HMS Childers

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Childers, 1827
Type: Brig-sloop ; Armament 18
Launched at Portsmouth : 23 Aug 1827 ;
Disposal date or year : 1865
BM: 385 tons
Complement : 71 officers and men ; 24 boys ; 20 marines

Circa Oct - Dec 1830 : based at Leith, Shields on the Sheerness and North Sea Station, Cdr. R. Deans in command, per Part I United Services Journal for 1831.

29 Dec 1830 arrived Portsmouth from North Shields, Commander Robert Deans, in command.

16 Jan 1831 departed Portsmouth for Leith.

20 Feb 1831 arrived Portsmouth from the eastward.

7 Mar 1831 departed Portsmouth, for Lisbon, Cdr Deans, in command. To form a part of a squadron supporting British Trade in Portugal which was being damaged by the war between Dom Pedro and Dom Miguel. See p. 270 at

20 Mar 1831 arrived at Lisbon from Portsmouth.

3 Jun 1831 arrived Portsmouth from Lisbon.

21 Jun 1831 departed Portsmouth for South America.

1 Jul 1831 arrived at Madeira from Portsmouth, and departed again the same day for Rio de Janeiro.

19 Dec 1831 arrived Spithead from the Cape of Good Hope, St. Helena, and Ascension, Commander Deans, in command.

1 Feb 1832 departed Spithead for Lisbon with despatches.

15 Apr 1832 the R.N. packet Duke of Marlborough, departed the Tagus for Plymouth, leaving the Revenge, Childers and Asia in the harbour.

12 Jun 1832 arrived off Oporto, from Lisbon, with the Royalist and Nautilus.

12 Jul 1832 reported to be off Oporto with the Stag and Nautilus when Don Pedro arrived and landed his troops.

28 Sep 1832 in the R. Douro. Reports from the ship to the Flag Ship Asia state that the Miguelites had been firing into the ship, and the Orestes, and that the Captain's steward of the Childers had been seriously wounded.

End of 1832 a part of a squadron of vessels involved in the blockade of the ports of Holland, which was defying the great Powers with regard to the Belgian question. See p. 270-1 at

12 Nov 1832 arrived Spithead from Lisbon and is fitting with all despatch in order to join the English and French Squadrons in the Downs.

23 Nov 1832 departed Portsmouth for the Downs.

2 Dec 1832 departed the Downs on a cruise.

5 Jan 1833 arrived Spithead from the Downs, and has now come into harbour to be paid off. It was reported in the Nautical Magazine that whilst the vessel was out at Spithead Midshipman Lowther and a seaman were drowned when returning to the ship, in a boat, another seaman managing to regain the Childers.

18 Jan 1833, Portsmouth, paid off into ordinary.

6 Jul 1833 is to be brought forward for commission and is now in dock at Portsmouth.

13 Jul 1833 to be fitted as a brig at Portsmouth.

17 May 1834 commissioned in harbour at Portsmouth.

17 May 1834, Commander Hon. Henry Keppel ; Lieuts. George Goldsmith, and Grey Skipwith ; Master Mr. Jonas Coaker ; Purser Mr. David Bruce, appointed to the Childers at Portsmouth.

7 Jun 1834, Assistant Surgeon Mr. S. Livesay, M.D., apptd. to the Childers.

14 Jul 1834, in harbour at Portsmouth.

30 Jul 1834, departed Portsmouth for the Mediterranean.

28 Aug 1834, arrived Malta, from England.

27 Sep 1834, at Vourla, with the squadron.

31 Oct 1934, Malta, is reported to be at Zante.

21 Nov 1934, Malta, is reported to be at Zante.

27 Dec 1834 departed from Malta for Vourla bay, with mail etc..

31 Jan 1835, is reported to be at Malta.

9 Feb 1835, departed Malta with the squadron for the Vourla, where it arrived circa 15 Feb.

12 Mar 1835, Malta, it is understood the Childers will relieve the Jaseur on the coast of Spain.

24 Jun 1835, Childers arrived from Malta with mail for the Mediterranean squadron, cruising in the Levant.

26 Aug 1835, Malta, departed with the squadron to Cadiz.

13 Sep 1835, at Cadiz.

14 Nov 1835 is reported to be on the south coast of Spain.

10 Jun 1836 has recently arrived Gibraltar from Barcelona, having been on the Mole there for the last month, and returns immediately with the mail.

