HMS Tortoise (launched as Sir Edward Hughes, 1806)
HMS Tortoise (launched as Sir Edward Hughes, 1806)

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NameTortoise (launched as Sir Edward Hughes, 1806)Explanation
TypeFifth rate   
Builders measure962 tons
Ships book
Noteex-East Indiaman, purchased 1804.
1807 = Tortoise, storeship 22.
1824 c.h.
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 1846Commanded by Frederick Hutton, storeship, Ascension
25 July 1851Commanded by William Hewgill Kitchen, storeship, Ascension
2 February 1855Commanded 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 1840It 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.

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