HMS Reynard (1848)
HMS Reynard (1848)

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NameReynard (1848)Explanation
Launched21 March 1848   
HullWooden Length147 feet
PropulsionScrew Men100
Builders measure516 tons   
Displacement656 tons   
Fate1851 Last in commission1851
Ships book   
21 March 1848Launched at Deptford Dockyard.
4 July 1848
- 31 May 1851
Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander Peter Cracroft, Sir Charles Napier's western squadron, then the East Indies; acting against pirates in Chinese seas until the vessel was wrecked off Pratas shoal, China, when she struck an unknown rock after she left Hong Kong to return to Woolwich to pay off, but first to go with brig Pilot to rescue the crew of the brig Velocipede on Pratas shoal, 170 miles southeast of Hong Kong (all saved)
27 February 1852Paid off (that is to say, her books were closed).
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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