14 Jul 1836 arrived at Tortosa.

12 Aug 1836 was reported to be at Gibraltar.

27 Aug 1836, at Barcelona.

5 Dec 1837, Commander Keppel promoted to Captain.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1837 the Sloop Childers, 16 guns, Complement: 110, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced the following casualties : a Death by Accident: 1.

14 Jul 1837 is ordered to the coast of Senegal to protect British shipping.

25 Oct 1837 reported to have been in the Gambia protecting the gum trade and attempting to improve relations with the local tribal chiefs, but had already departed for Sierra Leone by the time the Partidge had departed the Gambia.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1838 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade.

2 Apr 1838, departed Ascension Island.

19 May 1838, arrived Portsmouth, and came into harbour in the afternoon to be paid off.

26 May 1838 at Portsmouth. Captain Keppel responds to correspondence regarding an incident that is supposed to have taken place during dealings with the French merchant vessel Africaine, at British Accra, on the coast of West Africa. See British and Foreign state papers available in Google Books.

20 Apr 1839 In Harbour at Portsmouth.

15 Jun 1839 went out to Spithead on Sunday, and departed on Tuesday to Plymouth to complete her crew, and then proceed to the East Indies.

21 Dec 1839 was reported at Portsmouth to be at the Cape of Good Hope.

25 Apr 1840 departed Bombay for Canton.

18 Dec 1841 Surgeon Joseph Plimsoll, appointed to the Childers.

5 Jul 1842 stationed at Chusan.

21 Jul 1842, in the Yang-tse-Keang, six miles below Dido. See for more detailed info on this operation and how she was involved.

14 Sep 1842 relieved the Dido up the Yang-tse-Kiang at Nanking.

At some time during the period 1839-42 engaged in the Operations in China. Officers and Men serving on this ship during this period may be eligible for a Medal. See p. 288 at

8 May 1846 departed the Downs for the Cape of Good Hope, Hobart Town, and New Zealand, with a large quantity of copper coin onboard.

10 Oct 1846 arrived at Hobart Town on the 24th ult. from England, via the Cape and Mauritius.

10 Oct 1846 In our last we gave the arrival of this fine sloop of war. She departed from Spithead on the 9th May, 1846 ; the Lizard on the 12th May; arrived at Bahia on the 9th June ; departed from Bahia on the 15th June; arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on 16th of July. departed from the Cape of Good Hope on 4th August ; arrived at Mauritius on the 18th August ; departed from Port Louis on the 22nd August ; arrived at Hobart Town on the 24th September, having thus been from England 137 days, of which she was 29 class in harbour, and gone over more than 18,000 miles in 108 days. We understand she will leave for Sydney in the course of the week. Hobart Town Advertiser.

7 Nov 1846 The cargo by the Terror consists of 60 tons copper ore, . . 5 hogsheads red wine.... The following vessels were at Auckland when the schooner Terror left: H.M.S. Castor, Racehorse, and Childers.

20 Dec 1848 East Indies

16 June 1855 departed England for anti-slavery duties on the West Coast of Africa.

17 Feb 1857 at sea off the West Coast of Africa, her commanding officer, Commander Hickley, writing complaining of the ease with which American slave traders ply their trade in the region off the Congo.

11 Mar 1858 was at Sierra Leone when the Ardent arrived.

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.

12 Aug 1858 reports that the slave barracoons were being rebuilt at Gallinas, where many of those natives who escaped from the French emigrant ship Regina Coeli are now imprisoned, and that the slave hunts had started again, by most tribes, and that 2 slave ships were supposed to be waiting for their cargoes. Thus all legal business has been suspended and the natives are deserting their farms and homes and with their families are seeking places of sanctuary and refuge again. So much for the slave trade and the French and their paying for native emigrants to work in their colonies.

21 Nov 1858 returned to England from the West Coast of Africa.

1860 at Chatham.

1863 possibly converted to Coast Guard Watch Vessel No. 10, for service at Cliffe Creek, prior to being broken up in 1865.

Childers, 1915
Type: Armed whaler ; Armament NK
Acquired : 1915 ; Disposal date or year : ????

Circa early 1915 taken up by the Admiralty from Durban and Saldana Bay. Employed in and off the Rufigi Delta following the location of the Konigsberg - see p. 345

From late Jul 1915 employed patrolling inshore waters off the coast of East Africa as detailed in 1916-2.pdf.