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Rose, 1821
Type: Sloop ; Armament 18
Launched : 1 Jun 1821 ; Disposal date or year : 1851
BM: 398 tons

7 Oct 1821 in port at Smyrna.

23 Oct 1821 remained at Smyrna with the Cambrian, Martin and Medina, when the Racehorse departed for England.

H. Rogers, HMS ROSE, 1 Sep 1822
With many thanks to:
Captain J R Wills, RN Rtd, for photograph taken at Sounion, Greece, March 2003 ©
Although it should be pointed out that it is not longer possible to access this view of the rock in question.

25 Oct 1825 Corfu, Lord Cochrane is daily expected here to intercept the Turkish supplies and reinforcements which are daily expected at Tripolitza (sic), and thus save what is left to the righteous cause of the Greeks. Sorry am I to say that Ibrahim Pacha has nearly overrun the Morea, and destroyed the villages and cattle. Missolonghi still holds out nobly, but it is not secure. The Greeks have offered to place themselves under our protection, on the same terms as the Ionian Islands are placed. The Cambrian, Capt Hamilton, has been to Modon, to effect an exchange between the son of the Bey of Maina, who was taken by Ibrahim at Navarin, and the Pacha of Napoli, who was taken by the Greeks. The Sybille, Capt Pechell, is cruising on the coast of Morea after pirates ; the Naiad, Hon Capt Spencer, is in the Archipelago ; the Rose has been employed these 2 months surveying the coast of Morea, principally in the Bay of Kolokythia ; the Medina is off Cerigo, her second master, Mr W Eshelby (of Portsea), is appointed Acting Master of the Rose ; Zebra, at Zante ; Chanticleer on the Ionian Station ; Weazle at Malta.Hampshire Telegraph - Monday 21 November 1825.

25 Oct 1825 Mr Bradshaw, master of the Rose, is appointed to the Sybille, vice Langley, deceased.

27 Jan 1826 carried a message between the warring Turkish and Greek authorities at Missolonghi.

1 Jul 1826 an officer who travelled overland from Malta to England via Switzerland and France reports that he noted that considerable sums of money being collected in these 2 countries in support of the Greek cause, following the fall of Missolonghi. The frigate Sybille, Sir Sam. Pechell, had gone on a diplomatic mission to the Pacha of Alexandria ; the Revenge, 78, Sir Harry Neale, had gone from Naples to Athens, with Adm Sir T Williams on board ; the Brisk, the Hon Capt Anson, to the Archipelago, to add to the force deemed necessary to keep an eye on the many Greek armed cruisers, and the Egyptians and Turks, who, the article states, never lose an opportunity of plundering, when they think they can do it in safety. The Cambrian, Rose, and Gannett were in the Archipelago protecting our trade. The Seringapatam was refitting at Malta, the Eden having departed Malta on 10 May 1826, for England ; the Alacrity had departed Malta for Naples and England, while the Naiad was cruising on the Dalmatian shore. And the Medina and Zebra were now at Malta, the latter having recently arrived from Smyrna with dispatches, and now under quarantine for 40 days.

5 Sep 1826 Lloyds' agent at Smyrna reports that the Brisk gave convoy through the Archipelago to 6 British merchant vessels. The Cambrian, Seringapatam, and Rose, with marines from on board the Revenge, which remained at Smyrna, with the Glasgow and the Medina, sailed a few days ago, supposed for the purpose of looking for pirates, although no further depredations have been heard of. According to the last account the Turkish Fleet, under the command of Captain Pacha, was in the Scio Channel, and the Greek squadron of 30 - 40 sail was cruising near Samos. The Agent goes on to say that we doubt whether the Turkish expedition against that island will succeed, as many of the troops are returning from the sea coast to the interior, and the ship commanded by the Captain Pacha is said to have put into Foggia, leaky. There is no news of Captain Cochrane being in these seas.

Circa Oct 1826 landed marines on the island of Andros and after scouring the coast for several hours they found and burnt 3 small pirate vessels.

