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Type: Corvette, cased with wood. ; Armament 10
Launched : 27 Feb 1869 ; Disposal date or year : 1904
BM: 2322 tons ; Displacement: 3078 tons
Propulsion: Screw Complement: 206
Machinery notes: 4532 hpi 600 hp ; Speed ; 15 knots ;
Ordered as Cerberus
1870 Particular Service
4 Jan 1871 the flying squadron, Narcissus, Immortalité, Cadmus, and Volage sailed from Plymouth Sound for Lisbon, Madeira, Barbadoes, and Jamaica, however they experienced very bad weather on sailing down the English Channel on Thursday and had to return to anchor in Torbay on the Saturday, sailing on the Sunday.
8 Apr 1871 the flying squadron arrived at Jamaica and was joined by the Pylades.
22 Apr 1871 the squadron sailed for Havannah.
20 Jun 1871 sailed from Halifax, for Gibraltar.
20 Jul 1871 arrived at Gibraltar.
2 Aug 1871 The squadron joined by the Topaze and Inconstant : sailed for off Ushant with the Mediterranean Squadron : Pylades and Inconstant to remain at Gibraltar.
11 Aug 1871 arrived off Ushant and involved in exercises with the Reserve, Mediterranean and Channel Squadrons, and was subsequently joined by the Inconstant, with despatches.
11 Sep 1871 Portsmouth the squadron arrived from Queensferry, from which they sailed last Saturday, and anchored at Spithead, having been cruising in the North Sea following the earlier exercises.
21 Oct 1871 The Immortalite, Inconstant and Volage have given leave to their crews at Portsmouth, in alternate watches, the latter two being calked and refitted in dock, whilst the former refits alongside, whilst the Narcissus and Cadmus have gone to Plymouth to give leave and be refitted at Devonport.
12 Nov 1871 Narcissus sailed from Plymouth Sound for Portland, arriving Sunday, where she was expected to be joined shortly by the Cadmus, from Plymouth, and the remainder of the squadron from Portsmouth.
19 Nov 1871 the Flying or detached squadron, consisting of the Narcissus, Topaze, Immortalité, Inconstant, 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.
27 Nov 1871 Narcissus sailed for Lisbon and returned on the same day.
29 Nov 1871 the squadron sailed for Lisbon, arriving 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.
18 Jan 1872 Rio Janeiro very hot and squadron sailed for Simon’s Town.
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 Cape on the 27th inst.
8 Aug 1872 arrived St. Helena, sailing for the Cape on the 13th inst.
17 Aug 1872 arrived Ascension, sailing for the Cape on the 20th inst.
13 Sep 1872 arrived Azores, sailing for the England on the 16th inst.
27 Sep 1872 arrived Plymouth Sound and sailed for Portsmouth arriving Spithead on the 28th inst.
1879 Portsmouth. Officer borne in Asia
21 Sep 1885 Commissioned at Portsmouth
Apr 1886 Training Squadron
2 May 1886 A telegram from the Lloyds signal station at the Lizard timed 9.5 pm, reports HMS Rover passed east today towing the Calypso, with screw damaged, for Plymouth ; parted company with the Active and Volage yesterday.
1890 Training Squadron
26 Jun 1897 Present at the Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.