|Type||2nd class sloop|
|Launched||30 March 1839|
|Builders measure||817 tons|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|(January 1840)||Out of commission at Chatham|
|14 September 1840|
- 23 August 1843
|Commanded by Commander James Hamilton Ward, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)|
|(October 1843)||Out of commission at Woolwich|
|23 December 1843|
- 13 June 1845
|Commanded by Commander James Paterson Bower, particular service|
|11 June 1845|
|Commanded by Commander Joseph West, west coast of Africa|
|14 September 1847|
- 25 September 1848
|Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Richard Moorman, Mediterranean|
|20 September 1850||Commanded by Commander George Sumner Hand, particular service|
|23 February 1855|
- 14 October 1855
|Commanded by Commander Hon. Henry Carr Glyn, West Coast of Africa (until Glyn was invalided home)|
|10 September 1855|
- January 1857
|Commanded by Commander Alexander Duff Gordon, west coast of Africa (until Gordon Died)|
|13 February 1857|
- 3 July 1858
|Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander George Foster Burgess, west coast of Africa|
|15 May 1860|
- January 1861
|Commanded by Commander Anthony Hiley Hoskins, Pacific (to replace Plumper)|
|1 September 1860|
|Commanded by Captain George Henry Richards, surveying Vancover Island|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Ma 21 February 1848||A court-martial was held on Monday and Tuesday last on Lieutenant Bedingfield, of the Hecate steamer, on the following charge, brought by Commander Moorman:— |
Charge.— For negligently performing the duty imposed on him by quitting the deck whilst in charge of the watch on the morning of the 6th of January, 1848.
The charge was proved, and the Court sentenced him under the circumstances (I use the words of the sentence) only to be severely reprimanded, and admonished to be more careful for the future.
|Th 17 August 1848|
CASTELLAMARE, NAPLES, Aug. 8.
The court-martial on Lieutenant Bedingfield, of the Hecate, ended on Saturday afternoon, when, after four hours' deliberation by the Court, the sentence was, that he should be dismissed his ship and put back one year on the Navy List. The charge which called forth this sentence was having gone on shore, whilst commanding-officer of the ship, against the Commander's written orders; but which order he (the prisoner) thought had been cancelled. Lieutenant Bedingfield has since been discharged into the Vengeance, there to await a passage to England, or to proceed home at his own expense.
|Tu 22 August 1848||Our Malta letter of the 12th inst, states that Cardinal Ferretti had arrived there by the last steamer from Rome. The Prince of Capua and the Prince and Princess of Parma were to proceed immediately to England by the Hecate steamer.|
|We 6 September 1848||Our Gibraltar advices of the 30th of August inform us that on th3 26th Her Majesty's steamer Hecate arrived, having on board their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Parma, on a visit to his Excellency Sir Robert Wilson, the Governor of the garrison. Their Royal Highnesses remained at Gibraltar, inspecting the fortifications, &c., till the 31th, on which day they embarked on the Hecate, after having been hospitably received and entertained by the Governor.|
|Sa 8 December 1849|
Portsmouth, Dec. 6.
In Port and FittingIn the Harbour. - The Victory and Illustrious flag-ships, the Excellent gunnery ship; the Blenheim steam-guard-ship; the Eurydice, stripping to pay off; the Contest, fitting out; the Rolla apprentices' brig, laying up for the winter; the Fairy and Elfin, and Portsmouth yachts; the Flamer packet from Holyhead, and the Echo tug.
In Dock. - The Britannia, 120; the Dauntless, 24; the Fantome, 16; the Lily, 16; the Fox, 42; the Devastation, and the Birkenhead steam frigates.
In the Basin. - The Princess Charlotte, 104; the Actaeon, 26; and the Sprightly and the Bee steam-vessels.
In the Steam Basin, - The Ajax, 60; the Penelope, 22; the Sidon, 26; the Victoria and Albert royal yacht; the Urgent , the Pike, the Asp, and the Blazer.
Building. - The Royal Frederick, 120 [subsequently cancelled and later completed as Frederick William]; the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.
|Sa 9 March 1850|
In Port and FittingIn Harbour. - The Victory, Illustrious, Blenheim, Excellent, Rolla, Fairy, Fanny, and Echo.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Fantome, and Penelope.
In the Basin. - The Lily.
In the Steam-Basin. - The Blazer, Birkenhead, Pike, Asp, Flamer, Comet, Elfin, Victoria and Albert, Hecate, and Termagant.
|Sa 20 April 1850||In Harbour. - The Victory, Excellent, Illustrious, Blenheim, Fanny, and Portsmouth tenders, the Echo tug, and the Locust steam-vessel.|
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Penelope, Rapid, and Electra.
In the Basin. - The Niger, Devastation, Fantome, Griffon, and Fairy.
In the Steam Basin. - Termagant, Hecate, Victoria and Albert, Bulldog, Blazer, Flamer, Pike, Asp, and Elfin.
|Sa 22 November 1851||The Sprightly steam tender, Acting-Master-Commander Allen, sails to-morrow for Plymouth, taking supernumeraries for Lisbon and the West Indies, to take passage respectively in the Rosamond and Hecate steam sloops.|