HMS Ambuscade (launched as Amphion, 1846)
HMS Ambuscade (launched as Amphion, 1846)


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NameAmbuscade (launched as Amphion, 1846)Explanation
TypeFrigate   
Launched14 January 1846 Converted to screwon the stocks
HullWooden Length177 feet
PropulsionScrew Men320
Builders measure1474 tons   
Displacement2049 tons   
Guns36   
Fate1864 Last in commission1862
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Career
DateEvent
 Amphion, launched on 14 January 1846 after being converted for the screw on the stocks at Woolwich dockyard, was the Royal Navy's first screw frigate.
14 January 1846Launched at Woolwich Dockyard.
24 October 1846
- 13 October 1848
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Woodford John Williams, Woolwich, then Western and Experimental squadrons
18 December 1852
- 8 November 1853
Commanded by Captain Charles George Edward Patey, Lisbon, then Channel squadron (until Patey invalided)
8 November 1853
- 1 January 1856
Commanded by Captain Astley Cooper Key, the Baltic during the Russian War
9 January 1856
- 30 January 1857
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Henry Chads, North America and West Indies
22 June 1859
- 12 July 1861
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham) by Captain Thomas Cochran, Mediterranean (until Cochran invalided)
22 June 1861
- 1 September 1861
Commanded by Acting Captain George Henry Parkin, Mediterranean
12 July 1861
- 12 February 1862
Commanded by Captain Thomas Francis Birch, Mediterranean
(12 February 1862)
- 20 December 1862
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Alexander Crombie Gordon, Mediterranean
12 October 1863Sold to Williams for breaking up


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