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Type: Broadside ironclad frigate ; Armament 22
Laid down : Palmer, Brothers and Co., Jarrow, Newcastle 14 Dec 1859 ; Launched : 24 Apr 1861 ;
Disposal date or year : 1935
BM: 3270 tons ; Displacement: 6270 tons
Propulsion: Screw and sail Complement: 410
Machinery notes: 3,270 hpi 600 h.p. ; Speed ; 11.6 knots ;
Some brief notes on the Defence.
1860 Building Jarrow, Newcastle on Tyne
4 Dec 1861 Commissioned at Chatham.
1 Jan to 30 Jun 1864 Irregular or particular service. Medical report : peritonitis onboard : number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
1 July to 31 Dec 1864 Home Station. Reports of Scarlatina onboard, contracted at Portland. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
Jan 1871 reported to be at Naples, the Caledonia having departed Malta with stores for the Defence.
19 Feb 1871 arrived at Malta, from Naples.
2 Apr 1871, for census, Grand Harbour Malta.
2 May 1871 is reported to be under orders to sail to Algiers.
25 Feb 1876 Commissioned at Devonport
Autumn 1877 Portland
1879 Channel Squadron
1880-1885 Coastguard service and training ship for the local Reserves in the River Mersey from June 1880 until August 1885.
1885 Harbour Service
Feb 1892 has been converted into a floating factory at Devonport for the instruction of engine-room artificers.
1898 Renamed Indus, Training Ship.