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HMS Bristol (1861)

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Launched12 February 1861   
HullWooden Length250 feet
PropulsionScrew Men550
Builders measure3027 tons   
Displacement4020 tons   
Fate1883 Last in commission1871
Ships bookADM 135/63   
12 February 1861Launched at Woolwich Dockyard.
4 October 1865
- 27 January 1868
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Leveson Eliot Henry Somerset, flagship of Commodore Geoffrey Thomas Phipps Hornby, west coast of Africa
17 February 1868
- 27 January 1871
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Frederick William Wilson, naval cadet training ship, with the 1869 Flying squadron until 2 August 1869 (left squadron at Bahia)
19 January 1871
- 15 December 1871
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Walter Cecil Carpenter, naval cadet training ship
23 November 1871Commanded by Captain Philip Saumarez
July 1883Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Sa 14 April 1860Vice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Richard Dundas, one of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and Rear-Admiral Sir Baldwin Walker, Controller of the Navy, yesterday visited Woolwich Dockyard, and made an inspection of the armament and fittings of the new screw steam schooner Ranger, in readiness for the pennant. The Ranger is the first of that class of ships, and is fitted on a peculiar method adapted for warm climates, so as to insure the greatest amount of air and ventilation. After their Lordships' inspection of the Ranger, having been joined by Capt. the Hon. A. Cochrane, they proceeded to the factory, and examined the new improved ships' boiler manufactured from the designs of the Earl of Dundonald. They afterwards went on board the steam corvette Bristol, in a forward state of construction, visited the rigging loft, rope walk, and various parts of the yard, and finally repaired to the testing-house, and witnessed a trial of the superiority of Mr. Lennox's new metal blocks for ships' rigging, which were tested against the old Admiralty wooden blocks hitherto In use. A 4½-inch rope was used in the trial, and the strain having arrived at 25¾ tons, the Admiralty block gave way, while the metal one on being examined appeared to have suffered no injury. Their lordships thereupon terminated their visit and returned to London.
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.
(various)The 1869 Flying squadron

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