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The Times newspaper contains the following accounts of the strength and disposition of the mid-Victorian Royal Navy (1842, 1863).

Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
We 20 April 1842

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE.
PORTSMOUTH.

The total number of vessels in the navy of every description at present in commission is 271. Of these, 19 are line-of-battle-ships, 34 frigates, 69 steam-vessels, 112 brigs and sloops, 11 flag and receiving-ships, 7 troop-ships, 3 Royal yachts, 1 store-ship, 1 hospital-ship, 1 gunnery-ship, 11 tenders and lighters, and 2 navy transports.

The line-of-battle-ships are the Howe, 120; Queen, 110; Rodney, 92; Impregnable, 104; Monarch, 84; Ganges, 84; Calcutta, 84; Formidable, 84; Vanguard, 84; Indus, 84; Cornwallis, 72; Agincourt, 72; Blenheim,72; Illustrious, 72; Wellesley, 72; Cambridge, 78; Benbow, 72; Malabar, 72; and Thunderer, 84.
Frigates.— Alfred, 50; Dublin, 50; Southampton, 50; President, 50; Vernon, 50; Vindictive, 50; Warspite, 50; Winchester, 50; Madagascar, 44; Blonde, 42; Druid,44; Isis, 44; Thalia, 42; Belvidera, 38; Cambrian, 36; Inconstant, 36; Pique, 36; Endymion, 38; Andromache, 28; Actaeon, 26; Carysfort, 26; Curaçoa, 24; Aigle, 24; Alligator, 26; Calliope, 28; Spartan, 26; Magicienne, 24; Herald, 28; Vestal, 26; Cleopatra, 24; North Star, 26; Volage, 26; Iris and Talbot, 24.
Steam-vessels.— Vixen, Driver, Kite, Phoenix, Polyphemus, Prometheus, Ardent, Geyser, Cyclops, Devastation, Growler, Alecto, Hecate, Lizard, Locust, Pluto, Flamer, Gleaner, Medea, Hydra, Stromboli, Tartarus, Aetna, Spitfire, Nightingale, Monkey, Echo, Black Eagle, Fearless, Lightning, Lucifer, Meteor, Vesuvius, Albert, Toronto, Minos, Soudan, Wilberforce, Alban, Avon, Volcano, Styx, Shearwater, Rhadamanthus, Beaver, Dasher, Prospero, Redwing, Zephyr, Pike, Asp, Otter, Urgent, Jasper, Wildfire, Widgeon, Cuckoo, Charon, Adder, Medina, Dotterel, Dover, Advice, Merlin, Ariel, Sprightly, Swallow. Pigmy, and Medusa.
Brigs and sloops.— The Acorn, 16; Beacon, 8; Daphne, 18; Arrow, 10; Algerine, 10 ; Jaseur, 16; Britomart, 10 ; Bittern, 16; Childers, 16; Magpie, 2; Champion, 18; Savage, 10; Scout, 18; Fawn, 3; Charybdis, 3; Comus, 13; Grecian, 16; Cruizer, 16; Dido, 20; Clio, 16; Columbine, 16; Lily, 16; Favourite, 18; Harlequin, 16; Hazard, 18; Cockatrice, 6; Hyacinth, 18; Curlew, 10; Snake 16; Wasp, 16; Weasel, 10; Larne, 18; Fantome, 16; Modeste, 18; Partridge, 10; Nimrod, 20; Pelican, 16; Pearl, 20; Waterwitch, 10: Electra, 18; Fair Rosamond, 2; Wizard, 10; Firefly, 3; Hornet, 6; Lark, 6; Pickle, 2; Pilot, 16; Viper, 6; Siren, 16; Wolverine, 16; Sulphur, 6; Sparrow, 6; Starling, 8; Victor, 16; Thunder, 6; Tweed, 20; Sappho, 16; Rover, 18; Racer, 16; Ringdove, 16; Racehorse, 18; Serpent, 16; Rose, 12; Pylades, 18; Plover, 10; Camelion, 10; Basilisk, 6; Wanderer, 16; Bonetta, 3; Beagle, 4; Brisk, 3; Fly, 18; Bramble, 10; Buzzard 3; Cygnet, 10; Dolphin, 3; Lynx, 3; Bullfrog, 6; Niagara, 20; Montreal, 3; Ferret, 10; Heroine, 10; Pantaloon, 10; Raven, 4; Persian, 16; Rapid, 10; Rolla, 10; Spy, 3; Skylark, 6; Speedy, 3; Scylla, 16; Mastiff, 6; Seaflower, 10; Cracker, 3; Termagant, 3; Erebus, 10; Terror, 10; Traveller, 3; Sylvia, cutter; Champion, schooner; Astraea, 3; Crane, 10; Express, 10; Linnet, 10; Lyra, 10; Magnet, 10; Penguin, 10; Peterel, 10; Pigeon, 10; Ranger, 10; Star, 10; and Swift, 10.
Flag and receiving ships.— Camperdown and Ocean (Sheerness), Poictiers (Chatham), St. Vincent and Victory (Portsmouth), Caledonia and San Josef (Plymouth), Magnificent (Jamaica), Crescent (Rio Janeiro), Ceylon (Malta), and Romney, receiving ship for captured slaves, at Havannah.
Troop ships.— Apollo, Belleisle, Jupiter, Rattlesnake, Sapphire, Resistance, and Crocodile.
Royal yachts.— Royal George, William and Mary, and Royal Sovereign.
Store ship.- Tortoise.
Hospital ship.— Minden.
Gunnery ship.— Excellent.
Tenders and lighters.— Emerald, Fancy, Nautilus (10), Lively, Mercury, Goodwill, Devon, Falmouth, Netley, Plymouth, and Sylph.
Navy transports.— Adventure and Diligence.

