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Type: 2nd class sloop ; Armament 6 (later reduced to 3)
Launched : 16 May 1832 ; Disposal date or year : 1883
BM: 818 tons ; Displacement: 1380 tons
Machinery notes: 506 hpi 220
Downs 2 Mar 1833 Passed through for Plymouth.
Downs 19 Mar 1833 Passed through from Plymouth for the River.
Deal 18 Apr 1833 Arrived.
Downs 19 Apr 1833 Arrived from a cruise in the North Sea.
Portsmouth 21 Jun 1833 Arrived from the eastward, embarked 100 Marines and sailed for Pembroke dockyard.
Plymouth 22 Jun 1833 Arrived from the eastward with seamen, and sailed for Milford.
Plymouth 20 Jul 1833 Arrived from Milford.
Portsmouth 7 Sep 1833 Arrived from Sheerness and came into the harbour.
Portsmouth 16 Sep 1833 In Harbour.
Portsmouth 16 Sep 1833 Sailed for Lisbon.
Devonport 11 Oct 1833 Arrived from Lisbon.
Devonport 12 Oct 1833 In Hamoaze.
Portsmouth 3 Nov 1833 Arrived from Plymouth, and sailed for the eastward.
1 Jan 1834 On the Lisbon Station.
Woolwich 16 Jan 1834 Remains.
Portsmouth 19 Apr 1834 Arrived from Lisbon.
Plymouth 26 Jun 1834 Sailed for Woolwich.
Portsmouth 12 Jul 1834 Arrived from the eastward, for the island of Guernsey.
Portsmouth 23 Jul 1834 Arrived with seamen from the Asia, paid off at Chatham.
Portsmouth 4 Nov 1834 Sailed for the river.
17 Jan 1835 in harbour at Portsmouth
4 Feb 1835 Britannia towed into Portsmouth harbour by the Salamander, to be paid off into ordinary.
Portsmouth 13 Feb 1835 sailed for Plymouth with the Royal Marines paid off from the Britannia.
Portsmouth 17 Feb 1835 arrived from Plymouth with Royal Marines from the Talavera.
Portsmouth 17 Feb 1835 sailed for Chatham with the Cadmus in tow, which is to be converted to a Coast Guard depot on the Medway.
28 Feb 1835 is reported to have been paid off. It is intended that she will be manned by men from the guard ships at Woolwich when required.
River Thames, London 1 Aug 1835 celebrated the arrival of the King and Queen as the visited Greenwich Hospital, by manning the yards and dressing the ship overall.
Portsmouth 23 Apr 1836 arrived from Lisbon with mail.
San Sebastian 5 May 1836 the Phoenix and Salamander are reported to have opened fire on behalf of the British Legion and Her Catholic Majesty's forces against the Carlist fortifications.
Portsmouth 20 May 1836 the Salamander arrived from the eastward, towed the Bellerophon out of harbour to Spithead, and then sailed for the North Coast of Spain, with marines and equipment for the ships and marines operating in this region.
At San Sebastian 7 Jul 1836 supporting the British Legion. See p. 276 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
North Coast of Spain 19 Feb 1837 reported to be at Passages.
San Sebastian 21 May 1837 remained when the Rhadamanthus sailed for Plymouth.
13 Jun 1840 Portsmouth is expected shortly from the north coast of Spain, to be paid off. 8 Aug 1840 Commander Sidney Colpoys Dacres (commanding the Salamander steam vessel,) promoted to the rank of Captain, for services on the coast of Spain. 20 Aug 1840 Portsmouth arrived from St. Sebastian, with a detachment of the Marine Battalion and having landed part of them at Plymouth, and the remainder here, she returns tomorrow to bring another portion of the battalion home. 22 Aug 1840 Acting Master. H. J. London (of the Salamander), promoted to the rank of Master and Pilot. 5 Sep 1840 Portsmouth arrived from on Thursday, from Passages, with part of the RM Battalion and having landed three horses proceeded to the Eastward. 11 Sep 1840 Woolwich arrived from Passages on Saturday last. Having been in commission nearly 4 years, it was expected she would be paid off, however, she will leave again so soon as her defects are made good. 15 Sep 1840 Woolwich, was taken into the dry dock on Monday to be examined : the copper sheathing being covered in patches with large full-grown muscles, hanging like clusters of grapes to a vary tenacious kind of seaweed. A number of hands having keen employed to scrape off the shells, she will be ready for sea in a few days. 15 Sep 1840, Commander Hastings Reginald Henry (1838), appointed to the Salamander, vice Davies, promoted. Lieutenant Frederick Chevalier Syer (1828), appointed from the Salamander, to command the Comet, vice Gordon, promoted. 19 Sep 1840 Lieutenant Henry Byng, appointed to be first of the Salamander. 9 Oct 1840 Woolwich, left Sheerness on Wednesday, with the Howe, for Spithead. 10 Oct 1840 Portsmouth, arrived here yesterday from Sheerness. 15 Oct 1840 Portsmouth, took round to the eastward the officers of the Camperdown lent to the Howe, and army invalids. 17 Oct 1840 Third Engineer George Baker, appointed to the Salamander. 27 Oct 1840 Woolwich, arrived at Woolwich and loaded ordnance from the Royal Arsenal. She sailed the following day for Portsmouth, towing the sloop Duke of Somerset. 30 Oct 1840, Portsmouth, arrived from Woolwich, with an Ordnance hoy in tow, and 120 seamen as passengers. 31 Oct 1840, Boatswain John Collins, appointed to Salamander ; 5 Nov 1840 Woolwich, sailed for Plymouth with a detachment of Royal Marines, embarked at Sheerness, for a passage to Plymouth, for the Caledonia. 