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HMS Constance (1846)

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NameConstanceExplanation
Type4th rate TypeFrigate
Launched (Sail)12 March 1846 Converted to screw15 April 1862
HullWooden Length254 feet
PropulsionSail Men525
Builders measure2132 tons Builders measure (as screw)3212 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)3786 tons
Guns50 Guns (as screw)51
Fate1875 Last in commission1868
Class    
Ships bookADM 135/101   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
12 March 1846Launched as 4th rate sailing ship at Pembroke Dockyard.
23 April 1846
- 3 August 1847
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Baldwin Wake Walker, Pacific
3 August 1847
- 9 December 1849
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain George William Conway Courtenay, Pacific
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
15 April 1862Undocked as screw at Devonport Dockyard.
10 June 1865
- 27 October 1867
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Edward King Barnard, North America and West Indies
29 October 1867
- 24 December 1868
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Hugh Talbot Burgoyne, North America and West Indies
23 January 1875Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
(various)The 1846 Experimental squadron.
Sa 12 November 1864The following is the list of the vessels of the Royal navy which will be armed, and are now being armed, with the new description of 300-pounder and other guns in course of issue. The figures after each vessel specify the number of guns of the description mentioned she will carry. To mount the 12-ton 300-pounders:- Bellerophon, 10; Royal Sovereign, 5; Minotaur, 4; Scorpion, 4; Wiveren, 4; Prince Albert, 4; Agincourt, 4; and Northumberland, 4. To be armed with the 6½-ton guns:- The Achilles, 20; Black Prince, 20; Warrior, 20; Lord Warden, 20; Lord Clyde, 20; Royal Oak, 20; Prince Consort, 20; Royal Alfred, 20; Caledonia, 20; Ocean, 20; Minotaur, 18 ; Agincourt, 18; Valiant, 16; Zealous, 16; Hector, 16; Defence, 10; Resistance, 10; Endymion, 6; Mersey, 4; Orlando, 4, Pallas, 4; Favourite, 4; Research, 4; Enterprise, 4; Amazon, 2; Viper, 2; and Vixen, 2. To mount the 64-pounder muzzle-loader:- The Bristol, 12; Melpomene, 12; Liverpool, 12; Severn, 12; Arethusa, 12; Phoebe, 12;. Shannon, 12; Octavia, 12; Constance, 12; Sutlej, 12; Undaunted, 12; Impérieuse, 12; Aurora, 12; Leander, 12; Bacchante, 12; Emerald, 12; Phaeton, 12: Narcissus, 12; Forte, 12; Euryalus, 12; Topaz, 12; Newcastle, 12; Liffey, 12; Immortalité, 12; Glasgow, 12; Clio, 8, North Star, 8 [laid down 1860, cancelled 1865]; Racoon, 8; Challenge[r], 8; and Menai, 8 [laid down 1860, cancelled 1864]. The following will be supplied with the 64-pounder breech-loaders:- The Scout, 8; Rattlesnake, 8; Cadmus, 8; Scylla, 8; Barossa, 8; Jason, 8; Charybdis, 8; Wolverine, 8; Pylades, 8; Orestes, 8; Pearl, 8; Pelorus, 8; Satellite, 8; Acheron, 4 [laid down 1861, cancelled 1863]; Shearwater, 4; Valorous, 4; Furious, 4; Bittern, 4 [laid down 1861, cancelled 1863]; Magicienne, 4; and Columbine, 4. A supply of the 6½-ton smooth-bore 100-pounder wrought iron guns has already been received at Chatham, and it is understood that the first supply of the 300-pounder rifled 12-ton Armstrong gun may shortly be expected at the Ordnance wharf.
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