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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 38 (28 long 18 pdr ; 6 x long 9 pdr ; 14 x 32 pdr carronades)
Built at Toulon in 1791. Taken by the Romney in the Mediterranean, from the French, 17 Jun 1794 ;
Disposal date or year : 1833
BM: 1091 tons
17 Jun 1794 the Romney, with a convoy bound from Naples to Smyrna, off the island of Miconi, captures French 40-gun frigate Sibylle, Commodore Jacques-Mélanie Rondeau. The Sibylle, built at Toulon in 1791, was purchased into the British navy.
5-31 Jan 1798 departed Macao on a cruise of the Philippines.
At the end of Dec 1798 chased the French Privateer Clarisse, Robert Surcout, which, being overtaken, threw many of her guns overboard etc. and escaped.
1 Jan 1799, Capt. E. Cooke. In the East Indies.
19 Feb 1799 departed from Madras road in quest of the Forte.
28 Feb 1799 captured Forte, 44, off Bengal river, East Indies.
Circa 24 Mar to 26 Apr 1800 Lucius Hardyman, Esq. late First Lieutenant of the Sybille, is made a Post Captain, and commands La Forte.
19 Apr 1801 captured the French 36-gun frigate Chiffonne, which was taken into the service under the same name.
Doubled and sheathed &c.with on bottom, with 1½ inch stuff .
1805 Dudman's Yard, Deptford Repairing in Ordinary.
Plymouth 4 Aug 1806 Has sent in the Spanish schooner, Three Friends, taken on the Spanish Main.
Plymouth 31 Dec 1806 departed on a cruise to the Westward.
3 May 1807 captured the French privateer Oiseau at sea.
15 Aug - 20 Oct 1807 the siege and bombardment of Copenhagen and capture of Danish Fleet by Adm. Gambier. 1 Aug 1807 employed in the Great Belt, preventing Danish troops crossing to Zealand.
25 Jan 1808 captured the French privateer Grand Argus on the Home station.
16 Aug 1808 Sibylle captured the French brig-corvette Espiégle, a part of a small French squadron, which was subsequently purchased into the service as the Electra.
Plymouth 20 Jan 1810 Came in from abroad to refit and victual.
Oct 1810 captured the French privateer Edouard on the coast of Ireland.
Cork 27 Sep 1811 arrived from Loughswilly.
Plymouth 30 Sep 1811 arrived from a cruise.
Plymouth 4 Nov 1811 Came down the harbour and anchored in the Sound, after having been refitted.
Cork 29 Nov 1811 departed on a cruise to the southward.
Plymouth 27 Jan 1812 Reportedly in chase of a French squadron.
5 Feb 1812 Reported to be cruising in search of the three French frigates.
7 Feb 1812 arrived Cork from a cruise.
10 May 1812 captured the French privateer Aigle at sea.
2 Aug 1812 has detained and sent in the Perseverance of New York.
6 Oct 1812 Has taken the ships from the Jamaica convoy that were bound up St. George's Channel.
9 Oct 1812 arrived Plymouth from Portsmouth.
3 Dec 1812 appointed convoys at Cork for the next West India fleet.
8 Jan 1813 Remains at Cove with her convoy for Lisbon &c., wind-bound.
5 Feb 1813 captured the French privateer Brestois at sea.
25 Sep 1813 arrived Halifax, with the Dryad, 8 days from Newfoundland.
1-2 Oct 1813 departed Halifax, with the Dryad, for St. John's, Newfoundland.
24 Jan 1814 arrived Plymouth from Newfoundland.
31 Jan 1814 arrived Portsmouth from the westward, with a convoy.
28 Apr 1814 Is ordered to join the squadron in the Downs.
19 Sep 1814 arrived Portsmouth from Greenland.
Circa 29 Dec 1814 is reported to have departed St. Cruz with the sloop Harrier, having received news that the US sloops Wasp and Peacock were cruising off Fuerto Ventura and Lanzerotte.
21 Dec 1817 departed Portsmouth for the West Indies.
10 Jun 1818 departed Vera Cruz for Havannah.
24 Jun 1818 arrived Havannah from Vera Cruz with despatches.
27 Jun 1818 departed Havannah for Jamaica.
15 Aug 1818 Is reported to have departed Port Royal for St. Domingo.
29 Aug 1818 recently arrived Kingston, Jamaica from off Porto Escondido.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based in the West Indies.
