HMS Exmouth (1854)
HMS Exmouth (1854)

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NameExmouth (1854)Explanation
TypeSecond rate TypeTwo-decker
Launched12 July 1854 Converted to screwon the stocks
HullWooden Length204 feet
PropulsionScrew Men830
Builders measure3100 tons   
Displacement4382 tons   
Fate1905 Last in commission1862
Ships bookADM 135/164   
12 July 1854Launched at Devonport Dockyard.
18 November 1854
- 19 February 1855
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Frederick Thomas Pelham, Devonport
19 February 1855
- 20 March 1856
Commanded by Captain William King Hall, flagship of Rear-Admiral Michael Seymour, Mediterranean and the Baltic during the Russian War
20 March 1856
- 20 June 1857
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Harry Eyres, particular service
1 February 1858
- 25 April 1859
Commanded by Captain Robert Spencer Robinson, Superintendent of the steam reserve, guard ship of Ordinary, Devonport
(May 1859)
- 1 May 1860
Commanded by Captain James John Stopford, Mediterranean
1 May 1860
- 14 October 1862
Commanded (until paying off) by Captain James Aylmer Dorset Paynter, Mediterranean
22 December 1876Training ship for pauper boys, Grays, Essex (lent to Metropolitan Asylums Board), replacing Goliath (1842-1875)
4 April 1905Sold to George Cohen for breaking up at Penarth (and replaced by a steel vessel of similar appearance built by Vickers of Barrow-in-Furness)
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Sa 12 June 1858The three depot ships of the steam fleet in reserve at Portsmouth, Devonport, and Sheerness - the Hannibal, 91, Captain the Hon. G.F. Hastings, C.B.; the Exmouth, 91, Captain Robinson; and the Cressy, 81, Captain Halsted - are to form members of the Channel fleet, their steam reserve staff being turned over to sailing ships.
Tu 3 May 1859The screw steamship Aboukir is ordered to be put in the first-class steam reserve at Devonport, in place of the Exmouth, 90.
Fr 27 May 1859The screw line-of-battle ship Exmouth, 90, Capt. J. Stopford, arrived at Portland on Tuesday night from Plymouth, to join the Channel fleet.
The new screw steam corvette Cadmus, of 21 guns, and 400-horse power (nominal), Capt. Hillyar, from Chatham, has completed her coaling from the depôt in Saltpan Reach. She will have her compasses adjusted to-day, take in her combustible munitions of war, and leave immediately to join the Channel squadron.
Th 9 June 1859The Channel fleet now assembled at Portland consists of the following screw steamships;- Exmouth, 91, Capt. J. Stopford; Hero, 91, Capt. G.H. Seymour, C.B.; James Watt, 91, Capt. E. Codd; Algiers, 91, Capt. G.W.D. O'Callaghan; Cressy, 80, Capt. the Hon. G.J.B. Elliot, C.B.; Mersey, 40. Capt. H. Caldwell, C.B.; Blenheim, 60, Capt. F. Scott. A considerable augmentation, of the fleet is shortly expected.
We 28 September 1859The following is the distribution of the Mediterranean fleet at Malta:- Screw steamships of the Line.- The Marlborough, 131 (flagship of Vice-Admiral Fanshawe), on her way to Gibraltar, left Malta on the 15th of September; the Hannibal, 91 (flagship of Rear-Admiral Mundy), coast of Sicily; the Conqueror, 101, Gibraltar; the St. Jean d'Acre, 101, coast of Sicily; the Orion, 91, Gibraltar; the Princess Royal, 91, Gibraltar; the Renown, 91, Malta; the Victor Emmanuel, 91, Gibraltar; the Exmouth, 90, Naples; the London, 90, coast of Sicily; the Brunswick, 80, coast of Sicily; the Centurion, 80, Gibraltar; and the Cressy, 80, left Malta on the 5th of September. Steam Frigates.- The Euryalus, 51, Piraeus of Athens; the Liffey, 51, Piraeus of Athens; the Doris, 32, left Malta on the 13th of September; and the Terrible, 21, Naples. Steam Corvettes.- The Racoon, 22, Corfu; the Cadmus, 21, Malta; and the Vulture, 6, Morocco coast. Steam Sloops.- The Gannet, 11, Piraeus of Athens; the Argus, 6, Malta; the Intrepid, 6, Constantinople; the Recruit, 6, Malta; the Scourge, 6, Malta; the Assurance, 4, left Malta on the 31st of August; the Coquette, 4, Marseilles; the Lapwing, 4, Gibraltar; the Osprey, 4, Corfu; the Vigilant, 4, Venice; and the Wanderer, 4, Candia. Steam Gunboats.- The Growler, Gibraltar; and the Quail, Gibraltar. Steam Despatch-vessels.- The Banshee, 2, Malta; and the Caradoc, 2, Malta. Steam-tender.- The Boxer, 2, Malta. Steam Surveying-vessels.- The Medina, 4, Candia ; and the Tartarus, 4, Candia. Receiving-ship.- The Hibernia (flag of Rear-Admiral Codrington), Malta. Depot-ship.- The Africa, Gibraltar. Tugs.- The Hearty, Malta; and the Redpole, 2, Gibraltar. Sailing Gunboats.- The Azof, 2, Malta; and the Kertch, 2, Malta.
We 30 January 1861



Having read in the Naval Intelligence in The Times of to-day a statement respecting the boat-lowering apparatus of Mr. Clifford and that of the late Captain Kynaston, I beg to give you the result oy my experience of the latter. During the time I commander Her Majesty's ship Exmouth - viz, from April, 1859 to June, 1860 - Kynaston's patent disengaging hooks, fitted to that ship's quarter and stern boats, never failed in fine weather or bad, by day or by night.

I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
Late Captain of Her Majesty's ship Exmouth.
4, Norfolk-crescent, W., Jan. 28.

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