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Extracts from the log of HMS Apollo for the period 19 January 1851 - 20 August 1851
sources: ADM 53/3598, 24 September 1850 - 14 April 1851; ADM 53/3599, 15 April 1851 - 20 August 1851.
Sheerness - Plymouth - Queenstown - Gibraltar - Corfu - Malta - Gibraltar - Port Royal, Jamaica - Montego Bay - Halifax - Spithead - Dover - Sheerness - Chatham.
As will be apparent from these extracts, Apollo was a troopship. She was built during the Napoleonic war as a 5th rate frigate, and converted to a troopship in 1838. She had been in commission for two years when Dr Loney joined her in Sheerness.
Here is a complete list of officers serving during the commission of 22 December 1848 - 20 Aug 1851 (from the ship's muster book). The ship carried a Surgeon and an Assistant Surgeon during almost the whole commission.
|19 Jan||Sun||Moored at Sheerness|
|17 Feb||Mon||Running for the Queens Channel|
|20 Feb||Thu||Single anchor in the Downs|
|21 Feb||Fri||Weighed and made all plain sail|
|22 Feb||Sat||At single anchor at Spithead|
|23 Feb||Sun||Running through the Needles|
|24 Feb||Mon||At single anchor in Plymouth Sound|
|26 Feb||Wed||Running out of the Sound|
|27 Feb||Thu||Moored in Outer Anchorage, Queenstown [present Cobh, Cork, Ireland].|
|1 Mar||Sat||Steamer came alongside with Troops baggage. Employed hoisting in and stowing baggage. Embarked 3 officers, 82 men of the Baggage Guard.|
|3 Mar||Mon||Embarked 13 officers, 23 NC [non-commissioned] officers, 379 men, 33 women, 40 children of H. Majesty's 92 Highlanders.|
|5 Mar||Wed||Weighed and made all sail to Top Galt sails|
|7 Mar||Fri||48.7 °N 9.3 °W|
|12 Mar||Wed||At single anchor in Gibraltar Bay|
|14 Mar||Fri||36.52 °N 0.16 °W|
|21 Mar||Fri||35.30 °N 16.22 °E|
8: Departed this life Margt. Hannah, child of Private Alexr. Grenadier Company, 92nd Highlanders.
38.16 °N 18.52 °E
5.30: Mustered at Quarters. Committed the body of the deceased to the deep.
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2: Set mainsail and tacked. Set foresail. In Royals & hove to off the island of Pasco [Paxoi, south of Corfu]
5: Wore and made all plain sail on the Starbd Tack.
8.30: Exchanged signals with "Growler". Wore round on Port Tack. Set Mainsail. Passed the "Java" with H.M. 36th Regt on board.
10: Mustered by Divisions and performed Devine Service.
11.30: Squared yards and set Starbd Studdingsails.
1.30: In Starbd Studdingsails. Trimmed and set Port Top and Top Gallt. Studdingsails.
2.40: In Studdingsails
3.30: Shortened sail and came to with BB [Best Bower = starboard bow anchor] in 15 fthms. Veered 40 fthms. East end of Vias NE, East end of Citadel ??. Furled sails. Health boat came alongside and placed the ship in quarantine in consequence of a case of Small Pox having taken place on board. Moored ship with 100 fms on SB [Small Bower = port bow anchor]; and 50 fms on BB, Found lying here H.M. Ships "Albion", "Ganges", Hercules and "Frolic". Received on board two guardians sent by the Health Authorities.
|29 Mar||Sat||The health officers came on board and gave pratique. Employed hoisting out baggage. Disembarked troops.|
|4 Apr||Fri||Employed in taking in and stowing away the baggage of the 16th Regt.|
|5 Apr||Sat||Embarked 9 officers, 4 ladies, 8 officers children, 401 noncommissioned officers and men, 22 women and children of the 16th Regt.|
|6 Apr||Sun||Running though South Channel|
|11 Apr||Fri||Running for Malta Harbour... Shackled Stbd. cable to the buoy.|
8.40: HMSV [Her Majesty's Steam Vessel] Triton took ship in tow. Slipped from the buoy and proceeded out of Malta Harbour
9.20: Triton cast off. Made sail to Top Gt. sails
|17 Apr||Thu||38.4 °N 5.7 °E|
|25 Apr||Fri||36.2 °N 4.48 °W|
|27 Apr||Sun||Moored in Gibraltar Bay|
6: Weighed. HMSV Janus took the ship in tow. Proceeded out of Gibraltar Bay.
7.40: Janus cast off.
|9 May||Fri||29.42 °N 24.21 °W|
|16 May||Fri||25.9 °N 35.28 °W|
|23 May||Fri||22.11 °N 43.18°W|
|30 May||Fri||17.17 °N 59.31 °W|
|31 May||Sat||English Harbour [Antigua, Leeward islands], NW 5 miles|
|6 Jun||Fri||17.6 °N 73.6 °W|
|8 Jun||Sun||At single anchor, Port Royal, Jamaica|
|10 Jun||Tue||Employed hoisting in and storing away provisions|
|11 Jun||Wed||Carpenter repairing womans water closet|
2: HMS vessel "Albion" came alongside for troops
3.30: Albion came alongside with HM 97th Regt onboard. Embarked __ officers, __ soldiers, __ women, __ children [these gaps not filled in!]
|16 Jun||Mon||Made all plain sail|
|18 Jun||Wed||At single anchor, Montego Bay [Jamaica]|
|20 Jun||Fri||Weighed and made all plain sail|
|27 Jun||Fri||24.36 °N 80.00 °W|
|4 Jul||Fri||40.46 °N 66.25 °W|
|6 Jul||Sun||At single anchor off Dock Yard [Halifax]|
|8 Jul||Tue||Disembarked the 97th Royals|
|15 Jul||Tue||Embarked H.M. 1st Royals, 18 officers, 461 men, 43 women, 34 children.|
|16 Jul||Wed||Weighed and made all plain sail|
|18 Jul||Fri||43.50 °N 55.21 °W|
|25 Jul||Fri||46.15 °N 29.50 °W|
|31 Jul||Thu||At single anchor at Spithead|
|1 Aug||Fri||Weighed and taken in tow by "Echo" steam tug. Proceeded into Portsmouth harbour... Disembarked H.M. 1st Royal Regt.|
|4 Aug||Mon||Taken in tow by the "Echo"|
4: Split the jib.
6: Split mainsail. Unbent and bent new mainsail. Set it. Reefed in the courses.
|7 Aug||Thu||Anchored at Dover|
|8 Aug||Fri||Working up Channel|
|9 Aug||Sat||At single anchor, Sheerness|
|10 Aug||Sun||Weighed and proceeded to Chatham|
|12 Aug||Tue||Lashed alongside sheer hulk|
|20 Aug||Wed||Pay clerks came onboard. Paid ships company their wages. Put ship out of Commission.
[Signed] Benjamin Simpson, Master