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Extracts from the log of HMS Hydra for the period 14 January 1852 - 10 May 1856
sources: ADM 53/4982, 14 January - 30 June 1852; ADM 53/4983, 1 July 1852 - 8 February 1853; ADM 53/4984, 9 February - 30 June 1853; ADM 53/4985, 1 July - 30 November 1853; ADM 53/4986, 1 December 1853 - 11 May 1854; ADM 53/4987, 14 May - 31 December 1854; ADM 53/4988, 1 January - 31 December 1855; ADM 53/4989, 1 January - 10 May 1856.

Sheerness - Portsmouth - Spithead - Devonport - Madeira - Sierra Leone - St Paul de Loanda - Simons Bay (Cape of Good Hope) - Danger Point - Simons Bay - Port Elizabeth - Bird Islands - Simons Bay - surveying in Danger Bay - Simons Bay - surveying - Simons Bay - surveying Danger Point to Cape Agulhas - Simons Bay - Mauritius - St Denis (Runion) - Johanna (Comoro Islands) - Mayotte (Comoro Islands) - Mozambique - Delagoa Bay - Port Natal - Port Elizabeth - Simons Bay - "Marion shoal" - surveying Cape Agulhas to Danger Point - Algoa Bay - Simons Bay - Quillimane River - Mozambique - Johanna - Matembo - Quillimane River - Simons Bay - Saldanha - Simons Bay - East London - Port Elizabeth - Simons Bay - Algoa Bay - Simons Bay - Algoa Bay - East London - Algoa Bay - Table Bay - Port Elizabeth - Algoa Bay - Mussel Bay - Table Bay - Cape Natal - Simons Bay - Ascension - Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Spithead (Royal review) - Sheerness.

The paddle steamer Hydra was commissioned in January 1852 by Commander Thomas Belgrave. After transporting Major-General George Cathcart, the newly appointed Governor, out to the Cape of Good Hope, this was a long commission on that station, with longish periods moored in Simons Bay alternating with periods surveying either west or east of the Cape, transporting troops (and on occasion the Governor or other officials) along the coast, and two cruises to the Comoro Islands and along the Mozambique coast. The ship was back in home waters just in time to participate in the Great Naval Review to celebrate the end of the Russian ("Crimean") war. The "Naval Intelligence" column of the "Times" newspaper gives some extra information (links to individual entries in the day-of-week column).

Here is a complete list of officers serving during the commission of 13 January 1852 - 10 May 1856 (from the ship's muster book). The ship carried a Surgeon and an Assistant Surgeon during the whole commission.


1852
14 Jan Wed At single anchor at Sheerness
Lieut [John W.] Pike joined and hoisted the pendant per order of Commander in Chief for Commander [Thomas] Belgrave
15 Jan Thu Masters of "Waterloo" and "Monarch" came on board to swing the ship
The above officers left, the wind being too strong to swing the ship
16 Jan Fri Masters of "Waterloo" and "Monarch" on board swinging the ship
18 Jan Sun Running from Sheerness to Portsmouth
19 Jan Mon Weighed and proceeded into harbour
Lashed alongside the Maidstone coal dept
22 Jan Thu Completed coals
23 Jan Fri Cast off from the "Maidstone" and transported ship to be alongside the dockyard jetty
27 Jan Tue Employed stowing the holds and hoisting in and stowing away cases of carbines for conveyance to the Cape of Good Hope
28 Jan Wed Made fast to a buoy in Portsmouth harbour
3 Feb Tue p.m.
1.30 Admiral Prescote and pay clerks came on board and paid ships co. two months advance
Lighted the fires
Pilot came on board
3 Admiral Prescote left the ship
3.15 Cast off from the buoy and proceeded out of harbour
4 Stopped and anchored at Spithead
Pilot left the ship. Drew fires
6 Feb Fri Lighter came alongside with baggage for General Cathcart
7 Feb Sat 5 p.m. HMSV Sprightly came alongside
Received on board for passage to the Cape of Good Hope Major General the Hon'ble G Cathcart, Lieut Col Seymour and Capt Curzon
6 Weighed and proceeded to the southward
9 Feb Mon Steering toward Plymouth Sound
10 Feb Tue Made fast to a buoy in Barnpool... Fired two guns to enforce signal for sea... Slipped and proceeded into the Sound
13 Feb Fri 44.2 N 9.53 W
Broken by the ships rolling: liquor glasses, two in no.
