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NameBoadiceaExplanation
TypeCorvette   
Launched16 October 1875
HullIron
PropulsionScrew
Builders measure 
Displacement3913 tons
Guns16
Fate1905
ClassBacchante
Ships bookADM 135/55
Note 
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
18 April 1878
- 22 October 1878
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain James Elphinstone Erskine
31 October 1878
- 30 March 1882
Commanded by Commodore Frederick William Richards, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa
24 April 1888Commanded by Captain Assheton Gore Curzon-Howe, flagship of Rear-Admiral Edmund Robert Fremantle, East Indies (including serving as Chief of Staff for Freemantle's punitive expedition against the Sultan of Vitu in October 1890)
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 26 March 1888The Admiralty have issued instructions for the Boadicea, 14, second-class screw cruiser, 4,40 tons, 5,130-horse power, to be commissioned the first week in April by Captain the Hon. Assheton G. Curzon Howe, late of the Royal yacht Osborne, for the relief of the Bacchante, cruiser, as flagship of the Commmander-in-Chief of the East Indies station.
Th 26 April 1888The unarmoured corvette Boadicea, has been commissioned at Portsmouth by Captain Curzon Howe, with a crew of 426 officers and men, as flagship for the East India station. During her refit two of her armament of 14 7-inch muzzleloaders have been changed for the same number of 5-inch breechloaders, while the couple of 64 pounders which she formerly carried, have been superseded by four quick-firing guns. She is also provided with 11 machine-guns. It has not been deemed necessary to fit her with torpedo booms as she will take over those of the Bacchante on arriving at her station.
Ma 14 May 1888The Boadicea, which, as already stated, left Portsmouth on Thursday for the East India station, made a very successful six hours’ full-power run of her machinery on her way to Plymouth. As the stokeholds were worked by her ordinary complement of stokers, the mean power developed was less than at the three hours’ trial before starting. The average amounted to 3,500 horses, and the speed realized was 13∙8 knots. There was a little priming, but this would wear off as the boilers get used. She left on Friday for her station, and was expected to meet the Bacchante at the Mauritius.
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