|Launched||15 December 1849|
|Builders measure||981 tons|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|20 December 1852|
- 26 August 1856
|Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Richard Purvis, North America and West Indies|
|3 June 1858|
- June 1861
|Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Herbert Frederick Winnington Ingram, the Channel, then the Mediterranean|
|7 August 1862||Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander Lewis James Moore, East Indies and China (including the bombardment of Kagoshima ("Anglo-Satsuma War"))|
|26 November 1863|
- 19 May 1865
|Commanded by Commander John Moresby, China (including the bombardment of Simonoseki)|
|5 December 1864||Commanded by Commander Henry Lewis Round, China|
|30 March 1867||Commanded by Commander Frederick William Hallowes, China|
|26 March 1873|
- February 1874
|Commanded by Commander Percy Patt Luxmoore, west coast of Africa|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Sa 8 December 1849|
Portsmouth, Dec. 6.
In Port and FittingIn the Harbour. - The Victory and Illustrious flag-ships, the Excellent gunnery ship; the Blenheim steam-guard-ship; the Eurydice, stripping to pay off; the Contest, fitting out; the Rolla apprentices' brig, laying up for the winter; the Fairy and Elfin, and Portsmouth yachts; the Flamer packet from Holyhead, and the Echo tug.
In Dock. - The Britannia, 120; the Dauntless, 24; the Fantome, 16; the Lily, 16; the Fox, 42; the Devastation, and the Birkenhead steam frigates.
In the Basin. - The Princess Charlotte, 104; the Actaeon, 26; and the Sprightly and the Bee steam-vessels.
In the Steam Basin, - The Ajax, 60; the Penelope, 22; the Sidon, 26; the Victoria and Albert royal yacht; the Urgent , the Pike, the Asp, and the Blazer.
Building. - The Royal Frederick, 120 [subsequently cancelled and later completed as Frederick William]; the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.