|Type||2nd class frigate|
|Launched||6 September 1842|
|Builders measure||1190 tons|
|Ships book||ADM 135/174|
|Note||Laid down as Belzebub|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|7 September 1844|
- 13 December 1844
|Commanded by Captain Armar Lowry Corry, in charge of the 1844 experimental squadron of brigs|
|13 December 1844|
- 17 June 1848
|Commanded by Captain James Hope, south-east coast of America, including Anglo-French action in Uruguay|
|6 October 1849|
- 30 April 1851
|Commanded by Captain Thomas Owen Knox, Mediterranean (until he died at Malta)|
|18 December 1852|
- 8 July 1854
|Commanded by Captain Hyde Parker, Mediterranean (and, 1854, Black Sea during the Russian War, where he was killed)|
|9 July 1854||Commanded by Captain William Houston Stewart, Black Sea during the Russian War|
|29 July 1854|
- 7 July 1855
|Commanded by Captain William Moorsom, Black Sea, Moorsom serving ashore with the Naval Brigade, during the Russian War|
|14 July 1855|
- 28 February 1856
|Commanded by Captain Edward Augustus Inglefield, Black Sea during the Russian War|
|7 March 1856||Commanded by Captain John Welbore Sunderland Spencer, Black Sea|
|27 April 1859||Commanded by Commander James Minchin Bruce, North America and West Indies|
|14 May 1859||Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Joseph Dayman, taking soundings for the cable to Gibraltar|
|27 April 1862|
- 9 April 1863
|Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Shute Barrington Piers, Mediterranean|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Ma 11 January 1847||The squadron in the River Plate was distributed as follows, on the 29th of October:? the Vernon, 50, Captain Fitzgerald, flag of Rear-Admiral Inglefield: the Raleigh, 50, Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert; the Eagle, 50, Captain G.B. Martin; the Melampus, 42, Captain Campbell, and the Comus, 16, Commander D?Eyncourt, were at Montevideo.|
The Cura?oa, 24, Captain Broughton, and the Dolphin 3, Lieutenant-Commander Miller, were at Rio on the 18th of November, the latter having arrived from Montevideo five days prior.
The Grecian, 16, Commander Tindal, was at Busca.
The Racer, 18, Commander Reed, was at Colonia.
The Satellite, 18, Commander Rowley, was at Maldonado.
The Firebrand steam frigate, Captain Hope, and the Harpy steam vessel, Lieutenant Tomlinson, was at Buenos Ayres.
The Acorn, 18, Commander Bingham, was at Paraguay.
The Alecto steam sloop, Commander Massingberd, had proceeded up the Urugay to relieve the iron steam vessel Lizard, Lieutenant-Commander Tylden.
The Dido, 20, Captain Maxwell, sailed from Monte Video for the East Indies on the 29th of October.
The Carysfort, 26, Captain G.H. Seymour, arrived at Valparaiso on the 19th of October, from Sydney and New Zealand (where sho had landed the new Governor and specie), and remained there on the 24th refitting.
The Salamander steam sloop, Captain Hamond, left Valparaiso for Rio and England on the 1st of October.
Tho Sampson steam frigate, Captain T. Henderson, left Valparaiso on the 25th of October for Talcahuano, and on an experimental sailing cruize.
The Nereus store ship, Master Commander Bateman, was under orders, at the above date, to proceed from Valparaiso to Callao.
|Th 11 May 1848||We have intimation of the Firebrand steam-frigate, Captain Hope, being at Rio on the 1st of March, a letter of which date states— "The Inconstant, 36, Captain Shepphard [sic] and the Acheron steam-sloop, Captain Stokes, arrived yesterday. We go to-morrow to the River Plate with Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert, and expect to return here at the end of this month en route to England."|