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NameFoxExplanation
Type5th rate TypeTransport
Launched (Sail)17 August 1829 Converted to screw18 March 1856
HullWooden Length159 feet
PropulsionSail Men 
Builders measure1080 tons Builders measure (as screw)1080 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)1780 tons
Guns46 Guns (as screw)0
Fate1882 Last in commission1879
Class    
Ships book   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
17 August 1829Launched as 5th rate sailing ship at Portsmouth Dockyard
14 October 1843
- 5 August 1848
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commodore Henry Martin Blackwood, Tarbert, the Shannon, then (December 1844) the East Indies
17 July 1850
- 27 September 1852
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commodore George Robert Lambert, East Indies
27 September 1852
- 22 May 1854
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain John Walter Tarleton, flagship of Commodore George Robert Lambert, East Indies
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
18 March 1856Undocked as screw transport at Portsmouth Dockyard
February 1862Completed as storeship
22 February 1862
- 5 December 1864
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Master commander Thomas C. Pullen, store-ship
5 December 1864
- 8 December 1867
Commanded by Staff-Commander Henry Augustus. Moriarty, store-ship
8 December 1867
- 18 May 1868
Commanded by Staff-Commander William S. Luke, store-ship
18 May 1868
- 17 October 1868
Commanded by Staff-commander Robert Barrie Batt, store-ship
17 October 1868
- 25 September 1874
Commanded by Staff-Commander John Hillary Allard, store-ship
7 September 1877
- 11 November 1879
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Staff-commander Henry D. Sarratt, store-ship
March 1882Broken up at Devonport.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Sa 4 March 1843The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart., is expected to proceed from the Shannon to Devonport, to equip for foreign service.
Th 18 May 1843The Fox, one of the old 38-gun frigates of the French Hebe class, has been taken into dock to have her bow lengthened, according to a plan that has been suggested by Mr. White, of Cowes. The idea of lengthening one of these ships forward that are so very clean already, does not meet the approbation of most nautical men, who think that a great deal of valuable labour and money will be uselessly expended in carrying out a visionary and theoretical scheme which, in the end, will prove a complete failure. It is understood that great and powerful influence has been used to induce the naval authorities to allow this experimental alteration to be made, as the present improved method of ship-building so completely throws these vessels into the shade, that the mere lengthening one of them forward would not give her the same accommodation for the men at mess or quarters as they now have in the recently constructed frigates, neither would her armament, stowage, and other capabilities be at all equal to them.
Tu 11 July 1843The Fox, 86, will be ready for the pendant in a few weeks. Sha is now in dock, having her bows lengthened upon the plan of Mr. White, of Cowes.
Ma 25 September 1843The Fox frigate, whose bows hare been lengthened by Mr. White, of Cowes, is in the basin, masted, and ready for commission.
Ma 2 October 1843The Fox, 42, is quite ready for commission. She has had her bows lengthened by Mr. White, of Cowes.
Ma 4 December 1843The Iris, 26, Captain G.R. Munday, in her passage from this port to Plymouth, proved herself an admirable sea-boat. She beat down Channel against the heavy gale blowing from W.S.W., and succeeded in reaching Plymouth, when the Fox was compelled to bear up and return here [Portsmouth].
Ma 11 December 1843

9 December 1843

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir Henry Blackwood, left Plymouth bound yesterday for Cork. It is understood that she is to proceed thence to Tarber[t] in the river Shannon.
Ma 25 December 1843

23 December 1843

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. M. Blackwood, has taken up her station at Tarbert, in the river Shannon, where she will remain as guard-ship.
Ma 1 January 1844

30 December 1843

The following vessels are those which compose the squadron on the coast of Ireland, under the command of Rear-Admiral Bowles: - Caledonia, 120, flag-ship, Captain Milne; Fox, 42, Captain Sir F.P. Blackwood [incorrect; should be H.M. Blackwood]; Hyacinth, 18, Commander F. Scott; Iris, 26, Captain R. Mundy; Lynx, 3, Lieutenant-Commander J.T. Nott; Snipe, 2, Lieutenant-Commander G. Raymond; the Flamer, 6, Lieutenant-Commander C.J. Postle; Comet, 2, Commander G.A. Frazer; Dee, 2, Master-Commander T. Driver; Meteor, 2, Lieutenant-Commander G. Butler; Pluto, 2, Lieutenant-Commander Jeayes; Stromboli, 6, Commander Hon. E. Plunket; Tartarus, 2, Captain H.T. Austin; and Volcano, 2, Lieutenant-Commander C.J. Featherstone, steamers.

