The 1844 Experimental Squadron
The 1844 Experimental Squadron


The Royal NavyExperimental squadrons1845
The Royal NavyExperimental squadrons
1845


In 1844 separate cruises pitted Symonds' brigs and ships of the line against other designs. The brig squadron, that sailed from Portsmouth on 22 October and returned on 6 December, was commanded by Captain A.L. Corry in the paddle-steamer Firebrand and was made up of Flying Fish and Pantaloon, designed by Symonds, Mutine, Osprey, Espiegle, Waterwitch, Daring, modern vessels by other designers, and the elderly Cruizer. The squadron of ships of the line, commanded by Rear-admiral William Bowles contained Symonds' Queen (three-decker) and Albion (two-decker), and the earlier St Vincent and Caledonia (three-deckers). Queen, St Vincent and Caledonia left Portsmouth the day after the brigs, fell in with Albion after briefly calling at Lisbon on 3 November, and returned to Portsmouth on 27 November.

The following extracts from (generally the Naval Intelligence column of) the Times newspaper refer to the activities of the 1844 Experimental Squadron.


Extracts from the Times newspaper
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