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Type: Packet brig ; Armament 8
Launched : 21 Nov 1835 ; Disposal date or year : 1866
BM: 361 tons
Portsmouth 30 Apr 1836 the Messenger has arrived from Milford and other ports with 150 volunteer seamen for the Asia, Hercules and packet Swift.
19 Feb 1841 arrived at Portsmouth from Jamaica, (29 Dec). 20 Dec 1848 Devonport.
28 Jun 1849 A Plymouth paper reports that she was commissioned on Tuesday, with a complement of 66 men, and is to be fitted with all despatch for service on the Pacific Station, proceeding by way of the Cape and Van Diemen's Land
20 Oct 1849 It is reported that the Swift is to bring O'Brien Meagher, and other Irish State Prisoners to Van Diemen's Land. It is also now reported that she is to serve on the South America Station.
4 Jul 1849 Departed Plymouth
9 Jul 1849 Sailed from Kingstown
12 Sep 1849 Left the Cape of Good Hope
27 Oct 1849 Arrived Hobart Town with the Irish state prisoners William Smith O'Brien ; T. M. Meagher ; Bellew McManus ; Patrick O'Donahue,
1 Dec 1849 Has arrived at Port Jackson after a rough passage from Hobart Town and is expected to remain for about a week, after which she will proceed to Valparaiso via Auckland
25 Dec 1849 Arrived Port Nicholson
20 Dec 1849 Sailed for Valparaiso
6 Jul 1850 Circa, Is reported to have arrived at Honolulu from Mazatlan.
30 Aug 1851 Pacific
29 Nov 1860, depart Plymouth Sound, under tow of the frigate Gorgon, for the Cape of Good Hope, for use as a mooring lighter. The vessel would is jury rigged in the event of becoming separated from the Gorgon, which happens quite frequently, the more so since she appears to sail better than the Gorgon in some conditions, not surprising since her hull form was presumably quite good having been a packet.
7 Mar 1861 arrives at the Cape Of Good Hope, to become a mooring vessel.