|Launched||2 October 1826|
|Builders measure||456 tons|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|10 January 1831|
- 12 May 1831
|Commanded by Commander John Parker|
|15 September 1832|
- October 1834
|Commanded by Commander Robert Smart, North Sea|
- January 1836
|Commanded by Commander Robert Smart, South America|
|24 October 1836||Commanded by Commander John Robb, North America & West Indies|
|2 May 1842||Commanded by Commander Robert Fitzgerald Gambier, South America|
|3 December 1843|
- 17 November 1847
|Commanded by Commander Robert Hibbert Bartholomew Rowley, East Indies, then south east coast of America|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Ma 11 January 1847||The squadron in the River Plate was distributed as follows, on the 29th of October:? the Vernon, 50, Captain Fitzgerald, flag of Rear-Admiral Inglefield: the Raleigh, 50, Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert; the Eagle, 50, Captain G.B. Martin; the Melampus, 42, Captain Campbell, and the Comus, 16, Commander D?Eyncourt, were at Montevideo.|
The Cura?oa, 24, Captain Broughton, and the Dolphin 3, Lieutenant-Commander Miller, were at Rio on the 18th of November, the latter having arrived from Montevideo five days prior.
The Grecian, 16, Commander Tindal, was at Busca.
The Racer, 18, Commander Reed, was at Colonia.
The Satellite, 18, Commander Rowley, was at Maldonado.
The Firebrand steam frigate, Captain Hope, and the Harpy steam vessel, Lieutenant Tomlinson, was at Buenos Ayres.
The Acorn, 18, Commander Bingham, was at Paraguay.
The Alecto steam sloop, Commander Massingberd, had proceeded up the Urugay to relieve the iron steam vessel Lizard, Lieutenant-Commander Tylden.
The Dido, 20, Captain Maxwell, sailed from Monte Video for the East Indies on the 29th of October.
The Carysfort, 26, Captain G.H. Seymour, arrived at Valparaiso on the 19th of October, from Sydney and New Zealand (where sho had landed the new Governor and specie), and remained there on the 24th refitting.
The Salamander steam sloop, Captain Hamond, left Valparaiso for Rio and England on the 1st of October.
Tho Sampson steam frigate, Captain T. Henderson, left Valparaiso on the 25th of October for Talcahuano, and on an experimental sailing cruize.
The Nereus store ship, Master Commander Bateman, was under orders, at the above date, to proceed from Valparaiso to Callao.
|Sa 15 May 1847|
PORTSMOUTH, May 14.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.