Departures from the Gulf Coast in Spring 1815HMS Herald
On 5 April, the Herald embarked a marine Drummer, three Marine Lieutenants, and a company of the 5th West India Regiment, who were bolstering the garrison, whom had previously been at New Orleans. They were disembarked at Fort Agusta in Jamaica on 10 May.
(Source: Ship muster for Herald ADM 37/4660)HMS Seahorse
On 15 April, 64 men were embarked for passage to Britain, and were disembarked at Portsmouth on 31 May.
(Source: Ship muster for Seahorse ADM 37/5439)HMS Borer
The Borer returned four privates of the garrison from New Orleans and embarked in January , whom were disembarked at St George's Sound on 14 February.
On 21 April, two marine Lieutenants, a marine Sergeant, and a marine Private were 'Sent by Order of Col Nicolls for passage to England'. That same day, in addition, the Borer 'Received a party of black people for a passage to Bermuda', similarly by order of Colonel Nicolls. When the Borer reached Bermuda, the refugees were transferred to HMS Goree, for transit to Halifax.
The Borer leaves Bermuda on 25 May, accompanied by the transport vessel Daedalus, arriving at Halifax on 3 June. The four marines are disembarked at Portsmouth on 10 July.
(Source: Ship muster for Borer ADM 37/4633)
(Source: Captain's Log for Borer ADM 51/2178 )
Whilst the Borer was in Bermuda, one of the people that the ship's captain spoke to did not approve of freeing slaves, and a minor diplomatic incident started when a “Gentleman of respectability at Bermuda” wrote an anonymous tip-off to the American authoritieshttp://books.google.co.uk/books?id=BI8AAAAAYAAJ&&pg=RA2-PA363#v=onepage&q&f=falseHMS Carron
This vessel was Off St Vincent Island, near Apalachicola Bay, on 27 March, and stayed in the area for the next month or so. On 18 April, her commander, Robert Cavendish Spencer, was reappointed to command the Cydnus. On 22 April, both vessels sailed away.
Notwithstanding Spencer's duty to the Spanish, a number of refugees were embarked on 20 April, and Lt Armbrister was embarked on the 22nd April. When the Carron arrived at New Providence in the Bahamas on 6th May, he disembarked. The refugees were disembarked when the Carron arrived at Bermuda on 22 May.
(Source: Ship muster for Carron ADM 37/4404)HMS Cydnus
This vessel, moored off Deer Island, and embarked 81 men for passage to Bermuda, where they were disembarked on 13 June. These men were to rejoin the 3rd Battalion on Bemuda as a supernumerary battalion until 1816.
(Source: Ship muster for Seahorse ADM 37/5439)HMS Aetna
4 Jan. Mississippi river
24 Jan. Mississippi river
27 Jan. Anchored off Ship Island
9 Feb. Off Mobile -Sent Lt Knight and Marine Artillerymen to join army per order
10 Feb. Off Mobile -HM Ships Meteor & Hydra arrived
11 Feb. Off Mobile -3.30pm our troops took possession of the fort & hoist an English jack
25 Mar. Off Mobile Bay
26 Mar. Off Dauphin Island
4 Apr. Off Dauphin Island
7 Apr. Off Pensacola
There were refugees from Prospect Bluff embarked on the Aetna on 25 April 1815
(Source: Master's Log for Aetna ADM 52/4404)HMS Forward:
This appears to have been the last Royal Navy vessel, in the environs of Prospect Bluff, accompanied by a transport ship, the Mars.
The Forward 'Dispatched the boats with the remainder of the stores to the Bluff' on 14 May 1815. The next day, she 'Made signal to sail away'. This seems to mark the final departure of the British. On 7 June, she is at St Mary's Sound, at anchor, and on 14 June she is off Fernandina. The Forward arrived at Murray's Anchorage, Bermuda, on 27 June 1815.
(Source: Master's Log for Forward ADM 52/4491)
Edward Nicolls is known to remain at the fort as late as 12 May 1815, when he writes a letter to Benjamin Hawkins on that date. Nicolls embarks the Forward on 29 June for the passage back to Britain.