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Conflict, 1846
Type: Steam sloop ; Armament 8 (per drawing : 2 x 56 pdr., 85 cwt., ; 6 x 68 pdr., 65 cwt. ; 2 x 32 pdr., 25 cwt.)
Laid down : July 1845 ; Launched : 5 Aug 1846 ;
Disposal date or year : 1863
BM: 1038 tons ; Propulsion: Screw
Machinery notes: 400

19 May 1845 the " Conflict " and " Desperate " were ordered to be built along the same lines as the " Encounter," .

Jan, 1846, Conflict, 10, steam frigate, screw by Sir W. Symonds, quarter built, at Pembroke. Designed as a sailing sloop, but changed to screw

20 Dec 1848 Sheerness.

18 Sep 1850 capture of a slave barque, name unknown. 21 Dec 1860 prize money due now payable.

10 Feb 1851 returned to Rio de Janeiro from Cape Frio, where the commanding officer of the Conflict 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.

25 Mar 1851 went to sea to cruise to the north of Bahia.

31 Mar 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.

4 Apr 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.

5 Apr 1851 departed Bahia for Morro San Paulo.

6 Apr 1851 arrived Morro San Paulo, the Sharpshooter already being present, with a Brazilian schooner of war.

9 Apr 1851 departed for a cruise off the Barra dos Carvalhos and Camamu.

12 Apr 1851 returned to Morro San Paulo.

20 Apr 1851 Report on this date at Portsmouth that the vessel was at Rio.

19 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.

4 Sep 1851 at Bahia.

Nov 1851 following reports that a brig and patacho were going to land a cargo of slaves on the shore in the vicinity of Benevente, to the north of Rio, the Conflict, Plumper and Bonetta were stationed to intercept the attempt, but nothing further was heard of the expected vessels.

30 Nov 1851 Lieutenant Commander G. F. Day arrived Bahia in the Conflict to take command of the Locust.

4 Jul 1853 Portsmouth. Carried out trials on the Boomerang propeller.

15 Apr 1854 captured Russian brig Patrioten [Prize Money per London Gazette of 21 Jul 1857].

18 Apr 1854, Conflict lost her Captain, John Foote, drowned, with four men, in a gig, off Memel - see p. 416 at

Apr-May 1854 the Amphion, Conflict, and other craft, meanwhile blockaded the Gulf of Riga, where the former captured a number of merchant vessels under batteries - see p. 416 at

17 Apr 1854 detained the Russian prize Carl Magnus.

17 Apr 1854 detained the Russian prize John.

17 Apr 1854 detained the Russian prize Industriae.

17 Apr 1854 detained the Russian prize Catherine Charlotte.

10 May 1854 the Amphion and Conflict captured Libau without firing a shot and took all the shipping in the port of Memel - see p. 416 at

25 May 1854 detained the Danish schooner, a prize, Steen Bille.

27 May 1854 Conflict and Amphion detained 8 x Russian Schooners.

1 Jun 1854 Conflict, Amphion and Archer detained the Nornin.

18 Jun 1854 Conflict and Cruiser detained the Nyverdal.

4 Feb 1856 Devonport. In Keyham Dock

23 Apr 1856, Present at Fleet Review, Spithead ; Commander Cochran

18 Oct 1857 departed England for anti slavery duties on the West Coast of Africa.

17 Dec 1857 boarded the U.S. merchant vessel Merchant to examine her papers. She was reported to have departed Feb 1858, from Mayumba, on the South Coast, with a cargo of 600 slaves.

27 Feb 1858 detained the slave schooner Wintermoyeh, L. Fuirflower, master, in Lat. 6 12' S., long. 12 9' E., in the River Congo. 29 Mar 1858 her papers and flag having been thrown overboard and was fitted out for the slave trade, in accordance with 2 & 3 Vict. cap. 73 was condemned at the Vice Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone. 11 Nov 1859 proceeds arising from the tonnage bounty due to be paid shortly, per Gazette.

12 Mar 1858 detained in Lat. 5 45' S., long. 11 50' E., the slave barque Almeida, Fisher, master, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone and on 12 Apr 1858 sentenced to be forfeited and on 11 Nov 1859 the London Gazette announced the situation regarding the distribution of the proceeds arising.

3 Apr 1858 when patrolling in the ship's cutter up stream in the River Congo the US barque Goldfinch of Salem was observed, without colours flying, and was visited briefly by the Assistant Surgeon to treat 2 men.

10 Apr 1858 remains in the R. Congo.

3 Jun 1858 in Loango Bay.

11 Jun 1858 detained the slave schooner Angeline, John Charles Smith, master, in Lat. 5 56' S., long. 11 50' E., 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. She was sent to the Vice Admiralty Court at St. Helena in the charge of Lieutenant Henderson where she was condemned on 8 Jul 1858.

13 Jun 1858 anchored off Point Padrone, and entered the Congo the following morning and sent the crew of the prize to Punta da Lenha [one wonders whether there is not some connection between the prize crew and the Angeline in the previous paragraph ?

21 Jul 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 this coast.

11 Aug 1858 departed Fernando Po, for Sierra Leone, with 11 runaway slaves, for emancipation.

8 Dec 1858 arrived at Loanda, from the Island of Ascension, with Sir Henry Huntley, clerk to H.M. Commissioners at Loanda.

15 Dec 1858 in the River Congo, boarded and checked the papers of the US barque J. W. Reid.

1 Mar 1859 departed from the River Congo, handing over to the Viper.

10 May 1859 appears to be back in the River Congo.

31 May 1859 the assumption made for 10 May appears to be correct as one of the ship's boats had returned this day from Punta da Lenha with news that the Emma Lincoln, a slave vessel, had stood in towards Cabenda on 25 May and would have embarked her cargo of slaves had not the Vesuvius's boat been present.

18 Sep 1859 detained in Lat. 1 35' N., long. 10 10' W., a slave barque, Name Unknown, with no papers and flying a red, white and blue flag, red to the mast, stated by her master to be worth nothing. The vessel was sent under the command of Mr. Bridge, to the Vice-Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone for adjudication where she was condemned on 3 Oct 1859. 330 doubloons were found amongst the master's effects and removed on board the Conflict for safety.

29 Sep 1859 departed Sierra Leone for England.

3 Nov 1859 returned to England from the West Coast of Africa.

1860 Devonport.