The present distribution of the vessels in commission in the British navy is as follows:—
China and the East Indies.— The Blenheim. 72; Cornwallis, 72, with the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir W. Parker; Wellesley, 72; Blonde, 42; Calliope, 28; Cambrian, 36; Druid, 44; Endymion, 38; Herald, 28; Isis, 44, on her passage there from South America; North Star, 26, on her passage; Thalia, 42, on her passage; Vindictive,50, with the flag of Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane, on her passage; Alligator, 26; Driver (steam-frigate), on her passage; Vixen (steam-frigate), on her passage; Algerine, 10; Britomart, 10; Camelion, 10; Childers, 16; Clio, 16; Columbine, 16; Cruizer, 16; Dido, 20, on her passage; Favourite, 18; Harlequin, 16; Hazard, 18, on her passage; Hyacinth, 18; Larne, 18; Modeste, 18; Nimrod, 20; Pelican,16; Pylades, 18; Serpent, 16, on her passage; Siren, 16, on her passage; Wanderer, 16; Wolverene, 16, on her passage; Apollo (troop ship), on her passage; Belleisle (troop ship), on her passage; Jupiter (troop ship), Rattlesnake (troop ship); Sapphire (troop ship), on her passage; Plover (surveying vessel), Starling (surveying vessel), Sulphur (surveying vessel), on her passage home: and Minden (hospital ship):— being 3 line of battle ships, 11 frigates, 2 steamers, 21 brigs and sloops, 5 troop ships, 3 surveying vessels, and 1 hospital ship, making altogether 46 sail. In addition to the foregoing, the Agincourt, 72, and the Geyser (steam-frigate), will leave in a few days for China.
The Mediterranean.— Queen, 110, with the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Owen; Howe, 120, with the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir F. Mason; Impregnable, 104; Rodney, 92; Monarch, 84; Vanguard, 84; Calcutta, 84; Thunderer, 84; Cambridge, 78; Formidable, 84, at Gibraltar; Malabar, 72; Benbow, 72, on her passage home; Alecto (steamer); Cyclops (steamer); Hecate (steamer); Lizard (steamer); Locust (steamer); Medea (steamer); Phoenix (steamer); Polyphemus (steamer); Prometheus (steamer); Stromboli (steamer); Vesuvius (steamer); Vernon, 50; Aigle, 24; Belvidera, 38; Inconstant, 36; Magicienne, 24; Devastation (steamer); Daphne, 18, on her passage home; Jaseur, 16; Savage, 10; Scout, 18; Snake, 16; Wasp, 16, on her passage home: Weasel, 10; Beacon, 8 (surveying vessel); Magpie (surveying vessel); and the Ceylon, receiving ship at Malta, with the flag of Rear-Admiral Sir John Louis — being 12 line of battle ships, inclusive of the Benbow, on her passage home, 12 steamers, 5 frigates, 7 brigs and sloops, 2 surveying ships, and 1 receiving ship — making a total of 39 sail.
Lisbon.— Indus, 84; and Lynx, 3; 1 line of battle ship, and 1 sloop — total 2 sail.
North America and the West Indies.— Illustrious, 72, with the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Adam; Pique, 36; Spartan, 26; Vestal, 26; Volage, 26; Warspite, 50; Flamer (steamer), Gleaner, (steamer), Hydra (steamer), Spitfire (steamer), Tartarus (steamer), Comus, 18; Charybdis, 3; Electra, 10; Fair Rosamond, 2; Hornet, 6; Pickle, 2; Pilot, 16; Racehorse, 18; Racer, 16, ordered home; Ringdove, 16, on her passage; Rover, 18; Sappho, 16; Tweed, 20; Victor, 16; Firefly, surveying vessel; Lark, surveying vessel; Thunder, surveying vessel; Magnificent, receiving ship at Jamaica; and Romney, receiving ship for captured slaves at Havannah. 1 line-of-battle-ship, 5 frigates, 5 steamers, 14 brigs and sloops, 3 surveying ships, and 2 receiving ships — total, 30.
