HMS Firebrand (1842)
HMS Firebrand (1842)

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NameFirebrand (1842)Explanation
Type2nd class frigate   
Launched6 September 1842
Builders measure1190 tons
Displacement1960 tons
Ships bookADM 135/174
NoteLaid down as Belzebub
Snippets concerning this vessels career
7 September 1844
- 13 December 1844
Commanded by Captain Armar Lowry Corry, in charge of the 1844 experimental squadron of brigs
13 December 1844
- 17 June 1848
Commanded by Captain James Hope, south-east coast of America, including Anglo-French action in Uruguay
6 October 1849
- 30 April 1851
Commanded by Captain Thomas Owen Knox, Mediterranean (until he died at Malta)
18 December 1852
- 8 July 1854
Commanded by Captain Hyde Parker, Mediterranean (and, 1854, Black Sea during the Russian War, where he was killed)
9 July 1854Commanded by Captain William Houston Stewart, Black Sea during the Russian War
29 July 1854
- 7 July 1855
Commanded by Captain William Moorsom, Black Sea, Moorsom serving ashore with the Naval Brigade, during the Russian War
14 July 1855
- 28 February 1856
Commanded by Captain Edward Augustus Inglefield, Black Sea during the Russian War
7 March 1856Commanded by Captain John Welbore Sunderland Spencer, Black Sea
27 April 1859Commanded by Commander James Minchin Bruce, North America and West Indies
14 May 1859Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Joseph Dayman, taking soundings for the cable to Gibraltar
27 April 1862
- 9 April 1863
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Shute Barrington Piers, Mediterranean
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 11 January 1847The 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.
Th 11 May 1848We have intimation of the Firebrand steam-frigate, Captain Hope, being at Rio on the 1st of March, a letter of which date states— "The Inconstant, 36, Captain Shepphard [sic] and the Acheron steam-sloop, Captain Stokes, arrived yesterday. We go to-morrow to the River Plate with Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert, and expect to return here at the end of this month en route to England."

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