HMS Gorgon (1837)
HMS Gorgon (1837)

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NameGorgon (1837)Explanation
Launched31 August 1837
Builders measure1111 tons
Displacement1610 tons
Ships book
Snippets concerning this vessels career
19 June 1839
- 2 April 1842
Commanded by Captain William Honeyman Henderson, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
25 November 1842
- 6 May 1846
Commanded by Captain Charles Hotham, south-east coast of America, including Anglo-French action in Uruguay
13 May 1846
- 28 November 1846
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Edward Crouch, south east coast of America
29 March 1848
- 4 February 1852
Commanded by Commander James Aylmer Dorset Paynter, Pacific
25 February 1854
- 18 April 1854
Commanded by Commander Arthur Cumming
19 April 1854
- 8 May 1854
Commanded by Captain Arthur Cumming
May 1854
- 20 November 1854
Commanded by Commander Peter Cracroft, the Baltic during the Russian War
1 December 1854
- 15 May 1856
Commanded by Commander Richard Borough Crawford, the Baltic during the Russian War
10 May 1856Commanded by Commander George William Towsey, Mediterranean
31 March 1858
- October 1858
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Joseph Dayman, taking soundings for Agamemnon, laying the first Transatlantic cable (initiated 16 August 1858, but stoped working only a couple of week later)
27 April 1859
- 25 March 1861
Commanded by Commander Bedford Clapperton Tryvellion Pim, Cape of Good Hope
(25 March 1861)
- 11 February 1864
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander John Crawford Wilson, Cape of Good Hope
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 14 September 1840It appears that neither the Salamander nor Comet steam-vessels are to be paid off; they are equipping at Woolwich, with great despatch; they will be both at Spithead about the last week in September. The Medea will leave Woolwich on the 24th. The Vesuvius is fitting at Chatham for the Mediterranean. These four steam ships will increase Sir R. Stopford's force to 10 powerful steam-vessels of war, he having already the Gorgon, Cyclops, Phoenix, Rhadamanthus, Hydra, and Stromboli; and to which there are several steamers already fitted for guns, &c., employed in the conveyance of the mails, such as the Acheron, Volcano, Prometheus, Megaera, Alecto, &c.

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