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HMS Fox (1829)

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Type5th rate TypeTransport
Launched (Sail)17 August 1829 Converted to screw18 March 1856
HullWooden Length159 feet
PropulsionSail Men 
Builders measure1080 tons Builders measure (as screw)1080 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)1780 tons
Guns46 Guns (as screw)0
Fate1882 Last in commission1879
Ships book   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
17 August 1829Launched as 5th rate sailing ship at Portsmouth Dockyard
14 October 1843
- 5 August 1848
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commodore Henry Martin Blackwood, Tarbert, the Shannon, then (December 1844) the East Indies
17 July 1850
- 27 September 1852
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commodore George Robert Lambert, East Indies
27 September 1852
- 22 May 1854
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain John Walter Tarleton, flagship of Commodore George Robert Lambert, East Indies
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
18 March 1856Undocked as screw transport at Portsmouth Dockyard
February 1862Completed as storeship
22 February 1862
- 5 December 1864
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Master commander Thomas C. Pullen, store-ship
5 December 1864
- 8 December 1867
Commanded by Staff-Commander Henry Augustus. Moriarty, store-ship
8 December 1867
- 18 May 1868
Commanded by Staff-Commander William S. Luke, store-ship
18 May 1868
- 17 October 1868
Commanded by Staff-commander Robert Barrie Batt, store-ship
17 October 1868
- 25 September 1874
Commanded by Staff-Commander John Hillary Allard, store-ship
7 September 1877
- 11 November 1879
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Staff-commander Henry D. Sarratt, store-ship
March 1882Broken up at Devonport.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Sa 4 March 1843The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart., is expected to proceed from the Shannon to Devonport, to equip for foreign service.
Th 18 May 1843The Fox, one of the old 38-gun frigates of the French Hebe class, has been taken into dock to have her bow lengthened, according to a plan that has been suggested by Mr. White, of Cowes. The idea of lengthening one of these ships forward that are so very clean already, does not meet the approbation of most nautical men, who think that a great deal of valuable labour and money will be uselessly expended in carrying out a visionary and theoretical scheme which, in the end, will prove a complete failure. It is understood that great and powerful influence has been used to induce the naval authorities to allow this experimental alteration to be made, as the present improved method of ship-building so completely throws these vessels into the shade, that the mere lengthening one of them forward would not give her the same accommodation for the men at mess or quarters as they now have in the recently constructed frigates, neither would her armament, stowage, and other capabilities be at all equal to them.
Tu 11 July 1843The Fox, 86, will be ready for the pendant in a few weeks. Sha is now in dock, having her bows lengthened upon the plan of Mr. White, of Cowes.
Ma 25 September 1843The Fox frigate, whose bows hare been lengthened by Mr. White, of Cowes, is in the basin, masted, and ready for commission.
Ma 2 October 1843The Fox, 42, is quite ready for commission. She has had her bows lengthened by Mr. White, of Cowes.
Ma 4 December 1843The Iris, 26, Captain G.R. Munday, in her passage from this port to Plymouth, proved herself an admirable sea-boat. She beat down Channel against the heavy gale blowing from W.S.W., and succeeded in reaching Plymouth, when the Fox was compelled to bear up and return here [Portsmouth].
Ma 11 December 1843

9 December 1843

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir Henry Blackwood, left Plymouth bound yesterday for Cork. It is understood that she is to proceed thence to Tarber[t] in the river Shannon.
Ma 25 December 1843

23 December 1843

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. M. Blackwood, has taken up her station at Tarbert, in the river Shannon, where she will remain as guard-ship.
Ma 1 January 1844

30 December 1843

The following vessels are those which compose the squadron on the coast of Ireland, under the command of Rear-Admiral Bowles: - Caledonia, 120, flag-ship, Captain Milne; Fox, 42, Captain Sir F.P. Blackwood [incorrect; should be H.M. Blackwood]; Hyacinth, 18, Commander F. Scott; Iris, 26, Captain R. Mundy; Lynx, 3, Lieutenant-Commander J.T. Nott; Snipe, 2, Lieutenant-Commander G. Raymond; the Flamer, 6, Lieutenant-Commander C.J. Postle; Comet, 2, Commander G.A. Frazer; Dee, 2, Master-Commander T. Driver; Meteor, 2, Lieutenant-Commander G. Butler; Pluto, 2, Lieutenant-Commander Jeayes; Stromboli, 6, Commander Hon. E. Plunket; Tartarus, 2, Captain H.T. Austin; and Volcano, 2, Lieutenant-Commander C.J. Featherstone, steamers.

The Cyclops, Captain W. Lapidge, and the Rhadamanthus, Master-Commander T. Laen, are on their passage to Cork with a body of the Royal Marines.

