St. Helena timeline: 1848

Sources are provided [within square brackets] at the end of each timeline entry, except for those sources which repeat. Recurring sources are (indicated by round parentheses), with the source citation abbreviated as shown in the following key:

  • BNA: The British Newspaper Archive, britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed 2015-05-16, 2015-06-27ff, by subscription); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  • Bertram 1852: St. Helena and the Cape of Good Hope: or, Incidents in the Missionary Life of the Rev. James M'Gregor Bertram, of St. Helena (by Edwin F. Hatfield (New York: Edward H. Fletcher, 1852).
  • Commissioners 1849: Great Britain. Reports from Commissioners: Nine Volumes. (2.) Colonial Land and Emigration, &c. Session 1 February – 1 August 1849. Vol. XXII (1849).
  • Jackson: St. Helena: The Historic Island, by E.L. Jackson (New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1905).
  • Lords 1849: Great Britain. House of Lords. Report of the Select Committee of the House of Lords, appointed to consider the best Means which Great Britain can adopt for the Final Extinction of the African Slave Trade, Session 1849, ordered by the House of Commons to be Printed, 15 February 1850.
  • SHII: Saint Helena Island Info (accessed 2015-06-28ff).

Please note: Some articles contain language and characterizations which may have been in common use at the time the articles or stories were written, but which are no longer acceptable. Such language and chartacterizations do not reflect the opinions of the compiler or web site owner.

1848: The establishment kept for the liberated Africans were: Mr. T.B. Knipe, Clerk; C.H. Rawlins, Surgeon; Mr. H. McDaniel, Dispenser of medicines; and, Mr. John Harris, Superintendent of station and storekeeper. (Jackson, pg. 262)

Early 1848: The Rev. Jonathan Wade and his wife, missionaries of the American Baptism Board for Foreign Missions, visited St. Helena for three months. (Bertram 1852, pg. 164)

1848-01-12: Capture of Maria Constancia, 66 foreign tons; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-01-16: Capture of brigantine, unknown; 95 ft long, 26 ft broad, 13 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-01-21: Capture of Sāo José, 124 foreign tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Siren; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; destroyed, being unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 390)

1848-01-24: Capture of Sylphide, 132 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-01-25: Capture of Adelaide, 140-1/2 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-01-26: Capture of schooner, unknown; 35 ft long, 8 ft broad, 3 ft 9 in deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-02-01: Capture of Importador, 117 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-02-08: Capture of schooner, unknown, with 48 slaves on board; 40 ft long, 8 ft 10 in broad, 3 ft 9 in deep; seized by the Hound: vessel destroyed, and Africans conveyed to St. Helena; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 388)

1848-02-09: Capture of brigantine, unknown; 103 ft long, 27 ft 3 in broad, 12 ft 9 in deep; sailed under no Colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Contest; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; destroyed, being unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 390)

1848-02-10: Capture of Pagaseira, unknown tonnage, with six slaves on board; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena.
(Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-02-12: Conveyance of 90 liberated Africans from St. Helena to Demerara, by the Sea Park, arrived 7 Mar. 1848; five passengers died during the voyage. (Commissioners 1849, pg. 68.)

1848-02-13: Capture of Monareha; 94 ft long, 27 ft broad, 15 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-02-18: Capture of Gentil Africano, 316-1/2 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-02-24: Capture of brigantine, unknown; 85 ft 4-1/2 in long, 21 ft broad, 12 ft 2 in deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-02-28: Capture of Constancia; 78 ft long, 22 ft broad, 14 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-03-03:
The Army.
Promotions and Exchanges.
  War-Office, March 3.
  St. Helena Regiment.——Louis Rivett Carnac, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase. (BNA: Dublin Evening Mail, 6 March 1848)

1848-03-09: Conveyance of 216 liberated Africans from St. Helena to Jamaica, by the Vanguard, arrived April 22; 18 passengers died during the voyage. (Commissioners 1849, pg. 68)

