HMS Crane

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Crane, 1839
Type: Packet brig ; Armament 6
Launched : 28 May 1839 ; Disposal date or year : 1862
BM: 359 tons

29 Mar 1841 arrived Falmouth, from the West Indies : Barbadoes (2/6) ; St Lucia and Martinique (18/2) ; Dominica (19/2) ; Guadaloupe (20/7) ; Antigua, Montserrat & Nevis (22/7) ; St Kitt's (23/7) ; Tortola (24/7) ; St Thomas(4/3), where she received the Leeward Island mails from the steamer Flamer ; Porto Rico (/3) ; Cape Hayti (9/3) ; the Jamaica mails of 5/3 per steamer Tartarus.

21 May 1841 departed Falmouth for Jamaica.

17 Jun 1841 arrived Barbadoes.

22 Jun 1841 arrived St Thomas.

Circa 7 Aug 1841 arrived Portsmouth from the West Indies.

20 Dec 1848 Brig used as a packet based at Falmouth.

12 Feb 1853 boarded the American brigantine Monte Cristo, who was suspected of being a slave trader. She subsequently landed 3 Spaniards, passengers, at Loango, who were suspected of being instrumental in building a slave factory ashore. She was watched by the Crane until the 6 Mar, and 300 miles off the African coast, en route for Rio, however, it was expected that she would turn around and return to the African coast for a cargo once out of sight of the British cruiser.

24 Oct 1853 spoke with the US merchant schooner H.N. Gambril, which was considered to be a likely slave trader.

28 Oct 1853 fell in with the schooner H.N. Gambril again and boarded her, and later in the day fell in with the US frigate Constitution and advised the Commodore regarding the considered prospects for the Gambril, which was chased and detained later in the day, having reportedly had the audacity to fly the British ensign during the chase.

14 Dec 1853 arrived at Loanda. Commander Miller, with the British Judge and Commissioner for the Mixed Court at Loanda, Sir George Jackson present, agreed to the request by the Governor General of Angola, Viscount do Pinheiro, he not having any vessels available, to go to Benguella to investigation the situation regarding the slave trade, where it is suspected that the Crane will probably be too late to apprehend the Rosa, said to be bound for Havana, having taken on board a ship full of slaves.

9 Jan 1854 arrived back from Benguella, following what appears to have been an unsuccessful cruise, not seeing the schooner Rosa, and also hearing that it is expected that the slave trade will pick up in the light of the fact that there are fewer and fewer cruisers on the station, presumably away in the Baltic and Crimea, fighting the Russians.

3 Jun 1854 off Whydah.

4 Jun 1854 off Whydah, the Arab has departed for Ascension, en route to Cuba, which leaves 2 anti-slavery vessels to watch 1,000 miles of coastline, and a number of islands, including Fernando Po, and Prince's, etc., the Antelope and the Crane, although for the next month the former is reported to be replacing the contract mail steamer Faith, which has broken down.

28 Aug 1854 off Lagos.

30 Aug 1854 detained in the river Benin the slave schooner supposed Oregon or Mercedita, Bentino Gonzalves, master, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at Sierra Leone and on 8 Jan 1855 sentenced to be condemned under the Act 2 & 3 Vict.

28 Sep 1854 have eventually arrived off the Appi River, with the Minx, 45 miles from Lagos and obtained Kosoko's signature on a treaty or agreement not to threaten Lagos again.

27 Nov 1854 arrived at Palma, just ahead of the Scourge.

1860 Devonport.