HMS Conflict

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Conflict, 1812
Type: Gun brig ; Armament 12
Launched : 1812 ; Disposal date or year : 1841
BM: 180 tons

1813 Newfoundland (Lieut. H. L. Baker)

17 Apr 1813 departed Cork, with a convoy for Halifax.

21 May 1813, the Crescent, and Conflict, arrived Halifax with a part of a convoy made up as follows: Forth, Aid, Sarah, Spanish Patriot, William, Diana, Dorset, John Peat, Augusta, and Europe.

23 May 1813, the Boxer, arrived Halifax, from Cork, with a part of a convoy, some of which arrived 21st inst.: Cerberus, Alexander, Duck and Port.

11-13 Jul 1813 a part of a squadron bringing troops to take Ocracoke, on the North-Carolina coast, during which the Atlas and the Anaconda, both letters of marque, were captured and subsequently taken into the Service, the Anaconda, by her own name, and the Atlas, by the name of St.-Lawrence.

1814 Convoy and Cruising (A. M. Hawkins)

Bermuda 7 Dec 1814 departed from Bermuda with a convoy for England.

Plymouth 11 Apr 1814 arrived from a cruise.

Portsmouth 24 May 1814 arrived from the French coast, having landed prisoners from England.

Portsmouth 25 May 1814 departed with French prisoners and a convoy of transports with more on board.

Lisbon 26 Jun 1814 departed for England with a convoy.

Plymouth 19 Jul 1814 arrived with a convoy from Lisbon.

Deal 21 Jul 1814 arrived with a convoy from Lisbon, which are departed for the River.

Portsmouth 24 Aug 1814 departed with a convoy for Spain and Portugal.

Lymington 28 Aug 1814 departed with the convoy for Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean and has cleared the Needles.

Portsmouth 19 Oct 1814 arrived with a convoy from Lisbon and the North coast of Spain.

Portsmouth 15 Dec 1814 Last night a ship's boat was swamped and several men drowned, going to the assistance of the Olympia cutter, on the Spit-bank.

Portsmouth 12 Jan 1815 arrived from Plymouth.

Portsmouth 29 Jan 1815 arrived from Cork.

Portsmouth 6 Feb 1815 Came in from Cork with small convoy.

Portendick 3 May 1825 Remained for the protection of the gum-trade.

23 Jul 1825 was reported to be at Cape Coast Castle.

15 Sep 1825 departed Prince's Island in company with the Maidstone, Atholl, Redwing and Esk, who departed in execution of their various orders.

22 Dec 1825, detained off Duke's Town, in the Old Calabar River the Dutch slave brig Charles aka Le Jeune Charles, 190 tons, Louis Guios / L'Oiseau, Master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Netherlands Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 21 Jan 1826 sentenced to be condemned.

Nov 1826 was reported to be at Sierra Leone.

16 Dec 1826 Lieut. Wakefield of the Brazen apptd. to command the Conflict gun brig vice Lieut. Chrystie, invalided.

28 Feb 1827, detained in the Roads at Accra, approx. lat. 2 15' N., the Brazilian slave schooner Independencia, 201 tons, Jacinto A. P. Carneiro, Master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and sentenced to be condemned.

3 Apr 1827, detained in lat. 6 20' N. long. 1 40' E., whilst at anchor off Aguay, aka Away, 10 miles to the east of Cape St. Pauls, the Brazilian slave brig Bahia, 217 tons, M. B. de Carvalho, Master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 11 May 1827 sentenced to be condemned.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1830 the Gun brig Conflict, 12 guns, Complement: 50, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death, and in the absence of other information I assume the causes of death were from disease etc.

Plymouth 27 Mar 1830 Being fitted for service on the African Station.

Jul 1830, Sierra Leone, and from thence to Gambia.

Oct 1830 at Ascension.

24 Nov 1830 the ship's boats detained in lat. 10 4' N. long. 15 43' W., off Rio Pongos ; bound from Rio Pongos to Boa Vista, the Spanish slave schooner Ninfa [aka Nympha], Joao Bautista, master, with 167 slaves on board, after a smart fight, in which some of the Spaniards were killed, and several of the Conflict's crew and slaves, wounded. The proceeds arising were paid on the 17 August 1832. 11 men were wounded in the action, 4 seriously, and in the prize it is said that 15 were killed and a number wounded. The vessel was sent for adjudication to the British and Portuguese Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 9 Dec 1830 sentenced to be condemned.

