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Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched : 1827 ; Disposal date or year : 1864
With thanks for some additional snippets from Brian Stanley.
Portsmouth 25 May 1827 Arrived Spithead with the experimental squadron, having spent a month at sea, during which they performed trials relative to the sailing qualities of the various ships They are ordered to take on stores for foreign service in preparation for a further cruise.
Portsmouth 16 Jun 1827 In the Harbour.
Lisbon 4 Jun 1827 Reports received that the Experimental squadron has been performing trials to test the sailing qualities of the various ships of the squadron.
Portsmouth 25 Sep 1827 Sailed with Experimental Squadron for off Scilly.
Rio Janeiro 5 Aug 1828 Was daily expected from Rio Pieta.
Coquimbo 7 Jun 1829 Is reported to be at Calloa.
Guayaquil.28 Jul 1829 Arrived from Lima.
Jul 1830 South America Station.
27 Sep 1830 It is reported that British men-of-war are no longer welcombe at Peru's ports.
Portsmouth 12 Feb 1831 In harbour.
14 Nov 1832 Bay of Fundy.
Jamaica 21 Apr 1833 Had sailed for the Spanish Main.
Bermuda 18 Jun 1833 Sailed for Halifax.
Halifax 1 Aug 1833 Sailed for Barbadoes.
Trinidad circa 21 Sep 1833 Refitting.
Trinidad 14 Nov 1833 Reported to be refitting.
Barbadoes 3 Dec 1833 Arrived from Antigua.
Carlisle-bay, Barbadoes 15 Jan 1834 Remains.
Barbadoes, Carlisle Bay 17 Jan 1833 Sailed to give assistance to a merchant vessel ashore on the Cobler's Rock.
Barbadoes 5 Feb 1834 Has sailed on a cruise.
Vera Cruz 20 May 1834 Arrived to take freight to England.
Portsmouth 26 Jul 1834 Arrived from Havannah, last from Bermuda,
Portsmouth 12 Apr 1835 commissioned.
Portsmouth 18 Apr 1835 is reported to be fitting for service in the Mediterranean.
Portsmouth 16 May 1835 was taken out of the basin Wednesday.
Portsmouth 23 May 1835 went out of harbour, to Spithead, yesterday. Her ship's company are to be paid in advance on Monday, and she is expected to sail shortly for Malta, calling at Falmouth en route.
24 Jun 1835 arrived Malta and sailed for the Levant on 28th.
5 Jul 1835 arrived from Santa Maura, Albania, having landed the British Consul.
Malta 25 Jul 1835.
Off Malta 1 Aug 1835.
17 Aug 1835, 3 Sep 1835, 19 Sep 1835, 8 Nov 1835, 8 Dec 1835 at Corfu.
4 May 1836, went to the assistance of the merchant brig Rapid in the Gulf of Smyrna, which eventually got off by itself on the next high tide. A subsequent claim for salvage was dismissed.
26 Jun 1836 working between Corfu and the Ionian Isles.
26 Jan 1838 at Smyrna.
20 Nay 1838 in the Bosphorus. Dido, the Sapphire's relief, has arrived at Smyrna.
25 Jul 1838 arrived Lisbon from Gibraltar, and sailed the following day, probably for England.
14 Aug 1838 paid off at Portsmouth.
26 Oct 1839 Portsmouth will be ready to receive troops in four or five days. 2 Nov 1839 Master W. Miller, Master's Assistant Daniel C. O. Slaughter, Assistant Surgeon Dr. Thomas J. Layton, appointed to Sapphire. 2 Nov 1839 Portsmouth The Sapphire and Atholl, troop ships, are ordered to Greenock to receive the 1st Royals on board for service at Gibraltar. The Sapphire will sail from this port to-morrow. 14 Dec 1839 Mr. W. Miller, master of the Vanguard, who was appointed to the command of the Sapphire troop-ship in England, has declined the same. 22 Apr 1840 Barbadoes, Atholl and Sapphire were reported to be sailing, with the 67th Regiment, for Canada, and were then to bring the 15th Regiment to England. Circa 24 May 1840 at Quebec, embarking detachments of the 15th Regiment for England. 2 Jul 1840 has arrived Portsmouth : the Vesuvius has sailed for Woolwich, with the invalids brought here from Canada in the Sapphire. 3 Jul 1840 Portsmouth, sails Monday next with officers and men of the 58th Regiment, for Glasgow. 4 Jul 1840 Master G. H. Cole, appointed to the Sapphire. 5 Sep 1840 Portsmouth has sailed for Quebec to bring home a part of the 66th Regiment. 30 Oct 1840, Portsmouth, arrived from Quebec, with the 66th regiment on board. 19 Nov 1840 Portsmouth, sailed to Cork to embark troops for Corfu &c. At some time during the period 1839-42 engaged in the Operations in China. Officers and Men serving on this ship during this period may be eligible for a Medal. See p. 288 at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow.
13 Jan 1841, Malta, arrived from Corfu. 23 Jan 1841 Malta, the Sapphire departed with troops for Barbadoes, but due to bad weather, was still off the Island on the Sunday. 24 Feb 1841, arrived at Gibraltar, from Corfu and Malta. 27 Feb 1841, Gibraltar, sailed for Barbadoes. 1 May 1841, sailed from Carlisle Bay, for Quebec. 31 Jul 1841, Clerk F. E Dusautoy, appointed to the Sapphire, from the Atholl 31 Jul 1841, Clerk A. W. Whitehouse, appointed to the Athol, from the Sapphire. 14 Aug 1841, Portsmouth, is ordered to Quebec with ordnance and naval stores. 26 Sep 1841, arrived at Quebec, from Portsmouth. 2 Nov 1841, Portsmouth, arrived from Quebec. 13 Nov 1841, anchors, chain cables, and buoys, &c., to make booms across the Chinese rivers and canals, to prevent fire-rafts being sent down, are to be shipped in the Apollo and Sapphire troop-ships. 13 Nov 1841, Second Master ----- O'Brien, appointed to the Sapphire. 20 Nov 1841, Second Master James Milton ; Masters' Assistant R. Wheatland appointed to the Sapphire. 27 Nov 1841, Portsmouth, embarks troops for China on Monday. 9 Dec 1841, Plymouth Sound, arrived from Portsmouth following a very severe passage and the shipwrights are on board repairing damage. 16 Jun - 29 Aug 1842, expedition up the Yang-tse-Keang, to the end of hostilities and signing of the Treaty of Nanking. See p. 300-> at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow and www.gazettes-online.co.uk. 20 Dec 1848 Receiving ship, Trincomalee
1860 Receiving Hulk, Trincomalee