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HMS Rosamond (launched as Infernal, 1843)

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NameRosamond (launched as Infernal)Explanation
Type1st class sloop   
Launched31 May 1843
HullWooden
PropulsionPaddle
Builders measure1054 tons
Displacement1379 tons
Guns6
Fate1864
Class 
Ships book
Note1844 = Eclair.
1846 = Rosamond.
1863 floating factory
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
26 August 1844
- 16 September 1845
Commanded by Commander Walter Grimston Bucknall Estcourt, west coast Africa (until he died)
16 September 1845
- 13 November 1845
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Acting Commander Henry Cooke Harston, west coast of Africa (after the ship was struck by fever, which ultimately killed 71 of the 146 men on board)
5 November 1846
- 12 April 1850
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander John Foote, Cape of Good Hope and later Mediterranean
20 October 1854Commanded by Commander Stephen Smith Lowther Crofton, particular service
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Fr 30 June 1848

Cape of Good Hope, April 21.

The President, 50, Captain Stanley, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Dacres, the Commander-in-Chief, sailed from Simon's-bay on the 15th for the Mauritius, taking the Rosamond steam sloop, Commander Foote, with him part of the way. The Rosamond was to go to Mozambique with despatches, and then on to the Mauritius to meet the Admiral there. The Geyser steam sloop, Commander Brown, left this on the 18th, calling off Buffalo River to land Colonel Hare, and then goes on to the Mauritius to join the Admiral; and then they all go to Tamatave to make a treaty with the Queen of Madagascar. The Brilliant, 26, Captain Watson, left this about a month since for the Mauritius, and remains there until the Admiral's arrival, and then she would go to Tamatave with him. The Eurydice, 26, Captain Anson, is to come here to refit; and the Nimrod, Commander Belgrave, on the Eurydice's arrival, will take the Bishop of the Cape to St. Helena on a visit. The Admiral still feels the loss of his son most acutely. The Mariner, 12, Commander Mathison, arrived here on the 15th, the day the Admiral left; she was 17 days from Rio, and left at anchor there the Maeander, 44, Captain the Hon. H. Keppel; the Inconstant, 36, Captain Shepphard [sic]; the Acheron steam surveying ship, Captain J.L. Stokes; and the Hydra steam sloop, Commander Skipwith; — all from England. The Maeander and Acheron are expected here hourly, as they were to leave three days after the Mariner, which has been here nearly a week. The latter leaves this on the 25th for India. All is quiet and going on prosperously in the colony. They have had a severe hurricane at the Mauritius; the damage done is considerable. The Fox, 42, Commodore Sir Henry Blackwood, is expected here every day from India, homeward bound; also the Albatross, 14, Commander Farquhar, from the coast of Africa, en route to India. The Devastation steam sloop, Commander Michell, is also daily expected here from the coast for service on this station. The Seringapatam store ship, Master Commanding Russell, is in Simon's-bay.
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