1848-03-13: Capture of Flora, 179 foreign tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-03-20: Capture of Nereide, 101-3/4 tons, with 354 slaves on board; sailed under Brazilian colours; captured by the Cygnet; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-03-22: Capture of Cazualidade, 248-10/94 old admeasurement; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-03-22: Capture of Flor do Marium, 149-72-94 old admeasurement; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-03-24: Capture of Venus, 113 foreign tons; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Heroine; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; destroyed, being unseaworthy; — slaves captured.
(Lords 1849, pp. 367, 388)

1848-03-25: Capture of Vigilante, 74 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Grappler; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship sent to St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 390)

1848-03-31: Capture of Zefiro, 180 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367).
    Compare with the Saphira, 200 tons, fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Heroine, and sent to St. Helena. (Ibid., pg. 389)

1848-04-02: Capture of San Francisco de Boā Fé, 74 foreign tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Siren; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship destroyed, as unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-04-02: After a season of preparatory study, Mr. Hudson R. Janisch was ordained to the ministry of the gospel. (Bertram 1852, pg. 172)

1848-04-03: Capture of Princeza Dona Isabel, 149 tons, with 275 slaves on board; sailed under Brazilian colours; captured by the Siren; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena.
(Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-04-07: Capture of Mercurio, 218 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Heroine and Firefly; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship sent to St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 408)

1848-04-07: Capture of Maria; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Alert; sent to St. Helena.
(Lords 1849, pg. 408)

1848-05-01: Capture of Mette Māo, 95-1/2 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; captured by the Cygnet, G. Kenyon, commander; boarded by Lieut. Morgan; crew of 14 men and five passengers from Bahia; consigned to De Souza, "the notorious slave-dealer at Whydah;" equipped fully for slave trade; ship sent to St. Helena for adjudication under the charge of Mr. Baker, midshipman, on the 2nd May 1848; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 416-7)

1848-05-03: Capture of Temerario, 128 tons, with 496 slaves on board; sailed under Brazilian colours; captured by the Contest; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-05-04: Capture of Josephina, 67 foreign tons, with 250 slaves on board; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-05-05: Capture of Paquete do Cabo, 83-1/2 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped for slave trade; captured by the Ferret; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-05-11: Capture of Anna Carolina, 130-65/94 old admeasurement; sailed under Brazilian colours; equipped fully for slave trade; captured by the Ferret; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-05-14: Capture of Santa Cruz; 100 ft long, 26 ft 9 in broad, 12 ft 3 in deep; sailed under Brazilian colours; equipped fully for slave trade; captured by the Contest; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; destroyed, being unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-05-14: Conveyance of 203 liberated Africans from St. Helena to Berbice, by the Zephyr, arrived June 5; three passengers died during the voyage. (Commissioners 1849, pg. 68)

1848-05-22: Capture of schooner, unknown; 94 ft long, 21 ft broad, 9 ft deep; sailed under no Colours; equipped fully for slave trade; captured by the Heroine; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; destroyed, being unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-05-25:
From the London Gazette of May 26.
War-Office, May 25.
  St. Helena Regiment——William Henry Hole, Gent. to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Carnac, whose appointment has been cancelled.
(BNA: M
orning Post, 27 May 1848)

