|Name||Tortoise (launched as Sir Edward Hughes, 1806)||Explanation|
|Builders measure||962 tons|
|Note||ex-East Indiaman, purchased 1804.|
1807 = Tortoise, storeship 22.
1841 store hulk.
Stated to be broken up in 1863, but apparently still present in 1869 (see court-martial of Arthur Wilmshurst).
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
|(January 1840)||Store ship at Chatham|
|6 December 1844|
- November 1846
|Commanded by Arthur Fleming Morrell, store ship, Ascension|
|12 November 1846||Commanded by Frederick Hutton, storeship, Ascension|
|25 July 1851||Commanded by William Hewgill Kitchen, storeship, Ascension|
|2 February 1855||Commanded by George Alexander Seymour, storeship, Ascension|
|20 January 1858|
- 1 November 1859
|Commanded by William Farquharson Burnett, storeship, Ascension (Burnett was also Governor of Ascension)|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Ma 14 September 1840||It appears that neither the Salamander nor Comet steam-vessels are to be paid off; they are equipping at Woolwich, with great despatch; they will be both at Spithead about the last week in September. The Medea will leave Woolwich on the 24th. The Vesuvius is fitting at Chatham for the Mediterranean. These four steam ships will increase Sir R. Stopford's force to 10 powerful steam-vessels of war, he having already the Gorgon, Cyclops, Phoenix, Rhadamanthus, Hydra, and Stromboli; and to which there are several steamers already fitted for guns, &c., employed in the conveyance of the mails, such as the Acheron, Volcano, Prometheus, Megaera, Alecto, &c.|