Letters from the coast of Africa, which appeared in the United Services Journal for 1831, describe the above action in which the boats of the Conflict, 12, Lieut. George Smithers, engaged and captured a large schooner full of slaves, as a gallant affair. The Conflict was on her return from the river Gambia, on the 1st of December, when she fell in with a suspicious looking sail, to which she immediately gave chase, but it falling a dead calm, an armed boat was sent, under the command of Mr. Rose, the Master, with orders to board and search the stranger. The latter, on the boat's approach, discharged guns and small arms into her, which wounded several men. Mr. Rose then made a signal for another boat from the Conflict, which soon joined them, and together they carried the schooner after a desperate resistance, in which the British had nine men wounded, the slaver seventeen men killed and drowned, the latter by being driven overboard in the combat. The captors found 167 slaves on board, in a miserable condition, the whole of whom were taken to Sierra Leone, where the captain and crew were imprisoned, and were to be tried under a Special Commission founded on the Royal Commission, issued in the 10th George IV., as pirates. [As usual, dates don't always agree, but other details appear to tie in reasonably well, all things considered.]

5 Jul 1833 further to the affair between the Conflict and Ninfa, aka Nympha, it is observed that two of the men from this vessel were sent to Lisbon for trial, but nothing had been done by this date, except that through diplomatic circles it is noted that the Portuguese were still claiming that they were unable to prosecute these men without the knowing the Charges upon which they were to be tried. Lord Palmerston has replied accordingly to the British Minister (Ambassador) in Lisbon, to advise the Portuguese authorities, having consulted with "the proper Law Adviser of the Crown" that these men were amenable to the Laws of Portugal, and may and ought to be tried by the Tribunals of that Country.

7 Dec 1830 remained at Sierra Leone on the departure of the Primrose for England.

11 Dec 1830 departed Sierra Leone with his honour the Chief Justice, to take him to Gambia.

15 Dec 1830 boarded, with his honour the Chief Justice, the French slave vessel La Caroline, Jean Antoine Daniel, Master, in lat. 9 15' N. long. 14 25' W., with 51 slaves on board, 2 of whom stated to the Chief Justice that they had been kidnapped from Sierra Leone, having been previously emancipated, and were therefore being British subjects.

17 Dec 1830 arrived Sierra Leone, from a cruise, with La Caroline, a French slave-vessel, which was subsequently to be discovered to have 4 English speaking slaves on board who were released and the vessel taken to the French officials at Goree.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1831 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 10 Deaths, and in the absence of other information I assume the causes of death were from disease etc.

21 Feb 1831 was to leeward of Sierra Leone.

9 Mar 1831 was reported at Sierra Leone to be to leeward of Fernando Po.

20 Mar 1831 was duty ship at Sierra Leone when the French sloop Virginie, 39 tons, departed Nantes 6 Mar 1830, Andre Pierre Auben, Master, arrived from the Plantains, with 91 former slaves and 9 passengers onboard, the slaves having, on the night of the 13 Mar, risen up and attacked the 7 crew of the Virginie, killing all except one boy, and four of the passengers, one of whom, being a master was given his life if he took them to Sierra Leone. The slaves were landed and steps taken to commence the adjudication of the vessel in the court of Vice-Admiralty.

29 Aug 1831 arrived Ascension from off the West Coast of Africa following 33 of her crew becoming ill with fever and 9 dying from it : the vessel to be provisioned with fresh victuals and fumigated prior to returning to the Coast. After only a few days the surgeon from the Dryad reports that the health of the crew has improved already.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1832 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 3 deaths, and in the absence of other information I assume the causes of death were from disease etc.

9 May 1832 remained at Sierra Leone when the Dryad departed, having been converted into a hulk to receive prize crews when they arrive here with their prizes and have delivered the prize into the hands of the Marshall of the Courts. Her officers and ship's company were to be sent home in the Plumper.

Noting that Sierra Leone was chosen as one of the ports where a Mixed Court was based e.g. if a British man-of-war brought in say a Spanish slave ship, then a British and Spanish judge would adjudicate the matter and what was to be done with the vessel, her crew and officially freeing or emancipating any slaves that might be on board.

1832-40 Receiving Ship, Sierra Leone.

3 Mar 1840 surveyed and reported unfit for service, and was moved in-shore to prevent her obstructing the river should she founder. An inventory was taken of her stores etc. and she was handed over to the Assistant Commissioner General at Sierra Leone, a steady Krooman having been appointed from the Wanderer as ship-keeper.