17 Feb Tue At single anchor in Funchal Bay, Madeira
20 Feb Fri Weighed and proceeded out of Funchal Bay
27 Feb Fri 10.9 N 16.5 W
28 Feb Sat At single anchor off the town of Sierra Leone
2 Mar Tue Steering to the westward
5 Mar Fri 3.44 N 7.27 W
12 Mar Fri 7.34 S 10.54 E
13 Mar Sat At single anchor off the town of St Paul de Loanda
3.40 a.m. Commenced coaling
Commander Belgrave gave an order to spread the studingsails to keep the rays of the sun from the ships company whilst employed in the arduous duty of coaling ship, the awnings not being fitted. Inserted per order of Commander Belgrave. Edward M. Vincent, Master
9.40 p.m. Discontinued coaling. Coals received during the afternoon 21 tons
14 Mar Sun a.m.
4.30 Sent the paddle box boats on shore and a party to the coal barge "Lora" to bring her alongside. Commenced coaling ship
6.40 The coals vessel "Lora" came alongside. Employed coaling from the "Lora" and from the shore
p.m.
3 The coal vessel "Lora" left the ship. Coals received from the "Lora" 13 tons
8.15 Total quantity of coals received during the day 89 tons. Discontinued coaling
15 Mar Mon 2.30 p.m. Completed coaling to 250 tons
3.30 p.m. Weighed and proceeded
19 Mar Fri 18.28 S 11.52 E
26 Mar Fri 29.41 S 8.47 E
31 Mar Wed At single anchor in Table Bay
Found in the anchorage HMSV Styx and Rhadamanthus
10 Manned the yards. Major General the Hon'ble G. Cathcart, Lieut Colonel Seymour and Capt Curzon left the ship
13 Apr Tue Recd one hundred and seventy bags of sugar for passage to Simons Bay
Weighed and proceeded out of Table Bay
14 Apr Wed Weighed and proceeded out of Table Bay
15 Apr Tue Moored in Simons Bay
29 Apr Thu Slipped the moorings
30 Apr Fri At anchor off Danger Point
Moored in Simons Bay
5 Oct Mon Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of Simons Bay
10 Oct Sun At single anchor in Table Bay. Received Mr Gardiner for passage to Algoa Bay, and Mr Pilkington and 14 artificers for erecting a Lt. House on the Bird Islands
Weighed and steamed out of Table Bay
13 Oct Wed 34.50 S 20.47 E
15 Oct Fri At single anchor in Algoa Bay
16 Oct Sat At single anchor near the Bird Islands
25 Oct Mon Sent a working party ashore to assist in erecting a lighthouse [the wooden lighthouse on Bird Island came into operation on 1 December; it was later replaced by a stone structure]
27 Oct Wed Shortened in cable and proceeded
28 Oct Thu 34.24 S 23.58 E
30 Oct Sat Moored in Simons Bay
13 Dec Mon a.m.
6.15 Slipped the moorings and proceeded out of Simons Bay
8.15 Stopped and started as requested. Lower Whittle Beacon N5W, extreme point of Cape of Good Hope South. Landed Captain
[Henry M.] Denham of HMS Herald and Lieutenant [Joseph] Dayman of HMS Meander for surveying purposes
p.m.
Exercised a division of seamen at the cutlass drill
4 Captain Denham and Lieutenant Dayman returned
5.30 Stopped and took in moorings
17 Dec Fri Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of Simons Bay
At single anchor near Stanfords Cove [surveying]
20 Dec Mon Weighed and made sail
21 Dec Tue At single anchor near Point Danger
22 Dec Wed At single anchor near Stanfords Cove
23 Dec Thu Weighed
25 Dec Sat At single anchor near Roman's Bay. Danger Point S62W, Stanfords Cove N80E
1853
3 Jan Mon At single anchor near Cape Mudge. Cape Hanglip N47W, Extreme of Mudge Point S29E
6 Jan Thu At single anchor in Pringle Bay
8 Jan Sat Moored in Simons Bay
6 Feb Sun a.m.
8 Slipped the moorings and proceeded under steam to close with "Hastings"
8.20 Stopped and took the Hastings in tow
8.30 Proceeded with the Hastings in tow. Course S by W
p.m.
