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Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 80
Launched : 23 Jun 1815 ; Disposal date or year : 1869
BM: 2139 (1870=3101) tons
Complement :445 officers and men ; 60 boys ; 150 marines
Built on the lines of the much admired Christian VII [taken from the Danes 1807].
6 Jan 1827 Employed on the South America Station.
1 Feb 1840 to be commissioned at Sheerness. 8 Feb 1840 Captain Edward Barnard and Lieutenant James E. Katin. appointed to the Cambridge 8 Feb 1840 Lieutenant Benjamin Sharpe, appointed to the Excellent vice Anslie, appointed to the Cambridge" 14 Mar 1840 Mate C. H. James, of Excellent ; Naval Instructor John Doyle Kennedy ; Seamenís Schoolmaster George J. Arnold, appointed to Cambridge. 25 Apr 1840 Plymouth, is ordered to Spithead, to fit for the reception of a diplomatic gentleman going to some Italian state. 13 Jun 1840 is under orders for the Mediterranean, and will leave Plymouth next week, on the arrival of some volunteer seamen from Cork. She will call at Spithead for final orders. 24 Jun 1840 Plymouth, in the Sound on Sunday, awaiting a draught of men to complete her crew. Stores ship with provisions and stores for the squadron in the Mediterranean. 3 Jul 1840 arrived Spithead from Plymouth, for Mr. Abercrombie, Minister at Turin and will call at Lisbon on her way to the Mediterranean. She is about 50 men short of complement. A subscription of £11. 15s. had been made for Henry Morris, the captain of the mizen-top, who fell from the crosstrees on to the poop, and who is slowly recovering in Stonehouse Hospital at Plymouth 10 Jul 1840 at Spithead and still 40 men short of her complement ; she has embarked part of the baggage of the Hon. Mr. Abercrombie. His Excellency will be here in a few days to take passage to Italy. 11 Jul 1840 Midshipman Charles Wood, appointed to the Cambridge; 18 Jul 1840 Mr. Abercrombie is expected at Portsmouth in a few days. 25 Jul 1840 Portsmouth, Captain Cater and Lieutenant Collis, RM, with 60 rank and file, have embarked for the Mediterranean. The Hon. Mr. and Lady Mary Abercrombie have been staying at the Bush Inn some days, waiting a fair wind. His Excellency and suite will embark to morrow morning and sail immediately afterwards. 7 Aug 1840 arrived Lisbon from Portsmouth en route for the Mediterranean. 11 Aug 1840 sailed from Lisbon for Genoa. 14 Aug 1840 Gibraltar, sails for Genoa. 12 Oct 1840 arrived off Beyrout. 22 Oct 1840 has arrived off Alexandria. Aug - Nov 1840 Present at capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign.
21 Nov 1840 a part of the squadron off Alexandria - see p. 322-> at at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow Early Dec 1840, stood off the coast following receipt of a signal reporting Peace with Egypt : on the 2 Dec it came on to blow and the squadron experienced a heavy gale in which some vessels off the Syrian coast went ashore, the Zebra being lost in the bay of Khaifa and the Pique and Bellerophon being nearly lost. 8 Dec 1840 the squadron arrived in Marmorice Bay. 19 Feb 1841 Midshipman C. W. Elton, appointed to the Cambridge. 10 Apr 1841, sailed from Marmorice-bay, for Suda, island of Candia (Crete), where she remained 40 hours before sailing with the Hazard for Malta. 21 Apr 1841, arrived at Malta. 7 Aug 1841, Lieutenant E. H. Alston, appointed to the Cambridge. Circa Aug 1841, with the Phoenix assisted the Austrian ship Venere off shore, near St. Jean d'Acre. 30 Oct 1841, Commander G. K. Wilson ; Lieutenant Hon. C. St. Clair appointed to the Cambridge. 25 Oct 1841, Malta, is expected from Beyrout. 5 Dec 1841, at Malta. 17 Dec 1841, Mate C. Dyke, has been promoted to Lieutenant and is appointed to the Cambridge. Jan 1848 Devonport, in Ordinary
20 Dec 1848 Devonport
1856 Converted for use as a Gunnery ship at Devonport.
1860 Gunnery Ship, Devonport.
1 Mar 1862 Commissioned at Devonport.
1864 Home Station : Stationary Ship at Devonport. Report of VD and Small Pox onboard. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
1869 Windsor Castle renamed Cambridge and took over as Gunnery Ship, Devonport. Cambridge BU.
30 Dec 1870 during drill a sword bayonet flew off a rifle and struck Gunner 2nd class John Hodge, who subsequently died on Sunday night. The jury, at the coroner's court, agreed that the wound was inflicted accidentally.