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Type: Survey Cutter ; Armament 4
Launched : 30 Sep 1830 ; Disposal date or year : 1908
BM: 108 tons
1830 Chatham, building
Portsmouth 16 Mar 1833 The Magpie cutter, Lieutenant Moffatt, from Sheerness, arrived yesterday.
Portsmouth 31 Mar 1833 Has detained and sent in the William, from Batavia.
Falmouth 30 Jul 1833 Arrived from Portsmouth.
Falmouth 18 Sep 1833 Arrived from Lisbon (4), and Oporto (11).
Portsmouth 22 Sep 1833 Arrived and sailed on the 25th.
13 Feb 1839 at Malta. 12 Oct 1839 Malta, The Beacon was to leave Smyrna for Athens on the 26th, where she will be joined by the Magpie. Both these surveying vessels will be paid off very shortly at Malta, and be recommissioned by their respective commanders. The officers and crews will re-enter or not, at their own option. 11 Mar 1840 at Malta. 5 April 1840 Malta, Beacon and Magpie sail Monday for Athens and following a month fitting out tenders proceed to resume their last year's surveys. 30 Jun 1840 was lying at Smyrna. 16 Aug 1840 was reported to be at Athens. 23 Nov 1840 Beacon was to leave the Piraeus for Malta, where, with her tender, the Magpie, she will remain until the end of March next. 12 Feb 1841, at Malta. 26 Nov 1841, departed Athens for Malta, under tow of the Phoenix as far as Cerigo. 1845 Converted for use as a dockyard tank vessel.
20 Dec 1848 Chatham, as a tank vessel.