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NameArethusaExplanation
Type4th rate TypeFrigate
Launched (Sail)20 June 1849 Converted to screw9 August 1861
HullWooden Length252 feet
PropulsionSail Men550
Builders measure2132 tons Builders measure (as screw)2132 tons
Displacement3832 tons Displacement (as screw)3142 tons
Guns50 Guns (as screw)51
Fate1934 Last in commission1869
ClassConstance Class (as screw) 
Ships bookADM 135/21   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
20 June 1849Launched as 4th rate sailing ship at Pembroke Dockyard.
19 January 1850Commanded by Captain Thomas Matthew Charles Symonds, particular service, then Mediterranean
(1 January 1854)Commanded by Captain William Robert Mends, Black sea during the Russian War
1 July 1854
- 15 January 1855
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Thomas Matthew Charles Symonds, Black sea during the Russian War
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
10 June 1865Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Reginald John James George Macdonald, Mediterranean
1 June 1867
- 7 January 1869
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Robert Coote, Mediterranean
1874Training Ship (engines removed and added to the Chichester training ship as accommodation). The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury had founded the National Refuge for Homeless and Destitute Children known as Shaftesbury Homes, and in 1866 persuaded the Admiralty to lend him Chichester, so that destitute children might be trained for employment at sea.
(1879)Lent to Baroness Burdett Coutts as a Training Ship for Destitute Boys, Greenhithe.
(1890)Lent to Baroness Burdett Coutts as a Training Ship for Destitute Boys, Greenhithe.
(1914)Lent for Training Ship for Destitute Boys, Greenhithe.
1931Replaced at Greenhithe by a new vessel, Peking (launched in Hamburg, 1911) , renamed Arethusa, which subsequently moved to near Rochester, on the River Medway (in 1975 this vessel was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, and renamed Peking; she is still there).
2 August 1933Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
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