1848-06-10: Capture of Castro 3, 81 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; equipped fully for slave trade; captured by the Ferret; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship sent to St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-06-12:
   "During the last half year of 1847, the number of liberated Africans at St. Helena was small, and no emigration took place from the island. We mentioned, however, in our last Report, that instructions had been given to carry prizes captured south of the Line to St. Helena, instead of to Sierra Leone. Since this has been done the number of captured Africans landed in this island has been very large; and at times nearly 900 persons have been at once under the Government charge.
   "It will be seen by a return, a copy of which we place in the Appendix, that between April 6, 1847, and June 12, 1848, 2242 Africans had been landed in the island, of whom 1076 had emigrated, 433 had died, 63 had been engaged as servants in the island, and 670 remained under the charge of Government. Since that time the Governor has reported the arrival of 1243 more Africans, and the chartering of three ships in which more than 900 persons have left the island for the West Indies. Three more ships have been engaged by us in this country for the same service. One of them obtained a cargo at Sierra Leone, and proceeded no further; but the two others (the 'Tropic' and the 'Bathurst') will, we hope, carry about 500 Africans to Jamaica and Trinidad. We gather, from the Governor's Despatches, that in the course of November the number of Africans in the liberated yard must have been reduced to about that number. A table in the Appendix shows the whole amount of shipping, so far as at present known, which has been engaged for the conveyance of Africans from St. Helena, either by this Board or by the Governor of the island, together with the number of Africans embarked in and landed from them.
   "It may be in place here to state, that the owners of the 'Tropic' and 'Bathurst' received a guarantee to the amount of one-third of the whole freight in case of a failure to obtain emigrants. As, however, we are not authorized by our present instructions to offer any such guarantee, we anticipate that shipowners, instead of contracting any engagement in this country, will prefer sending their ships to St. Helena, where they can obtain the same terms from the Government which this Board is authorized to offer.
   "We also place in the Appendix a return furnished by the Governor of St. Helena, of the casualties which have occurred in the Liberated African Department prior to location at the three stations of St. Helena, Sierra Leone, and the Cape of Good Hope, so far as it was practicable for him to ascertain those at the two last-named places. We may add, that this return was accompanied by an address from the liberated Africans located in the island since June, 1840, expressive of their gratitude for the blessings which they enjoy as British subjects, and of their feelings of devotion to Her Majesty." 
(Commissioners 1849, pg. 21)

1848-06-13: Conveyance of 334 liberated Africans from St. Helena to Jamaica, by the Rhyn; 54 passengers died en route.
(Commissioners 1849, pg. 68)

1848-06-18: Capture of brigantine, unknown; 86 ft long, 26 ft broad, 13 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-06-20: Capture of Marianna, 112 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; equipped fully for slave trade; captured by the Heroine; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship sent to St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-06-22: Capture of Thereza, 207 tons; sailed under Brazilian colours; equipped fully for the slave trade; had on board an apparatus for distilling water; captured by the Penelope; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship sent to St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 409)

1848-06-22: Capture of Brazilian schooner Bella Maria, 131 tons; seized by H.M.'s brigantine Kestrel, commanded by Lieut. Baker; adjudicated by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena, His Honour William Wilde, Esq., Judge of the Court presiding, 4 Sept. 1848, who pronounced for the condemnation and demolition of the vessel; case prosecuted by the Queen's Proctor, Mr. Knipe, defended by Mr. Proctor N. Solomon; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367; Jackson, pp. 287-8)

1848-07-05: Capture of brigantine, unknown; 92 ft long, 23 ft 8 in broad, 11 ft deep; sailed under no Colours; fully equipped; captured by the Contest; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; ship destroyed, as unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-07-07: Capture of brigantine, unknown, 236 ton, with 527 slaves on board; sailed under no Colours; captured by the Contest; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-07-09: Capture of Oceano, 143 tons; sailed under no Colours; fully equipped; captured by the Contest; ship sent to St. Helena; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-07-11: Capture of Saphira, 172-1/2 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-07-15: Capture of Felicidade, 152-1/6 tons, with 379 slaves on board; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena.
(Lords 1849, pg. 367)

1848-07-18: Capture of Feliz Sociedade; 75 ft long, 20 ft broad, 8-1/2 ft deep; sailed under no Colours; fully equipped; captured by the Contest; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-07-26:
The Cape of Good Hope.
  Her Majesty's steam ship Devastation, Captain R. Mitchell, arrived off Portsmouth, on Sunday night, from the Cape of Good Hope, by which we have advices from that colony to the 2d of July, St. Helena to the 26th, the Island of Ascension to the 2d of August, and Madeira to the 2d of September, inclusive.
  ... The island of St. Helena was very healthy. The 
Devastation had shipped forty volunteers from the 1st St. Helena Regiment to serve in others at home. While watering at this island, two slavers were brought in for adjudication by the Mixed Commission Court, having been captured by her Majesty's cruizers on the western coast of Africa; they reported another large prize following them. Her Majesty's ship Nimrod had arrived at St. Helena from the Cape, on the 11th of July, and after a few days rest had sailed down the coast on a cruize. ...
(BNA: 
Morning Post, 12 Sept. 1848)

1848-07-28: Capture of Nova Rosa, 165 tons, with 29 slaves on board; sailed under Brazilian colours; fully equipped; captured by the Dart: struck by 7 shot, and destroyed as unseaworthy; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pp. 367, 419)

1848-08-05: Capture of Polka, 143 tons, with 29 slaves on board; sailed under Brazilian colours; captured by the Penelope; fully equipped; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena.
(Lords 1849, pp. 368, 419).

