HMS St Vincent (1815)
HMS St Vincent (1815)

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NameSt Vincent (1815)Explanation
TypeFirst rate   
Launched11 March 1815
Builders measure 
Displacement4672 tons
Ships book
Note1841 h.s.
1862 t.s.
Snippets concerning this vessels career
1 May 1830Commanded by Captain Hyde Parker, flagship of Thomas Foley, Portsmouth
- 1834
Commanded by Captain Humphry Fleming Senhouse as flag-captain to Sir Henry Hotham, Commander-in-chief, Mediterranean
(January 1840)Out of commission at Portsmouth
1 October 1841
- 1842
Commanded by Captain Henry John Codrington, flagship of Admiral Edward Codrington (his father), Portsmouth
31 December 1842
- September 1845
Commanded by Captain Richard Freeman Rowley, flagship of Admiral Charles Rowley (his father), Portsmouth (and 1844 experimental squadron)
23 October 1844Commanded by Captain Charles Philip Yorke (and 1844 experimental squadron and 1845 experimental squadron)
7 November 1845
- 1846
Commanded by Captain Richard Grant, flagship of Charles Ogle, Portsmouth
14 May 1846
- 7 October 1846
Commanded by Acting Captain John Shepherd, flagship of Commodore Francis Augustus Collier, Channel squadron
17 October 1846
- 8 December 1847
Commanded by Captain Alexander Milne, flagship of Admiral Charles Ogle, Portsmouth
9 December 1847
- 19 April 1849
Commanded by Captain Sidney Colpoys Dacres, flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Napier, Western squadron
20 February 1854
- 30 April 1854
Commanded by Captain Edward Hinton Scott, guard ship of Ordinary, Portsmouth (replacing Neptune)
28 April 1854Commanded by Captain George Augustus Eliott, flagship of Rear-Admiral William Fanshawe Martin, guard ship of Ordinary, Portsmouth
3 July 1854
- 1 September 1854
Commanded by Captain George Mansel, transporting French troops to the Baltic during the Russian war (until Mansel died)
30 July 1857
- 2 March 1858
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Harry Eyres, depot ship of the ordinary, Portsmouth.
30 June 1858Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Harry Eyres, depot ship of the ordinary, Portsmouth.
1 April 1859
- 3 April 1862
Commanded by Captain Thomas Wilson, reserve depot ship, Portsmouth
26 April 1866
- 25 April 1869
Commanded by Commander Richard Carter, training ship, Portsmouth
23 February 1872
- 21 February 1875
Commanded by Commander Henry Hand, training ship, Portsmouth
17 August 1878Commanded by Commander John Hext, training ship for boys, Portsmouth
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 21 July 1847



This morning, at about a quarter to 12 o'clock, the Undine steam-vessel, Master-Commander Allen, came up from Osborne to announce to Sir Charles Napier the intention of their Royal Highnesses Prince AlbertExternal link and Prince Waldemar of PrussiaExternal link to inspect the fleet under his command at noon; about which time the Fairy was observed coming up to the anchorage with Prince Albert's standard flying. When nearing the fleet the St. Vincent, 120, Captain Milne, let off a Royal salute, which the Queen, Howe, Caledonia, and Vengeance took up at the second gun, with their yards manned, presenting a most imposing spectacle, the effect of which was considerably heightened by the stillness of the water and the perfect calm which prevailed. The Avenger steam-frigate and the Spiteful steam-sloop, Captain Sir William Hoste, Bart, (which vessel had the honour of carrying Prince Waldemar from Colombo to Madras and Calcutta in Decembers 1844), also manned yards, and looked exceedingly well.
The Fairy hove to abreast of the Vengeance, when Rear-Admiral Sir C. Napier, K.C.B., went in his barge to pay his respects to their Royal Highnesses, by whom he was most cordially received. Sir Charles then conducted the Royal visitors, who were accompanied by the Chevalier Bunsen, Prussian Ambassador, his Serene Highness Prince Löwenstein, Baron Laner Munchausen, Count Oriola, Count Groeben, Lord Morley, Colonel Buckley, and Captain F. Seymour, Captain Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence, &c., in his barge to the Queen, 110, Captain Sir H. Leeke, who, together with all the officers of the ship, received the Royal party on the quarterdeck, under a Royal salute, the Prince Consort's standard being hoisted at the main. After going round the ship, and the officers had been presented, their Royal Highnesses took their departure under another salute, escorted by Sir C. Napier, for the St. Vincent, 120, Captain Milne, who, together with all the officers of the ship and Rear-Admiral Hyde Parker (who was on board paying the crew advance wages), was stationed on the quarterdeck to receive the distinguished visitors.
Sir Charles conducted their Royal Highnesses into the admiral's fore cabin to witness the mode of paying seamen advance wages, whence they were conducted into every part of the ship; when on the lower deck the men gave three cheers for the Princes. On ascending to the quarterdeck, Commander Ogle was presented to Prince Waldemar, who asked to see Lieutenant Rogers, the first lieutenant, and that officer was accordingly presented. Lieutenant Rogers's brother was, when living, well known to Prince Waldemar whilst in Ceylon, when his Royal Highness presented him with a handsome pair of pistols in token of his regard for him; these were shown to his Royal Highness to-day by the gallant brother of the deceased whilst the Prince was in his cabin on board the St. Vincent. Lieutenant Hamilton, flag lieutenant to Sir Charles Ogle, was also presented to his Royal Highness.
Having expressed their warm acknowledgments for the attention shown them, the illustrious visitors left the St. Vincent under another salute, having been on board about three quarters of an hour, and returned to Osborne in the Fairy.
Sir C. Napier dined this evening with Her Majesty at Osborne.
The Lords of the Admiralty were not present to-day, being detained in town until after the prorogation. Their Lordships, however, have intimated to Sir C. Napier that they will visit Spithead towards the latter end of this week.
Ma 26 March 1849 Her Majesty’s ship Sidon arrived at Portsmouth on Saturday morning, having left Gibraltar on the afternoon of the 16th, taking in tow the St. Vincent, and bringing her through the straits, with a speed of 7 knots against current, as far as off Cape St. Vincent, where she cast her off, and left her to make the best of her way to England, The prevalence of the easterly winds will probably prolong her passage. The Reynard and Plumper sailed in company from Gibraltar with the St. Vincent and Sidon; but at daylight of the 17th the Reynard was seen in tow of the Plumper. It is, therefore, presumed that some accident had occurred to the machinery of the former vessel. All well at Gibraltar on the 16th, and the new Governor very popular. It is supposed that proceedings against the Riff pirates are deferred until more settled weather shall enable the operations to be carried on with greater prospect of certainty of success on that difficult coast. The Sidon experienced fresh easterly gales, and steamed all the passage home.
We 28 March 1849Our Gibraltar advices of the 15th mention that the St. Vincent, Sidon, Reynard, and Plumper, would sail on the 16th for England, and that the dispute with the Moorish pirates on the coast of Rif had been arranged, and they had made satisfaction to the admiral for the piracies committed.
Sa 8 December 1849

