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Type: 5th rate ; Armament 46
Launched : 12 Jan 1819 ; Disposal date or year : 1895
BM: 1103 tons
Complement : 201 officers and men, 39 boys, 50 marines.
Portsmouth 15 Mar 1826 Arrived from the Sandwich Islands, having taken the bodies of the King and Queen home. On the passage back to England picked up the survivors from the wreck of the ship Frances Marry, after suffering 32 days of hunger and thirst. The wreck of this vessel was subsequently found by the Diamond who put a salvage crew on board.
Portsmouth 25 Nov 1826 At Spithead.
Malta 4 Jun 1828 Refitting at Valletta.
24 Jun 1828 Blockading the coast of the Morea.
Valletta 11 Sep 1828 Is reported to be at Navarino.
18-30 Oct 1828 with the Aetna and the French naval forces in the region, involved in an attack on Morea-Castle. See London Gazette of 28 Nov 1828 www.gazettes-online.co.uk/. See also p. 262 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
Valletta 27 Jan 1829 Reported to be sailing for Naples on the 29th inst.
Portsmouth 29 Apr 1829 Reported to be at Malta.
Constantinople 21 June 1829 Arrived Constantinople from Tenedos
Constantinople 25 Jul 1829 Remains.
Constantinople 5 Nov 1829 Preparing to sail to Odessa.
Constantinople 10 Dec 1829 Have now returned to the Bosphorus from a cruise to Sebastopol Odessa, Varna, Burgos, and Sizeboli.
Malta 20 Jan 1830 Was at Constantinople.
Malta 31 Aug 1830 Refitting at Valletta.
Portsmouth 9 Aug 1832 to be taken out of dock.
Portsmouth 23 Nov 1833 In Harbour.
Portsmouth 1 Feb 1834 Is preparing for a passage to Jamaica.
Portsmouth 14 Feb 1834 Sailed for Jamaica, Rio Janeiro and the Pacific.
Madeira 7 Mar 1834 Touched here en route to Jamaica.
Jamaica 5 Apr 1834 Arrived from Portsmouth. After refitting she will proceed to Rio Janeiro and the Pacific.
Jamaica 11 Apr 1834 Sailed for Rio de Janeiro.
Falkland Islands 15 Jul 1834 Arrived and sailed for Valparaiso the 16th.
Valparaiso 30 Oct 1835 reported to be at Callao.
28 Nov 1835 at Valparaiso.
29 Feb 1836 at Valparaiso.
Valparaiso 1 Sep 1836 is expected to remain here for the present.
24 Apr 1837 reported to be at Valparaiso.
6 May 1837 at Callao.
25 Jun 1837 sailed from Valparaiso for England.
28 Oct 1837 arrived at Portsmouth from South America with $1,500,000 dollars in specie on board 15 Nov 1837 Portsmouth, paid off.
10 Aug 1839 Portsmouth, is to be commissioned as soon as the Madagascar is paid off. 14 Dec 1839 Portsmouth, In harbour. 14 Dec 1839 Midshipman John 0. Johnson, and Volunteer 1st Class Arthur Sugden, appointed to the Blonde. 21 Dec 1839 Midshipman John O. Johnson, and Naval Instructor Richard Oram, appointed to the Blonde, 28 Dec 1839 Portsmouth, In Basin. 25 Jan 1840 Vol. 1st Class Hon. H. J. Cole, of Britannia, appointed to be lent to the Blonde. 1 Feb 1840 Mate G. Kerr, appointed to the Blonde 1 Feb 1840 Portsmouth, is ordered to call at Plymouth, prior to going to the East Indies. 8 Feb 1840 has loaded ordnance for China and gone out to Spithead ; proceeds on the first favourable wind, to Plymouth, where she is expected to complete her complement. 8 Feb 1840 Chaplain B. H. Franklin, appointed to the Blonde. 20 Mar 1840 spoke with the ship Duke of Bedford in lat. 1° N., long. 19° W. 29 Apr 1840 arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, on her way to China. 30 Apr 1840 Cape of Good Hope, sailed for Singapore. 16 Jun 1840 Singapore Melville, Blonde and Pylades sail for China, and the Blenheim, Pique and two gun-brigs are expected shortly. 18 Jun 1840 Singapore, left for China. 2 Jul 1840 anchored off Amoy
3 Jul 1840 bombarded military positions at Amoy following a ship's, boat carrying a flag of truce, being fired upon. Sailed for Chusan. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 15 Dec 1840. See also p. 283 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
10 Jul 1840 despatched from Chusan to Ning-po.
15 Jul 1840 blockade of Ning-po commenced. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 15 Dec 1840.
1839-42 engaged in the Operations in China. Officers and Men serving on this ship during this period may be eligible for a Medal. See p. 288 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
30 Jul 1840 departed Ning-po for the Gulf of Petchili to negotiate. See p. 283 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
8 Aug 1840 arrived in the Gulf of Pe-che-le. 21 Nov 1840, at Chusan. Circa 2 Feb 1841 received instructions from the Columbine to embark the stores, troops, &c., and restore the island of Chusan to the Chinese authorities. 12-17 Mar 1841 operations at Canton. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 11 Jun 1841. 24 Apr 1841, Second Master J. M. O'Brien, from the Blonde, appointed to the Melville, vice King, promoted to the Modeste. 3 Jul 1841, Lieutenants G. H. Coulson, and A. H. Ingram, promoted to Commander ; Mate T. B. Christopher, Blonde, promoted to Lieutenant. 24-> Aug 1841 operations against Amoy and the fortified island of Kolangsoo. See p. 294-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 4 Sep 1841 the expedition proceeded to Chusan. See p. 294-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 4 Sep 1841, Lieutenant Sir Frederick William Nicolson, Bart. (1837), of the Blonde, promoted to Commander. 1 Oct 1841 action at Tinghae. See p. 294-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 9-> Oct 1841 reconnaissance of the mouth of the Ningpo river and city of Chinhae - subsequent operations and choice of Ningpo as winter HQ. See p. 295-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 30 Oct 1841, Lieutenant W. C. Metcalf, promoted to Commander. Mates G. Walker, W. R. Rolland, promoted to Lieutenant." 10 Mar 1842 at Chinhae, firerafts floated down the stream, were dealt with by the boats of the Blonde and Hyacinth. See p. 296 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 15 Mar 1842, at Ningpo, an expeditionary force was landed to attack Yang's position on the heights of Segaon, behind Tsekee. See p. 297 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 18 May 1842, capture of Chapoo. See p. 297-8 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 13 Jun 1842, anchored off Woosung. Once the defences at the mouth of the river were sounded and buoyed the works on both sides of the river were bombarded (16th). Only the first discharge of the enemy's guns, delivered as the ships were anchoring, produced much effect - a Marine officer, and two men in the Blonde were killed by it. See p. 298-9 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow. 16 Jun - 29 Aug 1842, expedition up the Yang-tse-Keang, to the end of hostilities and signing of the Treaty of Nanking. See p. 300-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow and www.gazettes-online.co.uk. Jan 1848 Portsmouth, in Ordinary (reserve)
20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth
1850 Harbour Service
1860 Receiving Hulk, Portsmouth
1870 Renamed Calypso
1870 Receiving Hulk, Portsmouth
1879 Receiving Hulk, Portsmouth
1890 Receiving Hulk, Portsmouth