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HMS Phaeton (1848)

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NamePhaetonExplanation
Type5th rate TypeFrigate
Launched (Sail)25 November 1848 Converted to screw12 December 1859
HullWooden Length220 feet
PropulsionSail Men525
Builders measure1942 tons Builders measure (as screw)2398 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)3099 tons
Guns50 Guns (as screw)50
Fate1875 Last in commission1865
Class    
Ships bookADM 135/358   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
25 November 1848Launched as 4th rate sailing ship at Deptford Dockyard.
4 December 1849
- 25 January 1853
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain George Augustus Elliot, particular service
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
12 December 1859Undocked as screw at Sheerness Dockyard.
31 October 1861
- 28 September 1863
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham) by Captain Edward Tatham, North America and West Indies
24 August 1863
- 24 March 1865
Commanded (until paying off at Chatham) by Captain George Le Geyt Bowyear, North America and West Indies
1875Broken up at Chatham.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Sa 12 November 1864The following is the list of the vessels of the Royal navy which will be armed, and are now being armed, with the new description of 300-pounder and other guns in course of issue. The figures after each vessel specify the number of guns of the description mentioned she will carry. To mount the 12-ton 300-pounders:- Bellerophon, 10; Royal Sovereign, 5; Minotaur, 4; Scorpion, 4; Wiveren, 4; Prince Albert, 4; Agincourt, 4; and Northumberland, 4. To be armed with the 6½-ton guns:- The Achilles, 20; Black Prince, 20; Warrior, 20; Lord Warden, 20; Lord Clyde, 20; Royal Oak, 20; Prince Consort, 20; Royal Alfred, 20; Caledonia, 20; Ocean, 20; Minotaur, 18 ; Agincourt, 18; Valiant, 16; Zealous, 16; Hector, 16; Defence, 10; Resistance, 10; Endymion, 6; Mersey, 4; Orlando, 4, Pallas, 4; Favourite, 4; Research, 4; Enterprise, 4; Amazon, 2; Viper, 2; and Vixen, 2. To mount the 64-pounder muzzle-loader:- The Bristol, 12; Melpomene, 12; Liverpool, 12; Severn, 12; Arethusa, 12; Phoebe, 12;. Shannon, 12; Octavia, 12; Constance, 12; Sutlej, 12; Undaunted, 12; Impérieuse, 12; Aurora, 12; Leander, 12; Bacchante, 12; Emerald, 12; Phaeton, 12: Narcissus, 12; Forte, 12; Euryalus, 12; Topaz, 12; Newcastle, 12; Liffey, 12; Immortalité, 12; Glasgow, 12; Clio, 8, North Star, 8 [laid down 1860, cancelled 1865]; Racoon, 8; Challenge[r], 8; and Menai, 8 [laid down 1860, cancelled 1864]. The following will be supplied with the 64-pounder breech-loaders:- The Scout, 8; Rattlesnake, 8; Cadmus, 8; Scylla, 8; Barossa, 8; Jason, 8; Charybdis, 8; Wolverine, 8; Pylades, 8; Orestes, 8; Pearl, 8; Pelorus, 8; Satellite, 8; Acheron, 4 [laid down 1861, cancelled 1863]; Shearwater, 4; Valorous, 4; Furious, 4; Bittern, 4 [laid down 1861, cancelled 1863]; Magicienne, 4; and Columbine, 4. A supply of the 6½-ton smooth-bore 100-pounder wrought iron guns has already been received at Chatham, and it is understood that the first supply of the 300-pounder rifled 12-ton Armstrong gun may shortly be expected at the Ordnance wharf.
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