HMS Racehorse (1830)
HMS Racehorse (1830)

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NameRacehorse (1830)Explanation
Launched24 May 1830
Builders measure438 tons
Ships book
Note1860 c.h.
Snippets concerning this vessels career
1 February 1834
- 5 December 1837
Commanded by Commander James Everard Home, West Indies
13 November 1837
- 28 April 1839
Commanded by Commander Henry William Craufurd, North America and West Indies
5 May 1839
- 14 February 1841
Commanded by Commander Edward Alfred John Harris, North America and West Indies
15 March 1841
- 22 November 1841
Commanded by Commander John Coghlan Fitzgerald, North America and West Indies
21 December 1841
- 12 November 1842
Commanded by Commander Edmund Peel, North America and West Indies
(January 1843)Out of commission at Plymouth
14 December 1844Commanded by Commander George James Hay, East Indies
1 April 1846Commanded by Commander Robert Jocelyn Otway
26 June 1846
- 1848
Commanded by Commander Edward Southwell Sotheby, East Indies
28 November 1853
- 4 September 1857
Commanded by Commander Edward King Barnard, East Indies
5 May 1857
- 27 May 1858
Commanded by Arthur Wilmshurst, East Indies and China
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Sa 15 May 1847


The Driver steam stoop, Commander C.O. Hayes, arrived at Spithead this afternoon from New Zealand and Rio, having left the former place on the 28th of January and the latter on the 27th of March.
The Driver was commissioned on the 30th of August, 1841, since which period she has been employed on the East India and China station, until September, 1845, when she was ordered to New Zealand, having been employed on that station upwards of 12 months, performing most valuable and important services. She has been in commission longer than any vessel since the peace, surveying vessels perhaps excepted, and is the first steam vessel that has circumnavigated the globe.
She sailed from Auckland, New Zealand, on the afternoon of the 28th of January, having been relieved by the Inflexible steam sloop, Commander Hoseason, on the 25th. She arrived off the entrance of the Straits of Magellan on the 2d of March, but thick hazy weather prevented her attempting them, so she bore up and steamed round Cape Horn, being only 35 days from New Zealand. She arrived at Rio on the 22d of March, at which time the Satellite, 18, Commander Rowley, was beating out round to the river Plate. The Curaçoa, 24, Captain Broughton, was at anchor, expecting relief daily. The Driver completed coal and water, and sailed from Rio on the 27th of March. During her passage home she had four deaths, namely, Mr. J.G. Nops, late master of the Racehorse, on the 12th of February; Mr. Goodman, late carpenter of the Racehorse, on the 5th of March, from the bursting of a blood vessel; James Bothway, stoker of the Driver, found dead under his mess table on the afternoon of the 9th of April, of apoplexy; James Croker, seaman of the Driver, on the 1st of April, from locked jaw, occasioned by a wound received in the foot when assisting in turning the wheel of the engine whilst at Rio. The Driver has lost 32 men by death and 47 by invaliding during the period of her commission; many of the latter died on their passage home from China. She has gone over a distance of 75,696 miles. Commander Maxwell Falcon, late first lieutenant of the Castor, came home passenger. She brings home invalids from the Castor, 26, Captain Graham; Calliope, 26, Captain Stanley; Racehorse,18, Commander Sotheby ; and the Inflexible. At the time of her departure the Calliope and Racehorse were at Wellington, the Castor and Inflexible at Auckland. The only officers who left England in the Driver and returned in her are — the first lieutenant, master, surgeon, and purser. She came into harbour this evening to replenish fuel, prior to going to the eastward to be paid off.

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