12 May 1827 employed protecting British trade in the Archipelago, at Alexandria, and around the coasts of Syria and Caramania.

1827 the diplomatic and political situation which led the Battle of Navarin.

14 Oct 1827 state of the Allied Fleet off the Bay of Navarin and the numbers of Turkish vessels present. See also p. 256-> at

20 Oct the Allied Fleet entered the Bay of Navarin and anchored opposite their Turkish equivalents, and shortly afterwards, following some sporadic firing, the battle became general. 24 Oct 1827 Lieutenant Maine Lyons, First Lieutenant of the Rose, died through the loss of his right leg during the recent battle of Navarino when in command of the ship's boats and charged with preventing a Turkish fire ship from drifting on board one of the French ships of the line which they succeeded in doing whilst exposed to a dreadful fire of grape. Lt Lyons was a midshipman in the Minden at Algiers in 1816, and had recently distinguished himself in the ship's boats when employed destroying Greek pirates in the Archipelago. See also a letter from Commander Davies of the Rose to Captain Lyons in the Hampshire Telegraph of 28 Jan 1828, p. 4. which affirms the above, and advises that had he survived he would probably been promoted ; see also a generous acknowledgement in public letter from Admiral De Rigny, which I've not seen, but is mentioned in the article in the Telegraph.

Numbers of allied personnel killed and wounded at the Battle of Navarin (a.k.a. Navarino), and the names of British Officers killed and wounded. Medals granted to all surviving Officers, seamen and marines (and soldiers who served as marines) per order of 7th June, 1848. † Prize Money see Sep 1834.

29 Nov 1827 refitting Malta.

29 Dec 1827 departed Malta for England.

31 Jan 1828 the Asia, Capt Curzon, late flag ship of V.-Adm E Codrington, the Albion, Capt JA Ommanney, and the Rose, Cdr Wm Wellesley, lately fought at Navarino arrived Spithead from Malta.

1 Feb 1828 the Asia, Albion and Rose were visited by HRH the Lord High Admiral, and CinC, Adm the Hon, Sir R Stopford, who went out to Spithead in the steamer Meteor.

4 Feb 1828 was to come into Portsmouth harbour from Spithead on Monday.

6 Sep 1828 at Spithead.

20 Dec 1828 Was reported due to depart Rio de Janeiro for the Cape of Good Hope.

26 Apr 1829 about to depart Bermuda for Havannah.

8 Sep 1829 The newspapers of the day carry two letters thanking the officers and crew of the Rose in providing assistance to the brig Vermont, and the late bark Industry, of Yarmouth ?

7 Sep 1829 has arrived Halifax from a cruise in the Bay of Fundy.

19 Oct 1829 to remain Halifax during the winter.

12 Dec 1829 is reported at Portsmouth to be wintering at Halifax.

3 Apr 1830 at Halifax.

7 May 1830 refitting at Bermuda.

23 Aug 1830 arrived Halifax from the St. Lawrence.

10 Oct 1830 arrived Jamaica, from a cruise.

8 Nov 1830 arrived at Barbadoes and departed on the 11th for Jamaica.

14 Apr 1831 arrived at Jamaica from Santa Martha.

5 Jun 1831 departed from Halifax on a cruise.

5 Sep 1831 refitting Halifax.

2 Apr 1832 departed Bermuda for England, via Jamaica, and the round of the Gulf of Mexico.

22 Apr 1832 departed Jamaica.

28 Apr 1832 arrived at Campeache, now Campeche, and all being tranquil departed 1st May for Tampico.

5 May 1832 arrived at Tampico where things were far from tranquil and as a result no treasure was being moved.

9 May 1832 departed Tampico for Vera Cruz with some of the officers and ship's company of the French man o'war Fauxe, her charts showing a reef in the wrong position.

