HMS Hecla (1839)
HMS Hecla (1839)

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NameHecla (1839)Explanation
Type2nd class sloop   
Launched14 January 1839
Builders measure817 tons
Displacement1096 tons
Ships book
Snippets concerning this vessels career
18 July 1839
- 31 March 1842
Commanded (from commissioning until paying off at Woolwich) by Lieutenant commander John Bettinson Cragg, West Indies
21 January 1843
- 3 July 1846
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander John Duffill, Mediterranean
3 July 1846
- 18 January 1848
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Charles Starmer, Mediterranean
5 September 1849
- 31 January 1852
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Edward Halhead Beauchamp-Proctor, west coast of Africa
4 February 1854
- 18 March 1854
Commanded by Master commander Peter Wellington, taking the Masters of the 1854 Baltic Fleet reconnoitering the Baltic
16 March 1854
- 4 November 1854
Commanded by Captain William Hutcheon Hall, the Baltic during the Russian War
11 October 1855Commanded by Master commander Philip C.D. Bean, Mediterranean
22 October 1855
- 16 February 1859
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Plymouth) by Commander Elphinstone D'Oyly D'Auvergne Aplin, west coast of Africa
4 November 1855
- 16 May 1854
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Henry Samuel Hawker, Mediterranean
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 5 January 1853The steam squadron of reserve, under the superintendence of Captain W.H. Henderson, C.B., of the Blenheim, 60, since the commissioning of the Sidon, Odin, Furious, and Medea, has been reduced to four vessels — viz., the Leopard, 12, 560-horse power; Vesuvius, 6, 280-horse power; Bulldog, 6, 500 horse-power; and the Stromboli, 6, 280-horse power; all paddle vessels. The Hecla, 6, will shortly join them, having been masted ready for rigging.
Th 9 March 1854


Signal was made by the Port-Admiral’s flagship Victory to-day, about 4 p.m., to Sir Charles Napier's fleet at Spithead and in harbour, "Prepare for sea." This was followed immediately afterwards by, "be prepared to sail at the shortest notice." By this it is expected a movement will be made sooner than has been anticipated. It is reported afloat that the fleet will rendezvous in Kiel Bay, which has been surveyed by the officers in Her Majesty's steamsloop Hecla, and found capable of harbouring a large naval armament.
The screw two-decker Ajax, 60, Captain Warden, arrived to-day from Queenstown.
The Neptune, 120, Captain Hutton, flag of Rear-Admiral Corry, bent sails this afternoon, and is ready to go to Spithead.
Lieutenant John Clayton Cowell, of the Royal Engineers, is ordered to embark to-morrow in Sir Charles Napier's flagship, for service in the fleet. Rear-Admiral Chads has been exercising the respective crews again to-day in shot practice, beyond which we have not noticed any movement afloat. The wind is rising, and the barometer falling.

PLYMOUTH, March 8.

Her Majesty's paddle-wheel despatch steam-frigate Magicienne, 16, Captain T. Fisher, arrived at Queenstown on the 5th inst. from Spithead, having been sent to collect the remainder of the Coastguardmen selected for active service in the fleet. She was to leave on the 6th for Castletown, and to call at Valentia, Limerick, Galway, Clifden, West-port, Killala Bay, Sligo, Donegal, and Loch Swilly, returning to Plymouth about the 20th, and thence to Spithead. Mr. Aylen, Master of the Royal yacht, has been, appointed to the Magicienne for this service.

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