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Type: Brigantine ; Armament 6
Launched : 1831 ; Disposal date or year : 1851
1830 Building at Pembroke.
Plymouth 19 Sep 1831 Arrived and landed the women from Sir E. Codrington's squadron.
Cork 24 Sep 1831 Arrived.
Deal 26 Oct 1831 Arrived from Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 9 Jun 1832 Will in future be used as a packet to run between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Ayres.
Lisbon 19 Apr 1833 Refitting.
Portsmouth 20 Jul 1833 Is reported to be In the Tagus.
1 Jan 1834 On the Lisbon Station.
Plymouth 6 Mar 1834 Arrived from the Mediterranean, Lisbon and Falmouth.
Plymouth 13 Mar 1834 Sailed for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 25 Mar 1834 Sailed for Sheerness, to be paid off.
Falmouth 11 Jun 1834 Arrived from Lisbon.
Plymouth 26 Jun 1834 Sailed for Falmouth, to take a Lisbon mall.
Plymouth 12 Mar 1835 arrived from Lisbon with the mail on Sunday, having lost her boats and suffered damage to her foremast, saile and rigging in the late gales.
14 Nov 1835 is reported to be at Lisbon.
Lisbon 19 Dec 1835 in the Tagus.
At Passages 7 Jul 1836 supporting the British Legion.
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1837 the Brig Viper, 2 guns, Complement: 44, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death, for which no reason is given.
Portsmouth 25 Feb 1837 arrived from Passages (19th).
Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1838 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death in Action, 2 Deaths by Accident: but total No of Deaths: 10 ---- during 1839 = 2 Deaths ---- during 1840 = 1 Death by Accident, total No of Deaths: 2.
11 Nov 1839 detained in lat. 4° 16' 0" N. long. 7° 7' 0" W., off Cape Palmas, whilst en route from Havana to the Portuguese slave schooner Magdalena, late master P. Fardino, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 3 Dec 1839 sentenced to be condemned.
7 Jan 1840 detained in Lat. 5° 58' N. Long. 10° 30' W., off Cape Monserrado the Spanish slave schooner Laura, Juan Costa, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 28 Jan 1840 sentenced to be condemned.
10 Feb 1840 is reported to have called at Cape Coast Castle with the Melville and Buzzard. 26 Mar 1840 detained in Lat. 4° 27' N. Long. 5° 26' W., en route from Bahia to several ports on the coast of Africa, the British slave vessel Guiana, George Nickels, master, 172 tons, which was sent for adjudication in the Vice-Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone, which commenced on 22 May, and on 12 Aug 1840 sentenced to be Vessel forfeited for aiding and abetting the slave trade. It is understood that the case was appealed, but that the appeal was lodged with the Privy Council too late to be dealt with.
12 May 1840 at West Bay, Princes Island, being refitted as a brigantine. 13 Aug 1840 Sierra Leone, has detained the British vessel Guyana, lat. 4° 31' N. long. 5° W. circa 26 March, which was condemned here yesterday. 20 Sep 1840 was spoken with near the line, by the Bombay packet. 29 Dec 1840 Plymouth, arrived from the Coast of Africa. 2 Jan 1841 Portsmouth, arrived from the coast of Africa, last from Plymouth. 16 Jan 1841, Edward Bulley, carpenter's mate of the Viper, appointed to be acting carpenter and borne on the Victory. 14 Jan 1841, Portsmouth, paid off and her crew allowed leave of absence. 12 Mar 1841, Portsmouth, was taken into dock. 4 Sep 1841, Chatham, has been commissioned. 4 Sep 1841, Lieutenant J. Carter, appointed to Viper ; 18 Sep 1841, Master R. Wilson, appointed to the Viper. 25 Sep 1841, Assistant Surgeon Dr. A. Battwell, appointed to the Viper. 13 Nov 1841, Master G. Burney, appointed to the Viper. 13 Nov 1841, Portsmouth, fitting for the packet service on the Rio de Janeiro station. 4 Dec 1841, Masters' Assistant N. F. Child, appointed to Viper. 10 Dec 1841, went out to Spithead. 15 Dec 1841, St. Helen's, sailed for Rio de Janeiro, with despatches; is to run as a packet between Bahia and Monte Video. Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1841 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade.
20 Dec 1848 North America & West Indies.