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Type: 4th rate ; Armament 52
Launched : 20 Apr 1829 ; Disposal date or year : 1903
BM: 1537 tons ; Displacement: 1969 tons
Portsmouth 14 Dec 1833 Is being brought out of ordinary and is to be rigged etc. in readiness to go to sea, should circumstances dictate.
Portsmouth 25 Mar 1834 Undocked.
Portsmouth 29 Mar 1834 Preparing to take passage to Halifax.
Portsmouth 29 May 1834 Sailed for Halifax.
Portsmouth 26 Jul 1834 Is reported to have arrived at Halifax, from Portsmouth, previous to the 1st.
Bermuda 22 Jul 1834 Remains.
Halifax 29 Sep 1834 Refitting in the harbour.
Halifax 21 Oct 1834 Refitting.
Portsmouth 28 Feb 1835 is reported to have sailed from Barbadoes to Trinidad on 1 Jan.
23 Mar 1835 reported to be at Bermuda.
Halifax 7 Aug 1835 reported to be at Halifax.
26 Aug 1835 arrived Quebec.
28 Nov 1835 at Bermuda.
Bermuda 22 Jan 1836 is reported to have sailed for the West India islands.
5 Mar 1836 was reported to be at Bermuda.
Portsmouth 7 Jun 1836 arrived Monday from Bermuda, having been relieved on 2 May by the Melville.
Portsmouth 18 Jun 1836 will be paid off on Monday.
7 Jun 1838, the flag ship for R.-Adm Ross, HMS President, arrived at Callao, where the Imogene, Harrier, sloop Sulphur, Starling and Victoria, along with the French vessels Andromede, 60, and brig Alacrité, and the US ship North Carolina, 80, and corvette Lexington, who were all watching the motions of the belligerents, Peru and Chile.
Circa Jan 1839 in the Pacific. 15 Jan 1839 Callao, about to proceed on a cruise. 2 Aug 1840 arrived Valparaiso from Talcahuano. 3 Jul 1841, Mate P. Parkhurst, promoted to Lieutenant 4 Jul 1841, arrived at Lima, from Ysslay. 28 Aug 1841, had arrived at Valparaiso from Callao. 1 Mar 1846, at Simon's Town. The President relieved the Winchester as Flag Ship.
3 Apr 1846, had departed Simon's Bay for Algoa Bay with the Governor.
Circa 27 Jul 1846, arrived Port Louis.
1847 the ship's boats attacked a stockaded position at Anjoxa. The fighting, however, was not of a very serious description - see p. 366 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow 4 Sep 1848 Flag Ship at Simon's Town.
1 Dec 1848 Flag ship, at Simon's Town.
11 May - 7 Sep 1854, when news of the war being declared against the Russians was received the British force on the China and Japan station consisted of the President, Pique, Amphitrite, Trincomalee, Virago and the French the Forte, Eurydice, Artemise, and Obligado. A number of operations appear to have been carried out, none of which were carried through to a satisfactory conclusion - see p. 429-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
7 Sep 1854 the President, Virago and Pique detained the Russian ship Sitka.
Feb 1855 At Valparaiso.
18 Mar 1855 sailed from Callao with the flag officer for Petropalovski.
23 May 1855, met up with and spoke to the Barracouta and FNS Alceste not far off the coast of Kamschatka, and separated.
31 May 1855, rendezvoused with Pique, Dido, Brisk, Alceste, Encounter, Barracouta, and the American store ship Nile off Petropalovski.
1 Jun 1855, the squadron entered the harbour of Petropalovski, but discovered that despite appearing to have reinforced the fortifications the Russians had departed for the River Amur.
1860 Chatham, re-rated as a 50
1 April 1862 Woolwich. Commissioned as RNR Drill Ship for Service at West India Docks.
1864 Home Station, as RNR Drill Ship at West India Docks. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
1870 Royal Naval Reserve, West India Docks.
1870 Officers borne for duties in Admiralty
1 May 1873 Recommissioned.
1879 Drill Ship for Royal Naval Reserve, West India Docks
1879 A number of officers are borne on the books for duties in Admiralty, also RNC Greenwich, Surveying Service and Hydrographer
1879 Tender: Rainbow
Apr 1886 W. I. Docks
1890 West Indies Dock. Drill Ship for RNR. Officers in various administration posts around the country are included on the books: Deptford Victualling Yard, those in service at the Royal Arsenal, RN College etc.
1890 Tender: "Frolic" Harbour Service - for Drill of RN Artillery Volunteers.
1903 Renamed Old President