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Type: 5th Rate ; Armament 42
Launched : 1811 ; BM: 950 tons
Complement (1846) : 240
Plymouth 30 Jul 1811 Anchored in the Sound.
Plymouth 14 Aug 1811 Sailed on a cruise.
Portsmouth 25 Nov 1811 To take convoy for Lisbon, Cadiz, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean.
Portsmouth 25 Dec 1811 Sailed with a convoy for Cadiz, Gibraltar, and the Med.
Torbay 28 Dec 1811 Arrived from Portsmouth, with a convoy, bound to the Mediterranean.
18 Aug 1812 With the Fleet off Toulon.
6 Jan 1813 the ship's boats captured the French gun-boat No. 8 and 3 merchant vessels.
22 Mar 1813 the ship's boats captured 1 trabaccolo and destroyed another, under the town of Vasto.
26 Mar 1813 the ship's boats captured five armed trabaccolos and five feluccas laden with salt, near the town of Fortore.
17 Jun 1813 the ship's boats captured 10 merchant vessels, from under the town of Vasto.
13 Sep 1814 Severn, Euryalus, Havannah, and Hebrus up the Patapsco in preparation for an attack on Baltimore, which was aborted and the frigates withdrew on the 14th.
Falmouth 15 Jul 1815 Arrived from off the Isle de Bas.
St. Helena Circa 16 Oct 1815 Arrived from England.
Portsmouth 15 Jun 1816 Arrived from St. Helena.
Portsmouth 4 Jul 1816 Paid off.
1 Jan 1820 repairing with a circular stern.
27 Nov 1821 Is in commission and based in the Mediterranean.
Sheerness 26 Jun 1834: is to be commissioned.
Jan 1848 Sheerness,
6 Apr 1848 Captain JE Erskine. Sailed from Plymouth for Madeira, Cape of Good Hope. See note below for brief details of passage out.
30 Apr 1848 Lisbon
7 May 1848 Madeira
4 Jul 1848 Cape of Good Hope.
7 Aug 1848 Arrived Sydney. See below 12 Aug 1848 for more detail
19 Oct 1848 Sailed from Sydney for Auckland
30 Oct 1848 Arrived at Auckland
22 Nov 1848 Sailed from Auckland for Port Nicholson with the Governor-in-Chief onboard.
Circa 16 Dec 1848 Seen at Port Nicholson.
20 Dec 1848 East Indies
31 Jan 1849 Departs Port Nicholson for Sydney
8 Feb 1849 Arrived Sydney from Port Nicholson
3 Mar 1849 Sailed for Port Phillip with Gov. Fitz Roy and staff.
12 Mar 1849 Arrived Port Phillip from Sydney.
21 Mar 1849 Departs Port Phillip for Adelaide - Governor still onboard.
26 Mar 1849 Took shelter in Port Arthur en route for Hobart Town, bad weather having interrupted passage to Adelaide.
1 Apr 1849 Arrived Hobart Town
26 May 1849 Sailed from Sydney for Auckland and the Navigator's Islands with a Captain Jenner as a passenger.
25 Jun 1849, departed the Bay of Islands, NZ, passing French Rock on the 28th, Curtis Island on the 29th, and experienced a tropical gale on the 1 Jul.
6 Jul 1849, off Savage Island, and traded briefly, before departing at sunset.
7 Jul 1849, at noon, in lat. 17° 47' S., long. 169° 9' W.
8 Jul 1849, at daylight the Samoan Island sighted ahead from the mast-head, where the captain went ashore.
9 Jul 1849, arrived Tutuila, and with a pilot was soon at anchor off Pango-Pango.
12 Jul 1849, departed Tutuila.
13 Jul 1849, arrived Apia harbour, Vailele.
25 Jul 1849, departed Apia harbour.
30 Jul 1849, anchored off Port Refuge, Vavau, departing on the 31st for Lifuka.
1 Aug 1849, arrived Apia harbour, Hapai, departing on the 4th.
7 Aug 1849, arrived off Nukualofa, Tonga-tabu.
9 Aug 1849, departed Nukualofa, Tonga-tabu for Lakemba, in the Feejee group, and passed by Turtle Island en route.
10 Aug 1849, arrived off Lakemba, in the Feejee group.
11 Aug 1849, departed Lakemba, for Levuka.
12 Aug 1849, arrived Levuka.
12 Aug 1849, departed Levuka, for Ovolau.
18 Aug 1849, departed Ovolau for Nandi, and Bua Bays.
20 Aug 1849, sailed down the coast to So-Levu, and having given a demonstration of the power of modern gunnery to the local chief departed for Bua Bay where they anchored on the 21st.
