HMS Madagascar (1822)

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The Figurehead of HMS Madagascar
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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
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
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.

The Bavarian Prince Otto who had been selected as the King of Greece was delivered by the Madagascar to his new capital Nafplion in 1833. In 1843, the Madagascar was assigned to suppress the slave trade, which was illegal in Britain. Operating of the west African coast, it successfully detained the Portuguese slave schooner Feliz (detained 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 2 other vessels of which the nationalities were not recorded. In 1848, the ship was made a storeship first in Devonport and then at Rio de Janeiro after 1853. It was eventually sold in 1863.[1]

Commanding officers[edit]

  • 1815 -Thomas Gwyther RN, Ref: The Naval Chronicle, Containing a General and Biographical History of The Royal Navy 1815 ..., Volume 34
  • 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[2]