Portsmouth, Dec. 6.

In Port and Fitting

In the Harbour. - The Victory and Illustrious flag-ships, the Excellent gunnery ship; the Blenheim steam-guard-ship; the Eurydice, stripping to pay off; the Contest, fitting out; the Rolla apprentices' brig, laying up for the winter; the Fairy and Elfin, and Portsmouth yachts; the Flamer packet from Holyhead, and the Echo tug.
In Dock. - The Britannia, 120; the Dauntless, 24; the Fantome, 16; the Lily, 16; the Fox, 42; the Devastation, and the Birkenhead steam frigates.
In the Basin. - The Princess Charlotte, 104; the Actaeon, 26; and the Sprightly and the Bee steam-vessels.
In the Steam Basin, - The Ajax, 60; the Penelope, 22; the Sidon, 26; the Victoria and Albert royal yacht; the Urgent , the Pike, the Asp, and the Blazer.
Building. - The Royal Frederick, 120 [subsequently cancelled and later completed as Frederick William]; the Prince of Wales, 120; the Princess Royal, 90; the Argus, and the Furious steam sloops.
Sa 9 March 1850

Portsmouth, Friday.

In Port and Fitting

In Harbour. - The Victory, Illustrious, Blenheim, Excellent, Rolla, Fairy, Fanny, and Echo.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Fantome, and Penelope.
In the Basin. - The Lily.
In the Steam-Basin. - The Blazer, Birkenhead, Pike, Asp, Flamer, Comet, Elfin, Victoria and Albert, Hecate, and Termagant.
Sa 20 April 1850In Harbour. - The Victory, Excellent, Illustrious, Blenheim, Fanny, and Portsmouth tenders, the Echo tug, and the Locust steam-vessel.
In Dock. - The St Vincent, Winchester, Fox, Penelope, Rapid, and Electra.
In the Basin. - The Niger, Devastation, Fantome, Griffon, and Fairy.
In the Steam Basin. - Termagant, Hecate, Victoria and Albert, Bulldog, Blazer, Flamer, Pike, Asp, and Elfin.
We 28 April 1858The St. Vincent sailing three-decker was taken from the upper part of Portsmouth harbour yesterday under the shears to have her masts taken out. The Imp?rieuse, 51, is found to be in want of new boilers, with which she will be immediately supplied, and prepared without delay for commission. The Arrogant, 47, Captain Heath, C.B., will be swung at harbour moorings this day and tomorrow for the adjustment of her compasses, preparatory to being reported ready to proceed to her cruising ground from Folkestone to Southampton. It is reported that the Hannibal, 91, dep?t ship of the steam reserve at Portsmouth, Captain the Hon. G.F. Hastings, C.B., will shortly go to Spithead for a short time. At present there is no man of war at that anchorage.

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