26 May 1832 arrived at Very Cruz, having been held up by bad weather.

7 Jun 1832 departed Vera Cruz, things still being uncertain on the political scene.

1 Jul 1832 departed Havannah for England.

5 Aug 1832 arrived Spithead from Havannah.

7 Aug 1832 departed Spithead for Sheerness to be paid off.

10 Nov 1832 is to be docked at Chatham.

20 Jul 1833 being brought forward for commission at Portsmouth.

21 Sep 1834 in lat. 5. 55. N., long. 19. 18. W., bound to the East Indies with despatches.

† 30 Sep 1834 prize money for Navarin due for payment from 1 Oct 1834 - see London Gazette of 30 Sep for for details

2 Nov 1834 arrived at the Cape of Good Hope

11 Nov 1834 departed the Cape for Bombay.

17 Mar 1835 reported to be at Malacca

30 Oct 1835 arrived Singapore from a cruise.

1 Nov 1835 departed for Penang.

5 Dec 1835 arrived Singapore from a cruise in a search for pirates.

31 Mar 1836 arrived Calcutta from Singapore.

24 May 1836 arrived from Kedgeree and departed on 11 Jun on a cruise.

4 Aug 1836 reported to be on the Malabar coast.

30 Jul 1836 the Algerine departed Trincomalee in company with the Rose, for Madras.

25 Nov 1836 departed Bombay on a cruise.

12 Nov 1837 arrived Spithead from Madras (15 Jul) ; Cape of Good Hope (11 Sep) ; St Helena (25) ; and Ascension (2 Oct).

13 Nov 1837 departed Spithead for Sheerness to be paid off.

28 Jul 1839 Purser John Colwell, appointed from the Rose, to the Phoenix steamer.

10 Aug 1839 Purser Thomas Littleton, appointed to the Rose.

21 Dec 1839 is ordered from the north coast of Spain to Rio do Janeiro.

Mr. Bartlett to Viscount Palmerston, Santa Cruz, 6 Jan 1840 (Received February 11th.).
My Lord, On Saturday the 14th inst., the Rose, bound to Rio Janeiro, arrived here for a supply of water, having had a long passage of 28 days, from Pasages, on the north coast of Spain. Commander Christie was not aware of the extent to which he is authorised to interfere for the suppression of the Slave Trade, by the Act 2 and 3 Vict. ; and according to the terms of your Lordship's circular letter, dated 2 Nov 1839, I presented those documents for his perusal, and he took copies of them for his guidance. I trust I have acted consonantly with your Lordship's views, in sending to me those papers. (Signed) Richard Bartlett,

Some days prior to the 17 Feb 1840, arrived at Rio de Janeiro from Santa Cruz, with her arrival apparently thwarting an attempt by Portuguese slave traders making an attempt to cut out the hulk Nova Piedade from the harbour at Rio de Janeiro.

18 May 1840 arrived at Montevideo, from Rio de Janeiro.

10 Dec 1840 at Rio Janeiro.

13 Jan 1841 at Rio Janeiro.

26 Feb 1841 detained in lat. 13° 7' 57" S., long. 37° 50' W., and taken to Bahia before arriving at Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian slave brig Nova Aurora, Joao Jozé Peinoto, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Mixed Court of Commission, Rio de Janeiro, and on 15 Apr 1841 sentenced to be restored to her master.