1848-08-06: A sea serpent was reported to have been sighted by Mr. Sartoris, midshipman, Lieutenant Edgar Drummond, Captain Peter M'Quhae, Mr. William Barrett, master, and most of the officers and crew of H.M.S. Daedalus, at lat. 24° 44' S., long 9° 22' E., between the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena. Source: The Great Sea Serpent, by Antoon Cornelis Oudemans (New York: Cosimo, Inc., 2009), pg. 366.

1848-08-12: Conveyance of 390 liberated Africans from St. Helena to British Guiana, by the Emma Eugenia; ten passengers died during the voyage. (Commissioners 1849, pg. 68)

1848-08-18:
    "To His Excellency Major-General Sir Patrick Ross, G.C.M.G. and Governor, etc., etc., etc.
   "May it please your Excellency,—
   "We, the Liberated Africans residing at Saint Helena, do beg to return our most hearty and sincere thanks for the care that has been taken of us since our arrival in the British Dominions, and we have become the subjects of our beloved Queen, Victoria, Defender of the Faith, etc., etc., etc. We likewise return our most hearthy thanks and praise to God for His merciful guidance in bringing us into the hands of Christian people from whom we have been taught to love and serve God, and who have been instrumental in bringing us to return those thanks which we cannot find words to express for our feelings towards our most Gracious Queen; and it is the prayer of us all that she may obtain a Crown in Heaven when this life terminates. We were poor, forlorn, friendless and ignorant beings, and did not know there was a God, from whom we derived our being. We cannot return the thanks we wish, but if we were called upon to defend the rights and possessions of Great Britain, we will, one and all, endeavour to defend it with our last breath.
   "Benjamin Vemba,
   "John Marsch,
   "James George,
   "Africans.
"The above-signed Africans inform His Excellency that their countrymen have requested them to forward this as a respect due to the British Government.
"St. Helena, August 18th, 1848."

(Jackson, pp. 263-4)

1848-08-18:
From the London Gazette of August 18.
War Office.
  To be Lieutenants, without purchase ... Lieutenant John Smith Cannon, from the St. Helena Regiment; ...
  St. Helena Regiment——Ensign and Adjutant Joseph Hayes to have the rank of Lieutenant; Ensign John Henry Prenderville to be Lieutenant, vice Cannon, appointed to the 96th Foot; Richard Williams Thomas, Gent., to be Ensign, vice Prenderville.
(BNA: Morning Post, 19 Aug. 1848)

1848-08-19: Capture of Tentador; 68 ft long, 23 ft 1 in broad, 10 ft 11 in deep; sailed under no Colours; fully equipped; captured by Rapid, Dart, and Snap; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; destroyed, as unseaworthy; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pp. 368, 419)

1848-08-22: Death of the youngest son of the Rev. J. M'Gregor Bertram. (Bertram 1852, pg. 179)

1848-08-23: Capture of Gaia; 83-1/2 ft long, 23 ft 9 in broad, 12 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-08-31: Capture of barque, unknown; 103 ft long, 23 ft broad, 17 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-09-06: Capture of brig, unknown, 196 tons, with 427 slaves on board; vessel was condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena.
(Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-09-15: Capture of schooner, unknown, with seven slaves on board; 92 ft long, 23 ft 4 in broad, 12 ft 6 in deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-09-18: Capture of Josefa, 137 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-09-19: Capture of Bom Destino, 174 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-09-28: Conveyance of 309 liberated Africans from St. Helena to Jamaica, by the Euphrates; 46 passengers died during the voyage.
(Commissioners 1849, pg. 68)