15 Nov 1840 Portsmouth, returned from Plymouth with 100 men for the ships fitting out. 21 Nov 1840 Mate W. D. Carroll (from Salamander) appointed to the Queen ; 5 Dec 1840 Spithead, sailed for Sheerness. 12 Dec 1840 Sheerness, sailed on Monday for Norway, in search of the Fairy, and will visit the Shetland Isles, and call at Leith if necessary. 2 Jan 1841, arrived at Sheerness on Wednesday, after an unsuccessful search for the Fairy. 27 Jan 1841 remains at Sheerness, awaiting Admiralty orders. 16 Mar 1841, accompanied the Vernon from Sheerness to Spithead. 19 Mar 1841, returned to Sheerness. 15 Apr 1841, Woolwich, arrived from Sheerness and is being fitted out for the new English consul at St. Petersburgh, who will be landed at Cronstadt. 17 Apr 1841, Mate H. D. Blanckley, from the Excellent appointed to the Salamander ; 19 Apr 1841, returned to Sheerness. 4 May 1841, Woolwich, left for Sheerness to tow the Monarch to the Downs, and then returned to Woolwich to be ready to embark the Hon. Mr. Bloomfield and suite, for Cronstadt. 17 May 1841, arrived at Cronstadt and disembarked the Hon. Mr. Bloomfield and suite. 22 May 1841, embarked the Marquis of Clanricarde and sailed for England. 29 May 1841, arrived at Woolwich. 17 Jun 1841, Woolwich, sailed for Sheerness, and will return today. 24 Jun 1841, Portsmouth, arrived from Sheerness, and sailed for Plymouth. 28 Jun 1841, Portsmouth, arrived from Plymouth and sailed 3 Jul for Chatham. 4 Jul 1841, arrived at Chatham with invalids from Plymouth and Portsmouth and then sailed for Woolwich. 30 Jul 1841, was paid off at Woolwich. 1 May 1844 at Valparaiso (Cdr AS Hammond)
Later in Jun 1845 The Salamander was stationed at Tahiti, and the Cormorant had gone to Panama to meet the June mail from England.
30 August 1845 The master of the Falcon reports: at Papeiti all was quiet, although the natives still remained under arms in their camps. Reiatea, the residence of Queen Pomare, was still kept under blockade by the French. When the Falcon left Papeiti the following vessels were lying there: the French frigate Uranie, HMS Salamander, the US whalers General Jackson, Washington, George and Columbia. The brig Ontario was just entering the harbour when the Falcon left.
18 Oct1845 The Salamander, English war steamer, was still at Tahiti.
1846 Pacific and Otaheite Station
6 June 1846 On the 21st March the natives of Tahiti commenced an attack on the French forces by firing from each end of the beach, which fire was returned by the barracks and block-houses. The French corvettes Fortune, Heroine, and the steamer Phaeton, were also moored off Papieti, bombarding it. On the 22nd the natives set fire to several houses, among which was that of Mr. Joseph Moore, which was totally consumed. When the Isabella Anna left Papieti the fight was going on briskly, which was decidedly in favour of the natives, as they had driven the French forces into their fortresses, where they then remained. Most of the English and American subjects sought refuge on board the various vessels in harbour, where they were kindly received. The doctor of H.M. steamer Salamander had been fired at, and was wounded in the head, but not seriously. The Tahitians appeared determined to resist the French authorities, and it was expected that the contest would last for some time. The natives of the Navigator Islands were becoming very, troublesome, and it was supposed that Mr. Pritchard would leave by the first man-of-war that touched there, or that he would adopt some measures for punishing them.
22 Aug 1846 The Portenia brings no additional news from Tahiti; the French frigates Uranie and Héroine were lying there, also La Fortune storeship. and H.M. steamer Salamander. The Portenia touched at Norfolk Island, at which place the Government barque Lady Franklin was still remaining; no further outbreak had occurred with the prisoners, but the rioters were yet kept in irons. Saw the China, from Hobart Town, with troops, last Friday se'nnight, off Port Stephens, bound for Calcutta.
20 Dec 1848 Steam sloop, Woolwich.
30 Aug 1851 East Indies
1 Apr 1852 anchored off the mouth of the Rangoon river, with the Fox, Hermes, Salamander, Serpent, and a gunboat, in addition to a number of vessels of the Indian marine - see p. 374-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
5 Apr 1852 involved in the capture of Martaban - see p. 374-5 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow
Jun / Jul 1852 Lying at Blenheim Reach, Whampoa. The 1st Lieut. Died between 8 - 10 June.
5 Apr – 20 Dec 1852, ship's company involved in 2nd Burma War, and annexation of Pegu (now known as Bago, Myanmar), for which they were due prize money for capture of booty.
20 Feb 1856 Act 2nd Master GS Webster apptd ; West Coast of Africa Station
10 Dec 1863 Sheerness. Commissioned for Irregular or particular service and service on the Australia Station.
1 Jan to 30 June 1864 Irregular or particular service. Medical report : number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
1 July to 31 Dec 1864 Australian Station. Medical report : dysentery onboard : number of Cases of Disease and Injury.
1870 Sheerness, 2 guns