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Type: 2nd class frigate - sloop ; Armament 6
Launched : 15 Oct 1844 ; Disposal date or year : 1879
BM: 1210 tons ; Displacement: 1960 tons
Machinery notes: 430
Mar 1841 it is reported that the Gladiator, first class steam-vessel has been ordered to be built at Woolwich. 1846 The Experimental Squadron Portsmouth, Thursday. April 23 Gladiator, steamer, Captain Robb,- Sir W. Symonds constructor, 10 guns, 1190 tons, 430, horsepower.
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 Jul 1846 with the Squadron of Evolutions : see St. Vincent for the full extract from the Cork Examiner
23 May 1847 at Oporto : would appear to be acting as an intermediary with the Junta.
Summer, 1848, Palermo
20 Dec 1848 Mediterranean
25 May 1850 detained in lat. 5° 43' N. Long. 1° 9' E. the Brazilian slave schooner Bom Fim.
24 Jun 1850 detained in lat. 6° 8' N. Long. 2° 8' E. the Brazilian slave schooner Juliana.
18 Jan 1851 detained in Lat. 6° 16' N. Long. 3° 13' E., off Badagry, a slave brigantine, Name Unknown, which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at St. Helena, and on 29 Sep 1851 sentenced to be condemned.
10 Feb 1851 Fernando Po.
27 Feb 1851 off Whydah. Lieutenant Dew ashore and in communication with the King of Dahomey's envoy per the Commodore's instructions.
24 Mar 1851 in the Bights.
12 May 1851 a report received from the Flying Fish dated circa 23 Apr 1851 states that they had attempted to land at Badagry, to learn the situation ashore, but that the surf being so rough, this was not possible. But from reports received from ashore, whilst the King of Dahomey threatens to make a further attack, he doesn't appear to be making any preparations and the tribesmen from Abbeokuta have acquired all the powder available locally, for their defence.
24 May 1851 At Ascension. It is reported by the flag officer on the West Coast of Africa, when writing to the Secretary of the Admiralty, that 12 men were suffering from fever and debility, from working the boats in the Bights and up the Benin River, and are now ashore in the hospital recovering.
30 Aug 1851 Coast of Africa
10 Aug 1854 Penelope went ashore under the Russian guns and had to throw her guns overboard and was much mauled by the enemy's red-hot shot before she could be floated off, assisted by the boats of the Hecla, Gladiator, Valorous, and Pigmy, who also suffered - see p. 424 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
25 May 1855, Kertch and Yenikale were captured, along with thousands of tons and coal and provisions, along with factories etc., by some 60 French and British vessels, and allied troops, for which no prize money appeared to be payable, contrary to the Queen's instructions. See Hansard for more details, and approval for a Parliamentary Grant in lieu.
1860 North America and West Indies
16 Mar 1864 Devonport. Commissioned for Irregular or particular service.
10 Mar to 31 Dec 1864 Irregular or particular service. Medical report : Fever and scarlatina onboard : number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
1870 South East Coast of America
2 Apr 1871, for census, at anchor in Montevideo Harbour.