HMS Melampus (1820)
HMS Melampus (1820)

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NameMelampus (1820)Explanation
TypeFifth rate   
Launched10 August 1820
Builders measure1089 tons
ClassModified Leda
Ships book
Note1854 h.s.
1886-1891 lent War Dept
Snippets concerning this vessels career
(January 1840)Out of commission at Plymouth
(January 1843)Out of commission at Portsmouth
12 March 1845
- 1848
Commanded by Captain John Norman Campbell, south-east coast of America, then East Indies (until Campbell invalided himself at Bombay at the end of 1848)
16 December 1848
- 23 March 1849
Commanded by Acting Captain Edward Augustus Inglefield, East Indies
2 December 1854
- 7 April 1855
Commanded by Commander John Borlase, store ship, Sheerness
7 April 1855
- 28 October 1856
Commanded (until paying off) by Captain John Borlase, store ship, Mediterranean
17 December 1856
- 28 February 1857
Commanded by Captain Leopold George Heath, Coast guard service, Southampton water (ship's log)
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.

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