|Launched||13 June 1836|
|Builders measure||734 tons|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|25 October 1836||Commanded by Captain Lewis Davies, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)|
|30 August 1841|
|Commanded by Captain Henry Keppel, East Indies (including the first Anglo-Chinese war and Sir James Brooke's campaign for the suppression of Borneo piracy)|
|9 May 1846||Commanded by Captain John Balfour Maxwell, East Indies|
|28 August 1851||Commanded by Captain William Henry Anderson Morshead, Pacific, including Russian coast during the Russian war|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|We 24 January 1849|
Portsmouth, Jan. 23.The Dido, 18, Captain J.B. Maxwell, arrived at Spithead this morning, as noticed else where, and is ordered to Sheerness to be paid off. This ship has made an astonishingly quick passage home — the quickest, we believe, yet known. She has run over 13,438 miles in 77 days, and has averaged 174 miles per day since she left New Zealand, from which station she ran to Cape Horn (5,017 miles) in 25 days.
The Havannah, 22, Captain Erskine, was at Auckland when the Dido sailed.
The Rattlesnake surveying ship, Captain Owen Stanley, and her tender the Bramble, were surveying in Torres Straits.
The Fly, 18, Captain Oliver, was at Wellington.
The Acheron surveying steam sloop. Captain Stokes, was at Newcastle, a small place near Sydney, coaling, on her way to New Zealand.
All who went out in the Dido have come home in her — a rare occurrence.