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Old 09-10-2017, 19:23
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Default HMS Vixen – September 1841 to July 1846.

This time I am trying to find the service details of HMS Vixen, a 6-gun wooden paddle sloop of 1841, fitting out at Woolwich, Commanded by Commander Henry Boyes and from 1843 by Commander George Giffard for service on the East Indies station, between the dates of, 28th September 1841 to 11th July 1846.

The ship served at the end of the 1st China war and was later involved in actions against pirates with the British Squadron on the Coast of Borneo.

Once again I have seen the “pbenyon” website but when using this site I have always found it better to try and confirm their information.

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Old 12-10-2017, 18:43
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Default Re: HMS Vixen – September 1841 to July 1846.

3 Sep - commissioned at Chatham by Cdr Henry Boyes
16 Sep - moved to Woolwich Dockyard to fit for sea
Sep/Oct/Nov remained Woolwich, fitting and storing
28 Dec - sailed
31 Dec - arr Portsmouth “…and was immediately employed assisting the Queen… in company with the Echo and Vulcan, towed the Queen out of harbour”

2 Jan - sailed
3 – 14 Jan - Plymouth
13 Feb - Ascension Island
12 – 25 Mar - Cape of GH
14 Apr - at Mauritius
13 May – sailed Singapore
19 May - arr Hong Kong
Jun – Aug – part of squadron that took part in expedition up the Yang-tse; often employed towing larger ships
Aug - Nankin
Sep - HK
Nov - Amoy
Dec – Chusan / HK

1 Jan – arr Singapore; part of escort to large convoy taking Indian Sepoy soldiers home
5 Jan - George Giffard appointed to the command
Jan - Bombay
16 Feb - sailed Bombay
21 Feb – arr Galle
2 Mar - sailed Penang
5 Mar arr Singapore
16 Mar – arr HK
Mar – HK
3 Jun – arr HK from Amoy
5 Aug sailed HK for Whampoa
12 Aug – sailed HK for Borneo
30 Aug – at Sarawak
.. Sep - Manilla
21 Sep – arr HK
Oct - Hong Kong
23 Oct - sailed for Chusan
16 Nov – arr HK
Dec - Hong Kong

Jan – HK
21 Jan – sailed for Amoy & Chusan
Mar/Apr - HK
2 Apr – Being alerted to a piratical attack on an anchored schooner, Vixens boats were manned and set off in pursuit of the pirate junk. The junk was chased ashore about two miles from Hong Kong and the crew made for the shore, pursued by the boats crews. Fifteen men were captured.
28 May – sailed HK
6 – 7 Jun - Singapore
Jun – Trincomalee
10 Jul – sailed Trinco
17-18 Jul - Singapore
24 Jul – arr HK
Aug - HK
30 Aug - sailed
7 Sep - arr Singapore; on arrival hauled into shallow water “…for the purpose of stopping a leak in her quarter, having touched on a rock in her last voyage to the northern ports. She will haul off today and will wait for the August mail to take to China”
8 Oct – arr HK
11 Oct – sailed for Amoy and Chusan
14 Oct - arr Amoy
Nov - Chusan
Dec – HK

Jan / Feb – HK
Mar – Amoy
2 Apr – put back to Amoy with damage to machinery
Apr - HK
15 May – arr Singapore
23 Jun – sailed Penang
19 - 25 Jul – off Singapore
Aug – to Borneo with other ships to deal with pirates base
- ”…after visiting Sarawak…(the Admiral)… went up to the town with the steamers Vixen, Pluto and Nemesis and a body of marines. The surrender of Pangeran Usof was demanded, on account of his detaining a British subject in slavery. Usof refused to give himself up and commenced making defensive preparations…the Vixen fired a shot over his dwelling house, to which he replied firing at her…the steamer then opened fire and in ten minutes his house was completely riddled…”
This was followed by an action against the main base of the pirates:
19 Aug – force attacked a piratical fort in Marudu Bay ( aka Malloodoo); Vixen manned her pinnace and two cutters with 40 men; Vixen suffered three seamen wounded

end-Aug - Manilla
9 Sep – arr Canton
15 Sep – arr HK
Oct / Nov – HK
...Oct - to Whampoa and return with the Chinese Imperial Commissioner and entourage; after visit took them back to Canton
6 Nov – to Macao
7 Dec – sailed HK
24 Dec – sailed Shanghai for Chusan

18 Jan – arrived HK
2 Feb – sailed for Whampoa
15 Feb – returned HK
3 Mar – sailed HK for England, with 1 million dollars of silver onboard
14 Mar - Singapore
17 Mar – Anjer
28 Apr – 9 May – Cape of Good Hope; experienced very bad weather in passage across Indian Ocean, foremast and main topmast carried away, so detained at the Cape for repairs
23 May – St Helena
31 May - Ascension
31 Jun - arr Spithead; discharged cargo
3 Jul – sailed
5 Jul – at Woolwich dockyard
11 Jul – ship paid off

NOTE: I have not read it myself, but it might be worth trying to locate a copy of The Cree Journals: The Voyages of Edward H Cree, Surgeon R.N., as related in his private journals, 1837-1856
Cree was the Surgeon onboard the Vixen 1844 - 46
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Default Re: HMS Vixen – September 1841 to July 1846.

Very many thanks Navalis, this is all I could have wished for.

I do have a copy of The Cree Journals but only a few days ago recalled that he served on Vixen at this time. I have also managed to get a copy of "HMS Samarang, during the years 1843-46", which I hope may also be useful and a copy of the Nautical Magazine, for 1846, which is quoted on the "pbenyon" web site. So have a lot of reading to catch up on.

Having said that, your information, I have always found, I would have to go a long way to better.

Regards Davidrn
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