HMS Vestal (1865)
HMS Vestal (1865)

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NameVestal (1865)Explanation
Launched16 November 1865   
HullWooden Length187 feet
PropulsionScrew Men150
Builders measure1081 tons   
Displacement1597 tons   
Fate1884 Last in commission1880
Ships bookADM 135/489   
16 November 1865Launched at Pembroke Dockyard.
26 January 1867
- January 1868
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Commander Spencer Phipps Brett, west coast of Africa
19 February 1868
- 29 May 1868
Commanded by Acting Commander Henry Stair Sandys, west coast of Africa
(April 1868)
- April 1874
Commanded (until paying off at Bermuda) by Commander James Edward Hunter, west coast of Africa, then (January 1869) North America and West Indies
April 1871
- 9 August 1871
Commanded (from commissioning at Bermuda until paying off) by Commander William Robert Kennedy, North America and West Indies
14 July 1875
- 9 July 1877
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander Henry Hand, East Indies
6 July 1877
- 1 January 1879
Commanded (until paying off at Zanzibar) by Commander Dashwood Goldie Tandy, East Indies
23 July 1880Paid off.
December 1884Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Tu 25 July 1871The following vessels of war are now on their passage home for the purpose of being put out of commission and their crew paid off: - The Forte, 24, 2,364 tons, 400-horse power, Capt. H. Fairfax, flagship of Rear-Admiral J.H. Cockburn, commanding the East India squadron, and the Nymph, 4, 1,084 tons, 300-horse power, Commander R. Adams, from the East Indies; the Charybdis, 17, 1,506 tons, 400-horse power, Capt. A.M'L. Lyons, from the Pacific; the Virago, 6, 1,053 tons, 200-horse power, paddlewheel steamer, Commander H.S. Sandys, from Australia; the Jaseur, 5, 427 tons, 80-horse power, Commander C.F. Hotham, and the Lee, 5, 431 tons, 80-horse power, Commander C. S. Fitton, from the Mediterranean; and the Vestal, 4, 1,081 tons, 300-horse power, Commander W.R. Kennedy, and the Myrmidon, 4, 695 tons, 200-horse power, Commander H.L. Holder, for North America and the West Indies. The Dryad, 4, 1,086 tons, 300-horse power, Commander G. Parsons, is to be paid off and re-commissioned at Bombay, and the Rapid, 3, 672 tons, 150-horse power, Commander the Hon. F.L. Wood, at Malta.

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