HMS Rifleman (1846)
HMS Rifleman (1846)

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NameRifleman (1846)Explanation
Launched10 August 1846
Builders measure486 tons
Displacement592 tons
Ships bookADM 135/398
Snippets concerning this vessels career
5 July 1848
- 25 April 1850
Commanded by Lieutenant Stephen Smith Lowther Crofton, Sir Charles Napier's Western Squadron, then (May 1849) south-east coast of America
25 April 1850
- 12 October 1850
Commanded by Lieutenant John Powell Branch, south-east coast of America (until he died)
5 November 1850Commanded by Lieutenant Richard Henry Dalton, south-east coast of America
24 October 1853Commanded by Lieutenant Henry Christian, south-east coast of America
14 November 1861Commanded by Master commander John William Reed, China seas
Extracts from the Times newspaper
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.

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