HMS Crocodile

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Crocodile, <-1825->
Type: Post Office Steam Packet ;

Whilst not relevant to this database thought the existence of this vessel should be noted.

28 May 1825 arrived Falmouth from London, en route for Milford.

Crocodile, 1825
Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched : 28 Oct 1825 ; Disposal date or year : 1861
BM: 500 tons

6 Sep 1828 At Spithead.

15 Oct 1829 reported at Cape of Good Hope to be in New South Wales.

1830 East Indies station.

17 Aug 1830 at Batavia.

11 Sep 1830 arrived at Madras, from Port Jackson, Batavia, and Trincomalee, and departed on the 21st for a cruise.

21 Feb 1831 departed Madras on a cruise.

28 Feb 1831 arrived Ceylon from Madras.

22 - 24 Oct 1831 extract from log when she experienced the effects of a hurricane at Manilla.

26 Dec 1831 departed Madras for Trincomalee.

19 Jul 1832 departed Ascension for England having dropped off 4 marines for service on that Island.

7 Sep 1832 arrived Plymouth, from the East India Station, with 26 invalids, via Trincomalee (22 Apr), Madras (29th), St. Helena (19 Jul).

15 Sep 1832 has been taken into harbour to be paid off into ordinary.

21 Sep 1832 paid off at Plymouth.

16 Sep 1837 is reported to be recruiting at Plymouth.

7-14 Feb 1839 Halifax, arrived from Barbadoes, with news of the death of her Captain (Polkinghorne). The first lieutenant (Pelwhele), had taken the temporary command of the ship.

20 April 1839 it is reported that the 69th Regiment was landed at St. John's, Now Brunswick, on the 15th and 17th Mar from the Crocodile, and transports.

11 May 1839 departed for Newfoundland.

13 Apr 1840 detained in lat. 19 30' N. Long. 81 45' W., en route from Trinidada de Cuba to Cabo Lopez, the Spanish slave schooner Mercedita, M. de Zulueta, master, which was sent for adjudication to Mixed British and Spanish Court at Havana, and on 24 Apr 1840 sentenced to be condemned. See also p. 305 at

29 May 1840 Volunteer, 1st Class H. V. A. Poulett appointed to the Crocodile.

6 Oct 1840 arrived at Newfoundland, from Quebec.

26 Oct 1840 at Bermuda.

Dec 1840 Commander W. W. P. Johnson (of the Winchester), promoted to be Acting Captain of the Crocodile, vice Alexander Milne, to the Cleopatra.

4 Mar 1841 at Jamaica.

1 April 1841 UK papers report the court martial of Lieutenant S. Otway Woolridge of the Crocodile on a number of charges on board the Magnificent at Jamaica to be dismissed his ship and placed at the bottom of the list for Lieutenants.

3 Apr 1841 Captain C. Wyvill, to Cleopatra; A. Milne, appointed to Crocodile (late Cleopatra).

3 Apr 1841 Commander William W. P. Johnson (late Crocodile), appointed to Winchester, vice Milne, to Crocodile.

Mate ----- McClintoch, from the Crocodile, appointed to the Excellent.

14 Apr 1841 left Halifax for the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

26 Apr 1841 at Pictou.

18 Aug 1841 at Halifax.

2 Oct 1841 arrived at Prince Edward's Island.

2 Oct 1841 arrived Halifax, NS, from PEI.

8 Oct 1841 at Halifax awaiting orders.

18 Oct 1841 was at Halifax on the departure of the Seringapatam for England.

10 Nov 1841 arrived Spithead in 18 days from Halifax.

14 Nov 1841 departed Portsmouth for Plymouth, to be paid off.

16 Nov 1841 arrived Plymouth, from Portsmouth, to be paid off.

25 Nov 1841 paid off into Ordinary at Plymouth.

15 Dec 1841 has been taken into Dock to have her defects made good.

25 Dec 1841 Plymouth, is ordered to be brought forward to be recommissioned.

23 Feb 1842, undocked at Plymouth, her defects having been made good.

12 Mar 1842 commissioned this week at Plymouth as troop ship.

24 Mar 1842 in Hamoaze.

2 Apr 1842 Top blocks on Mr J.P. Wallis's principle are to be tried on board the Crocodile and other ships.

9 May 1842 went out of harbour into the Sound.

15 May 1842 departed Plymouth for Portsmouth.

19 May 1842 arrived Spithead from Plymouth to embark the St Helena Regt.

28 May 1842 will take as many men from the St. Helena Corps as she has berths.

31 May 1842 departed Portsmouth for Dublin to embark a part of the 52nd Regt., and a party of the Artillery for Demerara. She had previously embarked Naval Stores at Portsmouth for the Dockyard at Halifax.

3 Sep 1842 at Plymouth preparing to depart for Canada with the Calcutta, Pique, and Resistance, troop ships to bring home the 67th and 69th Regts., and 7th Hussars.

12 Oct 1842 departed Barbadoes for Demerara.

2 Nov 1842 troop ship at Bermuda.

20 Dec 1848 receiving ship at Cork.

30 Aug 1851 receiving ship, off the Tower [of London].

1860 receiving ship, off the Tower.

Extract from the log of HMS Crocodile, Captain R. Bancroft, at Manilla. (in Civil Time)
Hour. Courses. Winds. Remarks.
22 Oct 1831
A.M.   ENE A.M. Light wind and cloudy.
P.M.     P.M. Light wind and fine ; latter part, moderate breezes.
23 Oct 1831
A.M.   NE A.M. Light wind and cloudy.
P.M.     P.M. Moderate and cloudy weather.
      Sunset, increasing breeze and cloudy, veering more northward.
7     At 7, veered to seventy-five fathoms, and ranged the best bower.
8   N At 8.30, the ship drove, let go the best bower ; pointed yards to the wind, and struck top-gallant-masts ; carried away the main-top-gallant-mast by its being swayed through the cross-trees.
11     At 11, the typhoon very heavy and the sea high ; at 11.20, the ship again drove, veered out the whole of the best bower, which brought her up; at this time the first gig was washed away from the quarter.
Midn.     At midnight, the hurricane very severe, with heavy rain and high sea; bent the sheet cable over all, not being able to get it out of the hawse-hole.
24 Oct 1831
A.M.   N by W A.M. Typhoon very heavy, with incessant rain and high sea.
1   NE At 1.40, its extreme rage abated, and shifted to the NE ; the sea became less violent, and the ship rode more easily; but very heavy squalls.