20 Dec 1821 reported to be in the region of Porto Bello and Carthagena.
10 Jul 1822 departed Kingston, Jamaica for Santa Martha and Carthagena, but returned having sprung her mainmast.
14 Jul 1822 departed Kingston, Jamaica with a small convoy for Santa Martha and Carthagena.
20 Apr 1823 departed Port Royal for Havannah.
5 May 1823 departed Havannah for Portsmouth.
6 Jun 1823 arrived at Spithead from Port Royal.
18 Jun 1826 action with Greek pirates following their capture of a Maltese vessel. See p. 251 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
28 Sep 1826 departed Malta for England.
24 Oct 1826 arrived Motherbank, for quarantine, from the Mediterranean.
27 Oct 1826 released from quarantine, at the Motherbank, having arrived Portsmouth from Malta.
6 Sep 1827 detained the Brazilian slave schooner Henriquetta. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
12 Oct 1827 detained the Brazilian slave schooner Dianna. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
12 Jan 1828 the ship's boats detained, in lat. 6° 27' N., long. 11° 54' W., the Spanish slave schooner Gertrudis, Franciso Sans, master, with 155 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 2 Feb 1828 sentenced to be condemned. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
Coast of West Africa 14 Mar 1828 is reported to have captured 3 slave vessels., possibly a Dutch schooner with 272 slaves ; a Spanish schooner with 282 slaves ; and the Hope, former tender to the Maidstone, with a cargo onboard for the purchase of slaves. It is stated that in her 10 months on station she has captured vessels containing 1200 slaves.
19 Mar 1828 detained the Netherlands slave schooner Fanny, Jean Constantin, master, with 266 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Netherlands Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 22 May 1828 sentenced to be condemned.
13 Apr 1828 detained off Lagos the Brazilian slave schooner Esperanca, José da Silva Rios, master, which was condemned and sold by the Commissioners, and back in business as a Slave ship by 29 Nov 1828 under the name of Hope. 5 Oct 1835 moiety of proceeds due for payment.
16 May 1828, Black Joke, tender to the Sybille, detained in lat. lat. 4° 45; the Brazilian slave brig Vingador, Miguel Antonio Netto, Master, with 645 slaves on board when detained, 21 of whom died on the passage up to Sierra Leone, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone and sentenced to be condemned on 16 Jun 1828.
Sierra Leone 17 May 1828 Refitting in preparation for a passage to Ascension, and reports that since she arrived on the station last July she has released over 1100 slaves.
4 Jul 1828 detained in lat. 3° 84' N., the Brazilian slave schooner Josephina, Joaquim Perreira, master, with 79 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 8 Aug 1828 sentenced to be condemned. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
Accra 28 Aug 1828 departed on a cruise in search of slave vessels.
14 Sep 1828 the Black Joke was in company with the Primrose when the Primrose detained the Brazilian slave schooner Zepherina in or about lat. 5° 50' N., lon. 3° 37' E., which was condemned by the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone on 9 Dec 1828, which resulted in a law case as follows:
High Court of Admiralty Slave Trade.— Costs. An application was made on behalf of the commander of his Majesty's ship Sybil, [parent or mother ship of the Black Joke] for costs incurred in prosecuting a claim for an equal partition of the proceeds arising from the sale of a Brazilian slave ship called the Zepherina, which was jointly captured on the coast of Africa by his Majesty's ship the Primrose and the Black Joke tender. The Sybil, although some hundreds of miles distant from the scene of action, claimed a moiety of the prize money, on the ground that the Black Joke tender was attached to her. The question had been referred to this court by the Lords of the Treasury, and decided against the claim set up by Commodore Rogers, the commander of the Sybil. The amount of the bounty money was £2180 ; of which the sum of £1744 was awarded to the Primrose, leaving the remaining £500 to be divided between the Sybil and her tender the Black Joke, that being the sum to which the latter vessel was adjudged entitled. The object of the present application was, that the expense incurred by both parties in prosecuting and defending the suit should be paid out of the entire fund. It was contended that the commander of the Sybil, having failed in the experiment which he had tried, had a right to pay his own costs. Sir C. Robinson decided that the application could not be granted.
Sierra Leone 29 Nov 1828 departed for the Bight of Benin. Commodore Collier wrote to the Lt. Gov. of Sierra Leone advising that he had received news that the Esparanza, mentioned above, and now known as Hope, had loaded with a cargo of 300 slaves at Ajuda.
