HMS Edinburgh (1811)
HMS Edinburgh (1811)

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NameEdinburgh (1811)Explanation
TypeThird rate TypeBlockship
Launched (Sail)26 January 1811 Converted to screw19 August 1852
HullWooden Length176 feet
PropulsionSail Men600
Builders measure1772 tons Builders measure (as screw)1772 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)2598 tons
Guns74 Guns (as screw)60
Fate1866 Last in commission1864
ClassArmada Class (as screw)Blenheim
Ships bookADM 135/149   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
26 January 1811Launched as 3rd rate sailing ship at Samuel & Daniel Brent, Rotherhithe.
25 July 1837
- 14 July 1841
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain William Willmott Henderson, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
1 May 1852
- 6 February 1854
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Richard Strode Hewlett, gunnery ship, Devonport
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
19 August 1852Completed as screw at Portsmouth Dockyard
7 February 1854
- 9 August 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Richard Strode Hewlett, flagship of Rear-Admiral Henry Ducie Chads, the Baltic during the Russian War
9 August 1856
- 28 February 1858
Commanded by Captain Edward Pellew Halsted, guard ship, Sheerness (replaced by Cressy)
1 March 1858
- 24 January 1859
Commanded by Captain Swynfen Thomas Carnegie, Coast Guard, Leith (replacing Pembroke)
24 January 1859
- 13 February 1862
Commanded by Captain Edwin Claton Tennyson D'Eyncourt, Coast Guard, Leith
13 February 1862
- 29 February 1864
Commanded by Captain Charles Frederick Schomberg, Coast Guard, Leith (replaced by Trafalgar)
November 1865Sold to Castle and Beech for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
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Th 30 October 1845

28 October 1845

The Edinburgh, 72, will be brought down from among the ordinary ships in a day or two, to be converted into a block ship for Portsmouth in the same manner as the Ajax.
Ma 3 November 1845

2 November 1845

The Edinburgh, 72, is to be converted into a steam guard-ship, under the superintendence of Mr. Fincham, the master shipwright at Portsmouth. Extra hands have been entered to work upon her exclusively.
Th 6 November 1845

5 November 1845

The Edinburgh, 72, was brought down from her moorings into the basin this morning. Workmen are engaged in stripping her preparatory to her being converted into a, block ship for Portsmouth.
Sa 27 June 1846

25 June 1846

State of the ships at Portsmouth:
Edinburgh, 72.- This old ship, which is being prepared to go into the hands of Mr. White, of Cowes, to be fitted with a screw propeller, as a block ship or floating battery, is nearly ready. She is fit for no other purpose, although she has had a good deal of service, being remarkable as a very dull sailer.
We 12 August 1846

11 August 1846

The Edinburgh, 72, was docked today at Portsmouth to be fitted as a block-ship.
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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