Brazils and the Cape of Good Hope. — Southampton, 50, with the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir E.D. King; Madagascar, 44; Alfred, 50, on her passage; Andromache, 23; Ardent, steamer; Growler, steamer, on her passage; Acorn, 16; Arrow, 10; Fawn, 3; Grecian, 16; Lily, 16; Waterwitch, 10; Wizard, 10; Bittern, 16; and Crescent, receiving ship, at Rio:— 4 frigates, 2 steamers, 8 brigs and sloops, 1 receiving ship — total, 15.
South America.— President, 50, with the flag of Rear-Admiral C. B. H. Ross, on her passage home; Dublin, 50, with the flag of Rear-Admiral Thomas; Actaeon,26, ordered home; Carysfort, 26; Curaçoa,24; Basilisk,6; Champion, 18; Cockatrice, 7; Curlew, 10; Fantome, 16; Partridge, 10; Pearl, 20; Rose, 18; Sparrow, 6; Viper, 6; and Champion (schooner); 5 frigates, 11 brigs and sloops — total, 16.
Coast of Africa.— The Iris, 26; Pluto (steamer), Kite (steamer on her passage), Bonetta, 3; Brisk, 3; Buzzard, 3; Cygnet, 10; Dolphin, 3; Heroine, 10; Ferret, 10; Pantaloon, 10; Persian, 16; Rapid, 10; Rolla, 10; Termagant, 3; 1 frigate, 2 steamers, 12 brigs and sloops — total, 15.
The Niger Expedition.— The Albert, Soudan, and Wilberforce (steamers), 3; Australia, the Beagle (surveying vessel), Tortoise (store-ship), 2.
On Discovery.— The Erebus and Terror, 2.
Lakes of Canada.— The Bullfrog, 6 ; Montreal, 6; Niagara, 20; Minos (steamer), Toronto (steamer), Traveller (steamer); 3 sloops, 3 steamers — total, 6.
Torres Straits.— The Fly, 18 ; Bramble, 10 (on their passage) — 2.
Surveying the Coast.— The Lucifer (steamer), Ireland; Mastiff, 6, Orkney Islands — 2.
Jersey.— The Seaflower, 6; Cracker, 3 — 2.
Portsmouth.— The St. Vincent (flag-ship), Admiral Sir E. Codrington, Port-Admiral; Victory (flag-ship), Rear-Admiral Bouverie, superintendent of the dockyard; Excellent (gunnery ship), Royal George (yacht), Volcano (steamer), Echo (steam-tug), Emerald (tender), Fanny (tender), Lively (lighter), Mercury (tender), Nautilus (tender), Sylvia (cutter), Diligence (Navy transport), and Winchester, 50, fitting out for the flag of Rear-Admiral Hon. Joceline Percy — total, 14.
Plymouth.— Caledonia and flag-ship of Admiral Sir G. More; San Josef (Admiral Superintendent Sir S. Pym), Agincourt, 72; Scylla, 16; Resistance (troop ship), Crocodile (troop ship), Alban (steamer), Avon (steamer), Devon (tender), Falmouth (lighter), Netley (tender). Plymouth (buoy-boat), Sylph (tender) — total, 13.
Woolwich.— William and Mary (yacht), Adventure (Navy transport), and Black Eagle, Fearless, Geyser, Lightning, Meteor, Rhadamanthus, Shearwater, and Styx (steamers) — total, 10.
Deptford.— Goodwill (lighter) — 1.
Sheemess.— Camperdown, flag ship of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Brace; Ocean (Captain Superintendent), Ganges, 84 (about to be paid off); Aetna (surveying ship), Nightingale (steamer), Raven, 4; Spy, 3; Talbot, 26 (about to be paid off) — total, 8.
Chatham.— Poictiers (Captain Superintendent), Monkey (steamer), Skylark, 6; Speedy, 2; Cleopatra, 26 (about to be paid off) — total, 5.
Pembroke.— Royal Sovereign yacht.
Falmouth.— Astraea, 10; Crane, 10; Express, 6; Linnet, 10; Lyra, 6; Magnet, 6; Penguin, 6; Peterel, 6; Pigeon, 6; Ranger, 6; Star, 6; and Swift, 6 — total, 12. The foregoing vessels are employed as West India packets.
Dover.— Beaver, Widgeon, Charon, Ariel, Swallow, and Dover (steamers) packets — total, 6.
Weymouth.— Dasher, Wildfire, and Cuckoo (steamers) packets — total, 3.
Pembroke.— Prospero, Jasper, Adder, Advice, and Pigmy; (steamers) packets — total, 5.
Liverpool.— Redwing, Urgent, Medina, Merlin, and Medusa (steam-packets) — total, 5.
Holyhead.— Zephyr, Otter, Dotterel, and Sprightly (steam-packets) — total, 4.
Portpatrick.— Pike and Asp (steam-packets) — total, 2.

