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Type: Corvette ; Armament 21
Launched : 20 May 1856 ; Disposal date or year : 1879
BM: 1640 (1870=1466) tons ; Displacement: 2216 tons
Machinery notes: 400 hp
1860 North America and West Indies
20 Jan 1862 detained off the Island of St. Thomas the British slave brig Laura, late Ida Raynes, previously engaged in the slave trade, purchased at Havana, and condemned on 7 Jul 1862 by the Vice-Admiralty Court at Antigua on what, at the subsequent appeal, were stated to be merely circumstantial evidence to fit the case, and taking into account the history of the vessel, which was reversed on appeal and restitution ordered, with damages and refund of costs already paid by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Costs at Antigua £500, and cost of conveying seamen in charge of "Laura," from St. Johm's to England £2 : 4s : 0d.
1870 Devonport, Ship's Co borne in Indus
4 Jan 1871 the flying squadron, Narcissus, Immortalité, Cadmus, and Volage sailed from Plymouth Sound for Lisbon, Madeira, Barbadoes, and Jamaica, however they experienced very bad weather on sailing down the English Channel on Thursday and had to return to anchor in Torbay on the Saturday, sailing on the Sunday.
2 Apr 1871, for census, at sea. Lat. 16. 56 Long. 60. 23.
8 Apr 1871 the flying squadron arrived at Jamaica and was joined by the Pylades.
22 Apr 1871 the squadron sailed for Havannah.
20 Jun 1871 sailed from Halifax, for Gibraltar.
20 Jul 1871 arrived at Gibraltar.
2 Aug 1871 The squadron joined by the Topaze and Inconstant : sailed for off Ushant with the Mediterranean Squadron : Pylades and Inconstant to remain at Gibraltar.
11 Aug 1871 arrived off Ushant and involved in exercises with the Reserve, Mediterranean and Channel Squadrons, and was subsequently joined by the Inconstant, with despatches.
11 Sep 1871 Portsmouth the squadron arrived from Queensferry, from which they sailed last Saturday, and anchored at Spithead, having been cruising in the North Sea following the earlier exercises.
Cadmus 4 Jan 1871 the flying squadron, Narcissus, Immortalité, Cadmus, and Volage sailed from Plymouth Sound for Lisbon, Madeira, Barbadoes, and Jamaica, however they experienced very bad weather on sailing down the English Channel on Thursday and had to return to anchor in Torbay on the Saturday, sailing on the Sunday.
Cadmus 21 Oct 1871 The Immortalite, Inconstant and Volage have given leave to their crews at Portsmouth, in alternate watches, the latter two being calked and refitted in dock, whilst the former refits alongside, whilst the Narcissus and Cadmus have gone to Plymouth to give leave and be refitted at Devonport.
Cadmus 12 Nov 1871 Narcissus sailed from Plymouth Sound for Portland, arriving Sunday, where she was expected to be joined shortly by the Cadmus, from Plymouth, and the remainder of the squadron from Portsmouth.
19 Nov 1871 the Flying or detached squadron, consisting of the Narcissus, Topaze, Immortalité, Inconstant, Cadmus and Volage sailed from Portland for Vigo.
24 Nov 1871 arrived Vigo and put into quarantine, there being 2 cases of smallpox on board the Narcissus.
29 Nov 1871 the squadron sailed for Lisbon, arriving 3 Dec., Smallpox cases sent to hospital and squadron received pratique.
7 Dec 1871 the squadron sailed for Madeira, arriving on the 10th inst., sailing on the 11th for Rio de Janeiro.
Dec 30, 1871 A large number of midshipmen have been appointed to join the Flying (detached) Squadron.
18 Jan 1872 Rio Janeiro very hot and squadron sailed for Simon’s Town.
14 Feb 1872 Squadron arrived Cape of Good Hope. During the cruise out the ships and their crews had been involved in manoeuvres, gun exercises and other drills. The Cadmus is detached from the Flying Squadron and sails for Shanghai.
2 Apr 1872 is reported to have given a ball at Shanghai.