HMS Barrosa (1860)
HMS Barrosa (1860)

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NameBarrosa (1860)Explanation
Launched10 March 1860   
HullWooden Length225 feet
PropulsionScrew Men240
Builders measure1700 tons   
Displacement2302 tons   
Fate1877 Last in commission1873
Ships bookADM 135/38   
10 March 1860Launched at Woolwich Dockyard.
24 September 1862
- 23 November 1864
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham) by Captain William Montagu Dowell, China (including the bombardment of Simonoseki)
23 November 1864
- 30 January 1867
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Henry Boys, China
9 June 1869
- 7 October 1869
Commanded by Captain Robert Gibson, 1869 Flying Squadron
8 October 1869
- 7 April 1870
Commanded by Acting captain Henry Hand, 1869 Flying Squadron
8 April 1870
- 27 July 1873
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Lewis James Moore, 1869 Flying Squadron, then China
20 January 1877Breaking up at Chatham completed.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
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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.
Fr 11 January 1867The Barrosa, 20, screw corvette, Capt. Henry Boys, arrived at Spithead yesterday morning, on her return to England from service in the China seas, and on anchoring exchanged salutes with the flagship of the Naval Commander-in-Chief and Port-Admiral, the Victory. The Barrosa brought home a number of naval invalids, who were landed from her yesterday afternoon by the Port-Admiral's steam tender Sprightly, Commander Allen. Orders were received by Capt. Boys soon after arrival to proceed with his ship round to Sheerness, where she will be dismantled and paid out of commission. She will sail from Spithead for the Nore at daylight this morning. The Barrosa sailed from Yokohama on the 6th of September, 1866, arrived at Nagasaki on the 10th, sailed from Nagasaki on the 11th, and arrived at Hongkong on the 17th, sailed from Hongkong on the 23d, and arrived at Singapore on the 3d of October; sailed from Singapore on the 6th, and arrived at the Mauritius on the 27th; sailed thence on the same day, and arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 16th of November; sailed from the Cape on the 17th, and arrived at St Helena on the 26th; sailed from St. Helena on the 27th, and called in at Ascension on the 3d of December. She experienced fine weather generally until she arrived off the Western Islands. She then fell in with heavy northeasterly gales, which continued until in the Channel she met with strong south-westerly winds. On Wednesday night the Barrosa was hove to off the Isle of Wight, to wait for daylight to make her entrance into Spithead.
Ma 14 January 1867Her Majesty's screw corvette Barrosa, 21, 1,700 tons, 400-horsepower, Capt. H. Boys, arrived at the Nore yesterday from China, and saluted the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Baldwin W. Walker, K.C.B., Naval Commander-in-Chief. She afterwards steamed into the Medway for the purpose of being inspected, previously to being dismantled and put out of commission, after carrying the pennant four years and three months.
Th 31 January 1867The Barrosa, 21, screw corvette, 1,700 tons, 400-horse power, Capt. Henry Boys, was yesterday (Wednesday) morning paid out of commission in Sheerness dockyard by Capt D. M'L. Mackenzie, Captain of the flagship Formidable. Jeremiah Murphy Cooper received a long service medal and a gratuity of 15l., and James M'Arthur received a medal and 10l. gratuity. The crew were granted two months' leave of absence, and the ship was placed in the third division of the steam reserve.
Sa 12 June 1869A court-martial will be held to-day (Saturday) at Devonport on the officers of the screw steam corvette Cadmus, 21, for running her ashore on Bolt Head on the 4th inst. Her crew has been turned over to the corvette Barrosa, 17.
Ma 14 June 1869ANOTHER CASE FOR COURT-MARTIAL.- The maxim of "More haste, less speed", has been verified in the case of Her Majesty's ship Barrosa. This ship, on the news of the mishap which occurred to the Cadmus, was immediately got in readiness at Sheerness to proceed to the relief of her sister ship, but on her way westward she also ran ashore, and will have to be subjected to the process of docking at Devonport before she can be allowed to proceed to sea. - Army and Navy Gazette.
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