HMS Plumper (1848)
HMS Plumper (1848)

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NamePlumper (1848)Explanation
Launched5 April 1848   
HullWooden Length140 feet
PropulsionScrew Men100
Builders measure490 tons   
Displacement652 tons   
Fate1865 Last in commission1861
Ships bookADM 135/369   
5 April 1848Launched at Portsmouth Dockyard.
6 November 1848
- 6 January 1853
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Mathew Stainton Nolloth, Sir Charles Napier squadrons, then (January 1849) North America and West Indies, then (June 1851) south-east coast of America
1 August 1853Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander John Anthony Lawrence Wharton, west coast of Africa
5 April 1855
- 9 December 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander William Henry Haswell, west coast of Africa
(10 December 1856)
- January 1861
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain George Henry Richards, surveying on the Canadian Pacific coast (the Fraser River, Burrard Inlet, Victoria and Esquimalt), until relieved by Hecate
January 1861
- 2 July 1861
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Anthony Hiley Hoskins, returning from the Pacific (after being relieved by Hecate)
2 June 1865Sold to White, Cowes.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 26 March 1849 Her Majesty’s ship Sidon arrived at Portsmouth on Saturday morning, having left Gibraltar on the afternoon of the 16th, taking in tow the St. Vincent, and bringing her through the straits, with a speed of 7 knots against current, as far as off Cape St. Vincent, where she cast her off, and left her to make the best of her way to England, The prevalence of the easterly winds will probably prolong her passage. The Reynard and Plumper sailed in company from Gibraltar with the St. Vincent and Sidon; but at daylight of the 17th the Reynard was seen in tow of the Plumper. It is, therefore, presumed that some accident had occurred to the machinery of the former vessel. All well at Gibraltar on the 16th, and the new Governor very popular. It is supposed that proceedings against the Riff pirates are deferred until more settled weather shall enable the operations to be carried on with greater prospect of certainty of success on that difficult coast. The Sidon experienced fresh easterly gales, and steamed all the passage home.
We 28 March 1849Our Gibraltar advices of the 15th mention that the St. Vincent, Sidon, Reynard, and Plumper, would sail on the 16th for England, and that the dispute with the Moorish pirates on the coast of Rif had been arranged, and they had made satisfaction to the admiral for the piracies committed.

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