HMS Neptune (1832)
HMS Neptune (1832)

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NameNeptune (1832)Explanation
TypeFirst rate TypeTwo-decker
Launched (Sail)27 September 1832 Converted to screw7 March 1859
HullWooden Length216 feet
PropulsionSail Men830
Builders measure2694 tons Builders measure (as screw)2830 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)4579 tons
Guns120 Guns (as screw)89
Fate1875 Last in commission1862
Class  Class (as screw)Caledonia
Ships book   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
27 September 1832Launched as 1st rate sailing ship at Portsmouth Dockyard.
January 1840Out of commission at Portsmouth
1 December 1851
- 3 April 1852
Commanded by Captain Richard Augustus Yates, guard ship of Ordinary, Portsmouth
3 April 1852
- 19 February 1854
Commanded by Captain Edward Hinton Scott, guard ship of Ordinary, Portsmouth (replaced by St Vincent)
7 March 1854
- 5 January 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Frederick Hutton, flagship of Rear-Admiral Armar Lowry Corry, Portsmouth, then the Baltic during the Russian War
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
7 March 1859Undocked as screw at Portsmouth Dockyard.
7 June 1859
- 5 December 1859
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain William Legge George Hoste, Mediterranean
6 December 1859
- 11 February 1861
Commanded by Captain Frederick Archibald Campbell, Mediterranean
11 February 1861
- 17 December 1862
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Geoffrey Thomas Phipps Hornby, Mediterranean
1875Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 6 March 1854


The victualling of the ships at Spithead for six months foreign service was completed yesterday. There are now at this rendezvous to-day the following ships, the complements of which we give, as nearly as we can arrive at them without consulting the ships' books:—
Princess Royal, Captain Lord Clarence Paget, flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Napier, K.C.B., &c.913,129880400
Prince Regent, Captain Hutton, flag of Rear-Admiral Corry.902,513821
Edinburgh, Captain Hewlett, flag of Rear-Admiral Chads. C.B.561,772660450
Royal George, Captain Codrington, C.B.1212,6161,100400
St. Jean d'Acre, Captain the Hon. Henry Keppel.1013,600900650
Boscawen, Captain Glanville.702,212620
Hogue, Captain W. Ramsay.601.750660450
Impérieuse, Captain Watson, C.B.512,347530360
Arrogant, Captain Yelverton.471,872450360
Amphion. Captain A.C. Key.341.474320300
Tribune, Captain the Hon. S.T. Carnegie.301,570200300
Dauntless, Captain Ryder.331,490300580
Leopard, Captain Giffard.181,412280550
Valorous, Captain C.H.M. Buckle.161,255220400
Dragon, Captain Willcox.61,270200500
Bulldog, Captain W.C. Hall.61,123160500
Frolic, Commander Nolloth.16511120
They have each been ordered (this day) to draw charts for the Baltic.
Every day will add to this force, which will eventually include the three-deckers, Duke of Wellington, 131; St. George, 120; Waterloo, 120; Neptune, 120; Caesar, 91; Nile, 91; James Watt, 91; Algiers, 91; Monarch, 84; Ganges, 84; Cressy, 81; Majestic, 81; Blenheim, 60; Ajax, 60; Euryalus, 51 ; Fox, 42; Pique, 40; and numerous others. Sir Charles Napier will, we believe, command personally 20 sail of the line, and 10 sail of French. There will be about 50 sail of smaller ships, which will be apportioned to the English and French Rear-Admirals and Commodore Martin, and it is reported a squadron of sailing-sloops or brigs is to be commissioned to cruise off the Scotch coast to prevent privateering. Rear-Admiral Corry will shift his flag to-morrow from the Prince Regent, 90, to the Neptune, 120, an order having been received yesterday, appointing Captain Hutton to the Neptune, and Captain Smith, C.B., from the Neptune, to the Prince Regent. Captain Hutton takes with him Commander Bunce, Lieutenant Brandreth, and 50 of the Prince Regent's crew. When the change of officers and ships was made known on board the Prince Regent yesterday, the whole ship's company, who really love their admiral and captain, and are devotedly attached to their matchless ship, wanted to follow the admiral, as one man, into the Neptune, and when told that only 50 would be allowed to be draughted by the Admiralty, their countenances betokened the sincerest dejection. Subsequently all the petty officers went aft on the quarter deck and respectfully requested that the Admiralty might be memorialised for their removal with their admiral and captain. The Neptune will be some time getting ready. She has lower yards and topmasts up and topgallant masts pointed, but has only 150 men on her books besides her draught of Royal Marines. We expect, therefore, that Rear-Admiral Chads will be the first despatched with a "flying squadron" of frigates towards the Baltic, that Sir Charles Napier will follow, and that Rear-Admiral Corry will bring up the rear. Captain Hay, of the Victory, has declined the flag-captaincy to Sir Charles Napier. The Prince Regent, the St. Jean d’Acre, the Amphion and the Odin were paid wages down to the 31st of January yesterday. The Impérieuse, Tribune, and Valorous will be paid to-morrow, leaving only the Arrogant (whose pay books have not yet been landed) of Admiral Corry's division to be paid. The Blenheim, 60, Captain the Hon, F.J. Pelham, has readjusted her compasses and will be ready to join the fleet to morrow. The Caesar, 91, Captain Robb, is rattling down her rigging. The Odin, 16, Captain F. Scott, is repairing boilers in the steam-basin. The fleet are daily exercised in gunnery, reefing, furling, &c. Mr. Parratt, of the Treasury, brought down last night from London a small tubular collapsing boat, upon the principle of his admirable liferaft, which he has this day taken off to the St. Jean d'Acre, for the Hon. H. Keppell. The 23d, 42d, and 79th Regiments are preparing for active service. The two latter corps will be augmented by volunteers from the 72d and 79th depots, 31 volunteers from the 11th Foot, 32 from the 65th, and 62 from the 35th embarked from this dockyard at 6 o'clock this morning, in the Foyle, British and Irish Steam-pocket Company's vessel, to join the 1st battalion of the Royals, at Plymouth. The Foyle embarks the 93d depôt at Plymouth, to-morrow, for the Isle of Wight. The depôt of the 2d battalion of the Rifle Brigade will be conveyed to the Isle of Wight to-morrow in Her Majesty's steam-tender Sprightly.
The Cruiser, 14, Commander G.H. Douglas, will join the Baltic fleet.
Th 9 March 1854


