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HMS Hogue (1811)

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Type3rd rate TypeBlockship
Launched (Sail)3 October 1811 Converted to screw28 July 1849
HullWooden Length184 feet
PropulsionSail Men600
Builders measure1750 tons Builders measure (as screw)1750 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)3054 tons
Guns74 Guns (as screw)60
Fate1865 Last in commission1864
Class  Class (as screw)Blenheim
Ships bookADM 135/236   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
3 October 1811Launched as 3rd rate sailing ship at Deptford Dockyard.
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
28 July 1849Completed as screw at R. & H. Green, Blackwall.
19 June 1849
- 30 August 1852
Commanded (from commissioning) by Captain John Macdougall, Cork, then (October 1849), Lisbon and the Mediterranean, then (December 1850) Queenstown again
1 September 1852
- 24 May 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain William Ramsay, guard ship, Devonport, then (1854) the Baltic during the Russian War
24 May 1856Commanded by Captain John Fulford, flagship of Rear-Admiral Henry Ducie Chads, Queenstown
1 March 1858
- 4 July 1859
Commanded by Captain John Moore, Coast Guard, Greenock
16 July 1859
- 8 July 1862
Commanded by Captain Reginald John James George Macdonald, Coast Guard, Greenock
1 August 1862Commanded by Captain Arthur Farquhar, Coast Guard, Greenock
28 February 1864Paid off
1865Broken up at Devonport.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
(various)The 1844 Experimental squadron.
Th 4 September 1845

5 September 1845

The La Hogue, 74, and the Eurotas, 46, in ordinary, are ordered to be converted into steam-ships, and are to be placed as guard-ships in the River Medway.
Sa 13 September 1845

11 September 1845

The Blenheim, 72, was towed down from Sandgate-creek on Friday, and hauled into dock at Sheerness on Saturday, to be fitted as a block ship with screw-propeller. The Horatio, 44, is the other vessel selected for this port. La Hogue, 74, and Eurotas, 44 for Chatham.
Sa 25 October 1845

24 October 1845

The Hague, 72 guns, and the Eurotas, 42, are ordered to be fitted with screw propellers, as steam guard ships, for the protection of the river Medway. The former vessel is to be sent to the river Thames to be fitted by contract. The latter ship will be fitted at Chatham, and will be immediately taken in hand, and shipwrights are to be hired for that purpose.
Th 30 October 1845

28 October 1845

The Blenheim, 74, has her copper stripped off, and is having her poop and interior fittings removed, previous to being towed to the yard of Messrs. Wigram, who have taken the contract for the conversion of this vessel and the La Hogue,74, (at Chatham) into steam guard-ships.
Sa 1 November 1845

31 October 1845

The La Hogue, 74 guns, was taken into the third dock at Chatham on the 30th inst. The whole of her copper is to be stripped off her bottom, her poop taken away, and to be cleared of all her internal fitments, preparatory to her being navigated to the Thames, to be fitted by the contractors, Messrs. Wigram, with a screw propeller for a steam guard-ship for the river Medway. This ship was built at Deptford in the year 1812. Her figure-head is the representation of a cock crowing, with the British Lion standing over it, being the arms of Admiral Lord Russell, whose victory was gained at the battle of La Hogue, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Sa 15 November 1845

13 November 1845

The La Hogue, 74 guns, was put out of dock and will be navigated to Blackwall on the 15th, to be fitted as a steam guard-ship for Chatham.
Tu 18 November 1845

17 November 1845

The Blenheim was towed from the Medway to Blackwall on Thursday, and the Hogue on Saturday (both 72-gun ships), to be fitted as block-ships at Messrs. Wigram and Green's
Fr 3 January 1845

31 December 1845

The La Hogue, 74 guns, fitting for a steam guard-ship at Blackwall for Chatham, and the Eurotas, fitting for the same service, are each to be fitted with galvanized rigging.
We 16 September 1846

15 September 1846

The La Hogue, fitting at Blackwall, as a 74-gun block ship, is ordered to Deptford to have her screw propeller fitted at that dockyard.
Th 24 December 1846

