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Type4th rate TypeFrigate
Launched (Sail)8 March 1848 Converted to screw16 February 1861
HullWooden Length241 feet
PropulsionSail Men525
Builders measure1987 tons Builders measure (as screw)2759 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)3539 tons
Guns50 Guns (as screw)51
Fate1867 Last in commission1866
Ships bookADM 135/274   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
8 March 1848Launched as 4th rate sailing ship at Portsmouth Dockyard.
28 September 1849
- 3 June 1852
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Sidney Colpoys Dacres, particular service (Squadron of Evolution)
3 June 1852
- 22 November 1854
Commanded by Captain George St Vincent King, Portsmouth, then the Mediterranean and Black Sea during the Russian War
22 November 1854
- 1855
Commanded by Captain Swynfen Thomas Carnegie, Black Sea, during the Russian War
6 January 1855Commanded by Captain William Peel, flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Howe Fremantle, Black Sea, during the Russian War
13 August 1855
- 5 January 1856
Commanded by Captain William Moorsom, flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Howe Fremantle, Black Sea, during the Russian War
5 January 1856
- 23 September 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Chatham) by Captain Edward Bridges Rice, flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Howe Fremantle, Balaclava after the Russian War
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
16 February 1861Undocked as screw.
23 May 1863
- 1 January 1866
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commodore Thomas Harvey, southern division of the Pacific station
1 January 1866
- 16 June 1866
Commanded by Commodore Michael De Courcy, flagship of Commodore Michael De Courcy, southern division of the Pacific station
16 June 1866
- 17 November 1866
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain William Montagu Dowell, coming back from the Pacific
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Tu 3 March 1863Intelligence has been received at Chatham of the arrival in the Downs of the Channel squadron, under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir R. Smart, K.H., consisting of the Revenge, 73, Capt. C. Fellowes, flagship; the Warrior, 40, Capt. The Hon. A. Cochrane; the Black Prince, 40, Capt. J.F.B. Wainwright; the Defence, 16, Capt. A. Phillimore; and the Resistance, 16, Capt W.C. Chamberlain; The fleet was joined yesterday by the Emerald, 34, Capt. A. Cumming. The squadron will escort the Princess Alexandra to the Nore, where it will be joined by the Formidable, 84, Capt W.G. Luard, flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir W. J. Hope Johnstone, Commander-in-Chief; the Cumberland, 70, Capt. T.P. Thompson; the Leander, 51, and four gunboats.
Ma 25 July 1864The Bacchante, screw frigate, 39 guns, Capt. Donald M.L. Mackenzie, arrived at Spithead on Thursday, about 2 p.m., from the Pacific. She sailed from Valparaiso on the evening of the 14th of April, with a freight of 125,000 dollars on board for Rio de Janeiro. At Valparaiso were Her Majesty's ships Leander, bearing the broad pennant of Commodore Harvey, and Alert, Commander Majendie; light southerly winds and calms were experienced after leaving Valparaiso until the 26th. The vessel made very little progress, having at that date only reached lat. 36.57 S.; long. 84.24 W. Beyond this point strong northerly and westerly winds were fallen in with, and continued until Cape Horn was rounded on the afternoon of the 8th of May. The Falkland Islands were passed on the 9th. Of May, fresh westerly winds prevailing. On the 10th of May the ship was under double-reefed topsails and courses, going nine knots, when the main yard was carried away at the slings. On the 14th it had been repaired and sent up again, but on the same day the starboard cutter was carried away in a heavy roll of the sea. From the 16th of May to the 22d the wind was very light. On the 22d of May there was a calm, and steam was got up in two boilers. At noon on the 25th the vessel anchored in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, and found at anchor there Her Majesty's ships Egmont, Curlew, Stromboli, and Industry. Two deaths occurred on the voyage from Valparaiso to Rio - Henry Harris, private Royal Marine Light Infantry, received from Her Majesty's ship Nereus, and William Harford, gunner of the Royal Marine Artillery, serving on board the ship. The Bacchante having discharged her freight and received on board naval invalids from Her Majesty's ships on the station sailed from Rio anchorage for England on the 1st of June, under steam with two boilers in use, escorting the British ship Sophy out to sea until 20 miles S.S.E. of the bay. Then the Sophy, in obedience to a signal from the Bacchante, cast off the warps of her towing tug and stood out to sea under her canvas, a Federal man-of-war steamer being reported at the same time to be in sight and in pursuit. The Bacchante crossed the equator on the 15th of June in long. 30 W., and the Tropic of Cancer on the 26th of June in long. 42 35 W. Vice-Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, G.G.B., embarked on board the Fire Queen steam yacht, Staff Commander Paul, on Saturday, and proceeding out to Spithead inspected the Bacchante. The vessel after her inspection weighed her anchor and steamed into Portsmouth harbour to dismantle and pay out of commission.

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