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HMS Dido (1836)

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NameDidoExplanation
TypeCorvette   
Launched13 June 1836
HullWooden
PropulsionSail
Builders measure734 tons
Displacement 
Guns18
Fate1903
Class 
Ships book
Note1860 c.h.
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
25 October 1836Commanded by Captain Lewis Davies, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
30 August 1841
- 1844
Commanded by Captain Henry Keppel, East Indies (including the first Anglo-Chinese war and Sir James Brooke's campaign for the suppression of Borneo piracy)
9 May 1846Commanded by Captain John Balfour Maxwell, East Indies
28 August 1851Commanded by Captain William Henry Anderson Morshead, Pacific, including Russian coast during the Russian war
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
We 24 January 1849

Portsmouth, Jan. 23.

The Dido, 18, Captain J.B. Maxwell, arrived at Spithead this morning, as noticed else where, and is ordered to Sheerness to be paid off. This ship has made an astonishingly quick passage home — the quickest, we believe, yet known. She has run over 13,438 miles in 77 days, and has averaged 174 miles per day since she left New Zealand, from which station she ran to Cape Horn (5,017 miles) in 25 days.
The Havannah, 22, Captain Erskine, was at Auckland when the Dido sailed.
The Rattlesnake surveying ship, Captain Owen Stanley, and her tender the Bramble, were surveying in Torres Straits.
The Fly, 18, Captain Oliver, was at Wellington.
The Acheron surveying steam sloop. Captain Stokes, was at Newcastle, a small place near Sydney, coaling, on her way to New Zealand.
All who went out in the Dido have come home in her — a rare occurrence.
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