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HMS Arrogant (1848)

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Launched5 April 1848   
HullWooden Length200 feet
PropulsionScrew Men450
Builders measure1872 tons   
Displacement2690 tons   
Fate1867 Last in commission1862
Ships bookADM 135/24   
14 March 1849
- 15 February 1850
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Robert Fitzroy, Portsmouth, then Lisbon
15 February 1850
- 26 September 1852
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Robert Spencer Robinson, Lisbon
27 September 1852Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Stephen Greville Fremantle, Portsmouth
24 October 1853
- 20 December 1855
Commanded by Captain Hastings Reginald Yelverton, Portsmouth, then (1854) the Baltic during the Russian War
20 December 1855
- 25 February 1857
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Henry Lyster, North America and West Indies (after being prepared for the 1856 Baltic fleet)
1 March 1858
- 21 August 1859
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Leopold George Heath, Coast guard service, Southampton water (ship's log)
23 August 1859
- 6 December 1862
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commodore William Edmonstone, Commander-in-chief, west coast of Africa
Extracts from the Times newspaper
(various)The 1844 Experimental squadron.
Sa 25 October 1845

24 October 1845

The Dauntless and Arrogant steam-frigates on the plans respectively of Mr. White, of Cowes, and Mr. Fincham, master shipyard of Portsmouth dockyard, are proceeding rapidly. About one-third of their frame timbers are up.
Sa 22 November 1845

21 November 1845

The Dauntless steam-frigate, of 1,454 tons, to mount 36 guns, building on the plan of Mr. Fincham, master-shipwright of Portsmouth dockyard, is in frame as far aft as the beginning of the after dead-work. She will work with a screw-propeller, is being built on one of the new slips, and rapidly progressing in construction.
The Arrogant, another steam-frigate, of 1,800 tons, to mount 46 guns, building on the slip which adjoins the above, on the design of Mr. White, of Cowes, is in a similar state of forwardness to the Dauntless.
Some anxiety is manifested by the dockyard officers in charge of these two fine vessels on account of the apparently slow progress which is made in the work. The men appear not to be properly skilled in to the methods used in Government yards, being mostly all strangers and hired men. The shortness of the days also impedes the work. The Arrogant is only to have steam as an auxiliary, being ordered to be masted and rigged as a regular sailing frigate. The Dauntless, on the contrary, will be exclusively a steam-frigate, and have masts and yards of a lighter character, such as steamers of war usually carry.
Ma 22 December 1845

21 December 1845

The Arrogant and Dauntless steam-frigates are progressing with all possible despatch in construction at Portsmouth. An accident occurred on Friday to one of the artizans employed, upon the former ship. In ramming in a plank the man had hold of the rope fastened round the end, which unfortunately slipped; in stooping down to pick it up, the rammer caught his arm upon the elbow-joint and literally smashed it flat, Amputation was immediately performed, and the sufferer is doing well. We believe the poor fellow was one of the newly hired hands for six months, in which case he will have no compensation for his loss.
We 4 February 1846

3 February 1846

The Dauntless and Arrogant frigates, on the designs respectively of Mr. White, of Cowes, and Mr. Fincham, master shipwright of Portsmouth, are progressing very rapidly towards readiness for launching; their timbering is finished, and their ceiling arid planking neatly so. The Dauntless (Mr. Fincham's design) is intended to be strictly a steam frigate, but the Arrogant will only have steam as an auxiliary to work a screw. The Arrogant appears to be in the most forward state of the two, and presents a boldness of outline very much admired by all who have seen her since she has been planked. She presents a very handsome-looking model, and is expected to prove a perfect man-of-war, but this remains to be seen.
Sa 27 June 1846

25 June 1846

State of the ships at Portsmouth:
The Arrogant, 46-gun frigate, with an auxiliary screw-propeller, driven by engines of 330-horse power. This vessel, though not quite so far advanced as the Dauntless, is still well forward. She is a noble-looking vessel, and more to our mind than the Dauntless.
Sa 7 November 1846No orders have yet been received for launching the Dauntless steam frigate. She is cradled, and can be prepared for launching in a few hours, but it cannot take place now for nearly a fortnight, on account of the tides. The other steam frigate (the Arrogant) is also in a very forward state.
Sa 14 November 1846

13 November 1846

The Dauntless, screw steam-frigate, is nearly ready for launching, some extra work about the cavity for her propeller being all that requires to be done.
The Arrogant steam-frigate is also in a very forward state, but not so much advanced as the Dauntless, the latter being cradled.
Fr 5 January 1866The paddle-wheel steamer Virago, 6, 300-horse power, attached to the Chatham, steam reserve, is undergone most extensive repairs to both hull and machinery in No. 1 dock, in order that she may be brought forward for commission. Her machinery has been removed into the factory for a thorough overhaul and repair, and her boilers have been taken out. The nature of the repairs ordered to be carried out will detain her in dock for some months.

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