1.15 Cast off the Hastrings
3.30 Stopped and anchored in 8 fath. water. Moored ship with 62 fath. cable on each bower
23 March Wed Let go the mooring and proceeded under steam [surveying between Danger Point and Cape Agulhas]
15 Apr Fri Anchored in Struis Bay. Northumberland Point S75W 1 mi, Jetty Point N82W 1 mi
19 Apr Tue Moored in Simons Bay
18 May Wed Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of Simons Bay
20 May Fri 35.7 S 22.21 E
27 May Fri 33.35 S 39.7 E
3 Jun Fri 26.33 S 55.43 E
6 Jun Mon Moored head and stern in Port Louis, Isle of Mauritius
21 Jun Tue 10 The assistant harbour master came on board, slipped the moorings, pointed the ships head down the harbour and secured the head and stern with hawsers
3.45 Pilot came on board. Slipped the hawsers and proceeded out of port under steam
4 Stopped near the Bele buoy and discharged the pilot
22 Jun Wed Anchored off St Denis, Isle of Bourbon [= Runion]
23 Jun Tue Weighed and proceeded under steam
27 Jun Mon 12.40 S 50.29 E
30 Jun Thu Anchored off the town of Johanna [Anjouan (modern Nzwani), Comoro islands]
4 Jul Mon Weighed and proceeded under steam
5 Jul Tue Anchored off the island of Pamanzi [a small island, east of Mayotte; modern mapExternal link]
6 Jul Wed Sent the cutter for water
Water received during the day: four tons
7 Jul Thu Weighed
Passed the isle of Bouzi on the east side
Passed on the west side of the isle of Bandele
Steamed out through the passage Saziley du Sud
[see modern mapExternal link for these features]
11 Jul Mon Anchored in the port of Conducia [just north of the town of Mozambique; 1907 map of Mozambique coast]
12 Jul Tue Weighed and proceeded under steam
Anchored near the town of Mozambique
13 Jul Wed Weighed and proceeded out of port under steam
14 Jul Thu 11.50 Anchored near Angoxa Point [modern Angoche, near the town of Antnio nes]
1.30 Weighed and proceeded under steam
5.10 Stopped and anchored near Hurd Island [one of the Angoche islands, south of Antnio ne; may be modern Njoro island]
15 Jul Fri Weighed and proceeded under steam
Anchored near Epidendron Island [in the middle of a string of islands south of the Angoche islands]
16 Jul Sat Weighed and proceeded under steam
21 Jul Thu Anchored in Port Melville, Delagoa Bay
22 Jul Fri Weighed and proceeded under steam
25 Jul Mon Anchored off Port Natal
27 Jul Wed Weighed and proceeded under steam
31 Jul Sun Anchored in Algoa Bay
2 Aug Tue Weighed and proceeded under steam
4 Aug Thu Anchored in Simons Bay
6 Aug Sat Moored in Simons Bay
12 Oct Wed Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of port under steam
17 Oct Mon 37.24 S 27.35 E [searching in vain for the (non-existent) "Marion shoal"]
21 Oct Fri a.m. 4.30 A heavy sea pooped the ship which broke the gig into two parts, carried away a part of the quarter berthing and washed overboard the card of the starboard binnacle compass
24 Oct Mon 37.48 S 27.2 E
28 Oct Fri Anchored near Dyer's Island [then surveying near Cape Agulhas]
13 Nov Sun [Surveying near Danger Point]
18 Nov Fri Anchored in Algoa Bay
20 Nov Sun Commenced embarking the 74th Highlanders. Received twelve officers, 357 men, 25 women, 40 children, two ladies and three officers children of the 74th Highlanders and one Major of the 73rd regiment for passage to Table Bay
Weighed and proceeded out of Algoa Bay
22 Nov Tue Anchored in Table Bay. Commenced disembarking the 74th Highlanders and hoisting out baggage
23 Nov Wed Weighed and proceeded out of Table Bay
24 Nov Thu Moored in Simons Bay
19 Dec Mon a.m.
Commodore Talbot came on board
9 Slipped the moorings and proceeded under steam. Course ESE
9.10 Rowan Rock Light Vessel N 75 E. Set the patent log
11.45 Stopped and anchored in Gordon Bay in 6 fathm water and veered cable to 38 fathm. Distance by patent log 19.6 miles
Commodore Talbot landed in the barge
p.m.