2 Dec 1828 at Sierra Leone. Commodore Collier writes to John W. Croker at the Admiralty that former slave vessels that are sold by the Commissioners following condemnation, are bought by the same slave trading interests from whom they were confiscated. It was also noted on another occasion that such are the vast profits to be made from the slave trade, that the cost of the vessel used during the operation merely becomes another part of the running costs of the operation. He also notes that the person who was master of the Esparanza is now reputed to be master of the Hope.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1829 the 5th rate Sybille, 48 guns, Complement: 300, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 death in action: 3 by accident, and a total No of Deaths: 57.
1 Feb 1829 The Black Joke, tender to the Sybille, detained the Spanish slave brig El Almirante, 350 tons, at lat. 3° 50' N., 4° 25' E. ; bound from Lagos River to Havanna, with 466 negroes on board, 39 of whom died prior to emancipation, following a long chase and severe action. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
6 Feb 1829 detained the Brazilian slave brigantine Uniao, Andre Joaquim Ferreira, master, in lat. 2° 48' N., 5° 12' E., bound from Lagos River to Bahia with 405 negroes on board when taken, and sent for adjudication by the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 20 Mar 1829 sentenced to be condemned, 33 negroes having died en route for Sierra Leone, 93 men, 153 women, 120 children, being emancipated. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
19 Feb 1829 detained whilst at anchor in Lagos Roads the Brazilian slave brig Andorinha, Jozé Antonio de Socorro, master, with 357 slaves on board, bound from Lagos River to Bahia, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, at Sierra Leone and on 11 Apr 1829 she was sentenced to be condemned. 5 Oct 1835 moiety of proceeds due for payment.
6 Mar 1829 detained the Brazilian brig Carolina. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
15 Mar 1829 the prize master of the Brazilian slave brig Andorinha 3' N., en route to Sierra Leone, detained the Brazilian slave schooner Donna Barbara, Thomas Luiz, master, which he accompanied to Sierra Leone, where the prize master was informed that he wasn't entitled to arrest the Donna Barbara, and had acted illegally and was duly relieved of the responsibility by Lt. Harvey, who, using an open boat from the Sybille, was operating on the coast and up the rivers in the region of Freetown who sent the vessel for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, at Sierra Leone, which on 13 Apr 1829 was sentenced to be condemned.
15 Mar 1829 further to the case of the Brazilian slave schooner Donna Barbara, it is perhaps worth noting that the case for her prize money went to the High Court of Admiralty who declared that in view of the way the vessel was arrested, that since the Sybille was 1,500 miles away when the Donna Barbara was arrested, there would be no entitlement by the ship's company of the Sybille to prize money. It should also be pointed out that the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, at Sierra Leone, seems to have been advised that Lt. Harvey was the commanding officer of Sybille's tender, Paul Pry, which was in the harbour at Freetown when the Donna Barbara was brought in, but this was untrue, since he was on detached duty from the Sybille, in command of an open boat, cruising the rivers and coastline of Sierra Leone, and was only using the Paul Pry as a temporary accommodation ship for his boat's crew.
23 Mar 1829 Detained the Portuguese slave brigantine Hosse, Benito Torrent, master, 250 tons, at lat. 6° 5' N., long. 2° 25' E. ; bound from Whydah to Bahia, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 24 Jun 1829 sentenced to be condemned. 188 negroes were on board when the vessel was taken, however only 166 survived to be emancipated. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
5 Apr 1829 at Accra.
12 Apr 1829 off the Coast of Africa 25 Apr 1829 / 29 Apr 1829 detained the Spanish slave schooner Panchita / La Panchita, Felipe Ramos, master, 170 tons, voyage ID 2395, at lat. 5° 58' N., long. 5° 02' E., ; bound from New Calebar River to Havanna, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 24 Jun 1829 sentenced to be condemned. She was taken with 292 negoes on board, but only 259 survived to be emancipated. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
N.B. Some sources claim the capture was made on 25 Apr., others on 29th ; similarly there are slight differences in the name.
27 May 1829 Commodore Collier writes to John Croker, at the Admiralty, that the area of Dutch Accra is being abused and is used for the sale of slaves. That there is no one there to represent the Dutch and that the flag is all that remains.
