HMS Rolla

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Rolla, 1829
Type: Sloop ; Armament 10
Launched : 10 Dec 1829 ; Disposal date or year : 1868
BM: 231 tons
Notes:

1830 Plymouth.

Devonport 12 Dec 1833 In Hamoaze.

Falmouth 2 Jan 1834 Has arrived from Plymouth.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1835 the Brig Rolla, 10 guns, Complement: 50, was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death, for which no reason is given.

Plymouth 26 Mar 1835 arrived from on Tuesday from Sheerness, en route for the Coast of Africa.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1836 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 2 Deaths, for which no reason is given.

Sierra Leone 28 Mar 1836 is reported to have been in the Gambia.

21 Nov 1836 detained in the River Sherbro the Spanish slave schooner Luisita, Manuel Tort y Esclus, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 16 Dec 1836 sentenced to be condemned.

2 Dec 1836 detained at anchor at the Sea-bar, in the River Sherbro, the Spanish slave brig San Nicholas / Nicolas, Angel Calsamilia, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 2 Jan 1837 sentenced to be condemned.

27 Dec 1836 detained in the Rio Pongas, in the vicinity of Sierra Leone, the Spanish pilot boat Lechuguino, JosÚ Maury, master, with 49 slaves on board, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 10 Jan 1837 sentenced to be condemned.

27 Dec 1836 or 2 Jan 1837 detained in the Rio Pongas, off the village of Saraby, the Spanish slave schooner Esperimento, Joaqiom de Andricain, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 12 Jan 1837 sentenced to be condemned.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1837 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 1 Death.

15 Jun 1839 Portsmouth arrived on Sunday from the north coast of Spain.

24 Oct 1839 Devonport is under orders for the coast of Africa,

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1840 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 3 Deaths.

6 Jun 1840 Sierra Leone departed to the Gambia.

16 Sep 1840 detained in lat. 7░ 5' N., long. 11░ 50' W., off the Gallinas the Portuguese slave schooner Porto Formozo, J. M. Carvalho, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 05 Nov 1840 sentenced to be condemned. However the fact that the Porto Formozo was detained at Gallinas for 6 weeks before being sent to Sierra Leone appears to be the subject of an inquiry on the station which suggests that the Porto Formozo was detained because she was such a fast sailor, in contrast to the dull sailing of the Rolla, which had enabled Lt Hall to detain 3 slave vessels lurking of the Gallinas. Lt. C. Hall, receiving a warning never to do that again. [However, it occurs to me that since the Porto Formozo wasn't a commissioned HM vessel, and didn't have approval from the Admiralty to detain vessels in the slave trade, I doubt that the detentions of the 3 vessels would have been legal, and hence we don't see them here !]

3 Oct 1840 Second Master Antony John Samwell appointed to the Rolla.

23 Oct 1840 Sierra Leone, is recently reported to have taken prizes.

11 Nov 1840 the Rolla, with the Wanderer in company, detained in lat. 7░ 6' N., long. 12░ 17' W., whilst en route to the Gallinas the Spanish slave brigantine Vanguardia, M. Irguierdo, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Spanish Mixed Court of Justice, Sierra Leone, and on 9 Dec 1840 sentenced to be condemned.

29 Nov 1840 detained in lat. 6░ 30' N. Long. 10░ 57' W. off Cape Mount, the Brazilian slave brig Feliz Ventura, J. M. da Costa e Silva, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Court of Mixed Commission, Sierra Leone, and on 11 Jan 1841 sentenced to be condemned.

Per a report made to Parliament in 1842, at some time during 1841 was involved in combatting the Slave Trade and experienced 2 Deaths.

22 Jul 1841 arrived at Bathurst (River Gambia), from Sierra Leone.

27 Jul 1841 returned to Sierra Leone.

24 Mar-31 Mar 1842, with the Pluto entered the River Gallinas and destroyed 4 slave factories, liberating 260 African slaves in the process.

29 May 1842 was expected Ascension en route for England.

19 Jun 1842 departed Ascension for England.

7 Aug 1842 arrived Spithead from Gallinas on the West Coast of Africa, last from Ascension, after spending 3 years on anti-slavery duties, but being an indifferent sailor, was far from successful. She has departed Spithead to the east to be paid off at one of the home ports on the River Thames.

1846 East Coast of Africa.

Jan 1848 Portsmouth, in Ordinary (reserve).

1848 Based at Portsmouth and used for instructing boys.

15 Jul 1848 Experimental Squadron departed from Portsmouth - see St Vincent for article from the Morning Chronicle dated 17 Jul 1848.

20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth.

30 Aug 1851 Devonport - Training ship for apprentices.

1860 Tender to Victory, Portsmouth.


Rollicker, 1919-52
Type: Tug ;
Launched : 1919 ;
Displacement: 1400 Tons.
Propulsion: Twin Screw
Machinery notes: I.H.P. 2,400
Notes:

NL Jan 1921 based at Rosyth.

Per www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyBritishShips-Dittmar3.htm I understand that the vessel was sold in 1922 and repurchased in 1934.

NL Feb 1939 based at Gibraltar.

NL Jul 1945 based at Gibraltar.