HMS Antelope (1846)
HMS Antelope (1846)

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NameAntelope (1846)Explanation
TypeSloop (packet)   
Launched20 July 1846
Builders measure650 tons
Displacement1055 tons
Ships bookADM 135/19
Snippets concerning this vessels career
27 July 1847
- 17 May 1852
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Lieutenant commander Francis Smyth, Mediterranean
24 February 1852
- 12 April 1856
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich until paying off at Woolwich) by Lieutenant commander Charles Henry Young, Mediterranean, then west coast of Africa
1 December 1856
- 12 October 1859
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich until paying off at Woolwich) by Lieutenant John William Pike, west coast of Africa
5 August 1861
- 11 May 1865
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Lieutenant commander Constantine O'Donnel Allingham, west coast of Africa (until Allingham died)
11 May 1865
- 8 July 1865
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by 2nd Master Alfred Thomas, west coast of Africa
4 July 1866
- September 1867
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Lieutenant commander John Bruce, west coast of Africa (until Bruce invalided)
20 September 1867
- June 1870
Commanded by Lieutenant James Buchanan, west coast of Africa, then (July 1868) Mediterranean (until Buchanan invalided)
1 July 1870
- 12 October 1870
Commanded by Act. Lieutenant commander Frederick Canning Lascelles, Mediterannean
12 October 1870
- 11 February 1874
Commanded (until paying off at Malta) by Lieutenant commander Charles Sheldon Pearse Woodruffe, Mediterranean
1874Commanded by Lieutenant John Coke Burnell, Mediterranean
23 February 1877Commanded by Lieutenant Edward John Wingfield, Mediterranean
25 February 1880Commanded by Lieutenant Walter Hylton Joliffe, Mediterranean
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Fr 2 September 1870Our Malta correspondent, writes under date of Valetta, August 26:—
"By the arrival of the Peninsular and Oriental Company's packet Nyanza on the 21st inst, intelligence has been received of the Mediterranean Squadron under the command of Admiral Sir Alexander Milne, K.C.B., to the 17th inst. The squadron, consisting of the Lord Warden, Caledonia, Royal Oak, Prince Consort, Bellerophon, and Columbine, arrived at Gibraltar on the 12th inst., and completed with coal on the same day. The Lord Warden and Caledonia, being finished coaling, put off from the Mole and moored in the inner anchorage. On coming to an anchor off the New Mole a slight collision occurred between the Prince Consort and Bellerophon. The former touched the quarter of the latter, caring away the quarter davits of the Bellerophon and snapping off her own jibboom. Early on the morning of Monday, the 15th inst., the Channel squadron was sighted from the Gibraltar signal-staff, and soon afterwards made its appearances coming round the point under sail; then furling sails it steamed into the anchorage off the New Mole. The squadron consisted of the Minotaur, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Hastings Yelverton, K.C.B.; Agincourt, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral Henry Chads; Northumberland, Monarch, Hercules, Inconstant, Captain, and Warrior. By noon on the 17th all the ships had completed coaling, and were ready for sea. The combined Mediterranean and Channel Squadrons, under the supreme command of Admiral Sir Alexander Milne, were expected to put to sea on the 19th for the long talked-of cruise. There were at Gibraltar besides the above-mentioned ships, the Bristol, training vessel, Captain T.W. Wilson; the Trinculo and Porcupine Staff Captain Calver. The latter vessel proceeded into the Mediterranean on the 16th inst. to prosecute a survey of the sea-bottom, in the interests of science. She may soon be expected at Malta. The Bristol was to join the combined squadrons during the cruise. When the Mediterranean squadron was off Algiers on the 8th inst., the Psyche proceeded into that port, rejoining the Flag the same night. She went on to Gibraltar on the following day, and again met the Commander-in-Chief on the 11th inst., with the mails. His Excellency the Governor of Gibraltar has been pleased to allow the gates of the fortress to he opened, when required during the night, for the use of officers of the various ships — a privilege hitherto not conceded, but one which is fully appreciated by the whole squadron. The following is a list of the appointments and charges made since my last letter … [omitted] … Her Majesty’s ironclad ship Defence, 16, Capt. Nowel Salmon, V.C., was unexpectedly ordered off by telegraph on the 20th inst. Her destination was kept secret, but is variously rumoured to be Tunis, Palermo, and Gibraltar. I think that it is not impossible she has gone to Civita Vecchia, for the protection of British residents at Rome, and to offer a refuge to His Holiness the Pope end his Ministers, should the course of events render such protection desirable or necessary. Her Majesty's despatch vessel, Antelope, 3, Lieut.-Commander J. Buchanan, arrived here on the 25th inst. from Constantinople, seven days. The surveying schooner Azov, Lieut.-Commander Moore, which had gone out on hydrographic science, has returned into port."

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