|Launched||7 September 1839|
|Builders measure||800 tons|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|26 October 1839||Commanded by Lieutenant William Hoseason, Mediterranean|
|10 November 1845||Commanded by Commander Francis William Austen, south-east coast of America , including Anglo-French action in Uruguay|
|17 November 1846||Commanded by Commander Vincent Amcotts Massingberd, south-east coast of America|
|27 January 1852|
- 11 May 1854
|Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Stephen Smith Lowther Crofton, west coast of Africa|
|2 August 1855||Commanded by Commander Robert Phillipps,West coast of Africa|
|7 May 1856|
- 19 January 1859
|Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander James Hunt, west coast of Africa|
|27 January 1860|
- 25 June 1862
|Commanded by Commander Henry James Raby, west coast of Africa|
|23 January 1863|
- March 1865
|Commanded by Commander William Hans Blake, south-east coast of America|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Ma 14 September 1840||It appears that neither the Salamander nor Comet steam-vessels are to be paid off; they are equipping at Woolwich, with great despatch; they will be both at Spithead about the last week in September. The Medea will leave Woolwich on the 24th. The Vesuvius is fitting at Chatham for the Mediterranean. These four steam ships will increase Sir R. Stopford's force to 10 powerful steam-vessels of war, he having already the Gorgon, Cyclops, Phoenix, Rhadamanthus, Hydra, and Stromboli; and to which there are several steamers already fitted for guns, &c., employed in the conveyance of the mails, such as the Acheron, Volcano, Prometheus, Megaera, Alecto, &c.|
|Ma 11 January 1847||The squadron in the River Plate was distributed as follows, on the 29th of October:? the Vernon, 50, Captain Fitzgerald, flag of Rear-Admiral Inglefield: the Raleigh, 50, Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert; the Eagle, 50, Captain G.B. Martin; the Melampus, 42, Captain Campbell, and the Comus, 16, Commander D?Eyncourt, were at Montevideo.|
The Cura?oa, 24, Captain Broughton, and the Dolphin 3, Lieutenant-Commander Miller, were at Rio on the 18th of November, the latter having arrived from Montevideo five days prior.
The Grecian, 16, Commander Tindal, was at Busca.
The Racer, 18, Commander Reed, was at Colonia.
The Satellite, 18, Commander Rowley, was at Maldonado.
The Firebrand steam frigate, Captain Hope, and the Harpy steam vessel, Lieutenant Tomlinson, was at Buenos Ayres.
The Acorn, 18, Commander Bingham, was at Paraguay.
The Alecto steam sloop, Commander Massingberd, had proceeded up the Urugay to relieve the iron steam vessel Lizard, Lieutenant-Commander Tylden.
The Dido, 20, Captain Maxwell, sailed from Monte Video for the East Indies on the 29th of October.
The Carysfort, 26, Captain G.H. Seymour, arrived at Valparaiso on the 19th of October, from Sydney and New Zealand (where sho had landed the new Governor and specie), and remained there on the 24th refitting.
The Salamander steam sloop, Captain Hamond, left Valparaiso for Rio and England on the 1st of October.
Tho Sampson steam frigate, Captain T. Henderson, left Valparaiso on the 25th of October for Talcahuano, and on an experimental sailing cruize.
The Nereus store ship, Master Commander Bateman, was under orders, at the above date, to proceed from Valparaiso to Callao.