18 Jun 1829 arrived, and departed Fernando Po the following day in search of slaving ships off Whydah.
16 Aug 1829 the Sybille's tender, Dallas has detained the Brazilian slave schooner Emelia, 150 tons, at lat. 5° 05' N. long. 5° 15' E, ; bound from River Lagos to Bahia, with 488 negroes on board, 51 dying en route to Sierra Leone for adjudication, and 2 following the vessel's arrival, 435 being registered for emancipation. 8 Jun 1830 on arrival in port will be paid proceeds arising.
19 Sep 1829 at St Helena for refit.
11 Oct 1829 seized and condemned brigantine Tentadora for illicitly trafficking in slaves.
1 Nov 1829 seized and condemned brigantine Nossa Senhora da Guia for illicitly trafficking in slaves.
4 Nov 1829 the Sybille's tender, Dallas has detained the Brazilian slave schooner Temtadora, at lat. 5° 17' N. long. 4° 19' E., bound from River Lagos to Bahia, with 431 negroes on board.
4 Nov 1829 has departed Fernando Po for St Helena, her ship's company being very sickly.
9 Dec 1829 the Sybille, with the Athol in company, detained in at lat. 5° 35' N. 4° 19' E. ; bound from Whydah to Bahia the Brazilian slave brigantine Amelia, 175 tons, with 187 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, for sentence.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1830 the 5th rate Sybille, 48 guns, Complement: 300, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 35 Deaths, for which no reason is given.
7 Jan 1830 seized and condemned ?????? for illicitly trafficking in slaves.
15 Jan 1830 detained in lat. 3° 48' S. long. 4° 12' E., en route from Lagos for Bahia, the Brazilian slave schooner Umbelino, Joao Cardozo dos Santos, master, with 377 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone and on 13 May 1830 sentenced to be condemned.
23 Jan 1830 detained in lat. 3° 24' N., long. 7° 0' E. en route from Cabinda for Bahia, the Brazilian slave brigantine Primeira Rosalia, Joao Sabino, master, with 282 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 13 May 1830 sentenced to be condemned.
Portsmouth 23 Jan 1830 After a chase of 27 hours had captured a brigantine from Lagos, with 282 slaves on board.
1 Apr 1830 seized and condemned Manzanares for illicitly trafficking in slaves.
Portsmouth 26 Jun 1830 arrived from the coast of Africa.
Portsmouth 28 Jun 1830 came into harbour to be paid off.
17 Nov 1830 the sum of £25 5s. 0d. has been paid by the ship's agent to the Registry of the High Court of the Admiralty in respect of a deficiency in the stores of the Nossa Senhora da Guia following her detention by the Sybille on 1 Nov 1829, and permitting the usual bounties to be paid according to rank or rating. Until about this date no one seems to have done much about the missing stores on the West Africa station, but it had become apparent that the former crews of slaving vessels were taking the fitting off their vessels and disappearing ashore with them. As a result steps were taken to record, account for, and secure fittings and stores of vessels that were brought to Freetown to be sold or, at a later date, broken up. It was then discovered that it wasn't only the slavers' crews who were removing stores : the crews of some H.M. ships were also observed, often by the crews of the slave vessels, removing stores for the benefit of their own vessels. This fact was often mentioned when the time came for adjudication, when the judges were informed by Master or who ever was representing the interests of the slave vessel. The missing stores in this case represent 2 boats = £12 ; 4 oars for a large boat, and 1 for a stern boat £1 ; 1 hemp cable £12 ; 1 lead line and 1 log line £0 5s. This situation seems to happen quite regularly, the stores of HM ships often being deficient on the West Africa station, and detained slave vessels were often seen as a way of making up deficiencies in H.M. Ships, but at the ultimate cost to the officers if the ship's company were to receive their Prize Money.
29 Aug 1831 Navy Pay Office revokes the licence granted to Samuel Solomon, of Chatham, on the 14 Jun 1831, to act as an Agent in the receipt of pay, wages, prize and bounty money for petty officers, seamen, and others, which licence is withdrawn by me, on the ground of a fraudulent transaction in the case of a prize order granted by Joseph Cassar, late of His Majesty's ships Sybille, Atholl, and Dryad (per London Gazette).
15 Jun 1832 an account of bounty received for the capture of the Brazilian schooners Tentadora and Nossa Senhora da Gitia, condemned for illicitly trafficking in slaves, also of a moiety of the proceeds of the schooners, will be deposited in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty [shortly ](per London Gazette).
13 Jul 1833 Lying in the Tay, the Admiralty advertised that on 7 Aug she will be put up for sale.