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Type: Sloop ; Armament 4
Launched : 2 Jan 1847 ; Disposal date or year : 1880
BM: 649 tons ; Displacement: 1055 tons
Machinery notes: 260
Jan, 1846, Oberon, 2, iron steamer, Mr. White, half built, at Deptford.
20 Dec 1848 Mediterranean.
6 Apr 1851 Taken into dock to have defects made good
24 Apr 1851 Portsmouth. Steam packet Oberon taken out of dock today.
21 Dec 1856 Constantinople. Rescued crews of the Talavera (Transport No. 98) and Barrackpore on the coast of Marmora - see below.
8 Nov 1858 departed Rio de Janeiro, per the Flag Officer's orders, for the River Plate, in the light of the news regarding the riots at Buenos Ayres.
1 Dec 1858 departed Monte Video to search for and examine the Santo, which had been reported to the Flag Officer by HM consul at Buenos Aryres of being engaged in the slave trade. She was found at anchor at Ensanado and whilst probably well suited for the slave trade was found to be fitted for carrying horses and supposedly bound for Calcutta. Following the inspection returned to Monte Video.
24 Dec 1858 at Maldonado.
27 Apr 1859 at Buenos Ayres.
31 May 1859 at Montevideo.
27 Jun 1859 at Buenos Ayres.
30 Jul 1859 at Montevideo,
27 Oct 1859 Mr. Thornton, British Minister, arrived at Montevideo in the Leopard, in company with the Buzzard, Oberon, and Syren.
1860 S.E. Coast of America, re-rated as a 3
Sep 1866 had visited the Bonny, New Calabar, Cameroons Rivers, Chief Prince Will, of New Calabar, was presented with a sword, on board, from HM Government, by Mr. Consul Livingstone.
Early 1871 is to be used as a target for torpedoes and is having a double bottom fitted to simulate ironclad vessels.
1879 Late Paddle Steam Vessel. Used by the War Department for Torpedo Experiments, Portsmouth.
From Daily News of 11 Jan 1856:
The Loss of the Transport Ship Barrackpore.
Constantinople, Dec 31.- The Barrackpore (French transport), Captain Louttit, of London, was lost off the island of Marmora on the night of the 14th inst. (as briefly reported in the Daily News of Wednesday). The ship was laden with hay for the French army, and about 9 o'clock, while under three close-reefed topsails, strong gales from the north-eastward, with thick snow showers, she was driven on the east part of the island of Marmora. So thick was the weather that within twenty minutes of first seeing the land the ship was among the breakers. From the first moment there was no hope of saving the ship[, and the captain states that had they been a ship's length ahead or astern of the spot on which she struck, all or the greater part of the crew must have perished with her, there being nothing but steep crags with deep water, the sea tumbling in like mountains.
Fortunately, the ship went upon a kind of point or ridge. She almost immediately filled. The mainmast was then cut away, which fell on the point (before the ship heeled over to seaward), and by it all hands got safely on shore. They just succeeded in getting a footing on the crags, and there had to stand till daylight when part of the crew ventured on board the wreck, and found her fast going to pieces ; they nevertheless managed to save a few clothes on the starboard side of the poop and forecastle, but could not get a pound of provisions of any kind.
In the afternoon the gale and sea increased again, and the ship parted - the pieces spreading in all directions around the cliff. They had no means of communicating or getting away from the island until Friday the 21st instant, when her Majesty's steamer Oberon came and took them off, as also the crew of the Talavera, an English transport, which had been wrecked on another part of the island.
The inhabitants of the island are represented to have treated the crew of the Barrackpore most barbarously. After the Oberon had landed the crews at the Dardanelles, the British Consul, with some Turkish police, and the captains of the Talavera and Barrackpore, returned to make prisoners of the ringleaders.