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Type: 1st class steam frigate ; Armament 6
Launched : 10 Jul 1839 ; Disposal date or year : 1864
BM: 1195 tons ; Displacement: 1960 tons
Machinery notes: 320 hp
1 Feb 1840 Mates S. F. Short, and C. R, Marcuard, appointed to the Cyclops. 14 Mar 1840 arrived last Tuesday at Cowes from Cork with a part of the 61st Regt on board, and the Jupiter in tow, and departed the following day for Southampton Water to disembark the troops. Has arrived at Portsmouth where it is reported she has damaged her boiler. 14 Mar 1840 Mate Arthur Cummings, of Excellent, appointed to Cyclops. 21 Mar 1840 Mate Mr. William Butler, appointed to the Cyclops ; 21 Mar 1840 Portsmouth, is expected to sail next week for the Mediterranean. 27 Apr 1840 arrived at Malta from Plymouth. 24 Jun 1840 with Sir John Louis' squadron beating up the Tenedos passage, en route for Vourla, when detached to Stamboul with despatches. 26 Jun 1840 arrived at Therapis and departed again, and had arrived in Vourla Bay, whence she was to sail to Alexandria with an attaché of the British Embassy on a mission to Mahemet Ali. 28 Jun 1840 Constantinople, left for the coast of Syria with interprter Mr. Wood who is said to be entrusted with a special mission from Lord Ponsonby. 30 Jun 1840 had arrival Vourla, and was despatched to patrol off the coast of Syria. 9 Aug 1840 arrived Alexandria to deliver the ultimatum from the four Powers to Mehemet Ali, and to await a reply. See p. 310 at at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow 13 Aug 1840 coaling at Alexandria. 6 Sep 1840 departed from Alexandria with Admiral Stopford's squadron. 7 Sep 1840 arrived Beyrout, with the Ganges, Bellerophon, Thunderer, Hastings, Zebra, Castor, Wasp, Phoenix ; fired shells to cover the landing of Turkish troops. 11 Sep 1840 attempt to take fort at Gebail - see p. 314 at at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow 12 Sep 1840 Beyrout, Gorgon, Hydra, Cyclops and Phoenix landed marines and Turkish troops at nearby Jouna. 15 Sep 1840 captured Batroun - see p. 315 at at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow 20 Sep 1840 operations at the villages between Beyrout and Sidon. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 17 Nov 1840.
25 Sep 1840 Thunderer, Wasp, Cyclops, Gorgon and Hydra departed to take possession of Sidon, and was joined en route by the Stromboli. 26 Sep 1840 operations at Sidon. Wounded, Mr, John Thompson, boatswain, slightly, See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 17 Nov 1840.
30 Sep 1840 operations at Tsour. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 17 Nov 1840.
27 Oct 1840 arrived Malta from Sidon. 21 Nov 1840 Purser Edward Heaslop (from Jaseur), appointed to Cyclops ; 5 Dec 1840 Mate Arthur Cumming (1827), of the Cyclops, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for services on the coast of Syria. 23 Nov 1840 arrived at Malta, having left St. Jean d'Acre on the 15th and Beyrout an the 18th inst. Aug - Nov 1840 Capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign. 16 Oct 1844 those onboard between 9 Sep - 10 Oct 1840, and at the bombardment of St. Jean D’Acre, on the 3 Nov 1840, will be paid their respective proportions of the grant voted by Parliament for the said services.
12 Feb 1841 at Malta ; sails on receipt of the mail from London for the fleet at Marmorice, and Constantinople. 14 Mar 1841 Malta, arrived from Suda, island of Candia, in three days. 19 May 1841 departed Malta for Corfu in company with the Talbot and Princess Charlotte. 11 Jun 1841 arrived Malta from Corfu, with the Princess Charlotte. 25 Jun 1841 at Malta. 14 Jul 1841 departed Palermo, leaving the Talbot and Locust, who were sheltering from the current gales, with a view to returning to complete their survey when the weather improved. 15 Jul 1841 arrived at Malta from Palermo. 17 Jul 1841 Britannia departed Malta, with the Howe, Vanguard, Hazard, and Cyclops, for Corfu, Piraeus, Candia, and the Levant. 23 Jul 1841 towed the Britannia and Howe into harbour at Corfu. 5 Sep 1841 at Valetta. 13 Sep 1841 left Malta for Genoa, calling at Messina. 29 Sep 1841 departed Malta for Constantinople, via Smyrna. 5 Oct 1841 arrived Constantinople. Assistant-Surgeon C. D. Steel, late Cyclops, promoted to Surgeon. 12 Oct 1841 left Constantinople for Mytelene. 22 Oct 1841 Malta, arrived from Mytelene. 5 Nov 1841 at Malta, coaled and ready for sea. 11 Dec 1841 Volunteer 1st Class ----- Armstrong appointed to the Queen for passage to Cyclops. 21 Dec 1841 was reported to be at Trieste waiting for Sir Stratford Canning, but news received at Athens advised that he was yet to join.
