HMS Myrmidon (1845)
HMS Myrmidon (1845)

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NameMyrmidon (1845)Explanation
LaunchedFebruary 1845
Builders measure374 tons
Displacement505 tons
Ships book
Snippets concerning this vessels career
23 December 1845
- 9 November 1846
Commanded by Lieutenant Charles Jenkin, particular service
23 November 1846Commanded by Lieutenant Edward Forward Roberts, particular service, coast of Ireland
22 June 1848
- 19 October 1848
Commanded by Lieutenant Jasper Henry Selwyn, tender to Ganges, Sheerness
30 June 1851Commanded by Lieutenant William Kynaston Jolliffe, west coast of Africa
11 June 1855Commanded by Lieutenant Edward Eyre Maunsell, west coast of Africa
6 December 1855Commanded by Lieutenant Edward Wingfield Shaw, west coast of Africa
22 April 1857Commanded by Lieutenant Charles Aylmer Pembroke Vallancey Robinson, west coast of Africa
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 4 November 1846

Portsmouth, Tuesday.

The Comet steam-vessel, Lieutenant-Commander Johnstone [sic], arrived at Cork from this port on Thursday last, and found there the Rhadamanthus steam-vessel, Master-Commander Aylen; the Acheron steam-vessel, Lieutenant-Commander Dunlop [sic]; the Dee steam-vessel, Master-Commander Driver; the Blazer steam-vessel, Captain Washington; and the Myrmidon steam-vessel, Lieutenant-Commander Jenkin; which vessels were about being sent to various ports along the Irish coast with meal to relieve the prevailing distress, which is increasing along the coast to the westward.
Th 11 May 1854The Waterwitch, 8 guns, sloop, Commander A.H. Gardner (June 28, 1851), arrived at Sheerness yesterday at 8.30 a.m.. from the West Coast of Africa, last from the Downs, waiting Admiralty orders. The Waterwitch left Sierra Leone on the 30th of March last, and has recently experienced very bad weather during the north-east gales. The man who murdered Mr. Carr, second-master of the Myrmidon, iron paddlewheel steam vessel, Lieutenant-Commander William K. Jolliffe, has been given up by the islanders of Kanna, and handed over to the Portuguese Governor of Bissao. The Governor of Sierra Leone has gone down in the Myrmidon to take charge of him, and he will be taken back to Sierra Leone and there tried for the murder. There can be no doubt of his being the person who committed the murder, as confirmatory evidence was given by the islanders of Kanna to the Portuguese Governor of Bissao on his being delivered up. It. is, however, expected that he will be formally tried at Sierra Leone for the murder, and executed at Kanna, as a warning to the islanders there. All was quiet on the coast at the time the Waterwitch left. The French war steamvessel Sesostris arrived at Sierra Leone on the day the Waterwitch sailed. The Sesostris was on her passage to the South coast. Slave vessels were rarely to be seen, and the only slavers that were seen were sailing under American colours, but whether American vessels or not was in some cases doubtful. The Waterwitch has been out two years and ten months, during which time the officers and ship's company have been very healthy; there has not been a single death of any one of her crew, and her daily sick list has only averaged three per cent, of her entire complement. She has been actively employed on the coast nine months out of twelve.

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