HMS Rattlesnake (1822)
HMS Rattlesnake (1822)

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NameRattlesnake (1822)Explanation
TypeSixth rate   
Launched26 March 1822
Builders measure503 tons
Ships book
Snippets concerning this vessels career
11 November 1825Commanded by Captain John Leith
4 November 1830
- 10 November 1833
Commanded by Captain Charles Graham, South America
20 September 1846
- 13 March 1850
Commanded by Captain Owen Stanley, East Indies (until he died)
23 December 1852
- 7 January 1856
Commanded by Commander Henry Trollope, particular service
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 24 January 1849

Portsmouth, Jan. 23.

The Dido, 18, Captain J.B. Maxwell, arrived at Spithead this morning, as noticed else where, and is ordered to Sheerness to be paid off. This ship has made an astonishingly quick passage home — the quickest, we believe, yet known. She has run over 13,438 miles in 77 days, and has averaged 174 miles per day since she left New Zealand, from which station she ran to Cape Horn (5,017 miles) in 25 days.
The Havannah, 22, Captain Erskine, was at Auckland when the Dido sailed.
The Rattlesnake surveying ship, Captain Owen Stanley, and her tender the Bramble, were surveying in Torres Straits.
The Fly, 18, Captain Oliver, was at Wellington.
The Acheron surveying steam sloop. Captain Stokes, was at Newcastle, a small place near Sydney, coaling, on her way to New Zealand.
All who went out in the Dido have come home in her — a rare occurrence.

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