HMS Landrail (1860)
HMS Landrail (1860)

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NameLandrail (1860)Explanation
Launched28 March 1860
Builders measure428 tons
Displacement570 tons
Ships bookADM 135/269
NoteSold as Walrus
Snippets concerning this vessels career
7 September 1860
- 14 May 1863
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Thomas Hutchinson Mangles Martin, North America and West Indies
14 May 1863
- 15 March 1864
Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander William Arthur, West Iindies
14 January 1865
- 15 February 1868
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander Horatio Laurence Arthur Lennox Maitland, West coast of Africa
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Fr 7 September 1860The new screw steam gun-vessel Landrail, at Woolwich, Is still open for commission, Commander Field, recently appointed and gazetted to that ship, having obtained the permission of the Admiralty to resign the appointment.
Fr 5 October 1860The officers of the Steam Reserve Department of Woolwich Dockyard yesterday went down to Greenhithe for the purpose of accompanying Her Majesty's screw steam gunvessel Landrail, 5, Commander Wilson [should be: Martin ], down the measured mile, on a trial of her new engines, supplied by Mr. Humphreys, of Deptford. The trial having been perfectly satisfactory, the Landrail proceeded on her way to Portsmouth to join the Channel Squadron, and will ultimately proceed to the West Indies.
Ma 8 October 1860The Landrail, 4, screw, Commander Martin, and the Spiteful, 6, paddle, Commander Wilson, both arrived at Spithead yesterday morning from Woolwich; the former reported to join the Channel squadron, and the latter for the coast of Africa.
Tu 6 November 1860The screw steam gun-vessel Landrail, 5, Commander Martin, from Plymouth, under sail and steam on the way to the West Indies, arrived at Plymouth on Saturday. She will take supernumeraries for the screw steamship Nile, 90, Capt. Edward K. Barnard, flag of Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Milne, K.C.B., on that station.
We 7 November 1860The screw steam gun-vessel Landrail, 5, Commander T.H.M. Martin left Plymouth Sound on Sunday for the West Indies, taking supernumeraries for the flagship Nile.
Fr 7 February 1862A telegraphic message, dated the 16th of January, has been received at the Admiralty from Vice-Adrniral Sir Alexander Milne, via New York, stating that Her Majesty's ship Conqueror was a total wreck on Rum Cay. The crew are saved and well. Her Majesty's ships Nile, Donegal, Diadem, Bulldog, Spiteful, and Landrail are engaged in recovering the stores.
Sa 1 March 1862According to the Bermuda Royal Gazette, there were at the island, on the 4th of February, the screw steamship Nile, 90, Capt. Barnard, flag of Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Milne, K.C.B. ; the Hero, 89, Capt. Ryder; the Agamemnon, 89, Capt. Hope; the Aboukir, 86, Capt. Shadwell, C.B. ; the Immortalité, 57, Capt. Hancock; the Diadem, 32, Capt Randolph; the Rinaldo, 17, Commander Hewett; the Terror, 16, Capt. Hutton; the Spiteful, 6, Commander Wilson; the Landrail, 5, Commander Martin; the Nimble, 6, Lieut. D'Arcy; and the gunboats Nettle and Onyx. The Immortalité, from Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay, arrived on the 30th of January, and the Diadem and Landrail from the West Indies on the 1st of February. The last two brought the remainder of the crew of the wrecked ship Conqueror, 90, the bowsprit only of which, is now above water. All the ship's company are berthed on board the hulk Medway, where they will remain until the court-martial, which was appointed to be held on board the Hero on the 6th of February. The crew may arrive in England in March.
Sa 5 March 1864The Landrail, 5, screw gunvessel, Commander William Arthur, Arrived at Spithead on Thursday from the West Indies, and awaited orders up to sunset as to which of the home ports she will be sent to dismantle and pay out of commission. She sailed from Bermuda four days before the screw frigate Ariadne, which arrived at Spithead on Tuesday, as reported in The Times of Thursday, and her news has consequently been anticipated. The Landrail, on the 23d and 24th ult., experienced the same heavy gale reported by the Ariadne, and was compelled to heave to for some time in consequence of its violence.
