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HMS Megaera (1849)

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Launched22 May 1849
Builders measure1391 tons
Displacement2025 tons
Ships bookADM 135/306
NoteNot commissioned as frigate.
1852 troopship.
1871.06.19 beached St Pauls Island, Indian Ocean as unseaworthy
Snippets concerning this vessels career
17 May 1851
- 7 June 1851
Commanded (from commissioning) by Master commander George Hoffmeister, to carry Captain Faddy's and Captain St. George's companies of the Royal Artillery to the Cape of Good Hope, but she broke down and had to be towed back to Sheerness, where she was replace by the Cyclops
18 December 1851Commanded by Master commander John Clark Barlow, to take Colonel George Buller and men of the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Beigade to the Cape of Good Hope
2 July 1852
- 1856
Commanded by Commander John Ormsby Johnson
20 December 1856Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander George Thomas Maitland Purvis
10 March 1860
- 29 March 1860
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander James Hunt, Portsmouth
2 April 1860
- 25 March 1863
Commanded by Commander Samuel Hood Henderson
20 April 1863Commanded by Commander Edward Madden
18 January 1865
- 21 November 1866
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Montagu Buccleuch Dunn
19 November 1866
- 21 December 1867
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Captain James Simpson
12 February 1868Commanded by Staff-commander Henry D. Sarratt
(22 December 1868)Commanded by Staff-Commander Jabez Loane
31 January 1871
- 19 June 1871
Commanded by Captain Arthur Thomas Thrupp, until beached at St. Pauls Island in an unseaworthy state
Extracts from the Times newspaper
(various)Beaching on St Paul's Island in the Indian Ocean and the subsequent Court-Martial and investigation by a Royal Commission

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