Chatham - Plymouth - Madeira - Boa Vista - Porto Praya - Ascension - Sierra Leone.
HMS Rolla was commissioned on 28 December 1844 by Commander John Simpson for the Serra Leone and Gallinas division, and later the Gambia, Cape Verde, and Bissagos division of the West African station. She carried Wiliam Loney as a supernumerary to Sierra Leone where he was appointed to Penelope. That he was not purely a passenger is shown by the Admiralty records in ADM 104 where, on 24 March 1845, he "Stated the circumstances under which he charged a Bill for £ 8 towards the establishment of a Sick Mess Fund on board the Rolla".
|8 Jan||Wed||In the Little Nores [at the mouth of the Medway River]: 7.30 p.m. Joined Wm Loney, Ass t Surgeon as supernumerary for a passage|
|24 Feb||Mon||Sailed for Plymouth|
|2 Mar||Sun||In the Hamoaze|
|3 Mar||Mon||Entered dry dock at Plymough|
|4 Mar||Tue||Alongside the Argo hulk at Plymouth|
|15 Mar||Sat||Sailed from Plymouth|
|25 Mar||Tue||Entered Funchal roads, Madeira|
|28 Mar||Fri||Sailed from Funchal|
|6 Apr||Sun||English roads, Boa Vista [Cape Verde islands]|
|8 Apr||Tue||At anchor in Porto Praya [modern Praia, São Tiago, Cape Verde islands]|
|14 Apr||Mon||Sailed for Ascension|
|13 May||Tue||Sailed for Sierra Leone|
|23 May||Fri||Sierra Leone [where Penelope had arrived on 18 May]|