|Type||1st class sloop|
|Launched||11 July 1839|
|Builders measure||970 tons|
|Ships book||ADM 135/490|
|Snippets concerning this vessels career|
- August 1840
|Commanded by Lieutenant William Simpson Blount, for trials and various troop tramsports, temporarily from Hermes|
|31 August 1840|
- 25 March 1841
|Commanded by Commander Thomas Henderson, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)|
|26 December 1840|
- 26 August 1841
|Commanded by Commander Granville Gower Loch, Mediterranean|
|18 September 1841|
- 15 November 1844
|Commanded (until paying off at Woolwich) by Commander Erasmus Ommanney, Mediterranean|
|28 March 1845||Commanded (from commissioning at Woolwich) by Commander George William Douglas O'Callaghan, North America and West Indies|
|26 January 1852|
- 26 March 1852
|Commanded by Commander Frederick Lamport Barnard, Channel squadron|
|17 August 1853||Commanded by Commander Richard Ashmore Powell, Mediterranean (and, 1854, Black Sea during the Russian War)|
|17 February 1855|
- 17 August 1855
|Commanded by Commander Sherard Osborn, Black Sea during the Russian War|
|6 June 1855||Commanded by Commander Francis Marten, tender to Royal Albert, in the Black Sea during the Russian War|
|29 October 1855||Commanded by Commander Edward George Hore, Mediterranean|
|20 April 1857||Commanded by Commodore Charles Wise, west coast of Africa|
|16 July 1862|
|Commanded by Captain Richard Vesey Hamilton, West Indies|
|Extracts from the Times newspaper|
|Th 18 July 1839||Launch of this Vesuvius Man of War Steamer at Sheerness.— On Thursday, at high water (noon), Her Majesty's steamer Vesuvius, burden about 800 tons, was launched at the dock-yard, Sheerness. The noble vessel, which has been built with the utmost rapidity, her keel having been laid down only ten months ago, on the slip whence the Acheron was launched in August last, was named, according to the usual form, by Miss Hill, the daughter of Sir John Hill, superintendent of the yard, and majestically glided into the waves. A large party met on board the Howe, flag-ship, to see the launch, after which, on the boatswain's piping to dinner, about forty guests, chiefly ladies, sat down to a champagne luncheon in the ward room. The Vesuvius, immediately on being launched, was taken Into the basin, and in less than four hours was masted. — Kentish Times.|
|Sa 10 August 1839||The Vesuvius steamer, recently launched at Sheerness, anchored at St. Helen's last evening under the charge of Mr. Henderson, Assistant Master Attendant, at Plymouth, on her way to Port Glasgow, to have her machinery fitted.|
|Ma 23 December 1839||The Vesuvius, steam frigate, under charge of Mr. Henderson, having recently taken in her engines at Glasgow, arrived yesterday from Plymouth, on her way to Woolwich, whither she proceeded to-day to be fitted for sea.|
|Sa 16 May 1840||The Messenger steamer went to Woolwich on Wednesday, with the Marines of the Rodney; and the Vesuvius steamer proceeded to Cork on Thursday, to bring over four companies and head-quarters of the 60th Regiment to this place [Portsmouth]. The Vesuvius steamer on Thursday proceeded to Cork, to convey to this garrison the depot of the 60th Regiment; and on the arrival of the service companies of that regiment from the Mediterranean, the 58th Regiment, now here, will march to Weedon. The depot of the 72d is to be quartered here.|
|Sa 16 May 1840||The Messenger steamer went to Woolwich on Wednesday, with the Marines of the Rodney; and the Vesuvius steamer proceeded to Cork on Thursday, to bring over four companies and head-quarters of the 60th Regiment to this place [Portsmouth].|
The Vesuvius steamer on Thursday proceeded to Cork, to convey to this garrison the depot of the 60th Regiment; and on the arrival of the service companies of that regiment from the Mediterranean, the 58th Regiment, now here, will march to Weedon. The depot of the 72d is to be quartered here.
