HMS Devastation (1841)
HMS Devastation (1841)

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NameDevastation (1841)Explanation
Type1st class sloop   
Launched3 July 1841
Builders measure1059 tons
Displacement1380 tons
Ships bookADM 135/130
Snippets concerning this vessels career
21 September 1841
- 11 January 1842
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Hastings Reginald Henry, Mediterranean
1 March 1842
- 17 May 1842
Commanded by Commander Hastings Reginald Henry, Mediterranean
17 May 1842
- 14 February 1843
Commanded by Acting Commander John James Robinson, Mediterranean
15 February 1843
- 4 April 1843
Commanded by Commander Hastings Reginald Henry, Mediterranean
22 September 1843
- 17 February 1844
Commanded by Commander Swynfen Thomas Carnegie, Mediterranean
17 February 1844
- 8 October 1845
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander William Hewgill Kitchen, Meditrerranean
2 March 1846Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Edward Crouch1846 Squadron of Evolution then (July 1846) west coast of Africa
13 May 1846Commanded by Commodore Charles Hotham, west coast of Africa
- 1847
Commanded by Commander Edward Crouch, west coast of Africa (until invalided)
1847Commanded by Commander Reginald Thomas John Levinge, west coast of Africa
19 September 1847
- 18 September 1848
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Reynell Charles Michell, west coast of Africa, then Cape of God Hope
13 May 1851Commanded by Commander Colin Yorke Campbell, North America and West Indies
10 June 1853Commanded by Commander Algernon Frederick Rous De Horsey, North America and West Indies
20 December 1855
- 17 October 1857
Commanded by Commander Edward Marshall, Portsmouth
17 October 1857Commanded by Commander Leveson Eliot Henry Somerset
20 November 1857Commanded by Commander Charles Wake, North America and West Indies
(1858)Commanded by Commander John Kennedy Erskine Baird, North America and West Indies
9 December 1861
- 28 June 1862
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander John Dobree McCrea, Pacific
14 May 1862
- 13 January 1865
Commanded by Commander John William Pike, Pacific
22 December 1864
- 8 August 1866
Commanded by Commander Hon Walter Hylton Joliffe, Pacific
Extracts from the Times newspaper
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.
Sa 8 December 1849

Portsmouth, Dec. 6.

In Port and Fitting

In the Harbour. - The Victory and Illustrious flag-ships, the Excellent gunnery ship; the Blenheim steam-guard-ship; the Eurydice, stripping to pay off; the Contest, fitting out; the Rolla apprentices' brig, laying up for the winter; the Fairy and Elfin, and Portsmouth yachts; the Flamer packet from Holyhead, and the Echo tug.
In Dock. - The Britannia, 120; the Dauntless, 24; the Fantome, 16; the Lily, 16; the Fox, 42; the Devastation, and the Birkenhead steam frigates.
In the Basin. - The Princess Charlotte, 104; the Actaeon, 26; and the Sprightly and the Bee steam-vessels.
In the Steam Basin, - The Ajax, 60; the Penelope, 22; the Sidon, 26; the Victoria and Albert royal yacht; the Urgent , the Pike, the Asp, and the Blazer.
Building. - The Royal Frederick, 120 [subsequently cancelled and later completed as Frederick William]; the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.
Sa 20 April 1850In Harbour. - The Victory, Excellent, Illustrious, Blenheim, Fanny, and Portsmouth tenders, the Echo tug, and the Locust steam-vessel.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Penelope, Rapid, and Electra.
In the Basin. - The Niger, Devastation, Fantome, Griffon, and Fairy.
In the Steam Basin. - Termagant, Hecate, Victoria and Albert, Bulldog, Blazer, Flamer, Pike, Asp, and Elfin.

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