HMS Eurotas (1829)
HMS Eurotas (1829)

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NameEurotas (1829)Explanation
TypeFifth rate TypeMortar frigate
Launched (Sail)19 February 1829 Converted to screw13 February 1856
HullWooden Length166 feet
Builders measure1170 tons Builders measure (as screw)1170 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw) 
Guns46 Guns (as screw)2
Fate1865 Last in commission1856
ClassDruid Class (as screw)Eurotas
Ships bookADM 135/162   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
19 February 1829Launched as 5th rate sailing ship at Chatham Dockyard.
February 1848Partially completed as frigate blockship at Chatham.
24 January 1856
- 27 September 1856
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain William Moorsom, Sheerness (and the 1856 Royal Naval review)
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
13 February 1856Undocked as screw mortar frigate at Sheerness Dockyard.
1 November 1865Sold to Castle and Beech for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Th 4 September 1845

5 September 1845

The La Hogue, 74, and the Eurotas, 46, in ordinary, are ordered to be converted into steam-ships, and are to be placed as guard-ships in the River Medway.
Sa 13 September 1845

11 September 1845

The Blenheim, 72, was towed down from Sandgate-creek on Friday, and hauled into dock at Sheerness on Saturday, to be fitted as a block ship with screw-propeller. The Horatio, 44, is the other vessel selected for this port. La Hogue, 74, and Eurotas, 44 for Chatham.
Sa 25 October 1845

24 October 1845

The Hague, 72 guns, and the Eurotas, 42, are ordered to be fitted with screw propellers, as steam guard ships, for the protection of the river Medway. The former vessel is to be sent to the river Thames to be fitted by contract. The latter ship will be fitted at Chatham, and will be immediately taken in hand, and shipwrights are to be hired for that purpose.
Sa 1 November 1845

31 October 1845

Fifty able shipwrights are immediately to be entered at Chatham, to fit the Eurotas, 42 guns, with a screw propeller, for a steam guard-ship for the river Medway.
Sa 22 November 1845

21 November 1845

The Eurotas,42 guns, will be taken into dock at Chatham next week to be fitted as a block ship for the river Medway.
Sa 6 December 1845

5 December 1845

The Eurotas, 42 guns, will be taken into dock at Chatham on the Cumberland going out. She has already a number of hired shipwrights on her, and those that were employed on the Fortitude have been transferred to this vessel, which is to be fitted for a steam guard-ship.
Sa 27 December 1845

25 December 1845

Workmen are busily employed fitting the Eurotas, 42 guns, for a screw-propeller guardship; she will be taken into dock next week.
Sa 3 January 1846

31 December 1845

The Eurotas, 42 guns, was taken into dock at Chatham to be fitted for a steam guard-ship for that port. Most of the hired workmen employed on the Fortitude coal depot, now nearly completed, have been transferred to her. The Eurotas is to be fitted with galvanized rigging.
Fr 3 January 1845

31 December 1845

The La Hogue, 74 guns, fitting for a steam guard-ship at Blackwall for Chatham, and the Eurotas, fitting for the same service, are each to be fitted with galvanized rigging.
Sa 31 October 1846

30 October 1846

The Eurotas, 42, in dock at Chatham, fitting as a steam guard-ship, is waiting the decision of the authorities as to the aperture for the screw propeller. Part of her has been painted.
We 31 December 1856The following ships and vessels are now in port at Sheerness, in harbour, fitting-basin, and in docks, viz.:- The Edinburgh, 60 guns, Captain Edward P. Halsted; the Waterloo, 120 guns, Captain Lord Frederick Kerr, flagship; the Formidable, 84 guns, Captain-Superintendent John Jervis Tucker; the Royal George, 102 guns; the Terrible, 21 guns; the new screw steam corvette Scylla. 21 guns; the Argus, 6 guns; the Eurotas, 12 guns, screw mortar-ship; the Hydra, 6 guns; the Terror, 14 guns, floating battery; the Horatio, 12 guns; the Russell, 60 guns; the Hawke, 60 guns, Captain James Willcox, C.B., &c.; the Phoenix, 6 guns.; the Renard, 6 guns; the Foxhound, 6 guns; the Pylades, 21 guns; the Trusty, 14 guns, floating battery; the new screw steam frigate Emerald, 51 guns; the Hermes, 6 guns, Commander William E.A. Gordon; the Lizard steamvessel, Lieutenant-Commander Thomas B. Christopher; the Myrtle steamvessel, Master-Commander William S. Bourchier; the African steamvessel, Second Master-Commander R. Harvey; the Fearless steamvessel; the Wildfire steam tender to Waterloo, Master-Commander George Brockman; the Melampus, 42 guns, Captain L. Heath, C. B., &c. The gunboats Louisa, Magnet, Erne, Mayflower, Ruby, Sandfly, Carnation, Spanker, Pelter, Fly, Hasty, Cochin, Julia, Dwarf, Fidget, Griper, Mastiff, Mistletoe, Traveller, Spey, Surly, Herring, Sepoy, Bullfrog, Tickler, Manly, Thistle, and the new screw steam despatch gunboat Nimrod. The new ship Meeanee, 80 guns, is in No. 2 dry dock, being altered to receive screw steam machinery.

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