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Extracts from the log of HMS Caesar for the period 14 June 1858 - 14 July 1861
sources: ADM 53/7090, 14 June 1858 - 12 January 1859; ADM 53/7091, 13 January - 11 July 1859; ADM 53/7092, 12 July 1859 - 17 January 1860; ADM 53/7093, 18 January - 30 October 1860; ADM 53/7094, 31 October 1860 - 1 September 1861

Portsmouth - Torbay - Plymouth - Berehaven - Plymouth - Port Royal (Jamaica) - Greytown (Mosquito) - Sacrificios (Mexico) - Havana - Portsmouth - Torbay - Plymouth - Gibraltar - Malta - Naples - Malta - Beirut - Malta - Corfu - Malta - Corfu - Zante Bay - Corfu

The 91 gun wooden screw ship-of-the-line Caesar, first commissoned by Captain John Robb for the Baltic in 1854, was recommissioned in 1858 by Captain Charles Frederick (who was to become a Commissioner of the Admiralty on 28 June 1859 and be replaced by Thomas Henry Mason). Frederick served on the Admiralty board until 25 March 1865, and was Commander-in-Chief at Queenstown in September 1866, when William Loney was (Staff) Surgeon at Haulbowline). During this commission Caesar served on the Channel and Mediterranean stations, although - while in the Channel Squadron - she was sent for a period of three months, together with the frigate Doris, to provide (as is revealed by Admiralty correspondence in ADM 128/54, folios 291-318) a strong British presence at Greytown, Mosquito, to discourage renewed activity by American "filibusters" - armed political adventurers.

The "Naval Intelligence" column of the "Times" newspaper (links in day-of-week column) gives some details of the ship's activities.

Here is a list of the ships principal commissioned officers during this period (from the Navy List; not yet checked with the ship's muster book for exact dates). The medical establishment consisted of two Surgeons, Joseph Caldwell and George Moore (the latter in lieu of an Assistant Surgeon) and one Assistant Surgeon, Edward Loney (until 4 June 1861, when he was invalided at Corfu with hemiplegia - i.e. the effects of a stroke - resulting in partial paralysis of right side and left cheek, and blindness of the right eye).