26 Aug 1849, departed for off Levuka, before leaving for Tana, in the New Hebrides.
30 Aug 1849, arrived off Tana, and in company with the Bishop of New Zealand in a small schooner, the Undine, made a number of stops around the coast of the Island.
4 Sep 1849, off Port Resolution, continuing the circum-navigation the following day.
7 Sep 1849, departed Tana, for Uea, in the Loyalty Group.
8 Sep 1849, arrived off Uea.
10 Sep 1849, departed Uea for New Caledonia.
11 Sep 1849, arrived off New Caledonia, and sailed some distance down the coast before anchoring.
15 Sep 1849 departed New Caledonia, and arrived Lifu, where the brig Sara and schooner Castlereagh, were wreck in a hurricane in Feb 1848.
17 Sep 1849, departed Lifu, for Mare.
18 Sep 1849, spoke of Samoan missionaries from Mare before running down the coast, before departed for the Isle of Pines.
20 Sep 1849, the Isle of Pines were in sight at day-break.
23 Sep 1849, departed the Isle of Pines for New Caledonia, where they spent a number of days on the coast.
28 Sep 1849, departed New Caledonia for Port Jackson. 7 Oct 1849, arrived Port Jackson.
3 Nov 1849 Tuesday's edition of the Government Gazette reports "The undermentioned articles brought to Sydney by HMS Havannah will be delivered to their original owners on application and proving ownership:
Chain cable ¾ inch - about 50 fathoms ; picked up off Lifu, Loyalty Island, apparently belonging to the bark Sarah or schooner Castlereagh, wrecked there some months since.
Chain ½ inch - about 40 fathoms ; mast hoops for windlass. Demanded at Mare, supposed to have belonged to the cutter Sisters, taken by the natives in 1843.
John E Erskine, Captain.
17 Nov 1849 In Farm Cove, Sydney, refitting.
1 Dec 1849 A large party of armed seamen and marines were landed yesterday, with 3 field pieces, with which the proceeded to the Outer Domain, where they went through a variety of manoeuvres with great dexterity. Captain Erskine has agreed to put on a public display on the next occasion a similar exercise is performed.
15 Jan 1850 Approx. Departed Sydney.
31 Jan 1850 Arrived Wellington after a passage of 16 days
6 Feb 1850 Sailed with the Fly from Port Nicholson for the Auckland Islands
13 Feb 1850 Arrived Port Ross, Auckland Islands.
23 Feb 1850 Departed Port Ross.
28 Feb 1850 Anchored at Akaroa
4 Mar 1850 Sailed for Port Cooper.
5 Mar 1850 Arrived Port Cooper.
7 Mar 1850 Sailed for Port Underwood.
10 Mar 1850 Arrived Port Underwood.
12 Mar 1850 Arrived Wellington (per Wellington Independent of 13 Mar 1850)
13 Apr 1850 Departed Wellington for Sydney.
26 Apr 1850 Arrived Sydney from Wellington.
16 May 1850 Several invalids sent to the Rattlesnake to return to the UK.
28 Jun 1850 Sydney. Anniversary of the Coronation celebrated by dressing overall and at 12 o'clock by firing a royal salute.
20 Jul 1850 23 Casks of beer arrive in the harbour on board the 479 ton Mary Ann, from London via Adelaide, designated for the officers.
20 July 1850 Arrived Auckland
8 Aug 1850 Sailed from Auckland on a cruise of the New Hebrides.
30 Oct 1850 Sailed from Numea, New Caledonia. Since leaving Sydney in July she had visited Auckland and Wangaroa, N.Z., the Islands of Aneitum, Tana, Eromango, Vate, and Malicolo of the New Hebrides ; Vanikolo or Perouse's Island, San Crystoval, and Malata, of the Solomon's ; and the principal ports of New Caledonia.
8 Nov 1850 Arrived Sydney. A small dinghy ex- cutter Mary, taken by the natives of Balad, in New Caledonia, Sept 1849, has been brought ot Sydney and will be delivered to the former owners on proof of ownership. If not claimed prior to sailing the boat will be sold or otherwise appropriated for Her Majesty's Service.