Fr 13 May 1842

OFFICIAL RETURN of the ROYAL NAVY comprising the SHIPS of WAR and STEAMERS now BUILDING and FIT for SERVICE.

Steamers for Service — Acheron, Adder, Advice, African, Alban, Albert, Alecto, Ariel, Asp, Avon, Black Eagle, Beaver, Blazer, Boxer, Carron, Charon, Colombia, Comet, Confiance, Cuckoo, Cyclops, Dasher, Dee, Dotterel, Dover, Echo, Experiment, Fearless, Firefly, Flamer, Fury, Geyser, Gleaner, Gorgon, Hecate, Hecla, Hermes, Hydra, Jasper, Kite, Lightning, Lizard, Locust, Lucifer, Medea, Medina, Medusa, Megara, Merlin, Messenger, Meteor, Minos, Monkey, Myrtle, Otter, Phoenix, Pigmy, Pike, Pluto, Polyphemus, Prometheus, Prospero, Redwing, Rhadamanthus, Salamander, Sampson [only launched in 1844!], Shearwater, Soudan, Sprightly, Spitfire, Stromboli, Swallow, Tartarus, Toronto, Traveller, Urgent, Vesuvius, Vixen, Volcano, Wilberforce, Widgeon, Wildfire, Zephyr.

Steamers Building. — Ardent, at Chatham; Beelzebub [I cannot find any reference to this vressel], Portsmouth; Bulldog, Chatham; Centaur, Portsmouth; Cormorant, Sheerness; Devastation, Woolwich; Driver, Portsmouth; Gladiator, Woolwich; Growler, Chatham; Infernal, Woolwich; Inflexible, Pembroke; Janus, ditto; Rattler, Sheerness; Scourge, Portsmouth; Sphynx, Woolwich; Spiteful, Pembroke; Styx, Sheerness; Thunderbolt, Portsmouth; Virago, Chatham; Vulture, Pembroke.

Ships of War Building. — Aboukir, 90 guns, Plymouth; Active, 36, Chatham; Albatross, 16, Portsmouth; Albion, 90, Plymouth; Algiers, 110, Pembroke; Amethyst, 26, Plymouth; Amphyon, 36, Woolwich; Arab, 16, Chatham; Boscawen, 70, Woolwich; Calypso, 20, Chatham; Cambrian, 36, Pembroke; Centurion, 60, ditto; Chesapeake, 36, Chatham; Chichester, 50, Woolwich; Collingwood, 80, Pembroke; Colossus, 80, ditto; Constance, 36, Portsmouth; Coquette, 20, Chatham; Creole, 26, Plymouth; Cumberland, 70, Chatham; Daring, 10, Sheerness; Dart, 3, ditto; Despatch, 10, Chatham; Elk, 16, ditto; Exmouth, 90, Plymouth; Flora, 36, ditto; Goleath, 80, Chatham; Hannibal, 90, Woolwich; Heroine, 10, ditto; Helena, 16, Pembroke; Heron, 16, Chatham; Hindostan, 78, Plymouth; Hound, 10, Woolwich; Irresistible, 80, Chatham; Juno,20, Pembroke; Liberty, 16, ditto; Lion, 80, ditto; Majestic, 80, Chatham; Mars, 80, ditto; Mariner, 10, Pembroke; Martin, 10, ditto; Nibe, 26, Plymouth; Philomel, ditto; Royal Albert, 120, Portsmouth; Princess Royal, 120, ditto; Prince of Wales, 120, ditto; Royal Frederick [cancelled], 110, ditto; Sealark, 10, ditto; Siren, 16, Woolwich; Spartan, 26, Plymouth; Spy, 3, Sheerness; Squirrel, 16, Pembroke; Superb, 80, ditto; Sybille, 38, ditto; Victoria, 110, ditto; Worcester, 50, Deptford.

The British Navy consists of 605 ships of war in ordinary and commission (including steamers), carrying from 1 to 120 guns each, of different calibre.

This fleet, the largest in the world, employs in time of peace 33,000 ablebodied seamen, 2,000 lads, and 13,000 Royal Marines, forming in all an effective naval force of 46,000 men and 2,000 lads.

We 9 October 1861

Ships Of War Building.

It may not be uninteresting to our readers to know that there are 54 ships of war now under constuction at the Royal Dock and other private yards, many of which are in a very forward state for launching. This return, which has been carefully compiled, will show that these vessels will carry an aggregate of 1,254 guns, are of 10,930-horse power [table below adds up to 20,660 horse power!], and 95,255 tons [table below adds up to 95,465 tons!]. The names of these vessels, together with the place of building, are as follows:-

[The 20 vessels (638 guns, 8,780 horse power, 41,423 tons displacement) without a link in de table below were cancelled before completion]

