HMS Hecate (1839)
HMS Hecate (1839)

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NameHecate (1839)Explanation
Type2nd class sloop   
Launched30 March 1839
Builders measure817 tons
Displacement1096 tons
Ships book
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
- 1847
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 1850Commanded 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
- 1863
Commanded by Captain George Henry Richards, surveying Vancover Island
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 21 February 1848A 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


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.
Orders came hire by the Sidon for the Hecate to proceed home immediately to be paid off. She goes first to Malta, embarks the Duke of Parma, and with him goes to Leghorn, and thence she goes to Portsmouth.

Tu 22 August 1848Our 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 1848Our 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 Fitting

In 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

Portsmouth, Friday.

In Port and Fitting

In 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 1850In 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 1851The 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.

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