Signal was made by the Port-Admiral’s flagship Victory to-day, about 4 p.m., to Sir Charles Napier's fleet at Spithead and in harbour, "Prepare for sea." This was followed immediately afterwards by, "be prepared to sail at the shortest notice." By this it is expected a movement will be made sooner than has been anticipated. It is reported afloat that the fleet will rendezvous in Kiel Bay, which has been surveyed by the officers in Her Majesty's steamsloop Hecla, and found capable of harbouring a large naval armament.
The screw two-decker Ajax, 60, Captain Warden, arrived to-day from Queenstown.
The Neptune, 120, Captain Hutton, flag of Rear-Admiral Corry, bent sails this afternoon, and is ready to go to Spithead.
Lieutenant John Clayton Cowell, of the Royal Engineers, is ordered to embark to-morrow in Sir Charles Napier's flagship, for service in the fleet. Rear-Admiral Chads has been exercising the respective crews again to-day in shot practice, beyond which we have not noticed any movement afloat. The wind is rising, and the barometer falling.

PLYMOUTH, March 8.

Her Majesty's paddle-wheel despatch steam-frigate Magicienne, 16, Captain T. Fisher, arrived at Queenstown on the 5th inst. from Spithead, having been sent to collect the remainder of the Coastguardmen selected for active service in the fleet. She was to leave on the 6th for Castletown, and to call at Valentia, Limerick, Galway, Clifden, West-port, Killala Bay, Sligo, Donegal, and Loch Swilly, returning to Plymouth about the 20th, and thence to Spithead. Mr. Aylen, Master of the Royal yacht, has been, appointed to the Magicienne for this service.
Fr 28 May 1858The Impérieuse, 51, screw frigate, will be undocked this day at Portsmouth and placed in the steam basin to be completed for commission.
Fr 1 July 1859The Impérieuse, 51, screw, Captain R.B. Maguire, has been brought down Portsmouth harbour and placed along-side the Malabar, coal depôt, for the purpose of coaling.
The Neptune, 91, screw, Captain Sir W. Hoste, has crossed lower and topsail yards and placed battens on her rigging, in readiness for rattling down. She has hauled off from alongside the sheer jetty to alongside the Prince Regent hulk, in Portsmouth harbour.
The Sidon, 22, paddle, Captain R.B. Crawford, is coaling alongside the north quay of the fitting basin.
The Dauntless, 32, screw, Captain W. Edmonstone, in the steam basin at Portsmouth, has commenced crossing her lower and topsailyards.
The Sphinx, 6, paddle, and the Beagle, 8, screw, have both been brought down Portsmouth harbour, and placed in the steam basin, to be advanced to the first-class steam reserve.
We 10 August 1859The screw steamship Edgar, 91, Capt. Katon, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral J.E. Erskine, second in command of the Channel fleet, arrived at Portland on Saturday morning from Spithead. The Blenheim, 60, Capt. F. Scott, returned from the westward on Friday. Sir John Burgoyne, Inspector-General of fortifications, paid an official visit to the works at Portland on Saturday. The screw line-of-battle ship Neptune, 91, Capt. Sir William Hoste, arrived at Portland on Sunday afternoon from Spithead.
Sa 17 September 1859Letters received at Plymouth on Thursday from the screw steamship Caesar, 90, Capt. Thomas H. Mason, state that she and the rest of the fleet anchored in Torbay at 9 30 p.m. the previous evening. On Wednesday morning they met Admiral Erskine's portion of the fleet— viz., the Edgar, Neptune, and Impérieuse, going down Channel.
The screw steam frigate Impérieuse, 51, Capt. John J. Frere, from the eastward, arrived in Plymouth Sound yesterday (Friday) morning.
Ma 24 October 1859By the last accounts received at Malta the Marlborough, 131, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Fanshawe, the Commander-in-chief, with Rear Admiral Dacres on board as Captain of the Fleet; the Conqueror, 101; the Orion, 91; the Princess Royal; 91; the Renown, 91, steam-ships of the line; the Vulture, 6, steam frigate; the Scourge, 6, the Coquette, 4, and the Lapwing, 4, steam sloops; the Growler steam gunboat; the African depot ship; the Redpole steam tug were at Gibraltar, as well as the Edgar, 91, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral Erskine, and the Neptune, 91, steamships of the line belonging to the Channel fleet. The Caesar, 90, the James Watt, 91, the Agamemnon, 91, steamships of the line, and the Virago, 6, steam sloop, were on their way to Gibraltar and the Mediterranean from England; and on her way to Malta from England and Gibraltar the Supply, 2, steam storeshlp. On her way to Gibraltar and England the Firebrand, 6, steam sloop. The Doris, 32, steam frigate, was at Tetuan, and the Quail steam gunboat at Tangier.

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