HMS Scout

The log of HMS Scout has been documented as follows:

9 Jan 1836 is reported to be preparing at Sheerness for foreign service.

13 Feb 1836 arrived Spithead yesterday from Chatham, en route for the Cape of Good Hope.

20 Feb 1836 came into Portsmouth harbour Wednesday to be docked to repair some timbers damaged by the anchor in heavy seas. She is now back out at Spithead and expected to sail for the Coast of Africa shortly.

10 Mar 1836 arrived Madeira.

circa 30 Jun 1836 it is reported from the West Coast of Africa that 12 men have died as a result of the fever raging along the coast and that the Second Lieutenant will not be alive by the time the vessel arrives at Ascension.

4 Jul 1836 arrived St Helena from Simon’s Bay, and departed on the 7th for the West Coast of Africa.

14 Sep 1836 is reported to be in the Bight of Benin.

5 Dec 1836 detained by the ship’s boats in the Portuguese channel on the bar of the River Bonny, lat. 4° 13′ N., the Spanish slave schooner Gata, José Vicente de Larrazabal, master, with 111 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 12 Jan 1837 sentenced to be condemned.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1837 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death by Accident, Total No of Deaths: 8, but regret that no reason is given for the balance.

11 Jan 1837 detained in lat. 4° 13′ N., long. 7° 7′ E., at the entrance to the Bonny River, the Portuguese slave brig Paquete de Cabo Verde, Bartholomew Robello, master, with 576 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, at Sierra Leone, and on 2 Mar 1837 sentenced to be condemned. 452 surviving Negroes were emancipated, most of the deaths being caused by dysentery which occurred during the passage from the Bonny to Sierra Leone, despite the best efforts of the Prize Crew. See p. 277 at http://www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow

11 Jan 1837 detained by the ship’s boats, in lat. 4° 13′ N., long. 7° 7′ E., at the entrance to the Bonny River, the Esperança, Felix Casmé de Madail, master, with 108 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 4 Mar 1837 sentenced to be condemned, and the 89 surviving Negroes were emancipated at Sierra Leone. When first sighted the Esperança had about 500 slaves on board, but some 400 were landed before the boats were able to get up to and board the vessel.

14 Jan 1837 at the entrance to the Bonny, in lat. 4° 13′ N., long. 7° 7′ E., the ship’s boats detained the Spanish slave schooner Descubieria, Pablo Pia, master, being unlawfully equipped for the Slave Trade, having planks ready for laying down as a slave deck on cleats already nailed into position, a larger quantity of casks than necessary for the size of the crew, and a spare cooking boiler hidden under fire-wood in the hold, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 20 Apr 1837 sentenced to be condemned.

9 Apr 1837 lent an officer and 2 men to the Mary, of Liverpool, lying at River Bonny, to take the vessel to Fernando Po.

19 Apr 1837 detained by the Dolphin and boats crews of the Scout in lat. 4° 8′ N., long. 8° 0′ E., when departing the Calebar River, the Spanish slave schooner Dolores, Francisco Canal, master, with 313 slaves on board, was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 23 May 1837 sentenced to be condemned.

20 Nov 1837 detained in lat. 5° 53′ 0″ N. long. 4° 16′ 0″ E., the Portuguese slave brigantine Deixa Falar, with 225 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 10 Jan 1838 sentenced to be condemned.

23 Nov 1837 detained in lat. 5° 40′ 0″ N. long. 4° 15′ 0″ E., the Portuguese slave brig Gratidao, J. F. Bouvier, master, with 452 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 19 Jan 1838 sentenced to be forfeited.

8 Mar 1838 detained off Old Calabar River the Portuguese slave brig Felicidades, with 559 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 17 Apr 1838 sentenced to be condemned. Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1839 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death by Accident, Total No of Deaths: 4, for which no reason is given.

4 Apr 1839 at West Bay, Princes [Island ?].

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