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Type: Frigate ; Armament 3 x-8 in ; 1 x-68 pdr, 20 x 32pdr
Launched : 12 May 1858 ; Disposal date or year : 14 Feb 1884
BM: 2659 tons ; Displacement: 3915 tons
Machinery notes: 2538 hpi 600 hp
The Shannon (1855), Liffey (1856), Topaze (1858), Bacchante (1859), and Liverpool (1860) were on similar lines.
13 Jan 1871 went out to try her engines over the measured mile, but being unable to see the marks due to poor visibility, went out to the Eddystone instead.
19 Nov 1871 the Flying or detached squadron, consisting of the Narcissus, Topaze, Immortalité, Inconsistent, Cadmus and Volage sailed from Portland for Vigo.
24 Nov 1871 arrived Vigo and put into quarantine, there being 2 cases of smallpox on board the Narcissus.
29 Nov 1871 the squadron sailed for Lisbon, arriving on 3 Dec. Smallpox cases sent to hospital and squadron received pratique.
7 Dec 1871 the squadron sailed for Madeira, arriving on the 10th inst., sailing on the 11th for Rio de Janeiro.
Dec 30, 1871 A large number of midshipmen have been appointed to join the Flying (detached) Squadron.
8 Jan 1872 arroved Rio Janeiro and sailed for Simon’s Town on the 18th inst..
14 Feb 1872 Squadron arrived Cape of Good Hope. During the cruise out the ships and their crews had been involved in manoeuvres, gun exercises and other drills.
27 Feb 1872 Cape of Good Hope, sailed for Bombay.
22 Apr 1872 arrived Bombay,
6 May 1872 sailed for Mauritius
5 Jun 1872 arrived Mauritius, sailing for the Cape on the 20th inst.
27 Jul 1872 arrived Cape of Good Hope, sailing for the St. Helena on the 27th inst.
8 Aug 1872 arrived St. Helena, sailing for the Ascension on the 13th inst.
17 Aug 1872 arrived Ascension, sailing for the Azores on the 20th inst.
13 Sep 1872 arrived Azores, sailing for the Plymouth on the 16th inst.
27 Sep 1872 arrived Plymouth Sound.
25 Oct 1874 arrived at Gibraltar to join up with the Narcissus, Immortalié, Newcastle, Raleigh and Doris, to form the the Detached Squadron, before sailing for Madeira, St. Vincent, to arrive Montevideo Jan 1875, from whence they would sail for the Falkland Isles, the Cape of Good Hope, St. Helena, Ascension, Gibraltar and back to the UK circa June 1875. But these were only plans and a lot could have gone wrong in the interim.
25 Mar 1875 reported to be at Capetown with the Detached Squadron.
20 Jun 1875 arrived with the Detached Squadron at Gibraltar, from St. Vincent.
Circa 30 June 1875 returned to Portsmouth.
1880-82 Flying Squadron ; visited Montevideo, Captetown, Australia, Fiji, Japan and China with the 2 Princes, then on detached to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.