HMS Stromboli (1839)
HMS Stromboli (1839)

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NameStromboli (1839)Explanation
Type1st class sloop   
Launched27 August 1839
Builders measure970 tons
Displacement1283 tons
Ships bookADM 135/452
Snippets concerning this vessels career
(January 1840)Out of commission at Portsmouth
18 July 1840
- 2 June 1841
Commanded by Commander Woodford John Williams, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
11 June 1841
- June 1843
Commanded by Commander William Louis, Mediterranean
(October 1843)Out of commission at Woolwich
13 October 1843
- 12 June 1845
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Edward Plunkett, Irish station
13 June 1845
- 10 November 1847
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Thomas Fisher, particular service
11 November 1847
- 17 September 1850
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Amelius Wentworth Beauclerk, particular service
11 August 1853
- 11 August 1853
Commanded by Commander William Saltonstall Wiseman, temporarily commissioned to convey guests at the 1853 royal review of the fleet prior to the outbreak of the Rusian ('Crimean') War
23 August 1853Commanded by Commander Robert Hall, Baltic, then Mediterranean and Black Sea during the Russian War
14 May 1855
- 26 February 1856
Commanded by Commander Cowper Phipps Coles, Black Sea during the Russian War
27 February 1856Commanded by Commander George Foster Burgess, Mediterranean
9 December 1861
- 21 December 1861
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander William Buller Fullerton Elphinstone, Portsmouth
21 December 1861
- 4 June 1863
Commanded by Commander Arthur Robert Henry, south-east coast of America (until Henry invalided)
4 June 1863
- 8 June 1866
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Alexander Philips, south-east coast of America
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 26 September 1838The Gorgon steamer towed the Venerable, 74, to Plymouth from this port, in 17 hours, the estimated distance 140 miles; the wind being favourable, both ships had the advantage of setting all their canvass. A new steamer to be called the Stromboli, on the plan of the Gorgon, is ordered to be built in this dockyard; but is to have 170 feet length of keel, and is to be launched in April next. Orders have been received at Pembroke-yard, since the failure of the Gorgon, to lengthen, by 12 feet, the Cyclops steamer, now building. ? Portsmouth paper.
Ma 14 September 1840It appears that neither the Salamander nor Comet steam-vessels are to be paid off; they are equipping at Woolwich, with great despatch; they will be both at Spithead about the last week in September. The Medea will leave Woolwich on the 24th. The Vesuvius is fitting at Chatham for the Mediterranean. These four steam ships will increase Sir R. Stopford's force to 10 powerful steam-vessels of war, he having already the Gorgon, Cyclops, Phoenix, Rhadamanthus, Hydra, and Stromboli; and to which there are several steamers already fitted for guns, &c., employed in the conveyance of the mails, such as the Acheron, Volcano, Prometheus, Megaera, Alecto, &c.
Tu 14 December 1847

Woolwich, Dec. 13.

The Acheron, steam-vessel, Cuptain Lort Stokes, on being taken out of the basin last week was forced by the strength of the tide, against one of the buoys in the river, and it being apprehended that she might have been injured, she was taken into dock to have her bottom examined; no injury having been sustained worth mentioning, she will be taken out of dock this afternoon, and the Stromboli be taken in to be examined previous to proceeding to sea.
A fatal accident occurred, about 7 o'clock, on the evening of Friday last, to a man named Ashe, servant to a gentleman who was visiting the officers of the Acheron, on board the Hebe receiving-ship, off Woolwich dockyard, the servant having fallen down the main hatchway into the cockpit, and from the injuries he sustained died on his way to the hospital, where he was being carried by some of the crew, after every attention had been paid to him by the surgeon of the vessel. A coroner's inquest was held this morning on the body, and a verdict of "Accidental death" returned.
Sa 24 January 1852

ADMIRALTY COURT, Friday, Jan. 23.
(Before Dr. Lushington.)

This was a cause of damage promoted by the late schooner Hetty Clifton against Her Majesty's steamer Stromboli, to recover the loss resulting from a collision between them about half-past 12 a.m. on the 1st of May, 1850, in the Irish Channel, 28 miles S.W. of the Calf of Man. The schooner, coal-laden, was proceeding from Chester to Dundalk, and, according to her representation, the wind was blowing from N.E. by N., with a fresh breeze. She was on the starboard tack, close hauled, and, in obedience to the Trinity-house rules, kept her course. The Stromboli, of the burden of 970 tons, was proceeding from Greenock to Portsmouth, having in tow Her Majesty steamer Simoom, of the burden of 2,000 tons, and whose engines were partially disabled. The principal point in dispute between the parties was the state of the night; by the schooner it was said to be fine and clear; by the steamer to be cloudy, with a haze on the sea. It was admitted that the schooner was seen from four to five minutes before the collision, and on the vessels approaching, the steamer, according to her account, hailed the schooner to put her helm down, and it was contended that had she done so the accident would not have occurred. The schooner said she heard the hailing, but supposed it was addressed to the Simoom, and she imputed the accident to the want of a good look out being kept on board the steamer, and to her not giving way in sufficient time.

Dr. Harding and Dr. R. Phillimore were heard for the schooner; the Queen's Advocate and Dr. Phillimore (Admiralty Advocate) for the steamer.

The learned Judge having called the attention of the Elder Brethren by whom he was assisted to the facts alleged by the parties, inquired of them, whether the Stromboli ought not to have stopped or reversed her engines, and whether the Hetty Clifton, on seeing the steamers, which she supposed were racing, ought not to have adopted precautions, notwithstanding the general rule, to avoid the accident.

The Elder Brethren were of opinion that, had a good look out been kept on board the Stromboli, the schooner must have been seen time enough to prevent the collision. It did not appear that the most common precautions were taken by the schooner, either by tacking or backing her headyards, when a collision appeared otherwise inevitable.

The COURT said that the result of that opinion was that both vessels were to blame; the ordinary decree, therefore, must be made,— the damage must be divided between them.

At the rising of the Court the learned judge stated that he should sit in the Prerogative Court for Sir H.J. Fust, commencing on Tuesday next.

We 5 January 1853The steam squadron of reserve, under the superintendence of Captain W.H. Henderson, C.B., of the Blenheim, 60, since the commissioning of the Sidon, Odin, Furious, and Medea, has been reduced to four vessels — viz., the Leopard, 12, 560-horse power; Vesuvius, 6, 280-horse power; Bulldog, 6, 500 horse-power; and the Stromboli, 6, 280-horse power; all paddle vessels. The Hecla, 6, will shortly join them, having been masted ready for rigging.
Fr 28 May 1858The Imperieuse, 51, screw frigate, will be undocked this day at Portsmouth and placed in the steam basin to be completed for commission.

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