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Extracts from the log of HMS Pantaloon for the period 28 July 1845 - 11 May 1846
sources: ADM 53/2901, 13 July 1845 - 4 January 1846; ADM 53/2902, 4 January 1846 - 29 June 1846.

Ascension - Accra - Lagos - Princes Island - Badagery [Badagari] - Popoe [Popo] - Quitta [Ouidah] - Princes Island - Lagos - Princes Island - Popoe - Quitta - Prinses Island - Ascension

A period cruising on the Bights of Benin and Biafra division on the West African station; operating from Ascension, and visiting Clarence Cove (on the island of Fernando Po, the modern Bioko Island) or West Bay (on Princes Island, the modern Príncipe, north of São Tomé) to wood and water.

Here is a complete list of officers serving during the commission of 7 September 1844 - 17 February 1848 (from the ship's muster book). Dr Loney replaced William Robertson as the solitary Surgeon (initially "acting") on board.

1845
28 Jul Mon Running for the anchorage [Ascension]
30 Jul Wed Joined acting Surgeon Dr Wm Loney
2 Aug Sat Weighed and made sail
8 Aug Fri 0.56 °N 8.20 °W
13 Aug Wed At single anchor at Accra.
Weighed.
17 Aug Sun 6.11 °N 1.58 °E
27 Aug Wed Cape St Pauls NNW 18 miles
29 Aug Fri 2.39 °N 4.51 °W
6 Sep Sat At single anchor off Lagos
12 Sep Fri At anchor, Lagos
14 Sep Sun Made sail
19 Sep Fri 5.56 °N 3.29 °E
26 Sep Fri 5.17 °N 4.1 °E
10 Oct Fri 6.16 °N 3.40 °E
17 Oct Fri 5.45 °N 3.43 °E
23 Oct Thu 2.47 °N 7.51 °E
25 Oct Sat At single anchor in Georges Bay [on the island of Fernando Po, modern Bioko Island], Cape Badgley E 7 miles
28 Oct Tue Standing out of Georges Bay.
At single anchor, South Clarence Cove
29 Oct Wed Preparing for sea
3 Nov Mon 4.2 °S 6.30 °E
9 Nov Sun Lagos
14 Nov Fri 6.1 °N 3.15 °E
21 Nov Fri 5.40 °S 3.42 °E
26 Nov Wed Running in for Badagery
27 Nov Thu Made all plain sail
28 Nov Fri 5.25 °N 3.15 °E
2 Dec Tue At single anchor at Popoe
4 Dec Thu Weighed and made sail.
5.50 °N 1.13 °E
9 Dec Tue a.m.
6: Made all plain sail
6.30: Obd a schooner S.E. Made all sail in chase and fired 6 guns
7.30: Chase hove to
8: Shortened sail and borded the Brazilian schooner Magico. Made a prize of ditto.
10: Obsd H.M. steam vessel Penelope
10.45: Communicated with ditto
11.30: Penelope parted company
p.m.
4.30: Hove to. Empd transporting prisoners into merchant vessels off Popoe
5: Prize anchored. Boats returned. Up ditto and made sail
[Crew awarded proceeds of hull &c and tonnage bounty for "Magico" by prize court on 22 July 1847]
11 Dec Thu Single anchor, Quitta
12 Dec Fri Running for Popoe
19 Dec Fri Hove to off Popoe
20 Dec Sat Made sail
27 Dec Sat 6.0 °N 2.20 °E
1846
1 Jan Thu Single anchor, Quitta
7 Jan Wed 5.51 °N 3.43 °E
9 Jan Fri 3.28 °N 5.17 °E
10 Jan Sat Working in for West Bay, Princes island
13 Jan Tue 6: Completed wood and water.
8: Weighed and made sail
16 Jan Fri 3.40 °N 4.43 °E
20 Jan Tue Single anchor off Lagos
31 Jan Sat 5.15: Mustered at quarters. Exercised fire bell.
5.45: Weighed
2 Feb Mon Single anchor off Lagos
6 Feb Fri Weighed
10 Feb Tue Standing in for West Bay
13 Feb Fri Standing out from West Bay
20 Feb Fri 5.35 °N 1.44 °E
27 Feb Fri 6.9 °N 1.28 °E
p.m.
4: Little Popoe NbyE 4 miles
6: Came to with S.B. in 8 ftm. Veered to 35 ftm. Furled sails
28 Feb Sat a.m.
9.30 Sent an officer to overhaul the Brazilian schooner Bella Clara, having received information that she intended shipping slaves. On examining her more minutely a quantity of matting was found and several boat loads of fire wood had been received since the last visit. Several leagers in the hold were nearly empty, the aquadente having been pumped off to make room for water. And on weighing the farina, nearly 1000 lbs were found on board. Under these suspicious circumstances, the said schooner was seized
[Crew awarded tonnage bounty for "Bella Clara" by prize court on 31 October 1847]
p.m.
3: Sent boat for prisoners, and prize weighed but could not work up
6: Obsd prize weigh 3 miles to leeward. Weighed and dropped down to her. Came to with S.B. in 8 ftm. Slaughtered a bullock weighing 93 lbs, hide thrown overboard as useless
1 Mar Sun 6 a.m.: Weighed and made all plain sail. Took prize in tow
noon: Tacked and hove to. Landed prisoners
2 Mar Mon At single anchor off Popoe
Empld scraping Bella Clara's bottom and as necessary
6 Mar Fri Working to windward
13 Mar Fri 5.56 °N 1.17 °E
15 Mar Sun Single anchor off Popoe
23 Mar Sun Weighed and made sail
27 Mar Fri 5.19 °N 0.50 °E
4 Apr Sat Single anchor off Quitta
6 Apr Mon Weighed
17 Apr Fri 2.11 °N 6.5 °E
18 Apr Sat Anchored, West Bay
22 Apr Wed Weighed
24 Apr Fri 0.14 °N 4.30 °E
29 Apr Wed 1.25 °S 1.32 °W
1 May Fri 2.52 °S 4.48 °W
4 May Mon Single anchor, Ascension
11 May Mon Invalided R[ichard C]. Kevern Lt and Wm Loney, Surgeon
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