3.30 Commodore Talbot returned on board
4.30 Weighed and proceeded
7.30 Stopped and took in moorings in Simons Bay
Commodore Talbot left the ship
[Dr Loney's Medical Journal reveals that the Commodore was accompanied by his family on this outing]
1854
5 Jan Thu Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of Simons Bay under steam
10 Jan Tue 35.30 S 26.18 E
17 Jan Tue 32.19 S 40.19 E
24 Jan Tue 21.13 S 41.14 E
27 Jan Fri Anchored in the Mozambique near Quillimane
30 Jan Mon Weighed and proceeded under steam to the eastward
Anchored near the island of Fogo [Fogo and Casuarina are in the same chain as Epidendron Island, 15 Jul 1853; 1907 map of Mozambique coast]
31 Jan Tue Weighed and proceeded with steam to the eastward
Anchored near the island of Casuarina
3 Feb Fri p.m.
0.30 Obsd a sail to the southward. Shortened and furled all sail and paddled between Hurd island and Michael Reef
[modern Baixo Miguel] in chase
2.30 Fired a gun and brought chase to
3.30 Stopped. Lowered a cutter and boarded the "Wanderer" of London, forty-two days from Bombay
4 Up cutter and steamed inshore
7 Anchored in 12 fath.
[near Walker Bank; Walker island may be the modern Puga Puga Island]
4 Feb Sat Weighed and proceeded under steam to the eastward
Anchored off the mouth of the Angoxa River
8 Feb Wed a.m.
5.40 Saw a sail to the southward
6 Wore ship and proceeded in chase of stranger. Hoisted colors and pendant
6.25 Fired a gun as signal to chase
6.35 Chase hoisted Portuguese colors
6.50 Fired a 2nd gun as signal to chase
7 Hove to. Lieut. Comber left to board the Portuguese schooner
7.20 Commander Morris left to board the Portuguese schooner
Lieut Comber's Statement: I boarded the schooner "April the 4th," under the Portuguese colours, for the purpose of ascertaining what she was. On my arrival on board, I made the usual enquiries, but had great difficulty in making myself understood as no one on board spoke English, and I could not obtain any information as to her being a legal trader. In the meantime, the captain produced his papers and opened his hatches, as I suppose he imagined that to be my object. I have to state that the captain was not in the least dissatisfied with my proceedings, Commander Morris at the time came on board, with the necessary documents, and understanding that she was a Government vessel freighted by a Portuguese merchant, quitted her after giving the usual certificate, with a note at the bottom. Dated on board the Hydra at sea, February 8th 1854. (Signed) G.M. Comber, Acting Lieutenant.
[Commander Morris' report to Commodore Talbot]
9 Feb Thu Anchored in the harbour of Mozambique
Weighed and proceeded out of port
15 Feb Wed Anchored near the town of Johanna
Weighed and proceeded under steam
19 Feb Sun Anchored near the Quiza[?] Island [probably one of the islands in a chain south of Cape Delgado]
20 Feb Mon a.m.
6.30 Weighed and set the square sails
6.35 Proceeded under steam and sail
8 Extremes of the isle of Quiza at NW and NW. East end of the isle of Quemba SWbWW
9.30 Furled sails
Altered course as requisite to steam through the Zueco Pass.
11 Anchored in 10 fathm water and veered cable to 30 fathm. Gig and cutter left for Mamequo to look for fresh water
p.m.
2.30 Boats returned without having found fresh water
3.20 Weighed and proceeded under steam. Course NbWW. Altered course to NWbW and NW for the entrance of Duport Pass.
Altered course to WN; the water at the time suddenly shoaling from 6 to 5 to 3 fathm,. Stopped and reversed the engines and let go the Starb bower. Although working on the 5th grade of expansion the ship forged a little ahead and almost imperceptibly touched the ground and hung forward. In a few minutes after moving a short distance astern and then becoming stationary, the least water being 16 feet on either side and under the counter
4.50 Stopped the engines. Lowered the cutter to sound and the port paddle box boat to lay out the stream anchor to the ESE, the latter being accomplished after some difficulty, the tide and wind drifting strong to the south'ard
6.35 Commenced heaving on the stream cable and backed astern with the engines. Slipped the starboard bower cable, the ship moving astern at the time
6.45 The ship floated and swung off into deep water, steamed a short distance ahead and let go the port bower in 5 fathm water and veered cable to 25 fathm. Shifted the stream cable from aft to the starboard bow
[all the place names in this entry are questionable]
