HMS London (1840)
HMS London (1840)

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NameLondon (1840)Explanation
TypeSecond rate TypeTwo-decker
Launched (Sail)28 September 1840 Converted to screw13 May 1858
HullWooden Length213 feet
PropulsionSail Men850
Builders measure2590 tons Builders measure (as screw)2590 tons
Displacement4375 tons Displacement (as screw)4375 tons
Guns90 Guns (as screw)91
Fate1884 Last in commission1863
Class  Class (as screw)Rodney
Ships bookADM 135/288   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
28 September 1840Launched as 2nd rate sailing ship at Chatham Dockyard.
28 June 1851
- January 1852
Commanded by Captain George Rodney Mundy, flagship of Vice-Admiral Joeceline Percy, Sheerness
January 1852
- 1 April 1852
Commanded by Captain Montagu Stopford, Sheerness
1 April 1852
- 16 April 1853
Commanded by Captain George Rodney Mundy, Sheerness
16 April 1853
- November 1854
Commanded by Captain Charles Eden, Spithead, and the Baltic during the Russian War, until invalided
18 November 1854
- 13 August 1855
Commanded by Captain Lewis Tobias Jones, Mediterranean
13 August 1855
- 24 January 1856
Commanded by Captain Augustus Leopold Kuper, Mediterranean
24 January 1856
- 25 August 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain William Henry Jervis, troop transport from the Crimea
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
13 May 1858Undocked as screw at Devonport Dockyard
12 May 1859
- 6 February 1863
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Henry Chads, Mediterranean
April 1874Harbour ship, Zanzibar
27 July 1878
- 8 June 1880
Commanded by Captain Hamilton Edward George Earle, Zanzibar
11 June 1880
- 3 December 1881
Commanded by Captain Charles James Brownrigg, depot ship Zanzibar (until he was killed)
9 December 1881Commanded by Captain Percy Patt Luxmoore, Zanzibar
1884Sold for breaking up at Zanzibar
Extracts from the Times newspaper
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We 21 January 1852

20 January 1852

The Hydra steamer, Commander Belgrave, embarked 50 sailors from the Ganges, they having volunteered their services during her passage to Portsmouth. Mr Noddall, master, and Mr Troutbeck, second master of the London, were ordered to be lent to her for the purpose of assisting in navigating her to Portsmouth, for which port she sailed at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
We 21 November 1855


By the Peninsular and Oriental Company's steamship Indus, Captain Soy, with the India and Mediterranean mails, we have dates from Alexandria to November 6, Malta 10, and Gibraltar 15.
The Indus brings 52 passengers, and on freight one package of specie, value 100l., and a cargo, consisting of 84 boxes of almonds, 230 boxes of raisins, 47 barrels and six boxes of dates, 10 cases of musk, one case of pictures, two cases of cigars, 718 bales of silk, eight bales of wool, two hogsheads of wine, 50 cases of silk, 30 packages of samples, 21 cases of shawls, 17 packages of effects, nine packages of elephants' teeth, one case of tortoiseshell, and 80 packages of general merchandise.
Her Majesty's ships Hibernia, London, Rodney, Wasp, Niger, Vulcan, Shearwater, and Ceylon, were at Malta.
We 28 September 1859The following is the distribution of the Mediterranean fleet at Malta:- Screw steamships of the Line.- The Marlborough, 131 (flagship of Vice-Admiral Fanshawe), on her way to Gibraltar, left Malta on the 15th of September; the Hannibal, 91 (flagship of Rear-Admiral Mundy), coast of Sicily; the Conqueror, 101, Gibraltar; the St. Jean d'Acre, 101, coast of Sicily; the Orion, 91, Gibraltar; the Princess Royal, 91, Gibraltar; the Renown, 91, Malta; the Victor Emmanuel, 91, Gibraltar; the Exmouth, 90, Naples; the London, 90, coast of Sicily; the Brunswick, 80, coast of Sicily; the Centurion, 80, Gibraltar; and the Cressy, 80, left Malta on the 5th of September. Steam Frigates.- The Euryalus, 51, Piraeus of Athens; the Liffey, 51, Piraeus of Athens; the Doris, 32, left Malta on the 13th of September; and the Terrible, 21, Naples. Steam Corvettes.- The Racoon, 22, Corfu; the Cadmus, 21, Malta; and the Vulture, 6, Morocco coast. Steam Sloops.- The Gannet, 11, Piraeus of Athens; the Argus, 6, Malta; the Intrepid, 6, Constantinople; the Recruit, 6, Malta; the Scourge, 6, Malta; the Assurance, 4, left Malta on the 31st of August; the Coquette, 4, Marseilles; the Lapwing, 4, Gibraltar; the Osprey, 4, Corfu; the Vigilant, 4, Venice; and the Wanderer, 4, Candia. Steam Gunboats.- The Growler, Gibraltar; and the Quail, Gibraltar. Steam Despatch-vessels.- The Banshee, 2, Malta; and the Caradoc, 2, Malta. Steam-tender.- The Boxer, 2, Malta. Steam Surveying-vessels.- The Medina, 4, Candia ; and the Tartarus, 4, Candia. Receiving-ship.- The Hibernia (flag of Rear-Admiral Codrington), Malta. Depot-ship.- The Africa, Gibraltar. Tugs.- The Hearty, Malta; and the Redpole, 2, Gibraltar. Sailing Gunboats.- The Azof, 2, Malta; and the Kertch, 2, Malta.

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