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HMS Brilliant (1814)

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NameBrilliantExplanation
Type5th rate   
Launched28 December 1814
HullWooden
PropulsionSail
Builders measure954 tons
Displacement 
Guns36
Fate1908
Class 
Ships book
Note1843 reduced to 22 guns.
1959 RNR t.s.
1889 = Briton
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
(January 1840)Out of commission at Chatham
28 February 1846
- October 1849
Commanded by Captain Rundle Burges Watson, Cape of Good Hope
30 May 1856
- 21 November 1857
Commanded (until paying off at Chatham) by Captain James Aylmer Dorset Paynter, North America and West Indies
22 November 1861Commanded by Commander Grey Skipwith, Royal Naval Reserve drill ship, Dundee
26 November 1864Commanded by Commander James Edward Bickford, Royal Naval Reserve drill ship, Dundee
6 July 1868Commanded by Commander Francis Mowbray Prattent, Royal Naval Reserve drill ship, Dundee
30 May 1870
- 9 April 1871
Commanded by Commander William Henry Pym, Royal Naval Reserve drill ship, Dundee
1889Renamed Briton
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Fr 30 June 1848

Cape of Good Hope, April 21.

The President, 50, Captain Stanley, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Dacres, the Commander-in-Chief, sailed from Simon's-bay on the 15th for the Mauritius, taking the Rosamond steam sloop, Commander Foote, with him part of the way. The Rosamond was to go to Mozambique with despatches, and then on to the Mauritius to meet the Admiral there. The Geyser steam sloop, Commander Brown, left this on the 18th, calling off Buffalo River to land Colonel Hare, and then goes on to the Mauritius to join the Admiral; and then they all go to Tamatave to make a treaty with the Queen of Madagascar. The Brilliant, 26, Captain Watson, left this about a month since for the Mauritius, and remains there until the Admiral's arrival, and then she would go to Tamatave with him. The Eurydice, 26, Captain Anson, is to come here to refit; and the Nimrod, Commander Belgrave, on the Eurydice's arrival, will take the Bishop of the Cape to St. Helena on a visit. The Admiral still feels the loss of his son most acutely. The Mariner, 12, Commander Mathison, arrived here on the 15th, the day the Admiral left; she was 17 days from Rio, and left at anchor there the Maeander, 44, Captain the Hon. H. Keppel; the Inconstant, 36, Captain Shepphard [sic]; the Acheron steam surveying ship, Captain J.L. Stokes; and the Hydra steam sloop, Commander Skipwith; — all from England. The Maeander and Acheron are expected here hourly, as they were to leave three days after the Mariner, which has been here nearly a week. The latter leaves this on the 25th for India. All is quiet and going on prosperously in the colony. They have had a severe hurricane at the Mauritius; the damage done is considerable. The Fox, 42, Commodore Sir Henry Blackwood, is expected here every day from India, homeward bound; also the Albatross, 14, Commander Farquhar, from the coast of Africa, en route to India. The Devastation steam sloop, Commander Michell, is also daily expected here from the coast for service on this station. The Seringapatam store ship, Master Commanding Russell, is in Simon's-bay.
Fr 28 July 1848

Portsmouth, Thursday.

The Fox, 42, Commodore Sir Henry Blackwood, Bart., late second in command on the East India and China station, arrived this morning from that station, bringing home the Marquis of Tweeddale, late Governor of Madras, the Marchioness, and the staff, official and domestic. The Fox left Madras on the 20th of March, and the Cape of Good Hope on the 25th of May. At the latter place all was quiet inland, and the Admiral had gone to Madagascar on a diplomatic mission with his squadron. The Eurydice, Nimrod, Acorn, Acheron, and Devastation, lay in Simon's Bay, Captain Anson, of the first-named, being senior officer. The Fox brought Mr. Cockcraft, Lieutenant of the Brilliant, on the Cape station, home on leave, the only naval officer passenger. She arrived at St. Helena on the 8th of June, and sailed on the 10th. No men-of-war were there then. She arrived at Ascension on the 14th, and sailed same day; the only men-of-war there being the Tortoise store and guard ship, and her tender, the Snap. She passed the Rifleman in Yarmouth roads this morning. The Fox brought several passengers and mails from the Cape, St. Helena, and Ascension. She was to be paid off here immediately according to Admiralty orders; she was ordered this evening, however, to re-store for sea, — supposed for Cork.
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