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HMS Penelope (1867)

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NamePenelopeExplanation
TypeCentral battery ironclad corvette   
Launched18 June 1867
HullComposite
PropulsionScrew
Builders measure3096 tons
Displacement4470 tons
Guns11
Fate1912
Class 
Ships bookADM 135/353
Note1891 guard ship.
1897 prison hulk
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
16 June 1868Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Francis Marten, Channel squadron (and from July 1868, flagship of Rear-Admiral Alfred Phillipps Ryder, second in command, Channel squadron)
11 January 1870
- 27 December 1871
Commanded by Captain Matthew Connolly, Coast Guard and Drill Ship of Naval Reserve, Harwich
26 April 1878Commanded by Captain William Samuel Brown, Coast Guard, Harwich, flagship of Agustus Phillimore, Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves
30 October 1879Commanded by Captain William Henry Whyte, flagship of the Duke of Edinburgh, Admiral-Superintendent of Coastguards
29 November 1883Commanded by Captain George Robinson
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Fr 14 February 1868OUR IRON-CLAD FLEET. — A return likely to be called for annually has been laid before Parliament, giving an account of our iron-clad fleet built, building, or ordered. The return, which is dated the 30th of August, 1867, contains a list of 31 ships then completed, 13 of them wholly armour-clad, and 18 partially. They are: — The Black Prince, 32 guns; Warrior, 32; Defence, 16; Resistance, 16; Achilles, 26; Hector, 18: Valiant, 18; Minotaur, 26; Agincourt, 26; Northumberland, 26; Royal Oak, 24; Prince Consort, 24; Caledonia, 24; Ocean, 24; Royal Alfred 18; Zealous, 20; Bellerophon, 15; Lord Clyde, 24; Lord Warden, 18; Penelope, 11; Pallas, 8; Favourite, 10; Research, 4; Enterprise, 4; Waterwitch, 2; Vixen, 2; Viper, 2; Royal Sovereign, 5; Prince Albert, 4; Scorpion, 4; Wivern, 4. Twenty-one of these ships are of more than 3,000 tons each. Six other ships were at the date of this return building; two to be wholly armour-clad, and four partially; the Hercules, just launched; the Monarch, 6 guns, to be launched in June; the Captain, 6, the Repulse, 12, to be launched in April; the Audacious, 14, in December; and the Invincible, 14, in March, 1869. All these six ships exceed 3,700 tons. Another, the Bellona, is ordered [and apparently later cancelled]. Lastly, there are the four wholly armour-clad batteries launched in 1855 and 1856, the Erebus, Terror, Thunderbolt, and Thunder; the three first of 16 guns, and the last 14, their tonnage ranging from 1,469 to 1,973. The first cost of the 31 iron-clad ships completed amounted in the whole to 7,284,294l. This includes fittings, but the accounts for some of the latter ships are not yet closed, and this sum does not include incidental and establishment charges. These last indirect charges, calculated in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee on Dockyard Manufactures, add about 35 per cent. to the gross direct charges for labour and materials expended upon each ship in the financial year 1864-65, about 51 per cent. for 1865-66, and the year 1866-67 is for the present estimated to show the same ratio of 51 per cent. These indirect charges have amounted, on the Bellerophon, to no less than 114,372l.; Lord Warden, 104.292l., with a further addition to follow: Royal Alfred, 69,999l., also liable to some addition; Lord Clyde, 66,964l.; Pallas, 61,076l. The most costly of the ships have been the Minotaur, 450,774l.; the Agincourt, 446,048l., both of them with unsettled claims for extra payment; the Northumberland, 433,130l., with the accounts not yet closed; the Achilles, 444,590l.; and the Hercules, estimated at 401,000l. Further sums have to be added to the cost of these ships for dockyard, incidental, and establishment charges.
Sa 28 November 1868That portion of the Channel Squadron which left Plymouth Sound on Thursday for Lisbon, consisted of the Minotaur, Defence, Penelope, Bellerophon, and Northumberland. The Warrior shipped her powder yesterday (Friday), and will follow shortly. The Helicon and Pigeon will probably leave to-day with despatches for the Admirals.
Tu 1 December 1868Her Majesty’s ship Helicon will sail from Devonport tomorrow morning, and will convey despatches for the Channel Squadron, consisting of the Minotaur, Bellerophon, Penelope, Northumberland, Defence, and Pallas.
Th 8 April 1869An order has been issued from the Admiralty that all ships of war carrying twin-screw engines are to have their machinery fitted with Silver's steam governor. The largest vessel driven by twin screws in Her Majesty's navy at present in commission is the armoured iron frigate Penelope, 3,096 tons, 600-horse power, Capt. Francis Marten, now carrying in the Channel fleet the flag of the second officer in command, Rear-Admiral A.P. Ryder. The official reports from this vessel are highly favourable as regards the beneficial action of the steam governor at sea, and especially so in rough weather.
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