HMS Madagascar (1822)

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Figurehead of HMS Madagascar (1822).JPG
The Figurehead of HMS Madagascar
History
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Madagascar
Ordered: 5 April 1817
Builder: East India Company, Bombay
Laid down: October 1821
Launched: 15 November 1822
Completed: January 1829 at Portsmouth Dockyard
Motto:
Fate: Sold 5 May 1863
General characteristics
Class and type: Seringapatam-class frigate
Tons burthen: 1,162 bm
Length: 159 ft (48 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 40 ft 5 in (12.32 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Speed:
Range:
Complement: 315
Armament: 46 guns

HMS Madagascar was a 46-gun fifth-rate Seringapatam-class frigate, built at Bombay and launched on 15 November 1822.

Madagascar delivered Bavarian Prince Otto, who had been selected as the King of Greece, to his new capital Nafplion in 1833. In 1843, Madagascar was assigned to suppress the slave trade, which was illegal in Britain. Operating off the west African coast, it successfully detained the Portuguese slave schooner Feliz in 1837, the Brazilian slave ships Ermelinda Segunda (detained 1842), Independencia (1843), Prudentia (1843) and Loteria (1843), and the Spanish slave brigantine Roberto (1842), along with two other vessels of which the nationalities were not recorded. In 1848, Madagascar became a storeship, first in Devonport and then at Rio de Janeiro after 1853. She was sold in 1863.[1]

Commanding officers[edit]

  • 1815 – Thomas Gwyther RN[2]
  • 1830 – Sir Robert Spencer, second son of the Earl of Spencer died aboard ship in Malta.
  • 1830–1834 – captain Edmund Lyons
  • 1838–1839 – Provo Wallis, KCB, East Indies
  • 1840 – Out of Commission
  • 1841–1844 – captain John Foote, west coast of Africa
  • 1847 – Robert Mann
  • 1853 – John William Finch, storeship, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1855 – John Ptolemy Thurburn, storeship, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1856 – John Mortimer Leycester, storeship, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1859–1863 – Vice Admiral Richard Dunning White, CB, storeship, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[3]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/M/02814.html
  2. ^ The Naval Chronicle, Containing a General and Biographical History of The Royal Navy 1815 ..., Volume 34
  3. ^ http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?id=1714