|Launched (Sail)||3 October 1811||Converted to screw||28 July 1849|
|Builders measure||1750 tons||Builders measure (as screw)||1750 tons|
|Displacement||Displacement (as screw)||3054 tons|
|Guns||74||Guns (as screw)||60|
|Fate||1865||Last in commission||1864|
|Class||Armada||Class (as screw)||Blenheim|
|Ships book||ADM 135/236|
|Snippets concerning career prior to conversion|
|3 October 1811||Launched as 3rd rate sailing ship at Deptford Dockyard.|
|Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel|
|28 July 1849||Completed as screw at R. & H. Green, Blackwall.|
|19 June 1849|
- 30 August 1852
|Commanded (from commissioning) by Captain John Macdougall, Cork, then (October 1849), Lisbon and the Mediterranean, then (December 1850) Queenstown again|
|1 September 1852|
- 24 May 1856
|Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain William Ramsay, guard ship, Devonport, then (1854) the Baltic during the Russian War|
|24 May 1856||Commanded by Captain John Fulford, flagship of Rear-Admiral Henry Ducie Chads, Queenstown|
|1 March 1858|
- 4 July 1859
|Commanded by Captain John Moore, Coast Guard, Greenock|
|16 July 1859|
- 8 July 1862
|Commanded by Captain Reginald John James George Macdonald, Coast Guard, Greenock|
|1 August 1862||Commanded by Captain Arthur Farquhar, Coast Guard, Greenock|
|28 February 1864||Paid off|
|1865||Broken up at Devonport.|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Th 4 September 1845|
5 September 1845The La Hogue, 74, and the Eurotas, 46, in ordinary, are ordered to be converted into steam-ships, and are to be placed as guard-ships in the River Medway.
|Sa 13 September 1845|
11 September 1845The Blenheim, 72, was towed down from Sandgate-creek on Friday, and hauled into dock at Sheerness on Saturday, to be fitted as a block ship with screw-propeller. The Horatio, 44, is the other vessel selected for this port. La Hogue, 74, and Eurotas, 44 for Chatham.
|Sa 25 October 1845|
24 October 1845The Hague, 72 guns, and the Eurotas, 42, are ordered to be fitted with screw propellers, as steam guard ships, for the protection of the river Medway. The former vessel is to be sent to the river Thames to be fitted by contract. The latter ship will be fitted at Chatham, and will be immediately taken in hand, and shipwrights are to be hired for that purpose.
|Th 30 October 1845|
28 October 1845The Blenheim, 74, has her copper stripped off, and is having her poop and interior fittings removed, previous to being towed to the yard of Messrs. Wigram, who have taken the contract for the conversion of this vessel and the La Hogue,74, (at Chatham) into steam guard-ships.
|Sa 1 November 1845|
31 October 1845The La Hogue, 74 guns, was taken into the third dock at Chatham on the 30th inst. The whole of her copper is to be stripped off her bottom, her poop taken away, and to be cleared of all her internal fitments, preparatory to her being navigated to the Thames, to be fitted by the contractors, Messrs. Wigram, with a screw propeller for a steam guard-ship for the river Medway. This ship was built at Deptford in the year 1812. Her figure-head is the representation of a cock crowing, with the British Lion standing over it, being the arms of Admiral Lord Russell, whose victory was gained at the battle of La Hogue, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
|Sa 15 November 1845|
13 November 1845The La Hogue, 74 guns, was put out of dock and will be navigated to Blackwall on the 15th, to be fitted as a steam guard-ship for Chatham.
|Tu 18 November 1845|
17 November 1845The Blenheim was towed from the Medway to Blackwall on Thursday, and the Hogue on Saturday (both 72-gun ships), to be fitted as block-ships at Messrs. Wigram and Green's
|Fr 3 January 1845|
31 December 1845The La Hogue, 74 guns, fitting for a steam guard-ship at Blackwall for Chatham, and the Eurotas, fitting for the same service, are each to be fitted with galvanized rigging.
|We 16 September 1846|
15 September 1846The La Hogue, fitting at Blackwall, as a 74-gun block ship, is ordered to Deptford to have her screw propeller fitted at that dockyard.
|Th 24 December 1846|
23 December 1846The La Hogue steam-guardship was towed from Blackwall to Deptford yesterday to reteive her steam machinery
|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:—
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.