Ships.Guns.Horse-power.Tons.Port.
Achilles501,2506,079Chatham
Africa11150669Devonport
Alligator224001,857Woolwich
Belvidera516003,027Chatham
Bramble260236Portsmouth
Bruiser260236Portsmouth
Bulwark898003,716Chatham
Caledonia[n]508004,045Woolwich
Cherub260236Portsmouth
Columbine11150669Deptford
Cromer260236Portsmouth
Crown260236Portsmouth
Dartmouth365002,478Woolwich
Dromedary-100400Milwall
Dryad516003,027Portsmouth
Endymion365002,478Deptford
Enterprise11150669Deptford
Favourite224001,623Deptford
Guernsey4200695Pembroke
Harlequin17200950Portmouth
Hector328004,063Glasgow
Helicon-250835Potsmouth
Ister365003,027Devonport
Jaseur580425Deptford
Menai224001,857Chatham
Minstrel260233Portsmouth
Myrmidon4200695Chatham
Nassau4200695Pembroke
Netley260233Portsmouth
Newport580425Pembroke
North Star224001,623Sheerness
Ocean5010004,045Devonport
Orontes-5002,812Blackwall
Orwell260233Portsmouth
Protector260233Portsmouth
Rattler17200951Deptford
Reindeer17200951Chatham
Repulse898003,716Woolwich
Robust898003,716Devonport
Royal Alfred508003,716Portsmouth
Royalist11150669Devonport
Royal Oak501,0003,716Chatham
Salamis-250835Chatham
Sappho17200950Deptford
Shearwater11150669Pembroke
Sylvia4200695Woolwich
Tamar-5002,812Millwall
Tartarus4200695Pembroke
Triumph508003,716Pembroke
Tweed516003,027Pembroke
Tyrian260233Newhaven
Valiant328004,063Millwall
Wolverene214001,623Woolwich
Zealous808003,716Pembroke
     
Total1,25410,93095,255 
Fr 2 January 1863

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE.

