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Type: Sloop ; Armament 6
Launched : 16 Dec 1845 ; Disposal date or year : 1866
BM: 850 tons ; Displacement: 903 tons
Machinery notes: 350
Jan, 1846, Trident, 6, iron steamer, taking engines on board, at Blackwall.
20 Dec 1848 Steam vessel. Particular service.
13 Sep 1853 the Flag Officer on the Brazil Station, R.Adm. Henderson, reports that the Express and Trident have been sent to watch for a vessel called the Maria Isabel, expected off the Island of Marambaya, and probably involved in the slave trade.
15 Nov 1853 Has lately been employed on the coast cruising between Pernambuco and St. Catherine's.
Dec 1853 has been sent to Alagoas province, on the north coast of Brazil, to investigate rumours that the slave trade may be reviving in the province and the Christmas period was considered a likely time for the disembarkation to be made.
24 Dec 1853 arrived at Maceio and communicated with the local British vice-consul and learnt that Peba, in the vicinity of Rio San Francisco was rumoured to be a likely landing place. Proceeded to that part of the coast and cruized there between 27 and 30 Dec whilst under sail, but the current pushing the vessel 60 miles away to the south west, and the commanding officer unable to justify the cost of raising steam returned to Bahia to discover that the Brazilians had mobilised a brigantine to cruise the coast and troops to patrol the same shore-line.
1 Jan 1854 arrived at Bahia.
18 Jan 1857 departed England for anti-slavery duties on the West Coast of Africa.
29 Jun 1857 at Fernando Po to take the British Consul, Mr. Hutchinson, to the Cameroons, in connection with his work.
9 Jul 1857 proceeded to the Brass River with Mr. Hutchinson, and then on to Brass in a ship's boat. It was confirmed by the Supercargoes of the City of Rochester, John P. Mitchell, and Mr. McCall of the Royal Arch, that there had been no slave trading in the river in the last 3˝ years, which also coincided with the appearance of the ruin of a barracoon, where the slaves were imprisoned pending embarkation.
28 Jul 1857 in the Old Calabar River.
3 Aug - 8 Sep 1857 salvage services rendered to the "Agnes." 29 Jun 1870 preparations are now being made for the distribution of dividends arising from the estate of Messrs. Beale and Bishop, bankrupts, on account of services rendered by the Trident.
13 Mar 1858 the North Division, on the West Coast of Africa: following a visit by the Flag Officer he stated that there is no reason to believe that the Slave Trade is now carried on, though it would be imprudent to give up the watching of the river between the Gambia and Sierra Leone. The report brought to the latter place of a vessel having arrived in, the Pongas to ship slaves, appears to have been unfounded. The chief duties of the squadron on that coast will therefore be the general protection of British interests, and for that service I have allotted the Childers, Alecto, Trident, and Spitfire, directing Commander Hickley, the senior officer, to station one of them in the Gambia.
28th March, 1858 Bights Division, on the West Coast of Africa: following a visit by the Flag Officer he stated that there is no doubt that the vigilance of our cruisers alone has prevented the shipment of large numbers of slaves from the lagoons communicating with Whydah. The increase of the squadron has been most advantageous, and the cruizers, under Commander Aplin's judicious guidance, have been so far, I hope, completely successful. The squadron at present consists of the Hecla, Trident (to be relieved by Ardent,) Triton, Sharpshooter, Pluto, and Brune. l have stated that there is no doubt that the Slave Trade in the neighbourhood of Whydah is checked only by our cruizers; in proof of this I may mention that all the reports from British residents show that the demand for slaves in the interior markets has much increased, that the slave-hunts from Abomey and from Abbeokuta have been revived, and that three undoubted slavers, with two suspected vessels, are at this moment on the coast. These are, the Marshall, and the Hanover, both under American colours ; and the Don Juan, Spanish brig lately purchased, it is said, by slave-dealers, off Appi, watched by the Trident. There is also reason to suspect the American barque Firefly, boarded by the Pluto on the 10th of March last, and a Portuguese schooner. I have written to the American Commander-in-chief pressing him to station an American ship of war in the Bights.
