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
DateEvent
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
DateEvent
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
DateExtract
(various)this gets replaced
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.
Ma 6 March 1854

PORTSMOUTH, March 5.

The victualling of the ships at Spithead for six months foreign service was completed yesterday. There are now at this rendezvous to-day the following ships, the complements of which we give, as nearly as we can arrive at them without consulting the ships' books:—
 Guns.Tons.Crew.Horse-
power.
Princess Royal, Captain Lord Clarence Paget, flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Napier, K.C.B., &c.913,129880400
Prince Regent, Captain Hutton, flag of Rear-Admiral Corry.902,513821
Edinburgh, Captain Hewlett, flag of Rear-Admiral Chads. C.B.561,772660450
Royal George, Captain Codrington, C.B.1212,6161,100400
St. Jean d'Acre, Captain the Hon. Henry Keppel.1013,600900650
Boscawen, Captain Glanville.702,212620
Hogue, Captain W. Ramsay.601.750660450
Imperieuse, Captain Watson, C.B.512,347530360
Arrogant, Captain Yelverton.471,872450360
Amphion. Captain A.C. Key.341.474320300
Tribune, Captain the Hon. S.T. Carnegie.301,570200300
Dauntless, Captain Ryder.331,490300580
Leopard, Captain Giffard.181,412280550
Valorous, Captain C.H.M. Buckle.161,255220400
Dragon, Captain Willcox.61,270200500
Bulldog, Captain W.C. Hall.61,123160500
Frolic, Commander Nolloth.16511120
They have each been ordered (this day) to draw charts for the Baltic.
Every day will add to this force, which will eventually include the three-deckers, Duke of Wellington, 131; St. George, 120; Waterloo, 120; Neptune, 120; Caesar, 91; Nile, 91; James Watt, 91; Algiers, 91; Monarch, 84; Ganges, 84; Cressy, 81; Majestic, 81; Blenheim, 60; Ajax, 60; Euryalus, 51 ; Fox, 42; Pique, 40; and numerous others. Sir Charles Napier will, we believe, command personally 20 sail of the line, and 10 sail of French. There will be about 50 sail of smaller ships, which will be apportioned to the English and French Rear-Admirals and Commodore Martin, and it is reported a squadron of sailing-sloops or brigs is to be commissioned to cruise off the Scotch coast to prevent privateering. Rear-Admiral Corry will shift his flag to-morrow from the Prince Regent, 90, to the Neptune, 120, an order having been received yesterday, appointing Captain Hutton to the Neptune, and Captain Smith, C.B., from the Neptune, to the Prince Regent. Captain Hutton takes with him Commander Bunce, Lieutenant Brandreth, and 50 of the Prince Regent's crew. When the change of officers and ships was made known on board the Prince Regent yesterday, the whole ship's company, who really love their admiral and captain, and are devotedly attached to their matchless ship, wanted to follow the admiral, as one man, into the Neptune, and when told that only 50 would be allowed to be draughted by the Admiralty, their countenances betokened the sincerest dejection. Subsequently all the petty officers went aft on the quarter deck and respectfully requested that the Admiralty might be memorialised for their removal with their admiral and captain. The Neptune will be some time getting ready. She has lower yards and topmasts up and topgallant masts pointed, but has only 150 men on her books besides her draught of Royal Marines. We expect, therefore, that Rear-Admiral Chads will be the first despatched with a "flying squadron" of frigates towards the Baltic, that Sir Charles Napier will follow, and that Rear-Admiral Corry will bring up the rear. Captain Hay, of the Victory, has declined the flag-captaincy to Sir Charles Napier. The Prince Regent, the St. Jean d’Acre, the Amphion and the Odin were paid wages down to the 31st of January yesterday. The Imperieuse, Tribune, and Valorous will be paid to-morrow, leaving only the Arrogant (whose pay books have not yet been landed) of Admiral Corry's division to be paid. The Blenheim, 60, Captain the Hon, F.J. Pelham, has readjusted her compasses and will be ready to join the fleet to morrow. The Caesar, 91, Captain Robb, is rattling down her rigging. The Odin, 16, Captain F. Scott, is repairing boilers in the steam-basin. The fleet are daily exercised in .gunnery, reefing, furling, &c. Mr. Parratt, of the Treasury, brought down last night from London a small tubular collapsing boat, upon the principle of his admirable liferaft, which he has this day taken off to the St. Jean d'Acre, for the Hon. H. Keppell. The 23d, 42d, and 79th Regiments are preparing for active service. The two latter corps will be augmented by volunteers from the 72d and 79th depots, 31 volunteers from the 11th Foot, 32 from the 65th, and 62 from the 35th embarked from this dockyard at 6 o'clock this morning, in the Foyle, British and Irish Steam-pocket Company's vessel, to join the 1st battalion of the Royals, at Plymouth. The Foyle embarks the 93d depôt at Plymouth, to-morrow, for the Isle of Wight. The depôt of the 2d battalion of the Rifle Brigade will be conveyed to the Isle of Wight to-morrow in Her Majesty's steam-tender Sprightly.
The Cruiser, 14, Commander G.H. Douglas, will join the Baltic fleet.
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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