HMS Clinker

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Clinker, 1813
Type: Gun-brig ; Armament 12
Launched : 15 Jul 1813 ; Disposal date or year : 1867
BM: 183 tons
Notes:

17 Mar 1814 remains Passages.

16 Sep 1814 arrived Halifax with a convoy from Cork.

14 Jan 1815, arrived Halifax, with a convoy from Sydney, N.S.

25 May 1815 departed Portsmouth on a cruise.

28 Jun 1815 departed Portsmouth with French prisoners bound for Plymouth.

16 Jul 1815 arrived Portsmouth with a convoy of transports with troops for Ostend.

17 Jul 1815 at Portsmouth, made a signal for the convoy for Ostend to proceed to sea.

22 Jul 1815 arrived Portsmouth.

29 Aug 1815 departed Portsmouth to the Westward.

27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based at Newfoundland.

15 Oct 1822 ready to depart St John's, Newfoundland for Portsmouth.

6 Nov 1822 arrived Portsmouth from Newfoundland.

25 Nov 1826 In the Portsmouth harbour.

29 Dec 1826 John Barrow, at the Admiralty, wrote to Lieutenant Matson as follows : "I Am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit to you, for your information and guidance, a copy of an Act 5 Geo. IV. c. 113, intituled, An Act to amend and consolidate the Laws relating to the Abolition "of the Slave Trade;" and with reference to the treaties which have been entered into with Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands, for the prevention of an illicit traffic in Slaves, and of which copies are contained in the said Act; I am also to enclose to you three Instructions, signed by their Lordships, authorizing you, in conformity with the treaties, to search vessels bearing those flags ; in doing which, as well as in the whole of your conduct towards such vessels, you are to be strictly governed by the said treaties, and the instructions attached to them. I am, &c. John Barrow.

4 Jan 1827 departed Portsmouth for the coast of Africa.

15-16 May 1827, detained by the ship's boats in lat. 5 47' N., long. 1 50' E., whilst at anchor in the roadstead at Otoco, about 9 miles to the east of Cape St Paul the Brazilian slave sumacca Copioba, 169 tons, J. de Arauja Braga, Master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 12 Jun 1827 sentenced to be condemned.

1 Jun 1827 detained a slave brig Name Unknown, 142 tons.

4 Jun 1828 off Cape Mount when her boats examined the prospective slaver Josefa, which was subsequently taken in the West Indies on 7 Apr 1829 with 206 slaves on board.

5 Aug 1828 detained in the River Cameroons the Brazilian slave brig Clementina, Antonio da Silva Guimarens, master, with 271 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 18 Sep 1828 sentenced to be condemned.

20 Aug 1828 detained by the ship's boats in or about lat. 3 36' N. long. 9 10' E., the Brazilian slave schooner Voador, the late Vincento Ferreira Revello, master, at anchor in the River Bimbia, following a resistance during which several men were killed and wounded on both sides. The Voador was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 17 Nov 1828 sentenced to be condemned.
During the resistance put up by the crew of the Voador to the arrest of the vessel they killed Phillip Woodley, and wounded 3 severely, including Lieutenant Coyde the officer commanding the boarding party, and Mr. Sainsbury, and 5 or 6 others slightly, this out of 18 men who made up the boarding party. The crew of the Voador consisted of about 40 men, of whom 18-20 were either killed or wounded during their attempts to over-power the boarding party. The wounded included Mr. Coyde, Mate ; Mr. Sainsbury, Mate ; Woodley, P., seaman, mortally ; S. Tachet, seaman, severely ; J. Morton, seaman, slightly ; W. Shellitto, seaman, slightly.

21 Aug 1828 off the Cameroons river.

A couple of years later, when living at 6, Notting Hill Terrace, Kensington, Lieutenant Geo. Wm. Matson, the commanding officer of the Clinker in 1828, states that on arriving at Sierra Leone with the Voador, his prize, he was of a mind to prosecute the crew of the Voador for piracy through the Vice-Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone, but was prevailed up to look at the injuries, amputations and death that the crew of the Voador had already experienced as a result of their actions, and agreed that the matter should perhaps be left to rest.

22 Sep 1828 Remains at Prince's Island, all well.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1829 the Gun brig Clinker, 12 guns, Complement: 62, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced the following casualties : 2 Deaths by Accident: Total No of Deaths: 7.

8-9 Oct 1829 the ship's boats detained, in lat. 4 10' N . long. 7 20' E,, 2-3 days out from River Bonny, the Spanish slave brig Octavio, Juan Roche, master, with 366 slaves on board was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone and on 19 Nov 1829 sentenced to be condemned. 31 Oct 1829 detained in lat. 3 04' N., long. 7 30' E., in the River Bonny, the Brazilian slave brig Emelia / Amelia, Joao da Costa Ribeiro, master, with 157 slaves on board, was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 14 Jan 1830 sentenced to be condemned.

4 Nov 1829 arrived Fernando Po to replenish provisions, wood, and water.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1830 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced the following casualties : 1 Death by Accident: Total No of Deaths: 2.

27 Mar 1830 detained in at lat. 4 4' N., long. 4 54' E., when bound from the River Brass, near Cape Formosa, to Cuba, the Spanish slave schooner Altimara, Pedro Sala, master, with 249 slaves on board was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 11 May 1830 sentenced to be condemned.

17 Jul 1830 departed Prince's Island for England via St. Michael's.

20 Sep 1830 arrived Portsmouth from the coast of Africa.

1831 Converted for use by the Coastguard Service.

14 Feb 1831, accounts of monies received arising from the captures of the Emelia, and the Altimara to be deposited in the High Court of Admiralty shortly.

25 Apr 1831 prize money due to be paid as a result of the capture of the Emelia, on 31st Oct 1829.

25 Apr 1831 prize money due to be paid as a result of the capture of the Altamira, on 27 Mar 1830.

20 Mar 1835 Coast Guard vessel at Cuckmere Haven.

Feb 1842 Coast Guard vessel at Cuckmere Haven.

1861-62 Coast Guard watch vessel, per Parliamentary papers.