HMS Tartar (1854)
HMS Tartar (1854)

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NameTartar (1854)Explanation
Launched17 May 1854   
HullWooden Length195 feet
Builders measure1322 tons   
Displacement1965 tons   
Fate1866 Last in commission1865
Class  Class (as screw)Cossack
Ships bookADM 135/466   
 Laid down as Wojn for Russian navy.
5 April 1854Seized on the stocks.
17 May 1854Launched at W. & H. Pitcher, Northfleet.
30 October 1854
- 22 November 1859
Commanded (from commissioning at Chatham until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Hugh Dunlop, the Baltic during the Russian War, then North America and West Indies
13 August 1860
- 17 May 1865
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain John Montagu Hayes, China (including the bombardment of Simonoseki)
February 1866Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Th 14 December 1854On Tuesday morning a large number of volunteers for ships stationed in the Black Sea, the screw steam corvettes Esk, Curlew, and Tartar, and for the steam troopship Perseverance, fitting out for the Mediterranean at Woolwich, Chatham, and Portsmouth, were draughted from Her Majesty's ship Crocodile, receiving-ship, off the Tower, to the abovementioned ports.
Tu 16 October 1860At Spithead are the Trafalgar, 91, screw, Capt. Fanshawe, refitting as a part of the Channel Fleet; the Tartar, 21, screw, Capt. Hayes; the Spiteful, 6, paddle, Commander Wilson; and the Landrail, 5, screw, Commander Martin. The Tartar will sail in two or three days for the Pacific. The Spiteful and the Landrail are completing repairs to sundry slight defects, and awaiting sailing orders, expected for the West Coast of Africa.
(various)this gets replaced
Tu 2 May 1865The Tamar [should be: Tartar], screw corvette, Capt. John M. Hayes, arrived at Spithead yesterday evening from China, after having been nearly five years in commission. On passing the Royal residence at Osborne she saluted Her Majesty, and on anchoring at Spithead she exchanged salutes with the Victory, flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Sir M. Seymour, K.C.B. The Sprightly, steam-tender, proceeded to Spithead to disembark the naval invalids and the crew of the Racehorse, recently lost in the China Seas; and it is expected the Tartar will proceed to Sheerness to be paid off.
We 24 January 1866The decision of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty relative to the disposal of Her Majesty’s 20-gun screw corvette Tartar, in dock at Woolwich, was yesterday made known. It is — "That, taking into consideration the large amount of expenditure necessary for repairs to put the Tartar into serviceable condition, according to the official report after the departmental survey of the injuries to the ship, their Lordships have ordered that her hull shall be made watertight, in order to convey her to Messrs. Castle and Beech's yard at Charlton to be broken up." The steam corvette Archer, ordered to be paid out of commission on Tuesday next, at Woolwich, is ordered to be opened out, so as to ascertain by investigation and inspection of her timbers if any cause can be discovered in decay or rot to account for the fatal outbreak of disease already detailed in The Times.

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