|Type||Corvette (1852: Frigate)|
|Launched||13 August 1851|
|Builders measure||1153 tons|
|Fate||1871||Last in commission||1868|
|Class||Class (as screw)||Highflyer|
|Ships book||ADM 135/232|
|13 August 1851||Launched at C.J. Mare, Blackwall.|
|15 March 1852|
- 14 December 1852
|Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Captain Henry James Matson, North America and West Indies (until he died)|
|15 December 1852|
- 1 April 1853
|Commanded by Captain Edmund Heathcote, North Ameirca and West Indies|
|1 April 1853|
- 7 June 1856
|Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain John Moore, Mediterranean (and Black Sea during the Russian War)|
|1 August 1856|
- 2 January 1860
|Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Charles Frederick Alexander Shadwell, East Indies and China (present, during the 2nd Anglo-Chinese War), at capture of Canton in December 1857, and attack on Peiho forts on 25 June 1859, when a wound rendered him permanently lame)|
|2 January 1860|
- 31 May 1861
|Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Acting Captain William Andrew James Heath, East Indies and China|
|15 December 1864|
- 31 August 1868
|Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off) by Captain Thomas Malcolm Sabine Pasley, Cape of Good Hope and East Indies|
|May 1871||Broken up at Portsmouth.|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Fr 16 April 1852|
SHEERNESS, Thursday Morning, April 15.Her Majesty’s screw steam frigate Horatio, 22, Captain the Hon. S.T. Carnegie, completed, the adjustment of her compasses yesterday, and was towed to the Little Nore by the Myrtle, where she will this day take in her powder. She is, we are informed, nearly 50 hands short of her complement, which deficiency is for the present to be supplied by the seamen riggers of the dockyard. Her crew are to be paid to-day three months' wages in advance. She is to start forthwith on an experimental cruise to the Scilly Islands, and will not return for 10 days. Her present armament consists of 18 eight-inch guns on her main deck, which throw 56lb. solid, or 68lb. hollow shot, and four ten-inch 84-pounders on her upper deck. Although 381 tons less than the Amphion, 32, she can discharge a heavier broadside. She stows 116 tons of coal, which, when steaming expansively, will suffice for seven days' consumption. On a trial cruise some time since, when light, her average speed per hour by screw propulsion was 8 1/3 knots. The Highflyer is reported to accompany the Horatio on her present trial cruise.
Her Majesty's paddlewheel steam-sloop Basilisk, 6, Captain Gardiner, from Portsmouth, brought to off the Little Nore yesterday afternoon, and soon afterwards came into harbour and let go her anchor.
Her Majesty's screw steam-sloop Desperate, 8, arrived here shortly after the Basilisk.
Her Majesty's ship Nymph was towed yesterday by the Myrtle from her anchorage on the west shore to moorings off the Lapwell.
Her Majesty's paddlewheel steam-frigate Cyclops, 6, has been warped to the north side of the fitting basin, to take on board her stores, &c.