|Launched||11 August 1828|
|Builders measure||462 tons|
|Note||1832 = Comus|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|9 May 1839|
|Commanded by Commander Evan Nepean, West Indies|
- May 1842
|Commanded by Acting Commander George Evan Davis, West Indies|
|(January 1843)||Out of commission at Chatham|
|14 December 1844|
- 9 November 1846
|Commanded by Commander Thomas Sparke Thompson, south-east coast of America|
|(November 1845)||Commanded by Acting Commander Edward Augustus Inglefield, during the Anglo-French action in Uruguay|
|17 November 1846||Commanded by Commander Edwin Claton Tennyson D'Eyncourt, south-east coast of America|
|3 May 1853||Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Commander William Abdy Fellowes, East Indies|
|23 July 1855||Commanded by Commander Robert Jenkins, East Indies (including 2nd Anglo-Chinese War)|
|30 December 1857|
- 7 June 1858
|Commanded (until paying off at Chatham) by Commander Richard Dawkins, East Indies and China|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Ma 22 May 1848||The Kestrel packet left Monte Video the 12th of March, and arrived at Rio the 30th, and remained with Her Majesty's ship Comus, Acheron steamer, and Crescent receiving ship.|
|Sa 8 December 1849|
Portsmouth, Dec. 6.
In Port and FittingIn the Harbour. - The Victory and Illustrious flag-ships, the Excellent gunnery ship; the Blenheim steam-guard-ship; the Eurydice, stripping to pay off; the Contest, fitting out; the Rolla apprentices' brig, laying up for the winter; the Fairy and Elfin, and Portsmouth yachts; the Flamer packet from Holyhead, and the Echo tug.
In Dock. - The Britannia, 120; the Dauntless, 24; the Fantome, 16; the Lily, 16; the Fox, 42; the Devastation, and the Birkenhead steam frigates.
In the Basin. - The Princess Charlotte, 104; the Actaeon, 26; and the Sprightly and the Bee steam-vessels.
In the Steam Basin, - The Ajax, 60; the Penelope, 22; the Sidon, 26; the Victoria and Albert royal yacht; the Urgent , the Pike, the Asp, and the Blazer.
Building. - The Royal Frederick, 120;[subsequently cancelled later and completed as Frederick William] the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.
|Sa 9 March 1850|
In Port and FittingIn Harbour. - The Victory, Illustrious, Blenheim, Excellent, Rolla, Fairy, Fanny, and Echo.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Fantome, and Penelope.
In the Basin. - The Lily.
In the Steam-Basin. - The Blazer, Birkenhead, Pike, Asp, Flamer, Comet, Elfin, Victoria and Albert, Hecate, and Termagant.