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NameChesapeakeExplanation
TypeFrigate   
Launched27 September 1855   
HullWooden Length212 feet
PropulsionScrew Men515
Builders measure2377 tons   
Displacement3334 tons   
Guns51   
Fate1867 Last in commission1861
Class  Class (as screw)Forte
Ships bookADM 135/89   
Career
DateEvent
27 September 1855Launched at Chatham Dockyard.
21 July 1857Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham) by Commodore Rundle Burges Watson, East Indies and China
27 December 1858
- 16 February 1859
Commanded by Commodore Harry Edmond Edgell, East Indies and China
16 February 1859
- 16 April 1861
Commanded by Captain George Ommaney Willes, flagship of Rear-Admiral James Hope, East Indies and China (including later part of 2nd Anglo-Chinese War)
16 April 1861
- 17 October 1861
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Rochford Maguire, flagship of Rear-Admiral Lewis Tobias Jones, returning from East Indies
1867Sold to Castle and Beach for breaking up at Charlton
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 28 September 1857The gear for the six sail of the line ordered to be prepared, as reported by our Portsmouth correspondent some time since, is nearly complete. The ships thus believed to be intended for the Channel fleet of next year are the following:-
 Guns.Horse power.
Duke of Wellington131700
Marlborough131800
Royal Sovereign131800
Victor Emmanuel91600
Caesar91400
Hannibal91450
These, it is believed, will be the chief members of any Channel squadron commissioned, and the necessity for recruiting in the navy has became as necessary as in the army, for the Chesapeake left on Thursday without her full complement, and the Ganges, 84, flagship of Rear-Admiral Baynes, C.B., for the Pacific command, is hors de combat at Spithead from, the same cause. Men won't enter, and boys are not very likely to be picked up if the 2 l. for their outfit is insisted upon as necessary to insure entry if found otherwise qualified.
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