HMS Fawn (1856)
HMS Fawn (1856)


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NameFawn (1856)Explanation
TypeSloop   
Launched30 September 1856   
HullWooden Length160 feet
PropulsionScrew Men 
Builders measure751 tons   
Displacement1045 tons   
Guns17   
Fate1884 Last in commission1883
Class  Class (as screw)Cruizer
Ships bookADM 135/169   
Career
DateEvent
30 September 1856Launched at Deptford Dockyard.
30 October 1859
- 11 April 1863
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Ralph Peter Cator, Australia
20 June 1864
- 2 March 1865
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander Charles Joseph Wrey, West Indies
18 November 1864
- 2 March 1865
Commanded by Commander Hon. Walter Cecil Carpenter, North America and West Indies
14 April 1866
- 20 April 1867
Commanded by Commander Basil Sidmouth De Ros Hall, North America and West Indies
20 April 1867
- 11 June 1868
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Charles Augustus John Heysham, North America and West Indies
28 February 1870Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander Herbert Price Knevitt, Pacific
(1874)
- 19 March 1875
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Frederic Augustus Wetherall, Pacific
1 June 1876
- 1 January 1880
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham) by Commander William James Lloyd Wharton, surveying on the east coast of Africa, then (1879) sea of Marmara
1 January 1880
- 6 April 1883
Commanded (until paying off) by Commander Pelham Aldrich, surveying, Mediterranean
1884Sold.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 12 July 1880It is proposed to pay off and lay up, after repair, at Devonport, during the present year the Achilles and Agincourt, now with the Channel Squadron, the Condor and Flamingo, now in the Mediterranean, but commissioned for special service in the Black Sea, the Wild Swan, from the East Indies, and the Modeste, Swinger, Sylvia, Hornet, and Midge from the China station. The two latter will pay off at Hongkong and be navigated home by a supernumerary crew is consequence of the majority of their officers and men having volunteered for other service upon the station. The Wivern will also pay off at Hongkong, but will remain as reserve drill ship upon that station. The Devonport reserve contingent will also be strengthened by the return of the Forward from the south-east coast of America, the Griffon from North America and the West Indies, and the Pelican, Penguin, and Shannon from the Pacific. Portsmouth will receive the Minotaur from the Mediterranean, and will be intrusted with her alteration and repair, for which £100,000 will be required, the Swallow and the Elk from the south-east coast of America, the Plover from North America, and the Hector, now Coastguard ship at Southampton. The Fawn, surveying vessel in the Sea of Marmora, having made a fairly accurate sketch of the bed of that sea during the three years she has been engaged on that duty, will return to Chatham to pay off and lay up, as also will the Téméraire from the Mediterranean, and the Tourmaline from the North American coast. Sheerness will have the repairing and charge of the Helicon from the Mediterranean, the Blanche from North America and the West Indies, the Osprey from the Pacific, and the Ruby, Spartan, and Vulture from the East Indies. During the year the Enchantress, the Orontes, the Jackal, the Orwell, and the Foxhound are to be re-commissioned, the latter at Hongkong.


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