Ma 4 March 1844The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart., is expected to proceed from the Shannon to Devonport, to equip for foreign service.
Fr 8 March 1844The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, is ordered from Cork to Devonport, to refit, aad equip for China and the East India service.
Ma 29 April 1844

28 April 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, will shortly proceed from Tarbert to Plymouth to refit for foreign service, to relieve the Thalia, 42, in the East Indies.
Ma 3 June 1844

2 June 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart, is still in Tarbert roads, no orders for her immediate departure having yet arrived. She will previously proceed to Plymouth and equip for foreign service; it is believed her destination is China.
Ma 17 June 1844

16 June 1844

The Fox, 42, Capain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart., is in the Shannon, in daily expectation of orders to proceed to the East Indies.
Ma 8 July 1844

5 July 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H.M. Blackwood, Bart., is ordered to sail this day from Barnpool to relieve Commodore Chads in the Cambrian, 36, on the East India station. She takes out two full-length portraits of Her Majesty as presents to the Emperor of China. Second Lieutenant Parke, R.M., will take a passage in the Fox, to join the Iris, 44, Captain Sir John Marshall, Knt., K.C.H., at the Cape; she also takes out the shipwrights, coopers, and smiths entered on board the San Josef for service in China, to be borne on the books of the Agincourt, 72, Captain H.W. Bruce, flag-ship of Rear-Admiral Sir T.J. Cochrane, Knt., to whom Sir Henry will be second in command, and hoist a blue pendant as Commodore of the second class.
Ma 26 August 1844

25 August 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, is on her way from Tangier, to relieve Commodore Chads, in the Cambrian, 36, in China, who will return to England.
Su 20 October 1844

21 October 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, Bart, arrived at Rio from Tangier on the 24th of August.
Th 21 November 1844

19 November 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir H. Blackwood, left Rio for the Cape on the 31st of July.
Ma 16 December 1844

15 December 1844

The Fox, 42, Captain Sir. H. Blackwood, left the Cape for Ceylon on the 4th of October.
Fr 30 June 1848

Cape of Good Hope, April 21.

The President, 50, Captain Stanley, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Dacres, the Commander-in-Chief, sailed from Simon's-bay on the 15th for the Mauritius, taking the Rosamond steam sloop, Commander Foote, with him part of the way. The Rosamond was to go to Mozambique with despatches, and then on to the Mauritius to meet the Admiral there. The Geyser steam sloop, Commander Brown, left this on the 18th, calling off Buffalo River to land Colonel Hare, and then goes on to the Mauritius to join the Admiral; and then they all go to Tamatave to make a treaty with the Queen of Madagascar. The Brilliant, 26, Captain Watson, left this about a month since for the Mauritius, and remains there until the Admiral's arrival, and then she would go to Tamatave with him. The Eurydice, 26, Captain Anson, is to come here to refit; and the Nimrod, Commander Belgrave, on the Eurydice's arrival, will take the Bishop of the Cape to St. Helena on a visit. The Admiral still feels the loss of his son most acutely. The Mariner, 12, Commander Mathison, arrived here on the 15th, the day the Admiral left; she was 17 days from Rio, and left at anchor there the Maeander, 44, Captain the Hon. H. Keppel; the Inconstant, 36, Captain Shepphard [sic]; the Acheron steam surveying ship, Captain J.L. Stokes; and the Hydra steam sloop, Commander Skipwith; — all from England. The Maeander and Acheron are expected here hourly, as they were to leave three days after the Mariner, which has been here nearly a week. The latter leaves this on the 25th for India. All is quiet and going on prosperously in the colony. They have had a severe hurricane at the Mauritius; the damage done is considerable. The Fox, 42, Commodore Sir Henry Blackwood, is expected here every day from India, homeward bound; also the Albatross, 14, Commander Farquhar, from the coast of Africa, en route to India. The Devastation steam sloop, Commander Michell, is also daily expected here from the coast for service on this station. The Seringapatam store ship, Master Commanding Russell, is in Simon's-bay.
Fr 28 July 1848

Portsmouth, Thursday.

The Fox, 42, Commodore Sir Henry Blackwood, Bart., late second in command on the East India and China station, arrived this morning from that station, bringing home the Marquis of Tweeddale, late Governor of Madras, the Marchioness, and the staff, official and domestic. The Fox left Madras on the 20th of March, and the Cape of Good Hope on the 25th of May. At the latter place all was quiet inland, and the Admiral had gone to Madagascar on a diplomatic mission with his squadron. The Eurydice, Nimrod, Acorn, Acheron, and Devastation, lay in Simon's Bay, Captain Anson, of the first-named, being senior officer. The Fox brought Mr. Cockcraft, Lieutenant of the Brilliant, on the Cape station, home on leave, the only naval officer passenger. She arrived at St. Helena on the 8th of June, and sailed on the 10th. No men-of-war were there then. She arrived at Ascension on the 14th, and sailed same day; the only men-of-war there being the Tortoise store and guard ship, and her tender, the Snap. She passed the Rifleman in Yarmouth roads this morning. The Fox brought several passengers and mails from the Cape, St. Helena, and Ascension. She was to be paid off here immediately according to Admiralty orders; she was ordered this evening, however, to re-store for sea, — supposed for Cork.
Sa 8 December 1849

Portsmouth, Dec. 6.

