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NameCyclopsExplanation
Type1st class sloop   
Launched10 July 1839
HullWooden
PropulsionPaddle
Builders measure1195 tons
Displacement1960 tons
Guns6
Fate1864
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Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
19 November 1839Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Captain Horatio Thomas Austin, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
27 May 1843
- 29 September 1843
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich until paying off) by Captain Horatio Thomas Austin, particular service (Ireland and the "royal squadron" accompanying "Her Majesty's Marine Excursion" in Victoria and Albert to Le Tréport, France and Ostende, Belgium)
23 November 1843
- December 1846
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain William Frederick Lapidge, south-east coast of America, then Channel squadron
29 July 1848
- 15 August 1848
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain George Fowler Hastings, conveying troops to Ireland
8 September 1848
- February 1851
Commanded by Captain George Fowler Hastings, west coast of Africa
20 June 1855Commanded by master commander John F. Rees, Mediterranean
April 1857
- September 1857
Commanded by Lieutenant commander Joseph Dayman, taking soundings for Agamemnon, laying the first Transatlantic cable (initiated 16 August 1858, but stopped working only a couple of weeks later)
15 September 1857Commanded by Captain William John Samuel Pullen, East Indies and China
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
We 6 December 1848

The Coast Of Africa

The Siren, 16, Commander Chaloner, arrived this afternoon from the above station. She left St. Paul de Loando on the 1st of October, St. Helena the 19th, Ascension the 25th, and Sierra Leone Nov. 7. The squadron was distributed thus at the latest dates:- The Penelope and Philomel at St. Paul de Loando; the Amphitrite in the Bights; the Tortoise at Ascension; the Alert left Sierra Leone on the 5th of November for the Gambia; the Bittern off Loango and Mayumba; the Bonetta in search of the Commodore; the Britomart cruising between Cape Mayumba and the river Settee; the Contest off Benguela; the Cygnet in the Bights; the Dart cruising off Ambrize; the Dolphin in the Bights; the Favourite gone to Loango with provisions for the Bittern; the Pantaloon, from England, in search of the Commodore; the Ranger, recovered, and gone under sail in search of the Commodore, to report herself all safe; the Rapid left Congo on the 16th of October, to go northward; the Star in the Bights; the Wanderer off Cape Lopez; the Blazer en route to St. Paul de Loando; the Cyclops left Sierra Leone Nov. 6 for Ascension; the Firefly in the Bights; the Grappler in Elephant bay; the Pluto up the river Congo; the Snap tender en route to Ascension; the Sealark and Adelaide sailed from Sierra Leone on the 7th of November, the latter en route to Port Adelaide; the Waterwitch cruising off the Gallinas. Commander Rutherford has invalided from the Commodore's vessel and gone to St. Helena to recruit, and First Lieutenant Charles B. Bayley was made Acting Commander of her. The slave trade was very brisk. The Siren, since she has been on the coast (for the last 12 months cruising off the river Settee), has captured four prizes herself and shares for two others. The Penelope, Siren, and Bittern were lying at anchor in Mayumba-bay on the 5th of August, when a vessel was sighted becalmed; the Penelope got up her steam, went out, and presently made capture of the celebrated slaver "Polka," a fine brigantine fitted for the traffic, and having 24 slaves on board at the time. The Britomart has taken two — one empty, and one having 425 slaves on board. The Dart has taken one empty prize since the last mail. The Philomel, which lay outside of St. Paul de Loando on the 1st of October, reported the Grappler having taken another prize a day or two before, which she had destroyed in Elephant-bay. The Kingfisher had not arrived on the coast. The Siren has latterly been very healthy. She lost a man named Richard Sapper, a supernumerary from the Philomel, yesterday, in a heavy gale; he fell overboard, and although every means which could safely be adopted for his rescue were put in practice, he was lost. Another man, a sailmaker, from the Tortoise, died on the passage. The Island of Ascension was exceedingly healthy, and it was computed that there was a three years' ample supply of good water; all the turtle ponds were full, and vegetation and food for the flocks plentiful.
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