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NameCometExplanation
TypeTug and ferry   
Launched23 May 1822
HullWooden
PropulsionPaddle
Builders measure238 tons
Displacement239 tons
Guns2
Fate1868
Class 
Ships bookADM 135/99
NoteFirst steamship ordered by Admiralty
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
1 July 1837Commanded by Lieutenant commander George Thomas Gordon, particular service
15 July 1842Commanded by Commander George Alexander Frazer, Woolwich
12 July 1844Commanded by Lieutenant commander William Pretyman, Portsmouth
29 June 1846Commanded by Lieutenant commander Charles Richardson Johnson, Portsmouth
25 October 1847Commanded by Lieutenant commander Charles Gray Rigge, particular service
7 May 1850Commanded by Commander Henry Charles Otter, Cork, then west coast of Scotland
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 14 September 1840It appears that neither the Salamander nor Comet steam-vessels are to be paid off; they are equipping at Woolwich, with great despatch; they will be both at Spithead about the last week in September. The Medea will leave Woolwich on the 24th. The Vesuvius is fitting at Chatham for the Mediterranean. These four steam ships will increase Sir R. Stopford's force to 10 powerful steam-vessels of war, he having already the Gorgon, Cyclops, Phoenix, Rhadamanthus, Hydra, and Stromboli; and to which there are several steamers already fitted for guns, &c., employed in the conveyance of the mails, such as the Acheron, Volcano, Prometheus, Megaera, Alecto, &c.
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