We 7 September 1864Her Majesty's steam gunvessel Landrail, paid off at Woolwich from the North America and West India station, Commander Thomas H. Martin, has been supplied with new decks, has undergone general repairs in hull and machinery at Woolwich, and is advancing rapidly for the pennant.
Tu 20 September 1864Her Majesty's 5-gun vessel Landrail was on Saturday masted and rigged down in basin at Woolwich, in preparation for recommission.
Sa 12 November 1864Her Majesty's gun-vessel Landrail, after undergoing thorough repair, yesterday went down the river from Woolwich on trial of her engines, which were found in good working condition. The Landrail is now ready for commission. Like the Niger she is without a pennant, hut she is coaled and prepared for sea at any notice.
Tu 15 November 1864The whole of the continuous service seamen, 17 in number, berthed in reserve on board the flagship Fisgard, at Woolwich, were yesterday cleared out and despatched to Portsmouth, to aid in manning Her Majesty's ship Victoria sometime in commissions. The Niger, Oberon, and Landrail are now ready for the pennant at Woolwich, but the difficulty of procuring seamen under the existing regulations will prolong the period of their commission and departure indefinitely. The number of second-class lads ordered to be entered on the books of the Fisgard and limited to 50 per week, seldom exceeds half that number; and, frequently, on account of the severe medical attestation, out of 20 or 30 who present themselves, some six or eight only are selected; the aggregate number is consequently extraordinarily small.
Fr 20 January 1865Commander Horatio L.A.L. Maitland yesterday joined Her Majesty's 5-gun vessel Landrail, commissioned at Woolwich for service on the South Coast of Africa, to assist in the suppression of the slave traffic. The Landrail has been thoroughly repaired, and was yesterday undocked. Her crew has been appointed from the flagship Fisgard, and her officers, the majority of whom have been commissioned, have joined at Woolwich. A party of Royal Marines has likewise been transferred.
We 25 January 1865The Landrail, recently commissioned at Woolwich by Commander Maitland for the African coast, on Monday hauled alongside the Aigle, coal hulk, and now awaits her orders for sea.
Sa 11 February 1865The screw steam gunboat Landrail left Plymouth on Friday for the West Coast of Africa.
Tu 4 February 1868The Landrail, 5, screw gun-vessel, 427 tons, 80-horse power, Capt. Horatio L.A.L. Maitland, arrived. at Sheerness yesterday from the West Coast of Africa, to be dismantled and paid off. The Landrail was commissioned at Portsmouth in January, 1865, and has been just three years in commission.
Th 13 February 1868Her Majesty's screw gun vessel Landrail, 5, 80-horse power, Capt. L.A.L. Maitland, which is now being dismantled, after a term of service on the West Coast of Africa, will be put out of commission and her crew paid off on Saturday, when she will be placed in the third division of the Medway steam reserve.
Ma 17 February 1868Her Majesty's screw gun vessel Landrail, 5, 427 tons, 80-horse power, Capt. Horatio L.A.L. Maitland (promoted to post rank since the Landrail has been in commission), having been dismantled and the whole of her internal fittings and bulkheads removed, in the steam basin, was on Saturday put out of commission, and placed in the third division of the steam reserve in the Medway, under the superintendence of Capt. W.K. Hall, C.B., and the officials connected with the steam reserve. By direction of the Admiralty a silver medal, with the usual gratuity, was presented to William Pyburn, boatswain's mate, for long service and good conduct. The Landrail has been rather more than three years in commission, and during the whole of that time was attached to the squadron doing duty on the West Coast of Africa. She is one of the earlier built vessels of her class, and will probably not again be placed in commission. The continuous service men among the petty officers and crew were granted the usual period of leave of absence on the ship's company being paid off.

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