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NameHoratioExplanation
Type5th rate TypeFrigate blockship
Launched (Sail)23 April 1807 Converted to screwDecember 1849
HullWooden Length154 feet
PropulsionSail Men 
Builders measure1090 tons Builders measure (as screw)1090 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)1707 tons
Guns38 Guns (as screw)24
Fate1865 Last in commission1856
Class  Class (as screw)Eurotas
Ships bookADM 135/238   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
23 April 1807Launched as 5th rate sailing ship at George Parsons, Bursledon.
1808Commanded by Captain George Scott
1811Commanded by Captain Lord George Stuart
1814
- 1817
Commanded by Captain William Dillon
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
December 1849Completed as screw at Chatham Dockyard.
19 January 1852
- 14 May 1854
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Swynfen Thomas Carnegie, guard ship, Sheerness (and temporarily in command of Barracouta during a trial cruise in June-September 1852)
2 June 1853
- 7 February 1855
Commanded by Commander Robert Jenner, guard ship, Sheerness
7 February 1855
- 12 May 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Arthur Auckland Leopold Pedro Cochrane, guard ship, Sheerness
1865Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Sa 13 September 1845

11 September 1845

The Blenheim, 72, was towed down from Sandgate-creek on Friday, and hauled into dock at Sheerness on Saturday, to be fitted as a block ship with screw-propeller. The Horatio, 44, is the other vessel selected for this port. La Hogue, 74, and Eurotas, 44 for Chatham.
Sa 29 November 1845

27 November 1845

The Horatio, 44, has had her housing and other ordinary fittings removed, and will also have her copper stripped, preparatory to her conversion into a steam guard-ship.
Sa 20 December 1845

18 December 1845

The Horatio,44, intended for one of the blockships at Sheerness is having her copper stripped off. Her housing and ordinary fittings have been previously removed.
Fr 26 December 1845

24 December 1845

The Horatio, 44, being converted into a block-ship, has had two more parties of shipwrights placed on her from the Fury, steamer, now ready for launching; after the launch, which is to take place on Tuesday the 30th inst., several other parties will be available for the conversion of the Horatio.
Sa 10 January 1846The Horatio, 44, progresses rapidly in her conversion to a block ship; all the hired shipwrights recently employed on the Fury have been placed on her, and are now engaged stripping her topsides, and reducing the number of her ports, of which she is only to have 11 on a side, instead of 16.
We 31 December 1856The following ships and vessels are now in port at Sheerness, in harbour, fitting-basin, and in docks, viz.:- The Edinburgh, 60 guns, Captain Edward P. Halsted; the Waterloo, 120 guns, Captain Lord Frederick Kerr, flagship; the Formidable, 84 guns, Captain-Superintendent John Jervis Tucker; the Royal George, 102 guns; the Terrible, 21 guns; the new screw steam corvette Scylla. 21 guns; the Argus, 6 guns; the Eurotas, 12 guns, screw mortar-ship; the Hydra, 6 guns; the Terror, 14 guns, floating battery; the Horatio, 12 guns; the Russell, 60 guns; the Hawke, 60 guns, Captain James Willcox, C.B., &c.; the Phoenix, 6 guns.; the Renard, 6 guns; the Foxhound, 6 guns; the Pylades, 21 guns; the Trusty, 14 guns, floating battery; the new screw steam frigate Emerald, 51 guns; the Hermes, 6 guns, Commander William E.A. Gordon; the Lizard steamvessel, Lieutenant-Commander Thomas B. Christopher; the Myrtle steamvessel, Master-Commander William S. Bourchier; the African steamvessel, Second Master-Commander R. Harvey; the Fearless steamvessel; the Wildfire steam tender to Waterloo, Master-Commander George Brockman; the Melampus, 42 guns, Captain L. Heath, C. B., &c. The gunboats Louisa, Magnet, Erne, Mayflower, Ruby, Sandfly, Carnation, Spanker, Pelter, Fly, Hasty, Cochin, Julia, Dwarf, Fidget, Griper, Mastiff, Mistletoe, Traveller, Spey, Surly, Herring, Sepoy, Bullfrog, Tickler, Manly, Thistle, and the new screw steam despatch gunboat Nimrod. The new ship Meeanee, 80 guns, is in No. 2 dry dock, being altered to receive screw steam machinery.
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