21 Feb Tue a.m.
5.30 Weighed the stream anchor
7.45 The paddle box boat left to weigh the Starb bower and the gig to sound
9.30 The boats came alongside with the bower. Secured the anchor in its place, and hoisted up and turned inboard the paddle box boats
Hoisted out the barge
People coiling away hawsers and cable and cleaning up deck
p.m.
Commander Morris and Lieut Comber left in the barge and cutter (armed) for the River Masimbwa
5.40 Mustered at quarters
Sounded the well and found the ship had made only 1 inch of water since grounding on the proceeding day
7.45 Cutter and barge returned
22 Feb Wed Anchored off the town of Ibo
23 Feb Thu a.m.
Weighed and proceeded under steam to the eastward
10 Philip Stiff (boy of the first class) fell from the fore topmast rigging and died immediately from the effects of injuries received
p.m.
1.30 Committed to the deep the body of the late Philip Stiff (boy of the first class)
28 Feb Tue Anchored near the isle of Casurina
4 Mar Sat Weighed and proceeded under steam
Anchored off the mouth of the River Jejungo[?; north of Quillimane]
8 Mar Wed Anchored off the mouth of the River Quillimane
12 Mar Sun Anchored near Elephant Shoal
15 Mar Wed Anchored near Masaugzani Point [near the town of Beira].
16 Mar Thu Weighed and proceeded under steam
20 Mar Mon 23.11 S 35.57 E
27 Mar Mon 33.20 S 29.12 E
3 Apr Mon Moored in Simons Bay
10 Aug Thu Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of Simons Bay
11 Aug Fri Anchored in Roulyes [?] anchorage, Saldanha Bay
12 Aug Sat Weighed and proceeded under steam
13 Aug Sun Moored in Simons Bay. Vessels of war at the Anchorage, HM ships Frolic, Penguin, Nerbudda, Dee, Dart, Seringapatam
20 Sep Wed [Troopship Charlotte wrecked in Algoa Bay]
5 Oct Thu Slipped the mooring and proceeded out of Simons Bay
Recd 7 officers, 14 women, 214 men and 20 children of the 2nd and 6th Regiments, Royal Engineers, Staff C.M. Rifles and 60 men Rifles. Weighed and proceeded out of Table Bay.
Broken by the rolling of the ship:
- cups, coffee, five in no.
- wine glasses, five in no.
- finger glasses, five in no.
10 Oct Tue Anchored in Algoa Bay. Landed Staff, Assistant Surgeon Grey, and 4 Sergeants and 6 privates, one woman and two children of the Cape Mounted Rifles... Weighed.
11 Oct Wed Anchored off the town of East London. Commenced discharging soldiers and military baggage... Weighed
13 Oct Fri Anchored in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth... Weighed
16 Oct Mon Anchored in Table Bay
23 Oct Mon Anchored in Simons Bay
31 Oct Tue Anchored in Table Bay. received 8 officers, 162 men, 9 women, 10 children & 1 civilian (servant) of H.M. 6th and 45th Regiments, C. Mounted Rifles and medical staff...
Weighed
4 Nov Sat Anchored off the mouth of the Buffalo River. Shore boat came alongside, commenced landing troops, baggage and military stores.