The Echo steam-vessel is to be quartered here in lieu of the Messenger.
|Sa 23 May 1840||The Vesuvius steamer arrived on Wednesday from Cork, with the depot companies of the 60th Regiment, which have taken up their quarters at Haslar Barracks; she proceeded to-day to Leith, to bring round the depôt of the72d Regiment for service in this garrison.|
|Ma 25 May 1840||(From the Hampshire Telegraph of Saturday).|
The Vesuvius steamer arrived on Wednesday from Cork, with the depot companies of the 60th Regiment, which have taken up their quarters at Haslar Barracks; she proceeded to-day to Leith, to bring round the depot of the72d Regiment for service in this garrison.
|Ma 8 June 1840||The 20th and 86th Regiments are ordered te be from England to Ireland; for which purpose the Vesuvius steamer, Lieutenant Blount, proceeded to Liverpool onThursday afternoon.|
The Echo steam tug, attached to this port, has her steering wheel placed before the mainmast, and immediately under the control of the officer carrying on the duty on the paddle boxes.
|Ma 29 June 1840||(From the Hampshire Telegraph> of Saturday.)|
The Vesuvius steamer, Lieutenant Blount, sailed on Wednesday for Dartmouth, with Sir James Gordon and the commission appointed to decide upon the port for the West India mail packets on board. The Vesuvius returned to this port [Portsmouth] on Thursday.
|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.|
|Fr 9 October 1840||PORTSMOUTH.— The Vesuvius steamer, Commander Henderson, proceeded on Monday afternoon direct for Gibraltar and Malta, to join Sir R. Stopford's fleet. The Salamander steam-frigate, Commander Henry, will be at Spithead in the early part of next week, on her way to Gibraltar and Malta, to join Sir R. Stopford's fleet.—Brighton Gazette.|
|Ma 2 November 1840||The Vesuvius steam frigate arrived at Gibraltar on the 13th with detachments of the 1st (Royals), and 92d Regt., and proceeded the same day to Malta.|
|We 27 March 1844||His Lordship the Bishop of Gibraltar proceeded on the 18th to Naples on a pastoral tour. Her Majesty's steamer Vesuvius was placed at his Lordship's command.|
|We 6 November 1844|
[This entry from the Standard, and not the Times]The Vesuvius, second class steamer, Commander E. Ommanney, arrived from the Mediterranean on Saturday last, and sailed yesterday to Woolwich to pay off.
|Th 7 November 1844|
[This entry from the Morning Chronicle, and not the Times]Naval Intellegence.—Woolwich, Nov. 6.
— The Vesuvius, Commander Erasmus Ommanney, arrived at Woolwich yesterday evening, from Portmouth and the Mediterranean, and is to be paid off here, after a period of service extending to four years and four months on the Mediterranean station.
|Tu 12 November 1844|
[This entry from the Standard, and not the Times]The Vesuvius, steam-sloop, Commander E. Ommanney, at Woolwich from the Mediterranean, will be paid oft about the 15th instant, when her machinery and hull are to be surveyed and reported upon.
|Th 14 November 1844|
[This entry from the Standard, and not the Times]The Vesuvius, steam-sloop, Commander Ommanney, to be paid off at Woolwich, will have her defects repaired immediately and be brought forward for further service.
|Fr 15 November 1844|
[This entry from the Standard, and not the Times]The Vesuvius, steam-sloop, Commander Ommanney, will be paid off at Woolwich this day.
|Sa 16 November 1844|
[This entry from the Southampton Herald, and not the Times]The Vesuvius, steam sloop, Commander Ommanney, recently arrived from the Mediterranean, is paid off at Woolwich. She will have her defects repaired immediately, and be brought forward for further service.
|Ma 25 November 1844|
[This entry from the Standard, and not the Times]The Vesuvius, steam-sloop, Commander Erasmus Ommanney, was paid off at Woolwich on Friday last. A lot of fine fellows who were in this vessel at the siege of St. Jean d'Acre, wearing the medals granted for service on the Syrian coast, came up to town in the London and Woolwich boats, expressing a determination to enjoy themselves from some time.
|Sa 29 March 1845||The Vesuvius steam sloop was commissioned at Woolwich yesterday by Commander G.D. O'Callaghan (1841).|
|We 5 January 1853||The steam squadron of reserve, under the superintendence of Captain W.H. Henderson, C.B., of the Blenheim, 60, since the commissioning of the Sidon, Odin, Furious, and Medea, has been reduced to four vessels — viz., the Leopard, 12, 560-horse power; Vesuvius, 6, 280-horse power; Bulldog, 6, 500 horse-power; and the Stromboli, 6, 280-horse power; all paddle vessels. The Hecla, 6, will shortly join them, having been masted ready for rigging.|