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HMS Columbine (1862)

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NameColumbineExplanation
TypeSloop   
Launched2 April 1862   
HullWooden Length160 feet
PropulsionScrew Men140
Builders measure669 tons   
Displacement913 tons   
Guns11   
Fate1875 Last in commission1874
ClassRosario   
Ships bookADM 135/98   
Career
DateEvent
2 April 1862Launched at Deptford Dockyard.
13 May 1863Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander Thomas Le Hunte Ward, Scottish fishery protection, then (October 1863) the Pacific
(22 January 1868)
- 22 January 1868
Commanded by Commander James Elphinstone Erskine, Pacific
16 June 1870
- 22 November 1872
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander John Collier Tucker, East Indies
22 November 1872
- 15 May 1874
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Edward W. Hereford, East Indies
June 1875Broken up at Chatham.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Fr 3 July 1863The Alert, 17, screw steam sloop, 751 tons, 100-horse power, Commander Henry C. Magendie, and the Columbine, 4, screw steam sloop, 669 tons, 150-horse power, Commander Thomas L.H. Ward, arrived at Sheerness yesterday to be refitted, after which, these vessels will proceed to the North for the protection of the Scotch fisheries.
Ma 26 October 1863The Columbine, 6, screw, Commander Ward, was inspected at Spithead on Saturday by Vice-Admiral Sir M. Seymour. G.C.B., and afterwards sailed for the Pacific.
Sa 12 November 1864The following is the list of the vessels of the Royal navy which will be armed, and are now being armed, with the new description of 300-pounder and other guns in course of issue. The figures after each vessel specify the number of guns of the description mentioned she will carry. To mount the 12-ton 300-pounders:- Bellerophon, 10; Royal Sovereign, 5; Minotaur, 4; Scorpion, 4; Wiveren, 4; Prince Albert, 4; Agincourt, 4; and Northumberland, 4. To be armed with the 6½-ton guns:- The Achilles, 20; Black Prince, 20; Warrior, 20; Lord Warden, 20; Lord Clyde, 20; Royal Oak, 20; Prince Consort, 20; Royal Alfred, 20; Caledonia, 20; Ocean, 20; Minotaur, 18 ; Agincourt, 18; Valiant, 16; Zealous, 16; Hector, 16; Defence, 10; Resistance, 10; Endymion, 6; Mersey, 4; Orlando, 4, Pallas, 4; Favourite, 4; Research, 4; Enterprise, 4; Amazon, 2; Viper, 2; and Vixen, 2. To mount the 64-pounder muzzle-loader:- The Bristol, 12; Melpomene, 12; Liverpool, 12; Severn, 12; Arethusa, 12; Phoebe, 12;. Shannon, 12; Octavia, 12; Constance, 12; Sutlej, 12; Undaunted, 12; Impérieuse, 12; Aurora, 12; Leander, 12; Bacchante, 12; Emerald, 12; Phaeton, 12: Narcissus, 12; Forte, 12; Euryalus, 12; Topaz, 12; Newcastle, 12; Liffey, 12; Immortalité, 12; Glasgow, 12; Clio, 8, North Star, 8 [laid down 1860, cancelled 1865]; Racoon, 8; Challenge[r], 8; and Menai, 8 [laid down 1860, cancelled 1864]. The following will be supplied with the 64-pounder breech-loaders:- The Scout, 8; Rattlesnake, 8; Cadmus, 8; Scylla, 8; Barossa, 8; Jason, 8; Charybdis, 8; Wolverine, 8; Pylades, 8; Orestes, 8; Pearl, 8; Pelorus, 8; Satellite, 8; Acheron, 4 [laid down 1861, cancelled 1863]; Shearwater, 4; Valorous, 4; Furious, 4; Bittern, 4 [laid down 1861, cancelled 1863]; Magicienne, 4; and Columbine, 4. A supply of the 6½-ton smooth-bore 100-pounder wrought iron guns has already been received at Chatham, and it is understood that the first supply of the 300-pounder rifled 12-ton Armstrong gun may shortly be expected at the Ordnance wharf.
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