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HMS Furious (1850)
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|Type||2nd class frigate|
|Launched||26 August 1850|
|Builders measure||1287 tons|
|Ships book||ADM 135/189|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|25 November 1852||Commanded by Captain William Loring, Mediterranean, and (1854) the the Black Sea during the Russian War|
|11 May 1857|
|Commanded by Captain Sherard Osborn, East Indies and China (escorting a fleet of fifteen gunboats out for the attack on Canton during the 2nd Anglo-Chinese War)|
|15 March 1859|
- 30 August 1861
|Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Oliver John Jones, East Indies and China|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Sa 8 December 1849|
Portsmouth, Dec. 6.
In Port and FittingIn 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 later and completed as Frederick William] the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.
|Sa 31 August 1861||The Furious, 16, paddle, Capt. O.J. Jones, after an official inspection by Capt. H. Broadhead, commanding Her Majesty's ship Asia and the Reserve at Portsmouth, was paid off yesterday alongside the dockyard, under the superintendence of Capt. R. Cook, of Her Majesty's ship Victory. Medals and gratuities for good conduct were given to Sergeant Stephen Palmer, Royal Marine Artillery; John Furlong, chief petty officer, and Charles Murphy, quartermaster. The Furious, although many of her crew have been at times invalided, has had but four deaths on board during her commission; and while in the China seas generally showed a lighter sick-list than other vessels on the station. She was commissioned in March, 1857, by Capt. Sherard Osborn, C.B., now commanding the Donegal, and sailed from Plymouth Sound on the 4th of May following for Hongkong, with a convoy of 13 gunboats, two despatch boats, and the Hesper screw store-ship. The Furious arrived at Hongkong on the 4th of November. Her after career in Chinese and Japanese waters with Lord Elgin on board is familiar to all who recall the events of the mission to China and Japan in the years 1857, '58, and '59. On Lord Elgin finally leaving the Furious at Suez, she proceeded to the Abyssynian coast, and afterwards to the wreck of the Peninsular and Oriental Company's steamer Alma, recovering a great portion of the Alma's cargo, and conveying it to Aden, where Capt. Sherard Osborn left the ship. On his return to England he was succeeded in command by Capt. O.J. Jones. The ship next proceeded to Trincomalee. After refitting, the next port of destination was Hongkong, which was reached after encountering a gale and typhoon, in which one of the heavy guns had to be thrown overboard, and the mizenmast cut away. After refitting at Hongkong the ship conveyed Marines to Shanghai, where she remained for some time as senior officer's ship. She afterwards proceeded to Talianwhan Bay, where she joined the allied fleets bound to the Peiho, off which river she remained during the subsequent operations. After the capture of Pekin, the Furious returned to Shanghai, and conveyed Mr. Bruce to the Peiho. This service performed, the Furious, in company with the Watchful gunboat, was frozen up in the Pee-chee-lee Gulf, some 30 miles from the land, but got into rather close proximity to the Sha-lin-tien bank, steam was got up and a passage made through the ice after three days spent in charging the ice ahead at full speed, and backing astern alternately. On the Furious's arrival at Shanghai, after her escape from the ice off the Peiho, she received her final orders for England, calling in at Hongkong to refit for the voyage, and taking in a number of large cases containing valuable presents from the Emperor of Japan to Her Majesty the Queen, which were landed from the ship at Portsmouth and forwarded to Buckingham Palace unopened, under a special Treasury order to that effect. The boilers and coal-bunkers of the Furious, as a natural result of her long service under steam, are completely worn out, while her engines require a thorough overhaul and repair.|