1848-10-03: Capture of Phenix, 168-1/2 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured.
(Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-10-04: Capture of New Packet; 82-1/2 ft long, 23 ft broad, 12-1/2 ft deep; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-11-21: Capture of Meteoro, 121 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-11-21: Conveyance of 230 liberated Africans from St. Helena to Demerara, by the Reliance; twenty passengers died during the voyage. (Commissioners 1849, pg. 68)

1848-11-25:
The Liverpool Financial Reform Association.
The Army Ordnance, Commissariat, Navy, and Colonies.
Section III.
  In continuing their analysis of the Military and Naval armaments, the Financial Reform Association regret to discover that the sums of money voted for the effective service do not cover the actual cost of the military and naval establishments by several millions sterling. [Details and figures follow.]
Section IV. Particulars of the Daily Pay of the Army. [Extracts, below, pertain to the St. Helena Regiment, only.]
  1 Lieut.-Colonel, 17s. daily pay, £310 5s. 0d. pay per annum.
  1 Major, 16s. daily pay, £292 0s. 0d. pay per annum.
  5 Captains, 11s. 7d. daily pay, £1,056 19s. 7d. total pay per annum.
  5 Lieutenants, 6s. 6d. daily pay, £593 2s. 6d. total pay per annum.
  5 Second Lieutenants and Ensigns, 5s. 3d. daily pay, £479 1s. 3d. total p.a.
  Details for Paymasters, Quarter Masters, Surgeons, and Assistant Surgeons have been added across regiments.
  Details for Regimental, Corporal, and Sergeant-Majors have also been added across regiments. Daily pay ranged from 1s. 8d. to 4s.
  Daily pay for Troop or Company Sergeant-Majors ranged from 2s. 4d. to 3s. 6d; Sergeants, 1s. 2d. to 2s. 6-
1/4d.; Trumpet Majors and Drum-Majors, 1s. 3-1/2d. to 2s. 9d.
  20 Corporals, St. Helena Regiment, 1s. 4d. daily pay, £486 13s. 4d. p.a.
  355 Privates, 1s. daily pay, £6,478 15s. 0d. total pay per annum. (BNA: Hampshire Telegraph, 25 Nov. 1848)

Section II.
Numerical Strength and Cost of the Army.
  ... Allowance to the acting paymasters in St. Helena Regiment, £109 10s. 0d. per annum.
(BNA: Southern Reporter and Cork Examiner, 28 Nov 1848)

1848-12: Death: At Windsor House, Val Plaisant, [Jersey], immediately after having given birth to a son (still-born), Elizabeth Warren, wife of Major O'Dell, of the St. Helena Regiment. (BNA: Dublin Evening Mail, 15 Dec. 1848)
 ... grand daughter of the late Thos. O'Dell, Esq., of Limerick. (BNA: Tipperary Free Press, 20 Dec. 1848)

1848-12-12: Capture of Vengador, 250-1/6 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848-12-29: Capture of Atrevida, 216-1/5 tons; vessel condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St. Helena; — slaves captured. (Lords 1849, pg. 368)

1848: Governor Sir Patrick Ross, G.C.M.G., submitted the annual Blue Book to Earl Grey, the highlights of which follow:

  • Population estimated at 5,500.
  • Vital statistics, with [1847 comparable figures]: deaths, 95 [66], 16 of whom were seamen and soldiers, and 34 of whom were upwards of 70 years of age; births, 215 [171].
  • Number of vessels arriving, 949, including 577 merchant vessels.
  • Between 5 April 1847 and 31 December, 1848, the number of liberated Africans landed at St. Helena was 3,519, of whom 932 were landed in 1847 and 1,240 died.
  • Emigration of liberated Africans to Jamaica, 859; British Guiana, 923; Trinidad, 236; and the Cape of Good Hope, 38.
  • Pensions amounted to £2,687 8s. 3-1/2d., with pensions ceasing for Mr. G.V. Lambe, deceased, £500 per annum, and Lieut. John Sampson, deceased, £150 per annum.

Source: Great Britain. House of Commons. Accounts and Papers: Thirty Volumes. (5.) Colonies: Colonial Possessions, &c. Session 1 February – 1 August 1849. Vol. XXXIV (1849), pp. 442-3.

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