HMS Horatio (1807)
HMS Horatio (1807)


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NameHoratio (1807)Explanation
TypeFifth rate TypeFrigate blockship
Launched (Sail)23 April 1807 Converted to screwDecember 1849
HullWooden Length154 feet
PropulsionSail Men 
Builders measure1090 tons Builders measure (as screw)1090 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)1707 tons
Guns38 Guns (as screw)24
Fate1865 Last in commission1856
ClassLively Class (as screw)Eurotas
Ships bookADM 135/238   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
23 April 1807Launched as 5th rate sailing ship at George Parsons, Bursledon.
1808Commanded by Captain George Scott
1811Commanded by Captain Lord George Stuart
1814
- 1817
Commanded by Captain William Dillon
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
December 1849Completed as screw at Chatham Dockyard.
19 January 1852
- 14 May 1854
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Swynfen Thomas Carnegie, guard ship, Sheerness (and temporarily in command of Barracouta during a trial cruise in June-September 1852)
2 June 1853
- 7 February 1855
Commanded by Commander Robert Jenner, guard ship, Sheerness
7 February 1855
- 12 May 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Arthur Auckland Leopold Pedro Cochrane, guard ship, Sheerness
1865Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Sa 13 September 1845

11 September 1845

The Blenheim, 72, was towed down from Sandgate-creek on Friday, and hauled into dock at Sheerness on Saturday, to be fitted as a block ship with screw-propeller. The Horatio, 44, is the other vessel selected for this port. La Hogue, 74, and Eurotas, 44 for Chatham.
Sa 29 November 1845

27 November 1845

The Horatio, 44, has had her housing and other ordinary fittings removed, and will also have her copper stripped, preparatory to her conversion into a steam guard-ship.
Sa 20 December 1845

18 December 1845

The Horatio,44, intended for one of the blockships at Sheerness is having her copper stripped off. Her housing and ordinary fittings have been previously removed.
Fr 26 December 1845

24 December 1845

The Horatio, 44, being converted into a block-ship, has had two more parties of shipwrights placed on her from the Fury, steamer, now ready for launching; after the launch, which is to take place on Tuesday the 30th inst., several other parties will be available for the conversion of the Horatio.
Sa 10 January 1846The Horatio, 44, progresses rapidly in her conversion to a block ship; all the hired shipwrights recently employed on the Fury have been placed on her, and are now engaged stripping her topsides, and reducing the number of her ports, of which she is only to have 11 on a side, instead of 16.
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.
Ma 19 April 1852

SHEERNESS, April 18.

Her Majesty's screw steam frigate Horatio, 22, Captain the Hon. S.T. Carnegie, took in her powder on Thursday, and her crew received three months' wages in advance. She was inspected the following morning by Captain the Hon. Montagu Stopford, flag captain to Vice-Admiral the Hon. Josceline Percy, Commander-in-Chief at the Nore, who was accompanied by the flag lieutenant, the Hon. O.W.M. Lambart, and will sail most probably this day on a trial cruise to the Land's-end. The Horatio was built at BursledonExternal link, in 1807, on the lines of the Lively; she is of 1,000 tons burden, and has an auxiliary screw propeller of 350-horse power, fitted on a plan suggested by the late Rear-Admiral Lord John Hay.
Her Majesty's paddle-wheel steam vessel Lizard, Mr. Brockman, master commanding, conveyed Captain the Hon. Montagu Stopford and other officers to the Horatio on Friday forenoon. She at the same time towed the boats belonging to that ship. The Lizard remained alongside during the inspection, and afterwards returned with the flag captain, who mustered the officers and crews of the ships in harbour.
Her Majesty's screw steam sloop Desperate, 8, having completed coaling, came to moorings abreast of the dockyard, and adjusted her compasses. It is stated she will proceed to Chatham for the purpose of towing the Herald, Captain H. Denham, as far as the channel.
Her Majesty's paddle wheel steam sloop Basilisk, 6, Mr. G.H. Gardiner, commander pro tem., will shortly proceed to Woolwich, to assist in towing the vessels destined for the Arctic regions, under the command of Sir E. Belcher, as far as the ice.
We 31 December 1856The following ships and vessels are now in port at Sheerness, in harbour, fitting-basin, and in docks, viz.:- The Edinburgh, 60 guns, Captain Edward P. Halsted; the Waterloo, 120 guns, Captain Lord Frederick Kerr, flagship; the Formidable, 84 guns, Captain-Superintendent John Jervis Tucker; the Royal George, 102 guns; the Terrible, 21 guns; the new screw steam corvette Scylla. 21 guns; the Argus, 6 guns; the Eurotas, 12 guns, screw mortar-ship; the Hydra, 6 guns; the Terror, 14 guns, floating battery; the Horatio, 12 guns; the Russell, 60 guns; the Hawke, 60 guns, Captain James Willcox, C.B., &c.; the Phoenix, 6 guns.; the Renard, 6 guns; the Foxhound, 6 guns; the Pylades, 21 guns; the Trusty, 14 guns, floating battery; the new screw steam frigate Emerald, 51 guns; the Hermes, 6 guns, Commander William E.A. Gordon; the Lizard steamvessel, Lieutenant-Commander Thomas B. Christopher; the Myrtle steamvessel, Master-Commander William S. Bourchier; the African steamvessel, Second Master-Commander R. Harvey; the Fearless steamvessel; the Wildfire steam tender to Waterloo, Master-Commander George Brockman; the Melampus, 42 guns, Captain L. Heath, C. B., &c. The gunboats Louisa, Magnet, Erne, Mayflower, Ruby, Sandfly, Carnation, Spanker, Pelter, Fly, Hasty, Cochin, Julia, Dwarf, Fidget, Griper, Mastiff, Mistletoe, Traveller, Spey, Surly, Herring, Sepoy, Bullfrog, Tickler, Manly, Thistle, and the new screw steam despatch gunboat Nimrod. The new ship Meeanee, 80 guns, is in No. 2 dry dock, being altered to receive screw steam machinery.


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