16 Jan 1842 it is reported that the Chief Engineer, Mr. G.P. Stewart, whilst waiting for the ship's boat on an unlit jetty or mole at Trieste, fell into the sea and was drowned, possibly having tripped on some cables that were across the stairs, his head showing signs of his having hit the rocks below the pier. He was buried ashore on the 18th with all the honours of a commissioned officer prior to the ship sailing. [There is some confusion over the date of this article, it being dated 24 hours after it was sent to England from Malta, unless it was received from another source ?].
8 Feb 1842 arrived Malta, from Constantinople, with the medals for the British forces, for services in Syria : gold for senior officers, silver junior officers, and copper for the men.
27 Feb 1842 arrived Alexandria from Malta and Candia and departed the following day for Beyrout.
2 Mar 1842 arrived Beyrout ; departed for Alexandria on the 5th, where she arrived on the 7th.
8 May 1842 is reported to have arrived Beyrout a few days ago.
18 May 1842 at Beyrout.
5 Jun 1842 reported to be at Alexandria.
5 Sep 1842 is expected to be replaced by the Medea at Alexandria in the near future.
15 Oct 1842 departed for Corfu in place of the Alecto, whose boilers are out of order.
26 Oct 1842 arrived Gibraltar ?.
15 Nov 1842 departed Malta for the Ionian Islands.
25 Nov 1842 arrived Malta with the Geyser from Corfu and Zante and then proceeded to Barcelona with the Inconstant on the 27th to protect British interests.
30 Nov 1842 the Rodney assisted the Formidable, which struck the ground heavily 14 miles to the west of Barcelona, whilst doing about 4 knots. With many other vessels which arrived during the day, the Formidable was hauled off just before midnight, having thrown her guns overboard and started and pumped out her water. The ship was towed to Barcelona, and from there to Port Mahon. The Cyclops assisted with the recovery of the guns and rudder.
1846 South America and River Plate
1846 The Experimental Squadron Portsmouth, Thursday. April 23 Cyclops, steamer, Captain Lapidge, Sir W. Symonds constructor, 6 guns, 1106 tons, 320 horse power.
July 1846 The Squadron of Evolution at Cove. Summer Cruise. With respect to the movements of the squadron we are informed, that they are under orders to proceed again to sea after a delay of three days to water - that they will cruise towards Bantry, and anchor for some time in that splendid bay, where, as we are informed, it is intended that the crews and marines shall be landed and exercised in warlike tactics, landing at night, and such like evolutions, the object of the present trials being to exercise the crews and manoeuvre them in naval operations. See St. Vincent for the full extract from the Cork Southern Reporter.
14 July, 1846. Evolutions for the Squadron of Evolutions See St. Vincent for the full extract from the Cork Cork Examiner
20 Dec 1848 Operating on the Coast of Africa.
25 Dec, 1848 detained the slave vessel Bom Successo.
1 Mar 1849, detained the Portuguese slave brig Galianna, 260 tons, BM, which was restored with damages to her master by the majority vote of the Portuguese Commission, the British Commissioner at Loanda having voted for her to be condemned.
10 May 1849 detained in lat. 53° N., lon. 2° 0' E. the slave Brig Esperanca, Francisco Antonio da Souza, Master, Bernardo José Brandio, owner, condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court, St. Helena for being equipped for the slave trade : broken up.
11 Aug 1849 when in company with the Rattler, detained in lat. 3° 46' N., lon. 2° 48' E. the Brazilian slave schooner Sophia
29 Oct 1849 detained in lat. 6° 45' S., lon. 12° 36' E. the Brazilian slave brigantine Apollo.
10 Jan 1850, the Cyclops, in company with the Pluto, detained off Ambriz, West Coast of Africa, the slave barque Pilot, Manoel Jozé Ferreira, master, being fitted out for the slave trade. She was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at St. Helena, and was condemned on 11 Feb 1850.
27 Jan 1850, detained in lat. 9° 59' S., lon. 12° 39' E., the slave brig Aventura / Ventura, with 455 slaves, 250 tons, Joao Moreira de Camara, master ; which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at St. Helena, and was condemned on 26 Feb 1850, 421 slaves surviving to be emancipated.
On the passage to St. Helena an attempt was made by a large number of the negroes armed with billets of wood, cooking utensils, and knives and headed by the cook to rush the prize crew, with the intention of recapturing the vessel; and in the affray five of the negroes ware knocked overboard and drowned; the cook was severely wounded with a musket ball and five of the prize-crew of Her Majesty's steam-frigate were wounded. Fourteen male negroes died on the passage to St. Helena, in addition to the five who were drowned.
17 Jun 1850 detained off Ambris, West Coast of Africa, the Brazilian slave brig Sociedade.
20 Nov 1850 detained in Lat. 8° 12' S. Long. 12° 47' E., a Brazilian slave brigantine, Name Unknown.
22 Nov 1850 went to the assistance of the Flamer wrecked 14 miles off coast of Monrovia near Salt Pun Light.
25 Nov 1850 the Portuguese brigantine Veiga, which had arrived at Loanda, from Oporto, with a general cargo on 2 Oct 1850, and departed on the 18 Nov, still wearing Portuguese colours, was arrested to day, at noon, displaying Brazilian colours, but according to her master, with no papers, and with 623 slaves on board, embarked the previous night at Mazula, and with sufficient food and water to last a journey across the sea [to South America], the slaves having been marched by some of the crew from Ambriz to Mazula, on the 19th.