Naval And Military Intelligence. The annual official return of the number, name, tonnage, armament, and horse-power of each vessel, both steamers and sailing ships, composing the British navy, was published yesterday under the authority of the Lords of the Admiralty. Including a numerous fleet of gunboats, the navy of England on the 1st of January numbered 1,014 ships of all classes. Of this number there are 85 line-of-battle ships, mounting from 74 guns to 131 guns each, according to their rating; 39 of from 50 guns to 72 guns each; 69 frigates of from 24 guns to 46 guns each, most of which are of a tonnage and horse-power equal to a line-of-battle ship; 30 screw corvettes, each mounting 21 guns; and upwards of 600 frigates and vessels of all classes mounting less than 20 guns. In addition to the above there is a fleet of 190 gunboats, each mounting two heavy Armstrong guns and of 60-horse power, besides a numerous squadron of iron and wooden mortar vessels built during the Russian war, and now laid up at Chatham. At present there are 43 vessels under construction for the Admiralty at the various public and private dockyards, many of which will be completed and launched during the present year. The iron vessels building are the Achilles, 50, 6,079 tons, 1,250-horse power, at Chatham; the Northumberland, 50, 6,621 tons, 1,250-horse power, at Millwall; the Minotaur, 50, 6,621 tons, 1,250 horse power, at Blackwall; the Agincourt, 50, 6,621 tons, 1,250-horse power, at Birkenhead; the Hector, 32, 4,063 tons, 800-horse power, at Glasgow; the Valiant, 32, 4,063 tons, 800-horse power, at Millwall; the Tamar, 3, 2,812 tons, 500-horse power, and the iron-cased frigate Royal Alfred, 34, 3,716 tons, 800-horse power, at Portsmouth; the Ocean, 34, 4,045 tons, 1,000-horse power, at Devonport; the Zealous, 34, 3,716 tons, 800-horse power, at Pembroke; and the Favourite, 22, 2,186 tons, 400-horse power, at Deptford. In addition to the above, the Royal Sovereign, 3,963 tons, 800-horse power, is being converted into a cupola ship, and the Enterprise, building at Deptford, for a shield-ship, on the new plan submitted to the Admiralty. During the year 1862 the vessels launched at the several dockyards were the Caledonia, 50, 4,045 tons, 800-horse power, iron-cased frigate, at Woolwich; the Royal Oak, 34, 3,716 tons, 800-horsepower, iron-cased frigate, at Chatham; the Prince Consort, 34, 3,716 tons, 800-horse power, iron-cased frigate, at Pembroke; the Rattler, 17, 951 tons, 200-horse power, and the Columbine, 4, 669 tons, 150-horse Power, at Deptford; the Jaseur, 5, 80-horse power, at Devonport; the Orontes, 3, 2,812 tons, 500-horse power, at Blackwall; and the Enchantress, 4, 835 tons, 250-horse power, and the Psyche, 4, 835 tons, 250-horse power, at Pembroke. The vessels now under construction at the various Royal dockyards, exclusive of the iron and ironcased ships, are the Dryad, 51, 3,027 tons, 600-horse power, the Harlequin, 6, 950 tons, 200-horse power [cancelled in 1864], and the Helicon, 4, 835 