HMS Nerbudda (1847)
HMS Nerbudda (1847)

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Launched6 February 1847
Builders measure445 tons
Ships book
Note1856.07.10 foundered off Cape of Good Hope
Snippets concerning this vessels career
27 October 1847
- 19 June 1848
Commanded (until paying off at Chatham) by Commander Edward Peirse, East Indies
2 July 1853
- 10 July 1856
Commanded by Commander Henry Ashburton Kerr, Cape of Good Hope (until the ship was lost with all hands)
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Fr 28 September 1855Her Majesty’s steam frigate Penelope, Captain Sir William Wiseman, arrived at Spithead this evening from the Cape, St. Helena, Ascension, and Madeira. She left the Cape on the 6th ult. with the 91st Regiment, mustering 318 strong, including officers. The intelligence brought by the Penelope strengthens the report of the loss of Her Majesty’s sloop Nerbudda, off Cape Agulhas; no tidings had been received of that vessel up to the date of the Penelope’s departure from the Cape.
Sa 23 February 1856House of Commons, Friday, Feb 22
Mr. G.H. MOORE wished to put a question to the First Lord of the Admiralty with regard to the reported loss of Her Majesty's ship Nerbudda, off the coast of Africa, in June last. He had been told by the relatives of officers who were on board that ship that the first information they had received of the disaster was contained in The Times of August last, and that no official report had gone forth from the Admiralty either to the public or to those more immediately interested. Great surprise and great pain had been caused by the absence of any official information as to the loss of a ship containing 180 souls, and he therefore requested the First Lord of the Admiralty to state whatever details had reached him upon the subject.
Sir C. WOOD was very sorry to say that all the accounts he had received were of a completely negative character. The only information in the possession of the Government was, that the Nerbudda had been sent to the eastern coast of Africa, and had never since been heard of; but of course the Admiralty would not be justified in making any public statement on the subject until the last hope was gone. He could not, however, entertain the slightest hope that the Nerbudda had not foundered at sea. The Admiralty knew that she had not gone into the port of Madagascar, and, in fact, the only information they possessed was that there was an absence of all information.
Sa 12 April 1856The Cape of Good Hope.
Her Majesty’s ship Nerbudda, 12, Commander Kerr, so long missing, is now quite given up, no traces whatever of her having been found after the most diligent search.

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