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|Built by:||at Pembroke Dock|
|Launched:||5th August 1846|
|Built for:||H.M. Government|
|Other info:||Guns - 8|
Crew - 175
|History:||19th May 1845. The ‘Conflict’ and ‘Desperate’ were ordered to be built along the same lines as the ‘Encounter’.|
January 1846. Designed as a sailing sloop, but changed to screw.
14th September 1846. Brought round from Pembroke to the East India Docks to have her engines fitted.
15th September 1846. Ordered to Deptford to have her screw propeller fitted.
1848. Rebuilt (stern lengthened) at Wigram’s Yard, Blackwall.
21st June 1848. Towed from Wigram’s Yard to Seaward and Co’s to have her machinery and screw propeller tried.
20th December 1848. At Sheerness.
4th October 1849. Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Commander Thomas George Drake, south-east coast of America.
18th September 1850. Capture of a slave barque.
10th February 1851. Returned to Rio de Janeiro from Cape Frio, where the commanding officer was present when Brazilian police occupied the slave barracoons, and seized the slave-irons, stores, and other materials used to equip slave-vessels. They then proceeded to the depots and barracoons between Cape Frio and Bio das Ostras, where the process was repeated.
25th March 1851. Went to sea to cruise to the north of Bahia.
31st March 1851. Arrived and anchored at Maceio and discussed the state of the slave trade with the British Vice-Consul, Mr. Burnet ; continued the cruise returning to Bahia.
4th April 1851. At Bahia received intelligence from the British Consul regarding the possibility of slave traders approaching the coast and in concert with the Brazilian authorities took steps to watch the coast-line accordingly.
5th April 1851. Departed Bahia for Morro San Paulo.
6th April 1851. Arrived at Morro San Paulo, the ‘Sharpshooter’ already being present, with a Brazilian schooner of war.
9th April 1851. Departed for a cruise off the Barra dos Carvalhos and Camamu.
12th April 1851. Returned to Morro San Paula.
19th May 1851. Reports from Bahia that whilst the slave trade appears to be dead, people ashore are worried that it wouldn’t take too much for it to start up again if vigilance drops off.
4th September 1851. At Bahia.
November 1851. Following reports that a brig and a patacho were going to land a cargo of slaves on the shore in the vicinity of Benevente, to the north of Rio , with the ‘Plumper’ and ‘Bonetta’ were stationed to intercept the attempt, but nothing further was heard of the expected vessels.
15th December 1851. Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Acting Commander Robert Jenner, south-east coast of America.
4th July 1853. At Portsmouth and carried out trials on the Boomerang propeller.
25th February 1854. Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain John Foote, the Baltic during the Russian War.
15th April 1854. Captured Russian brig ‘Patrioten’.
17th April 1854. Detained the Russian prize ‘Carl Magnus’ , the ‘John’, the ‘Industriae’ and the ‘Catherine Charlotte’.
18th April 1854. Conflict lost her Captain, John Foote, drowned, with four men, in a gig, off Memel.
9th May 1854. Commanded by Captain Arthur Cumming, the Baltic during the Russian War.
17th May 1854. Together with ‘Amphion’, entered Libau without firing a shot, and captured all the shipping in the port.
25th May 1854. Detained the Danish schooner, a prize, ‘Steen Bille’.
27th May 1854. With the ‘Amphion’ detained eight Russian Schooners.
1st June 1854. With the ‘Amphion’ and ‘Archer’ detained the ‘Nornin’.
18th June 1854. With the ‘Cruiser’ detained the ‘Nyverdal’.
7th February 1855. Commanded by Commander Stephen Smith Lowther Crofton, the Baltic during the Russian War.
9th July 1855. Commanded by Commander William Charles Chamberlain, Devonport.
4th February 1856. In Keyham Dock, Devonport.
21st February 1856. Commanded by Commander Thomas Cochran, Mediterranean.
23rd April 1856. Present at Fleet Review, Spithead.
21st July 1857. Prize money due now payable for the capture of the ‘Patrioten’ in 1854.
29th August 1857. Commanded by Commander Richard William Courtenay.
18th October 1857. Sailed from England for anti slavery duties on the West Coast of Africa.
17th December 1857. Boarded the U.S. merchant vessel ‘Merchant’ to examine her papers. She was reported to have departed Feb 1857, from Mayumba, on the South Coast, with a cargo of 600 slaves.
27th February 1858. Detained the slave schooner ‘Wintermoyeh’, L. Fuirflower, master in the River Congo. Her papers and flag having been thrown overboard and was fitted out for the slave trade.
12th March 1858. Detained the slave barque ‘Almeida’.
3rd April 1858. When patrolling in the ship’s cutter up stream in the River Congo the U.S. barque ‘Goldfinch of Salem’ was observed, without colours flying, and was visited briefly by the Assistant Surgeon to treat 2 men.
10th April 1858. Remains in the River Congo.
3rd June 1858. In Loango Bay.
11th June 1858. Detained the slave schooner ‘Angeline’ near Molembo, when about to receive her human cargo, her papers and flag having been thrown overboard and was fitted out for the slave trade.
21st July 1858. Off Shark’s Point, River Congo, boarded a barque without any colours and sent a boarding party on board. She turned out to be the ‘John Gilpin’, from Moanda, trader on that coast.
11th August 1858. Departed Fernando Po, for Sierra Leone, with 11 runaway slaves, for emancipation.
8th December 1858. Arrived at Loanda, from the Island of Ascension.
15th December 1858. In the River Congo, boarded and checked the papers of the US barque ‘J. W. Reid’.
1st March 1859. Sailed from the River Congo.
18th September 1859. Detained a slave barque with no papers and flying a red, white and blue flag, red to the mast, stated by her master to be worth nothing.
29th September 1859. Departed Sierra Leone for England.
3rd November 1859. Arrived in England from the West Coast of Africa.
13th December 1859. At Plymouth paid off.
21st December 1860. Prize money due now payable for the capture of the slave barque in 1850.
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