tons, 200-horse power, at Portsmouth; the Bulwark, 91, 3,716 tons, 800-horse power [already suspended in 1861 and finally cancelled in 1872]; the Belvidera, 51, 3,627 tons, 600-horse power [cancelled in 1864], the Menai, 22, 1,857 tons, 400-horse power [cancelled in 1864], the Reindeer, 17, 951 tons, 200-horse power, the Salamis, 4, 835 tons, 250-horse power, and the Myrmidon, 4, 695 tons, 200-horse power, at Chatham; the Repulse, 89, 3,716 tons, 800-horse power, the Dartmouth, 36, 2,478 tons, 500-horse power [cancelled in 1864], the Wolverene, 21, 1,623 tons, 400-horse power, and the Sylvia, 4, 695 tons, 200-horse power, at Woolwich; the Robust, 89, 3,716 tons, 800-horse power [already suspended in 1861 and finally cancelled in 1873], the Ister, 36, 3,027 tons, 500-horse power [cancelled in 1864], and the Bittern, 4, 669 tons, 150-horse power, at Devonport; the Endymion, 36, 2,478 tons, 500-horse power, the Sappho, 6, 950 tons, 200-horse power, and the Circassian, 4, 669 tons, 150-horse power [completed as Enterprise], at Deptford; the North Star, 22, 1,623 tons, 400-horse power [cancelled in 1865], at Sheerness; the Tweed, 51, 3,027 tons, 600-horse power [cancelled in 1864], the Trent, 6, 950 tons, 200-horse power, [completed as Research,] the Newport, 5, 425 tons, 80-horse power, the Nassau, 4, 695 tons, 200-horse power, the Guernsey, 4, 695 tons, 200-horse power [cancelled in 1863, not laid down] the Tartarus, 4, 695 tons, 200-horse power [cancelled in 1864], and the Research, 4, 1,253 tons, 200-horse power, at Pembroke; and the Prince Albert, 5, 2,529 tons, 500-horse power, at Millwall. The number of line-of-battle and other steamers composing the squadron on the North American station is 29, under the orders of Vice-Admiral Sir A. Milne, K.C.B. The squadron in the Mediterranean, under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir W.F. Martin, K.C.B., numbers 28 vessels of all classes. The East India and China squadrons consist of 32 vessels, the Admiral in command of that station being Rear-Admiral A.L. Kuper, C.B. The number of ships stationed on the West Coast of Africa assisting in the suppression of the slave trade is 21. The Pacific squadron, under the command of Rear-Admiral J. Kingcome, numbers 12 ships, and that on the south-east coast of America, commanded by Rear-Admiral R.L. Warren, 8 ships. There are six line-of-battle and other ships stationed at the Cape of Good Hope, and the same number are attached to the Australian station, under the orders of Commodore W.F. Burnett, C.B. The Channel squadron consists of the Revenge, 73, 3,322 tons, 800-horse power, Capt. C. Fellowes, flagship of Rear-Admiral R. Smart, K.H.; the Warrior, 40, 6,109 tons, 1,250-horse power, Capt. the Hon. A.A. Cochrane; the Black Prince, 40, 6,109 tons, 1,250-horse power, Capt. J.F.B. Wainwright; the Defence, 16, 3,720 tons, 600-horse power, Capt. A. Phillimore; and the Resistance, 16, 3,710 tons, 600-horse power, Capt. W.C. Chamberlain.
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