29 May 1858 early in the morning the Lydia Gibbs attempted to depart Whydah for Aghwey, but now having information that she was being equipped for slaves, weighed in pursuit and detained the slave schooner in Lat. 6° 13' N., long. 2° 1' E., her papers and colours having already been thrown overboard, and being fitted out for the slave trade, but no slaves on board. The Trident remarks that she was hourly due to sail for Ascension, and that she intended to tow the prize into the trades to expedite her passage to Sierra Leone for adjudication, as she herself, was short of provisions and unable to victual the schooner. She was condemned on 14 Jul 1858 by the Vice Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone.
14 Oct 1858 sent the second cutter up the creeks and inlets up the River Pongas to Cape Verga who returned after 6 days, following which Captain Close produced the following report: a creek was discovered where slavers had been successfully concealed from men-of-war boats. The cutter heard that an American vessel landed a cargo last month opposite Tintima, but was frightened away out of the river by the report of men-of-war's boats being in the neighbourhood. The cutter, wishing to visit this place, were told that no stranger could land there. It is well known that strangers are never permitted to approach the locality of barracoons ; and I have since obtained information that slaves are held by Karrata Marra in this place for export trade. I have received a great deal of information from two slaves who very recently escaped from the barracoons of Mrs Lightbourne and Mr. Faber. They assured me that Mrs. Lightbourne's daughter, who lives opposite to Farrangia has no dealings with the export slave Trade. The slave from Mr. Faber's barracoons states that two months ago Mr Faber embarked 200 or 300 slaves in a Spanish vessel commanded by a man named Minette. She was concealed in a creek at the Sandbar, and the slave was employed on board her to watch. He had been ten years a slave to Mr. Faber, five of which he had spent in chains. Latterly they had trusted him to watch, and to buy slaves on two occasions for Mr. Faber. On the last occasion, his money and boat had been taken from him by the natives of the Scarcies river, and, fearing to return to his master empty-handed, he ran to Sierra Leone.
In addition the follow was appended : on my recent visit to Matacong, I heard that, two months ago, a Spanish vessel anchored off the island ; the captain landed, and was advised by Mr. Reader, an English merchant, to go away, as it was not safe for him to be there. Mr. Reader is supposed not to be so honest as he should be, and is also suspected of aiding and abetting the Slave Trade ; he is acting in trade for a person of the name of Isaacs, who was obliged to run from Matacong; a writ being issued against him by Governor Kennedy for slave-dealings.
22 Oct 1858 at Sierra Leone, sailed for the Pongas and obtained positive information of slaves and barracoons existing in the neighbourhood of Mrs. Lightbourne's premises, upwards of 700 having been seen all chained and ready for embarkation.
8 Nov 1858 at Sierra Leone.
19 Jan 1859 the Commodore wrote that since the 11 Oct 1858 the Trident had visited the Isles de Los, and Pongas, and Monrovia, where the English brig Ellen Jenkinson reported that on the 27 Aug 1858 a Spanish steam-brig was towing a schooner with 200 slaves on board; she anchored off Tabon Bereby and Cuvalah, places east of Cape Palmas. The steamer sent a boat alongside the brig to buy cloth, and they called the steamer the Dosé Amenas.
17 Oct 1859 returned to England from the West Coast of Africa.
9 Jan 1861 Woolwich. Commissioned for Service in the Mediterranean.
1 Jan to 20 Dec 1864 Mediterranean Station. Reports of Fevers and Small pox onboard. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
20 Dec 1864 Paid off.
Type: Sloop ; Armament 14
Taken : 1782 ; Disposal date or year : 1801
BM: 275 tons ;
Aug 1793 Trimmer and Liberty captured the French privateer Courier.