January 1851 arrived back in England with invalids and news of the loss of the Flamer.
Daily News of 19 April 1851 - Prize Money
The Cyclops.- Notice is given to the late officers and crew of her Majesty's steam vessel Cyclops, Captain the Hon. George Fowler Hastings, that an account of bounties etc., received for the undermentioned captures, will be forthwith deposited in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty, viz.:
Bom Successo, captured 25th of December, 1848 ;
Esperanca, captured 10th of May 1849 ;
Burneet and Wynne, Agents
20 Apr 1851 Woolwich. Removed from the basin on Wednesday.
30 Aug 1851 Cape of Good Hope
17 Oct 1854 1st Bombardment of Sebastopol - see p. 437 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
20 Feb 1856 Asst Paymaster Freeman apptd ; in the Mediterranean.
Encouraged by the Indian Mutiny, a sanguinary outbreak of Mohammedan fanaticism took place at Jiddah. On the night of the 7th of June, 1858, some Christians swam on board H.M.S. Cyclops, which, fortunately, happened to be lying in the harbour, bringing the intelligence that the inhabitants of the town, in the absence of Namick Pasha, the Governor, who had proceeded to Mecca with the greater portion of the troops, were massacring the English and French consuls and the Christians generally. At daylight Captain Pullen sent in the boats of the Cyclops, but, at the request of the Lieutenant-Governor, they returned without landing. On the return of Namick Pasha, the surviving Christians, twenty-four in number, including the heroic daughter of the French Consul, who had killed her father's murderer with her own hand, were sent on board the Cyclops, upon which the seamen and marines were landed, and rehoisted the British and French flags. Captain Pullen then proceeded to Suez, and, having received instructions from the Admiralty, and authority from the Emperor Napoleon to act for the French Government, returned to Jiddah, where he arrived on the 23rd of July. Here he found the Lady Canning, Lieutenant Peevor, who had brought the Morocco Princes on a pilgrimage to Mecca, it being the Kourban Bairam, or Feast of the Sacrifice. Captain Pullen demanded, on the part of England and France, the immediate punishment of the authors and perpetrators of the late massacre, and granted a period of thirty-six hours for the purpose, failing which he expressed his intention to open fire on the town. Meanwhile, the Cyclops and Lady Canning enforced a strict blockade of the port, for which purpose they took up their stations at a point about a mile distant, commanding the town, whence the guns could sweep the channels leading into the harbour.
Early in the morning of the 25th of July, the time of grace extended to forty hours — having expired, hostilities were commenced, the two ships opening fire with shot and shell from their 68 and 32-pounders. During the course of the day the armed boats of the Cyclops and Lady Canning proceeded to burn and sink fifteen native craft, when it was found that almost all of them, though seemingly inoffensive trading vessels, were armed with guns. The bombardment was resumed at intervals during the 25th and 26th, and had the effect of driving all the inhabitants outside the walls. Altogether some hundreds of shot and shell and rockets were thrown into Jiddah, and, during the night, the boats of the ships approached nearer the town, and discharged some more of these latter missiles, which, it was afterwards ascertained, struck intense terror into the hearts of the people. It was thought that an attempt might be made to carry the ships by boarding during the night, as there was a large body of troops on shore, and many boats and native craft lying under the protection of the batteries, and, accordingly, strict watch was kept by guard-boats, but the Turkish Governor was deficient in enterprise, and no attempt was made to act on the offensive. On the afternoon of the 26th, a secretary of Namick Pasha came on board from Mecca, and said that the murderers, sixteen in number, were in confinement, but could not be executed until the sanction of the Sultan was received from Constantinople. Captain Pullen, however, demanded their immediate decapitation, but on the intercession of Namick Pasha, who had arrived from Mecca, and proceeded on board the Cyclops, extended the time for renewing the bombardment to the 5th of August, in order to spare the pilgrims, who were crowding into Jiddah, on their return from Mecca, for the purpose of embarkation for their respective destinations. Eventually the town was saved from destruction by the arrival, on the 2nd of August, of five hundred Egyptian troops, under Ismail Pasha, who brought the Imperial firman conferring upon him the necessary powers. Accordingly, the murderers were executed, the English and French flags were saluted, and an indemnity was paid to the relatives of the victims. Shortly after satisfaction had been obtained, the Assaye, Commander Adams, arrived at Jiddah, for the purpose of protecting British interests, and remained there until relieved by H.M.'s ships Chesapeake and Pelorus, when she proceeded to Aden, towing the merchant ship 'Eranee,' presumably the cause of the massacre. History of the Indian Navy - Low
15 Jun 1859 Cyclops and Furious provide salvage services to the Alma.
1860 East Indies and China