HMS Alecto (1839)
HMS Alecto (1839)

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NameAlecto (1839)Explanation
Launched7 September 1839
Builders measure800 tons
Displacement878 tons
Ships book
Snippets concerning this vessels career
26 October 1839Commanded by Lieutenant William Hoseason, Mediterranean
10 November 1845Commanded by Commander Francis William Austen, south-east coast of America , including Anglo-French action in Uruguay
17 November 1846Commanded by Commander Vincent Amcotts Massingberd, south-east coast of America
27 January 1852
- 11 May 1854
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Stephen Smith Lowther Crofton, west coast of Africa
2 August 1855Commanded by Commander Robert Phillipps,West coast of Africa
7 May 1856
- 19 January 1859
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander James Hunt, west coast of Africa
27 January 1860
- 25 June 1862
Commanded by Commander Henry James Raby, west coast of Africa
23 January 1863
- March 1865
Commanded by Commander William Hans Blake, south-east coast of America
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 14 September 1840It appears that neither the Salamander nor Comet steam-vessels are to be paid off; they are equipping at Woolwich, with great despatch; they will be both at Spithead about the last week in September. The Medea will leave Woolwich on the 24th. The Vesuvius is fitting at Chatham for the Mediterranean. These four steam ships will increase Sir R. Stopford's force to 10 powerful steam-vessels of war, he having already the Gorgon, Cyclops, Phoenix, Rhadamanthus, Hydra, and Stromboli; and to which there are several steamers already fitted for guns, &c., employed in the conveyance of the mails, such as the Acheron, Volcano, Prometheus, Megaera, Alecto, &c.

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