23 December 1846

The La Hogue steam-guardship was towed from Blackwall to Deptford yesterday to reteive her steam machinery
Ma 18 July 1859A short reference was made in The Times of Saturday to a disturbance which took place last week in Keyham steam-yard, Plymouth, consequent upon the flogging of a seaman on board the screw steamship Caesar, 91, then in the Queen's (or No. 1) Dock, under repair. From subsequent inquiry it appears that some of the circumstances were very unseemly, and not likely to raise the position of either the civil or naval branches of Her Majesty's service. It is almost impossible to obtain a correct statement of every particular, but it is evident that William Stephenson, a seaman attached to the tender of the Hogue, has made two unsuccessful attempts to incite the crew of the Caesar to acts of insubordination, if not of mutiny. On the second occasion be entreated them "to follow the example of the crew of the Liffey and roll the shot about the decks." He then assaulted the boatswain, Mr. Grigg. When tried he was sentenced to receive 50 lashes and be imprisoned two years. Formerly be might have been hung at the yard arm for the same offence. The Court left the selection of the ship for punishment to the discretion of the Port Admiral, and Sir Barrington Reynolds decided that where the crime was committed atonement should be made. Accordingly, soon after 6 o'clock on Thursday morning, the prisoner, guarded by a corporal and two Marines, and in charge of the master-at-arms of the Impregnable, was conveyed from the ship to the Caesar, and the sentence having been formally read to him in the presence of all the crew, he was divested of his blue serge frock and flannel, and lashed to a grating, across which two capstan bars had been fixed for the purpose of securing his hands and feet. The lower part of the grating rested on the deck, the upper was fastened to the starboard main rigging, and the culprit was thus brought in fall view of all the men engaged on the works. It happened most inopportunely that the hour of punishment, 7 o'clock, was that at which the artisans are "rung in," and they are not usually expected to commence work until five minutes after the bell ceases. Several on board the Caesar were sent ashore, no civilian being permitted to remain in a ship during punishment. There were about 400 in the vicinity, the greater number surrounded the ship, others went on board the Shadia (lying near in No. 2 dock), crowded her portholes, and, with the Turks, clustered on the fore and the main rigging of the half-dismantled ship. The yardsmen state that their feelings were excited in the first place by finding that naval punishment of such a severe character was about to be inflicted in their presence, within the precincts of a civil department; and secondly, by observing that the prosecutor at the court-martial, Mr. Grigg, the boatswain of the Caesar, was appointed to commence the execution of the sentence which he himself had invoked. It was with intense excitement that they saw him throw down his hat, pull off his jacket, moisten his hands, and clear the tails of the cat with his fingers.
At the first blow a most disgusting term was applied by several of them to the boatswain who, after 12 lashes, was succeeded by three of his mates, the first of whom gave 12, the second 12, and the third 14 lashes, making the complement of 50.
Stephenson's cries of pain were accompanied by hisses, groans, and exclamations from the artisans and the Turks, which were repeated, notwithstanding Captain Mason's appeal to the former as Queen's men. Towards the close of the punishment an undignified conflict took place between the officers of the ship and the artisans. Captain Mason, who has just succeeded Captain Frederick in the command of the Caesar, ordered First-Lieutenant John Reid and Third-Lieutenant John C. Patterson, with Lieutenant Dixon, of the Royal Marines, to go on shore, clear the place, and secure the ringleaders. The officers were assisted by a guard of Marines: one of these, the sentry, who had his musket, grounded it, and is said to have brought the point of the bayonet towards the breast of one of the joiners. It is also stated that when Lieutenant Dickson was endeavouring to secure an artisan who had made himself conspicuous he was mobbed and knocked down by a painter. Several other conflicts occurred and some threats were muttered about the use of adzes and other formidable tools, and the removal of the shores for the purpose of capsizing the ship. Ultimately Bulay, a shipwright apprentice, captured by Lieutenant Reid, and Rissiter, a painter, were forced on board, but released immediately on declaring their names. On the arrival of the police of the establishment the artisans engaged on the Caesar were allowed to join her. The principal shipwright present was Mr. Burney, acting leading man engaged on the Turkish line-of-battle ship. He was in the afternoon suspended from duty by the Master-Attendant, Mr. Brown, who controls the yard in the absence of the Superintendent, Sir Thomas Pasley. Mr. Burney, who has been 36 years in the service, is represented by the artisans as having entreated his men .(several of whom are new hands) to go on board to their work. Bulay is also suspended. Rissetter, the contract painter, has been dismissed from the yard.
It is said to be 53 years since such a punishment was given on board a ship in Devonport Dockyard.
Fr 5 January 1866The paddle-wheel steamer Virago, 6, 300-horse power, attached to the Chatham, steam reserve, is undergone most extensive repairs to both hull and machinery in No. 1 dock, in order that she may be brought forward for commission. Her machinery has been removed into the factory for a thorough overhaul and repair, and her boilers have been taken out. The nature of the repairs ordered to be carried out will detain her in dock for some months.

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