the Blonde.
Valparaiso 20 Aug 1836 the Sparrowhawk is reported to be due here shortly to relieve the Rover, and to sail for Rio de Janeiro and England on 15 Oct.
Portsmouth 8 Apr 1837 was commissioned on Thursday. The following officers have been appointed to her : Commander J Shepherd (b) ; Lieutenant Lowry ; Master RA Newman ; Purser DC Colls ; and Assistant Surgeon JAC Scott.
Circa Jan 1839 in the Pacific. 10 Oct 1840 Portsmouth, was paid off after four years on the South America station ; her crew have ten days' leave, and will return for general service. 31 Oct 1840, Commander J. Shephard, late of Sparrowhawk, promoted to the rank of Captain. 15 May 1841, Portsmouth, to be sold out of the service.