|Ma 18 July 1859||A short reference was made in The Times of Saturday to a disturbance which took place last week in Keyham steam-yard, Plymouth, consequent upon the flogging of a seaman on board the screw steamship Caesar, 91, then in the Queen's (or No. 1) Dock, under repair. From subsequent inquiry it appears that some of the circumstances were very unseemly, and not likely to raise the position of either the civil or naval branches of Her Majesty's service. It is almost impossible to obtain a correct statement of every particular, but it is evident that William Stephenson, a seaman attached to the tender of the Hogue, has made two unsuccessful attempts to incite the crew of the Caesar to acts of insubordination, if not of mutiny. On the second occasion be entreated them "to follow the example of the crew of the Liffey and roll the shot about the decks." He then assaulted the boatswain, Mr. Grigg. When tried he was sentenced to receive 50 lashes and be imprisoned two years. Formerly be might have been hung at the yard arm for the same offence. The Court left the selection of the ship for punishment to the discretion of the Port Admiral, and Sir Barrington Reynolds decided that where the crime was committed atonement should be made. Accordingly, soon after 6 o'clock on Thursday morning, the prisoner, guarded by a corporal and two Marines, and in charge of the master-at-arms of the Impregnable, was conveyed from the ship to the Caesar, and the sentence having been formally read to him in the presence of all the crew, he was divested of his blue serge frock and flannel, and lashed to a grating, across which two capstan bars had been fixed for the purpose of securing his hands and feet. The lower part of the grating rested on the deck, the upper was fastened to the starboard main rigging, and the culprit was thus brought in fall view of all the men engaged on the works. It happened most inopportunely that the hour of punishment, 7 o'clock, was that at which the artisans are "rung in," and they are not usually expected to commence work until five minutes after the bell ceases. Several on board the Caesar were sent ashore, no civilian being permitted to remain in a ship during punishment. There were about 400 in the vicinity, the greater number surrounded the ship, others went on board the Shadia (lying near in No. 2 dock), crowded her portholes, and, with the Turks, clustered on the fore and the main rigging of the half-dismantled ship. The yardsmen state that their feelings were excited in the first place by finding that naval punishment of such a severe character was about to be inflicted in their presence, within the precincts of a civil department; and secondly, by observing that the prosecutor at the court-martial, Mr. Grigg, the boatswain of the Caesar, was appointed to commence the execution of the sentence which he himself had invoked. It was with intense excitement that they saw him throw down his hat, pull off his jacket, moisten his hands, and clear the tails of the cat with his fingers.|
At the first blow a most disgusting term was applied by several of them to the boatswain who, after 12 lashes, was succeeded by three of his mates, the first of whom gave 12, the second 12, and the third 14 lashes, making the complement of 50.
Stephenson's cries of pain were accompanied by hisses, groans, and exclamations from the artisans and the Turks, which were repeated, notwithstanding Captain Mason's appeal to the former as Queen's men. Towards the close of the punishment an undignified conflict took place between the officers of the ship and the artisans. Captain Mason, who has just succeeded Captain Frederick in the command of the Caesar, ordered First-Lieutenant John Reid and Third-Lieutenant John C. Patterson, with Lieutenant Dixon, of the Royal Marines, to go on shore, clear the place, and secure the ringleaders. The officers were assisted by a guard of Marines: one of these, the sentry, who had his musket, grounded it, and is said to have brought the point of the bayonet towards the breast of one of the joiners. It is also stated that when Lieutenant Dickson was endeavouring to secure an artisan who had made himself conspicuous he was mobbed and knocked down by a painter. Several other conflicts occurred and some threats were muttered about the use of adzes and other formidable tools, and the removal of the shores for the purpose of capsizing the ship. Ultimately Bulay, a shipwright apprentice, captured by Lieutenant Reid, and Rissiter, a painter, were forced on board, but released immediately on declaring their names. On the arrival of the police of the establishment the artisans engaged on the Caesar were allowed to join her. The principal shipwright present was Mr. Burney, acting leading man engaged on the Turkish line-of-battle ship. He was in the afternoon suspended from duty by the Master-Attendant, Mr. Brown, who controls the yard in the absence of the Superintendent, Sir Thomas Pasley. Mr. Burney, who has been 36 years in the service, is represented by the artisans as having entreated his men .(several of whom are new hands) to go on board to their work. Bulay is also suspended. Rissetter, the contract painter, has been dismissed from the yard.
It is said to be 53 years since such a punishment was given on board a ship in Devonport Dockyard.