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HMS Bellerophon (1865)

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TypeCentral battery ironclad   
Launched26 May 1865
Builders measure4270 tons
Displacement7551 tons
Ships bookADM 135/42
Note1892 guard ship.
1904 = Indus III, t.s.
Snippets concerning this vessels career
22 March 1866
- 1 June 1867
Commanded by Captain Edward Tatham, Channel squadron
1 June 1867Commanded by Captain Reginald John James George Macdonald, Channel squadron
11 April 1870Commanded by Captain Augustus Chetham Strode, Mediterranean
14 October 1873Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Richard Wells, flagship of Rear-Admiral George Greville Wellesley, North America and West Indies
(1876)Commanded by Captain Hugh Campbell, North America and West Indies
1904Renamed Indus III
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Th 22 October 1863The mechanics employed in the smithery at Chatham dockyard are now engaged in forging the first portion of the stem for Mr. Reed's new iron frigate Bellerophon, the next vessel to be commenced at Chatham, as soon as the iron ship Achilles is out of hand. The stem will be composed of three immense pieces of iron, and will be the largest forgings of the kind ever attempted at Chatham dockyard, the stem and stern portions of the Achilles having been manufactured by a private firm. In order to afford greater facilities for the work, and to meet the increased demand made on the establishment since the introduction of iron shipbuilding, the smithery is to be considerably extended, and, in addition to another large and powerful steam hammer, some new furnaces of an improved kind are to be forthwith erected. The object of the Admiralty in having the principal forgings for the new iron ship made in Chatham yard is to prevent a repetition of the delays which were experienced in the early stages of the construction of the Achilles, caused chiefly by the long time occupied by private firms in producing similar forgings for that ship. With the same object in view the form of the forgings for the Bellerophon have been greatly simplified under the personal direction of the Chief Constructor of the Navy, who has sent an Admiralty draughtsman to Chatham dockyard, where he has been engaged for some time in the preparation of the detailed drawings of the various parts of the new ship, in order that every practicable improvement may be made in carrying out the designs for her construction. There can be little doubt that this arrangement will tend greatly to facilitate the progress of the Bellerophon, and thus reduce the time and labour expended upon her construction. It will also, it is to be hoped, be the first step towards putting an end to those changes and alterations which have hitherto been so frequently made by the Admiralty during the building of new ships at Chatham and the other dockyards.
We 10 August 1864A number of the workmen employed on the iron frigate Achilles, 20, 1,250-horse power, at Chatham, have again commenced working extra hours, and are now employed each evening until 9 o'clock p.m., by order of the Admiralty. In anticipation of the mechanics employed on the iron-clad frigate Lord Warden, building at Chatham Dockyard, being required to work additional hours during the approaching autumn, the Admiralty have given directions for the necessary gasfittings to be erected at the slip on which the ironcased ship is under construction. The Achilles is expected to be entirely out of the hands of the dockyard officials by the close of the present month, when the mechanics still engaged on her will be transferred to the Bellerophon and Lord Warden, both of which will, it is believed, be completed and afloat by the end of the ensuing year. The Achilles commenced shipping her sails from the dockyard yesterday.

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