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HMS Rodney (1833)

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Type2nd rate TypeTwo-decker
Launched (Sail)18 June 1833 Converted to screw11 January 1860
HullWooden Length214 feet
PropulsionSail Men850
Builders measure2590 tons Builders measure (as screw)2590 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)4375 tons
Guns92 Guns (as screw)91
Fate1884 Last in commission1870
Class  Class (as screw)Rodney
Ships bookADM 135/404   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
18 June 1833Launched as 2nd rate sailing ship at Pembroke Dockyard.
29 August 1835
- 12 May 1840
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Hyde Parker, Mediterranean
13 May 1840
- 16 October 1843
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Robert Maunsell, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
4 February 1845
- 8 March 1849
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Edward Collier, Channel squadron (and 1845 experimental squadron), then Mediterranean
6 August 1851
- 22 November 1854
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Charles Graham, Mediterranean, and Black Sea during the Russian War, until invalided
22 November 1854
- 21 July 1855
Commanded by Captain George St Vincent King, Mediterranean
21 July 1855
- January 1856
Commanded by Captain Henry Keppel, Mediterranean, in command of the Naval Brigade ashore in the Crimea during the Russian War
24 January 1856
- 20 August 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain George Knyvett Wilson, to the Black Sea to bring home troops after the Russian War
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
11 January 1860Completed as screw at Portsmouth Dockyard.
21 January 1867
- 27 April 1870
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Algernon Charles Fieschi Heneage, flagship of Vice-Admiral Henry Keppel, China
27 April 1870The last unarmoured wooden battleship in full commission
February 1884Broken up
Extracts from the Times newspaper
(various)The 1844 Experimental squadron.
(various)The 1845 Experimental squadron.
(various)The 1846 Experimental squadron.
We 12 March 1856The following ships and vessels are fitting out and refitting at Portsmouth:- The Victor Emmanuel, screw, 91, will be ready for trial of her machinery at moorings on the 15th instant., and ready for the pendant by the 15th of April. The Rodney, 92, depôtship, will be ready for service on the 29th inst. The Shannon, 51, new screw frigate, will he fitted with her machinery, and ready for trial at moorings on the 15th inst., and ready for commission by about the 31st. The Perseverance steam troopship will be ready for service again by this day or to-morrow. The Vulcan steam troopship will be refitted by the 20th inst. The Centaur paddle-frigate is refitted in the shipwright department, and will be out of the hands of the chief engineer about the 28th inst. The Basilisk paddlewheel sloop will be refitted and ready for sea again by the end of the present month. The Transit steam troopship has repaired what defects she had, and is ready to embark. The Algiers, 91, will be refitted and ready for sea again by about the 25th inst. The Resistance sailing storeship will be refitted by the 22d inst. The Urgent screw troopship will be refitted in her machinery and ready for service by about the middle of next month. The new screw sloop Flying Fish, 6, will be out of hand of the artificers by the end of this week. The Pioneer, 6, will be out of hand by about the 20th inst. The Fury, 6, paddlesloop, has refitted, and is out of the shipwrights' hands.
Fr 5 January 1866The paddle-wheel steamer Virago, 6, 300-horse power, attached to the Chatham, steam reserve, is undergone most extensive repairs to both hull and machinery in No. 1 dock, in order that she may be brought forward for commission. Her machinery has been removed into the factory for a thorough overhaul and repair, and her boilers have been taken out. The nature of the repairs ordered to be carried out will detain her in dock for some months.

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