17 Dec 1850 Departed for Hobart Town with Major General Wynyard and staff for a tour of Van Diemen's Land
25 Dec 1850 Arrived Hobart Town.
11 Feb 1851 Sailed for New Zealand.
3 Mar 1851 Returned to Hobart Town having sprung her fore and main yards and received other damage.
30 Mar 1851 Arrived Wellington from Port Victoria.
9 Apr 1851 Sailed from Wellington for Nelson.
7 Jun 1851 Arrived Sydney
14 Jun 1851 In view of the present difficulty in obtaining seamen Captain Erskine has allowed some of his men to volunteer to join ships that are proceeding direct to England.
Jun 1851 The Wellington Spectator reports that the complaints have been received that Havannah has spent less time in port than her predecessors. However her role has changed as the troubled times with the natives have waned and she is now able to visit other places on the station which have included:
1849: Sydney, Port Phillip, Port Arthur, Hobart Town, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Savage Island, Navigator's Group viz: Tau, Tutuilla, Upolu, Manono ; the Friendly Islands: Vavao, Lafooka, Tongataboo ; the Feejee Islands: Lakemba, Ovalau, Mbau, Naudi Bay, Cocoa-nut Point, and Sandalwood Bay in the island of Vanveluva ; the New Hebrides: Anciteum, Tanna, Erromango, Vate ; the Loyalty Islands: Uen, Lifu, Mari ; the Isle of Pines ; New Caledonia: Yeagen, Itima, Murari, and returned to Sydney.
1850: Wellington, the Auckland Islands, Port Cooper, Akeroa, Port Underwood, Sydney, Auckland, Wangaroa ; New Hebrides: Aneitum, Tanna, Erromano, Vate, Mallicolo, Espitito Santo ; Queen Charlotte's Group: Vanicolo, or La Perouse's Island ; Solomon Group: San Cristoval, Malayta (where Captain Erskine discovered a new harbour, Port Adam), Isle de Contrarieties, or Ulaqua ; New Caledonia: Balade, Yengen, Yarti, Nicketi, Kanela, Murari, Jitima ; Sydney, Hobart Town, Maria Island.
1851: Wellington, Port Cooper, Port Underwood, Queen Charlotte's Sound, Nelson and Auckland.
These visits have tended to protect British interests, strengthen the British interest, and advance civilisation throughout these isles of the Pacific, all points of no mean importance to the colonies in these seas, and to the British Empire, of which they form a part.
25 Jul 1851, at Farm Cove, Sydney when the survey vessels Calliope, Fantome, Pandora, arrived from England this day.
18 Aug 1851 Havannah sails for England, via Rio Janeiro, along with a number of officers and men from the Acheron and Calliope.
25 Aug 1851 Cook Straits
17 Sep 1851 Western entrance of Magellan Straits. Anchored at Port Famine for 2 days to check to Acheron's chronometers.
26 Sep 1851 Cleared the Straits of Magellan.
12 Oct 1851 Arrived Rio Janeiro.
7 Dec 1851 Arrived at Devonport from Portsmouth at 11 am. Following exercises etc. the vessel came into harbour and will be paid off on Tuesday.
27 Jan 1856 Chaplain F Gibbons apptd; for service in the Pacific
1860 Ragged School Ship, Cardiff
1890 Ragged School Ship, Cardiff
The Havannah sailed from Plymouth on the 6th April 1848, arrived at Lisbon on the 12th, where she remained eighteen days ; arrived at Madeira on the 3rd May, sailed again on the 7th, and reached the Cape of Good Hope on the 20th June. She sailed from thence for this port on the 4th July, and has thus completed the run in the short space of thirty-four days, and the entire voyage, including stoppages, in one hundred and twenty-two. She carries 22 guns, and is of 950 tons burthen. Her officers are Captain John E. Erskine, Lieutenants H. Hannant, W. Pollard, D. Spain, and C. Payne; Master, W. Hilliard ; Clergyman, Rev. T. Milner ; Surgeon, H. Turnbull, M.D.; Assistant-Surgeon, D. Stephens ; Second Master, P. Going; Purser, W. O'Brien ; Lieutenant of Royal Marines, E. Pym ; Naval Instructor, K. Knapp ; with sixteen juniors, and a ships' company of 231. The Havannah, we understand, will shortly proceed to New Zealand.