|Launched||12 April 1812|
|Builders measure||1087 tons|
|Note||Laid down as Nereide.|
1871 = Handy
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
- November 1815
|Commanded by Captain Hugh Pigot|
|(January 1840)||Receiving ship at Sheerness|
|7 September 1871||Renamed Handy|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Fr 16 April 1852|
SHEERNESS, Thursday Morning, April 15.Her Majesty’s screw steam frigate Horatio, 22, Captain the Hon. S.T. Carnegie, completed, the adjustment of her compasses yesterday, and was towed to the Little Nore by the Myrtle, where she will this day take in her powder. She is, we are informed, nearly 50 hands short of her complement, which deficiency is for the present to be supplied by the seamen riggers of the dockyard. Her crew are to be paid to-day three months' wages in advance. She is to start forthwith on an experimental cruise to the Scilly Islands, and will not return for 10 days. Her present armament consists of 18 eight-inch guns on her main deck, which throw 56lb. solid, or 68lb. hollow shot, and four ten-inch 84-pounders on her upper deck. Although 381 tons less than the Amphion, 32, she can discharge a heavier broadside. She stows 116 tons of coal, which, when steaming expansively, will suffice for seven days' consumption. On a trial cruise some time since, when light, her average speed per hour by screw propulsion was 8 1/3 knots. The Highflyer is reported to accompany the Horatio on her present trial cruise.
Her Majesty's paddlewheel steam-sloop Basilisk, 6, Captain Gardiner, from Portsmouth, brought to off the Little Nore yesterday afternoon, and soon afterwards came into harbour and let go her anchor.
Her Majesty's screw steam-sloop Desperate, 8, arrived here shortly after the Basilisk.
Her Majesty's ship Nymph was towed yesterday by the Myrtle from her anchorage on the west shore to moorings off the Lapwell.
Her Majesty's paddlewheel steam-frigate Cyclops, 6, has been warped to the north side of the fitting basin, to take on board her stores, &c.
|Th 5 April 1866||The Ætna, one of the old class of iron floating batteries, built during the late war with Russia, and since laid up in the Chatham Steam Reserve, has been stripped of the whole of her internal fittings, bulkheads, &c, and her machinery taken out, in order that she may be fitted as a floating residence for the married officers of the metropolitan police doing duty at the dockyard, who have hitherto been accommodated on board the Nymph, 42. The Ætna has been completely fitted for the service for which she is intended, and in the course of a few days will be taken possession of by the members of the police force. The Nymph is to be fitted and used exclusively as a Roman Catholic floating chapel for the officers and men of the fleet.|