HMS Lightning (1823)
HMS Lightning (1823)

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NameLightning (1823)Explanation
Launched19 September 1823
Builders measure296 tons
Displacement349 tons
Ships bookADM 135/280
Note1854 survey vessel
Snippets concerning this vessels career
30 November 1838
- September 1840
Commanded by Lieutenant Richard Nicholls Williams
5 November 1842Commanded by Lieutenant William Robert Wolseley Winniett, Woolwich
30 January 1845
- 7 February 1851
Commanded by Master commander John Eaton Petley
7 February 1851
- 25 February 1854
Commanded by Master commander Henry William Allen
25 February 1854
- 12 March 1855
Commanded by Captain Bartholomew James Sulivan, as fleet surveying officer in the Baltic during the Russian War
15 March 1855
- 4 October 1857
Commanded by Lieutenant James Carter Campbell (as tender to Duke of Wellington) during the Russian War
5 April 1864Commanded by Staff Commander Timothy W Sulivan, Pembroke Dock, tender to Saturn
2 January 1865Commanded by Lieutenant Edward Wolfe Brooker, surveying service, tender to Fisgard, Woolwich
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Fr 23 April 1852

SHEERNESS, Thursday Morning.

Her Majesty's paddle-wheel steamsloop Basilisk, 6, Commander G.H. Gardner, and screw steamvessel Desperate, 8, Lieutenant Stevens, left port on Tuesday, at 5 p.m., and anchored at the Nore, waiting the arrival of the vessels forming the Arctic Expedition...
Her Majesty's ships Assistance, 2, Captain Sir E. Belcher, C.B.; Resolute, 2. Captain H. Kellett, C.B.; North Star, 2, Commander William J.S. Pullen; Intrepid, 2, screw steamship, tender to the Resolute; and Pioneer, 2, screw steamvessel, tender to the Assistance, arrived at the Great Nore, from Greenhithe, at 7.30 a.m. yesterday, the first three in tow of the Lightning, the Monkey, and the African steamers respectively. At 9 a.m. Her Majesty’s steamvessel Myrtle, Mr. W.S. Bourchier master commanding, conveyed Captain C. Hope, Superintendent of the Dockyard, and senior port naval officer (pro. tem.), on a visit to Sir E. Belcher, returning at noon with the captains of the several ships, who were entertained at luncheon by Captain C. Hope. A dockyard cutter was kindly placed at the disposal of the officers belonging to the ships in port, for the purpose of affording them an opportunity of visiting the Arctic exploring squadron, of which many availed themselves. At 1 p.m. the Myrtle, with the broad pendant flying of Captain C. Hope, returned to the Nore with the officers, who came into port. Between 1 and 2 p.m. signal was made to the Basilisk, Desperate, and the other steamers to get up their steam, and at 3 o’clock the squadron weighed anchor and started on their voyage, the sailing-vessels being each in tow of a tug-vessel, and carrying with them the hearty wishes of every one for success in the enterprise in which they are engaged. The Basilisk and Desperate will accompany them to the edge of the ice, in order to render any assistance they may require.
Ma 26 April 1852

SHEERNESS, Sunday Morning, April 25.

Her Majesty’s steam-tugvessel African returned to port on Friday morning, having, when near Yarmouth on Thursday, parted company with the ships of the Arctic Expedition, under the command of Sir E. Belcher. When the African left them the North Star was under canvas, the Resolute and Assistance in tow of the Lightning and Desperate steamers.

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