29 Mar 1841 detained in about lat 7° 47' S ; 34° 42' W., the Portuguese slave schooner Vinte a Quatro de Julho, Camilo Urbano de Fonseca, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and sentenced to be condemned on 27 May 1841.
Whilst cruising off Catauma, of the coast of South America, the Captain spoke to an English merchant vessel and was informed that a Portuguese vessel had been seen just previously, "hovering about," and since Capt Christie had been informed by the British Consul at Pernambuco that on 24 April 1840 a brig had landed 468 slaves from Mozambique at Catauma, and the Rose was on the outlook for the brig Vinte e Quatro de Julho, and on boarding a vessel that matched her description, her master stated that he was bound from Pernambuco to Monte Video with a crew of 11 men. However they found an additional person on board, who was referred to as the "pilot" by the master, but who declined to tell Captain Christie who he was, or what his business was. On examining the vessel she was clearly fitted for, and ready for other factors to be fitted out for the slave trade, such as the materials for the slave deck being available, her hull was divided up in order to separate males slaves from the remales and carried far more fresh water than was required for a merchant vessel with a crew of 11, &c., and was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope, and sentenced to be condemned on 27 May 1841, the following having appeared for the prosecution : Capt Peter Christie, Midshipman Augustus Hobart ; Charles McDonald, and William Knight both able seaman. I note that whilst often termed a brig, she was also described as a schooner ; and further to the above, Augustus Hobart found bricks and other materials to make a large slave cooker, along with the necessary irons ; 25 cwt. of farinha for feeding slaves, and not entered on the manifest. It would also appear from the papers found on board that the master had been on board the Vigilante when she was detained by the Bonetta, although I think the Temerario might be a better choice, when this master was detained by the Bonetta on 20 Jan 1837, according to my records ! And further to the above the slave vessel was examined again, on her arrival at the Cape of Good Hope by Lt Pedder, who also found more materials to make the cooker, along with fittings for an additional temporary slave deck. This and more can be found at about page 212 in FO 84-437 Admiralty Letters 1842 Jan., available at the National Archives for free download.

16 Mar 1842 a Criminal Court at Cayenne was reported to have restored the Marabout to her Master per Admiralty letter dated 16 Mar 1842 to the Foreign Office. P. 289 (252) in FO 84-438 Admy Letters 1842 Feb-April, per National Archives for free.

8 Feb 1844 Prize money arising due for payment.

22 Jun 1841 at Bahia.

30 Jun 1841 left Bahia for Rio Janeiro.

29 Aug 1841 left Pernambuco for Demerara.

21 Sep 1841 arrived at Bahia from a cruise.

27 Sep 1841 detained in lat 12 56 S ; lon 38 05 W., when bound from Bahia to the Coast of Africa, armed with 2 x 18 pdr carronades, muskets, swords and pistols, the French brig Marabout, with a crew of 14 and 11 passengers, and sent her to Cayenne, being equipped, in all respects for the slave trade, however, for the safety of the crew removed a number of the passengers and crew and put them ashore, whereas they too should have been sent to Cayenne in accordance with the Treaty of 1833, but that situation was rectified..

11 Oct 1841 arrived at Bahia from a cruise.

17 Oct 1841 departed Bahia for Rio de Janeiro.

27 Oct 1841 at Rio Janeiro. 28 Nov 1841 departed Rio for a cruise.

30 Nov 1841 spoke with the Ardent off Rio, whilst on the look out for a slaver.

3 Dec 1841 detained in lat. 23° 35' S. long. 43° 7' W., the Brazilian slave brig Convencao, A. F. C. de Vasconcellos, master, which was sent for adjudication to the British and Brazilian Mixed Court of Commission, Rio de Janeiro, and on 30 Dec 1841 sentenced to be restored to her Master.

1 Jul 1841 arrived Spithead from the Coast of Brazil.

11 Oct 1841 arrived Bahia from a cruise.

17 Oct 1841 departed Bahia.

28 Nov 1841 departed Rio de Janeiro, on a cruise.

30 Nov 1841 spoken with the packet Ranger off the coast of Brazil whilst searching for a slave ship, supposed to be on the coast.

1 Mar 1842 departed Bahia for Rio de Janeiro.

5 Mar 1842 the President arrived Rio de Janeiro from Valparaiso and the Rose remained at Rio on the departure of the President for England.

9 April 1842 detained in the slave vessel Nove Irmaos, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at British Guiana, and sentenced to be condemned. 19 Sep 1844 Prize money arising due for payment.

18 Apr 1842 sent into Rio a slave ship with nearly 300 Africans.

2 Jul 1842 departed Spithead for Sheerness to be paid off.

1846 West Indies and North America Station.

Jan 1848 Sheerness.

20 Dec 1848 Sheerness.