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HMS Satellite (1855)

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Launched26 September 1855   
HullWooden Length200 feet
PropulsionScrew Men 
Builders measure1462 tons   
Displacement2189 tons   
Fate1879 Last in commission1870
Class  Class (as screw)Pearl
Ships bookADM 135/415   
26 September 1855Launched at Devonport Dockyard.
30 September 1856
- 26 January 1861
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain James Charles Prevost, Pacific
27 November 1861
- 5 May 1862
Commanded by Captain John Ormsby Johnson, south east coast of America (until invalided)
5 May 1862
- 22 September 1865
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Stephen Smith Lowther Crofton, south east coast of America
27 October 1866
- 14 November 1866
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Richard Purvis, Plymouth
14 November 1866
- 13 September 1868
Commanded by Captain Joseph Edye, China (until he died)
11 November 1868
- 1 December 1870
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain William Henry Edye, China, then coming home with the 1869 Flying Squadron
25 December 1879Breaking up at Devonport completed.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Th 23 April 1868Her Majesty's ship Wasp, Capt. Norman B. Bedingfield, from the East India station, was paid off at Portsmouth yesterday. This ship was fitted out at Portsmouth in November, 1863, and has therefore been nearly four years and a half in commission, during which time she has traversed 102,000 miles, and performed various important services. Appointed to the East Indian station, she has been specially employed in the suppression of the slave trade on the East Coast of Africa, and has been instrumental in effecting the liberation of some 500 slaves, taken from dhows intercepted by the ship and her boats. The Arab crews of these vessels seldom offered any resistance, on one occasion, however, there was a most determined hand-to-hand encounter in the middle of the night between the ship's boats and a dhow. The English numbered four officers and 20 men, against 76 Arabs. They succeeded in making the capture, though not before one man had been killed and three officers and 11 men wounded. For their services on this occasion the two lieutenants in charge of the boats were promoted to the rank of commander. The prize money resulting from the various captures, after paying all expenses, left about 10,500l. To be distributed among the officers and crew, and it is satisfactory to know that the whole of this was paid over before the ship's company separated yesterday. Another piece of good fortune - which befell them was the salvage of a valuable cargo of ivory from the merchant ship Newah, wrecked on Latham Island, off the coast of Africa. The property saved amounting in value to 19.000l. Great was their disappointment when they learnt that the authorities at home would only allow a claim for 2,500l to be preferred. In August of last year the Wasp and the Satellite, under the command of Capt. Bedingfield, of the Wasp, were sent to punish the natives of the Nicobar Islands for the murder of the shipwrecked crews of several merchant ships. On their return from this expedition the Wasp quelled a riot among the Chinese in Penang. When the report of Dr. Livingstone's murder came in January, 1867, the Wasp took Dr. Kirk and the political agent at Zanzibar to Quiloa (the great inland slave mart) to endeavour to ascertain its truth, but, as is well known, without success. Of the original complement of 175 men who went out in the ship only seven officers and 22 men have returned in her, many having died or been invalided home, and many transferred to other ships. The ship has been under the command of three separate captains and three first-lieutenants during the commission, Capt. Bedingfield, her last commander, having been appointed in December, 1865. She has been throughout - in terms which both nautical and unnautical men well understand - a "happy ship," more especially under Capt. Bedingfield's command.
(various)The 1869 Flying squadron

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