1858
>14 Jun Mon Portsmouth, at moorings off Hardway. Henry Brehaut, Master, commissioned the ship. Hannibal's party preparing to receive ships company [Hannibal was a 2nd rate screw, launched 1854; she was presumably also at Portsmouth at the time]
>26 Jun Sat 9 a.m. Discharged the moorings into a lighter and was taken in tow by two steam tugs
10.30 a.m. Lashed alongside HM ship Bellerophon
[Bellerophon: 1818 launched as 80 gun two-decker Waterloo; 1824 renamed Bellerophon; 1856 receiving ship; 1892 sold]
>12 Jul Mon At single anchor, Spithead
>9 Aug Mon Weighed
>11 Aug Wed 49.30 °N 5.15 °W
>15 Aug Sun At single anchor in Portland Roads
>16 Aug Mon Weighed and made all plain sail
>17 Aug Tue At single anchor off Spithead
>25 Aug Wed 3.20 p.m. Weighed. Admiral in company
10 p.m. Med
[?] Admiral north one mile, squadron in co[mpany]
>27 Aug Fri At single anchor, Torbay
>30 Aug Mon Weighed, squadron in co[mpany]
>1 Sep Wed At single anchor in Plymouth Sound
>8 Sep Wed Steaming out of Plymouth Sound
>13 Sep Mon At single anchor in Berehaven, Bantry Bay [south-west Ireland]
>18 Sep Sat Steaming out of Bantry Bay
>25 Sep Sat 50.6 °N 11.24 °W
>1 Oct Fri 49.42 °N 11.9 °W
>3 Oct Sun Moored in Plymouth Sound
>21 Oct Thu Weighed, Diadem [screw frigate] in company
>28 Oct Thu 37.0 °N 19.3 °W
>3 Nov Wed 26.36 °N 23.20 °W
>10 Nov Wed 19.45 °N 30.16 °W
>17 Nov Wed 18.2 °N 49.11 °W
>24 Nov Wed 16.43 °N 66.50 °W
>29 Nov Mon Diadem in company. At single anchor Port Royal, Jamaica
>30 Nov Tue Fast to the Admirals moorings, Port Royal
>7 Dec Tue Steaming out of Port Royal
>11 Dec Sat At single anchor off Greytown (Mosquito)
1859
>22 Mar Tue Weighed and proceeded under steam. Diadem in company
>27 Mar Sun 3.55 p.m. Obsd an American signal of distress flying on shore, also a wreck
At single anchor off Cape Dios Gracioas. Lieutenant
[James W.] East in 2nd cutter to ascertain the cause of the signal of distress
>28 Mar Mon Weighed
>3 Apr Sun 22.29 °N 93.20 °W
>5 Apr Tue At anchor off Sacrificios and Devastation
>2 May Mon Weighed with Diadem
>9 May Mon 25.42 °N 91.16 °W
>15 May Sun At single anchor in Havana
>19 May Thu Weighed, Diadem in company
>26 May Thu 32.29 °N 75.12 °W
>1 Jun Wed 35.43 °N 67.59 °W
>8 Jun Wed 40.45 °N 45.44 °W
>15 Jun Wed 44.44 °N 32.29 °W
>22 Jun Wed Running for Portsmouth Sound, Diadem in company
>23 Jun Thu At single anchor, Portsmouth Sound
>25 Jun Sat Weighed and proceeded under steam into Hamoaze
At moorings off Hayham, Hamoaze
>28 Jun Tue [Thomas Henry Mason captain]
>2 Jul Sat In the Queens Dock, Keyham dockyard
>21 Jul Thu At moorings off Keyham Yard
>28 Jul Thu At single anchor, Plymouth Sound
>22 Aug Mon Weighed
>28 Aug Sun 48.52 °N 6.51 °W
>2 Sep Fri At single anchor in Torbay
>10 Sep Sat Steaming out of Torbay
>14 Sep Wed At single anchor, Torbay
>16 Sep Fri Weighed
Moored in Plymouth Sound
>2 Oct Sun Weighed
>9 Oct Sun 42.18 °N 12.1 °W
>16 Oct Sun At single anchor off the New Mole, Gibraltar
>19 Nov Sat Moored off the Old Mole [Gibraltar]
1860
>11 Feb Sat a.m.
6 Up funnel, lighted fires, up steam
7.45 Unmoored ship & weighed S.B.
[Small Bower = port bow anchor]
Weighed B.B. [Best Bower = starboard bow anchor] and proceeded under steam. Employed as requisite. HM ships Marlborough [wooden screw 1st rate], Neptune [wooden screw 1st rate] and Cadmus [wooden screw corvette] in company
p.m.
1.20 Made all sail to studding sails
2 Stopped engines
2.15 Up screw
>15 Feb Wed 37.48 °N 6.21 °E
>18 Feb Sat At moorings in Malta harbour
>1 Apr Sun Slipped moorings and proceeded out of habour under steam
>5 Apr Thu At anchor in Naples Bay
>7 Jun Thu Weighed and proceeded under sail
>8 Jun Fri At single anchor off Castellammare [di Stabia; south side of Naples Bay?]
>12 Jun Tue Steaming from Castellammare to Naples
>7 Jul Sat Weighed under all plain sail
At anchor off Castellammare
>20 Jul Fri Weighed and braced up on stbd tack
Off Naples at anchor
>4 Sep Tue Steaming out of Naples Bay
>5 Sep Wed At anchor off Messina
>6 Sep Thu Steaming out of Messina [Sicily, opposite Italy]
>7 Sep Fri At moorings, Malta Grand Harbour
>16 Sep Sun Being towed out of Malta Harbor
>19 Sep Wed 35.29 °N 19.19 °E
>22 Sep Sat 34.27 °N 24.33 °E
>25 Sep Tue 33.41 °N 32.07 °E
>27 Sep Thu At anchor at Beirut
>11 Oct Thu Made all plain sail. Weighed on port tack. Cast off & hauled in hawser
>15 Oct Mon 33.32 °N 33.02 °E
>18 Oct Thu 33.33 °N 29.02 °E
>22 Oct Mon 32.57 °N 24.55 °E
>25 Oct Thu 33.55 °N 22.50 °E
>29 Oct Mon 35.27 °N 16.48 °E
>1 Nov Thu At moorings, Malta
>8 Dec Sat In tow of tug. Steaming out of Malta
>11 Dec Tue Moored in Corfu roads
1861
>3 Jan Thu Weighed and made all plain sail
At single anchor off Boca di Govito[?]
>7 Jan Mon 3 p.m. Weighed
5 p.m. At single anchor in Corfu channel
>25 Jan Fri 2 p.m. [Rear] Admiral [Sydney Colpoys] Dacres came on board, mustered ships company and inspected ship
2.30 p.m. Admiral left
>26 Jan Sat Up steam.Weighed
>29 Jan Tue At moorings in Malta, Grand Harbour
>12 Mar Tue Leaving Malta harbour under steam
>15 Mar Fri Moored in Corfu road
>31 Mar Sun 8 a.m. Hoisted Royal Standard half mast & halfmasted ensign [Easter Sunday]
>1 Apr Mon 8 a.m. Hoisted Royal Standard half mast [Easter Monday]
Saluted French consul with 9 guns on his leaving the ship
>27 Jun Thu The Archduke Maximillian of Austria came onboard with Admiral Dacres
>28 Jun Fri a.m.
8 Crossed royal yards and dressed ship in commemoration of Her Majesty's cononation
p.m.
1.30 Undressed ship, down royal yards
1.45 Weighed B.B. and proceeded under steam. Queen
[wooden screw 1st rate], Victor Emanuel [wooden screw 2nd rate] and Orion [wooden screw 2nd rate] in company
>1 Jul Mon 37.59 °N 19.46 °E
>4 Jul Thu 38.08 °N 19.39 °E
>5 Jul Fri 38.05 °N 19.47 °E
>6 Jul Sat Working between Cephalonia and Zante [southern Ionian Islands]
At anchor in Zante Bay
>9 Jul Tue Weighed
>10 Jul Wed 37.13 °N 20.30 °E
>12 Jul Fri Working between Cephalonia and Zante
37.36 °N 19.00 °E
>14 Jul Sun At anchor in Corfu roads
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