In Port and Fitting

In the Harbour. - The Victory and Illustrious flag-ships, the Excellent gunnery ship; the Blenheim steam-guard-ship; the Eurydice, stripping to pay off; the Contest, fitting out; the Rolla apprentices' brig, laying up for the winter; the Fairy and Elfin, and Portsmouth yachts; the Flamer packet from Holyhead, and the Echo tug.
In Dock. - The Britannia, 120; the Dauntless, 24; the Fantome, 16; the Lily, 16; the Fox, 42; the Devastation, and the Birkenhead steam frigates.
In the Basin. - The Princess Charlotte, 104; the Actaeon, 26; and the Sprightly and the Bee steam-vessels.
In the Steam Basin, - The Ajax, 60; the Penelope, 22; the Sidon, 26; the Victoria and Albert royal yacht; the Urgent , the Pike, the Asp, and the Blazer.
Building. - The Royal Frederick, 120;[subsequently cancelled later and completed as Frederick William] the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.
Sa 9 March 1850

Portsmouth, Friday.

In Port and Fitting

In Harbour. - The Victory, Illustrious, Blenheim, Excellent, Rolla, Fairy, Fanny, and Echo.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Fantome, and Penelope.
In the Basin. - The Lily.
In the Steam-Basin. - The Blazer, Birkenhead, Pike, Asp, Flamer, Comet, Elfin, Victoria and Albert, Hecate, and Termagant.
Sa 20 April 1850In Harbour. - The Victory, Excellent, Illustrious, Blenheim, Fanny, and Portsmouth tenders, the Echo tug, and the Locust steam-vessel.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Penelope, Rapid, and Electra.
In the Basin. - The Niger, Devastation, Fantome, Griffon, and Fairy.
In the Steam Basin. - Termagant, Hecate, Victoria and Albert, Bulldog, Blazer, Flamer, Pike, Asp, and Elfin.
Tu 11 September 1860The following vessels comprise the four classes of the steam reserve at Portsmouth, the list corrected to this date :-
First Class.- Duke of Wellington, 131 guns, 700 horsepower; Princess Royal, 91 guns, 400 horse-power; Shannon, 51 guns, 600 horse-power ; Immortalité, 51 guns, 600 horse-power; Volcano, 6 guns, 140 horse-power; Philomel, 6 guns, 80 horse-power; and gunboats Brazen, Beaver, Snapper, Traveller, Grinder, and Blazer, of two guns each, and 60 horse-power.
Second Class.- Royal Sovereign, 131 guns, 800 horse-power; Victoria, 121 guns, 1,000 horse-power; Prince of Wales, 131 guns, 800 horse-power ; Duncan, 101 guns, 800 horse-power; Nelson, 91 guns, 500 horse-power; the Sutlej, 51 guns, 500 horse-power ; the Harrier, 17 guns, 100 horse-power; the Rinaldo, 17 guns, 200 horse-power; the Medea, 6 guns, 350 horse-power; the Stromboli, 6 guns, 280 horse-power; the Coquette, 6 guns, 200 horse-power; and the gunboats Cracker, Fancy, Swinger, Pincher, and Badger, of 60 horse-power each, and 2 guns.
Third Class.- The Tribune, 31 guns, 300 horse-power; the Rosamond, 6 guns, 280-horse power; the Vigilant, 4 guns, 200 horse-power; the Vulture, 6 guns, 470 horse-power; the Cygnet, 5 guns, 80 horse-power; and the gunboats Cheerful, Rambler, Pet, Daisy, Angler, Chub, Ant, Pert, and Decoy, of two guns each and 21 horse-power.
4th Class.- The screw transport Fox, 200 horse-power; the Erebus, 16 guns, 200 horse-power; the Meteor, 14 guns, 150 horse-power; and the Glatton, 14 guns, 150 horse-power.

The foregoing - not including the gunboats and mortar vessels in Haslar-yard - consist of seven line-of-battle ships, four frigates, two corvettes, nine sloops, three floating batteries, 20 gunboats, and one troop steamer. They give a total force of 1,150 guns, propelled by 11,420 horse-power (nominal). The Fox steam troopship is given in this return as not carrying any guns, but in the official Navy List she still carried "42" attached to her name.

Tu 15 November 1870The Fox, steam storeship, Staff-Commander Allard, arrived at Devonport on Saturday, from Gibraltar, with stores, and bringing also Lieut. the Hon. F.G. Crofton and the officers and crew of the late gunboat Trinculo.

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