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HMS Octavia (1849)

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NameOctaviaExplanation
Type4th rate TypeFrigate
Launched (Sail)18 August 1849 Converted to screw11 April 1861
HullWooden Length253 feet
PropulsionSail Men550
Builders measure2125 tons Builders measure (as screw)2132 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)3832 tons
Guns50 Guns (as screw)51
Fate1876 Last in commission1869
Class    
Ships bookADM 135/334   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
DateEvent
18 August 1849Launched as 4th rate sailing ship at Pembroke Dockyard.
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
DateEvent
11 April 1861Undocked as screw at Portsmouth Dockyard.
14 June 1865
- 26 September 1865
Commanded by Captain Charles Farrell Hillyar, East Indies and Cape of Good Hope
26 September 1865
- 29 July 1867
Commanded by Commodore Charles Farrell Hillyar, Commander-in-chief, East Indies and Cape of Good Hope
29 July 1867
- 16 September 1867
Commanded by Commodore Leopold George Heath, Commander-in-chief, East Indies
16 September 1867
- 12 May 1868
Commanded by Captain Colin Andrew Campbell, flagship of Commodore Leopold George Heath, East Indies
12 May 1868Commanded by Captain Basil Sidmouth De Ros Hall, flagship of Commodore Leopold George Heath, East Indies
(1869)
- 21 July 1869
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain John Hobhouse Inglis Alexander, returning from the East Indies
August 1876Breaking up at Chatham completed.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
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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