The Cyclops, Captain W. Lapidge, and the Rhadamanthus, Master-Commander T. Laen, are on their passage to Cork with a body of the Royal Marines.

Ma 4 March 1844The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart., is expected to proceed from the Shannon to Devonport, to equip for foreign service.
Fr 8 March 1844The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, is ordered from Cork to Devonport, to refit, aad equip for China and the East India service.
Ma 29 April 1844

28 April 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, will shortly proceed from Tarbert to Plymouth to refit for foreign service, to relieve the Thalia, 42, in the East Indies.
Ma 3 June 1844

2 June 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart, is still in Tarbert roads, no orders for her immediate departure having yet arrived. She will previously proceed to Plymouth and equip for foreign service; it is believed her destination is China.
Ma 17 June 1844

16 June 1844

The Fox, 42, Capain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart., is in the Shannon, in daily expectation of orders to proceed to the East Indies.
Ma 8 July 1844

5 July 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H.M. Blackwood, Bart., is ordered to sail this day from Barnpool to relieve Commodore Chads in the Cambrian, 36, on the East India station. She takes out two full-length portraits of Her Majesty as presents to the Emperor of China. Second Lieutenant Parke, R.M., will take a passage in the Fox, to join the Iris, 44, Captain Sir John Marshall, Knt., K.C.H., at the Cape; she also takes out the shipwrights, coopers, and smiths entered on board the San Josef for service in China, to be borne on the books of the Agincourt, 72, Captain H.W. Bruce, flag-ship of Rear-Admiral Sir T.J. Cochrane, Knt., to whom Sir Henry will be second in command, and hoist a blue pendant as Commodore of the second class.
Ma 26 August 1844

25 August 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, is on her way from Tangier, to relieve Commodore Chads, in the Cambrian, 36, in China, who will return to England.
Su 20 October 1844

21 October 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart, arrived at Rio from Tangier on the 24th of August.
Th 21 November 1844

19 November 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, left Rio for the Cape on the 31st of July.
Ma 16 December 1844

15 December 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir. H. Blackwood, left the Cape for Ceylon on the 4th of October.
Tu 11 September 1860The following vessels comprise the four classes of the steam reserve at Portsmouth, the list corrected to this date :-
First Class.- Duke of Wellington, 131 guns, 700 horsepower; Princess Royal, 91 guns, 400 horse-power; Shannon, 51 guns, 600 horse-power ; Immortalité, 51 guns, 600 horse-power; Volcano, 6 guns, 140 horse-power; Philomel, 6 guns, 80 horse-power; and gunboats Brazen, Beaver, Snapper, Traveller, Grinder, and Blazer, of two guns each, and 60 horse-power.
Second Class.- Royal Sovereign, 131 guns, 800 horse-power; Victoria, 121 guns, 1,000 horse-power; Prince of Wales, 131 guns, 800 horse-power ; Duncan, 101 guns, 800 horse-power; Nelson, 91 guns, 500 horse-power; the Sutlej, 51 guns, 500 horse-power ; the Harrier, 17 guns, 100 horse-power; the Rinaldo, 17 guns, 200 horse-power; the Medea, 6 guns, 350 horse-power; the Stromboli, 6 guns, 280 horse-power; the Coquette, 6 guns, 200 horse-power; and the gunboats Cracker, Fancy, Swinger, Pincher, and Badger, of 60 horse-power each, and 2 guns.
Third Class.- The Tribune, 31 guns, 300 horse-power; the Rosamond, 6 guns, 280-horse power; the Vigilant, 4 guns, 200 horse-power; the Vulture, 6 guns, 470 horse-power; the Cygnet, 5 guns, 80 horse-power; and the gunboats Cheerful, Rambler, Pet, Daisy, Angler, Chub, Ant, Pert, and Decoy, of two guns each and 21 horse-power.
4th Class.- The screw transport Fox, 200 horse-power; the Erebus, 16 guns, 200 horse-power; the Meteor, 14 guns, 150 horse-power; and the Glatton, 14 guns, 150 horse-power.

The foregoing - not including the gunboats and mortar vessels in Haslar-yard - consist of seven line-of-battle ships, four frigates, two corvettes, nine sloops, three floating batteries, 20 gunboats, and one troop steamer. They give a total force of 1,150 guns, propelled by 11,420 horse-power (nominal). The Fox steam troopship is given in this return as not carrying any guns, but in the official Navy List she still carried "42" attached to her name.

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