Weighed
5 Nov Sun Anchored in Algoa Bay
13 Nov Mon Weighed and proceeded to the eastward
14 Nov Tue [surveying in the bay till 23 December]
26 Dec Sun 35.5 S 20.25 E
27 Dec Sun Moored in Simons Bay
1855
5 Jan Fri p.m.
1.30 Weighed and proceeded with the light vessel "Pacific" in tow
2.30 Moored the light vessel; at the inshore mooring
Received two officers and sixty-one non-commissioned officers and privates, 4 women and one child of Her Majesty's 73rd regiment for conveyance to Cape Town
6 Weighed and proceeded with the Badger in tow
7 Anchored in 16 fthm. Sent a party of men to secure the "Badger" at the "Pacific" light-vessels moorings
9 Weighed and proceeded under steam
6 Jan Sat Anchored in Table Bay. Landed two officers and sixty-one non-commissioned officers and privates, 4 women and one child of Her Majesty's 73rd Regiment. Received fourteen officers, three hundred and sixty-eight non-commissioned officers and privates, four women and two children of Her Majesty's 6th, 12th and 73rd Regiments, 60th Rifles, Royal Artillery Staff and Cape Mounted Rifles for conveyance to Algoa Bay and Port Elizabeth
Weighed and proceeded under steam
9 Jan Tue Anchored in Algoa Bay
10 Jan Wed Landed one Lieut. Colonel H.M.'s 12 Regt, one do. do. Cape Mounted Rifles, 35 men of the Royal Artillery, 15 men of Her Majesty's 73rd Regt, three women and three children
13 Jan Sat Anchored near Buffalo River Mouth
Landed 12 officers, 318 men and one woman of Her Majesty's 73rd Regt and 60th Rifles, 6th regt.
Weighed and proceeded under steam
14 Jan Sun Anchored near the Bird islands
15 Jan Mon Anchored near St Croix isle
16 Jan Tue Anchored near Port Elizabeth [and then surveying]
24 Jan Wed Exercised a division of seamen with the 6pdr brass gun firing at a shark (short practice)
3 Feb Sat Moored in Simons Bay
20 Feb Tue Slipped the moorings
24 Feb Sat Anchored in Algoa Bay near Port Elizabeth
3 Mar Sat People cleaning the ship
Recd Major Hale and servant of Her Majesty's 6th regiment
Received 11 Members of Parliament for the Eastern Division for a passage to Cape Town
5.30 p.m. Manned yards
His Excellency the Governor Sir George Grey and Lady Grey and suite came on board
6.15 Weighed and proceeded under steam
4 Mar Sun Closed to speak the barque "Esprance" of E?????, under English colors, and in consequence of both vessels yawing together the "Hydra" slightly scraped the side of the "Esprance" and carried away her starb studdingsail braces and split her fore and main topsail
6 Mar Tue a.m.
6 Anchored in Table Bay
7.30 Manned yards. His Excellency the Governor Sir George Grey, Lady Grey and suite left the ship
Landed 11 members of Parliament for the Eastern Division, received at Algoa Bay
Landed six individuals of the civil engineer's department
Landed Major Hale and servant of Her Majesty's 6th regiment
16 Mar Fri Anchored in Table Bay
Recd Commodore and Mrs Trotter, Commander Wolloth [?] and Mr[s?] Maclean [Commodore Henry Dundas Trotter had since replaced Talbot as Commodore on the station]. Weighed and proceeded under steam.
Anchored in Hout Bay, sent the cutter on shore for water
17 Mar Sat Moored in Simons Bay
Landed Commodore and Mrs Trotter, Commander Wolloth [?] and Mr[s?] Maclean
24 Jun Sun a.m.
10 Slipped the moorings with H.M.B
[rig] Frolic
p.m.
4.15 Cast off H.M.B. Frolic
25 Jun Mon Anchored in St Sebastian Bay [21 E]
26 Jun Tue Weighed and proceeded under steam
29 Jun Fri Anchored in Simons Bay
14 Aug Tue Punished Geo. Thompson (A.B.) with 34 lashes for absenting himself from his ship without leave, and not returning until brought back by the police from Cape Town
26 Aug Sun Slipped the moorings and proceeded under steam for Caulk Bay
Anchored in Caulk Bay
Received for passage to Port Elizabeth Captain
[illegible], Ensign [illegible], Ensign [illegible] of HM's 45th Regiment, Ensign [illegible], C.M. Rifles, 13 non-commissioned officers, 69 privates, 2 women and 6 children of HM's 45th Regiment........
30 Aug Thu Anchored in Algoa Bay. Landed .......
1 Sep Sat Lost in the forenoon as below by the cable parting:
Anchors of 5 cwts, 2 qts, 0 lbs, one in no.
Anchor stocks of 1 cwt, 1 qt, 4 lbs, one in no.
Cable chain, 7/8, 38 fthm
[surveying near isle of St Croix]
15 Sep Sat Weighed and proceeded under steam
17 Sep Mon Anchored in Mussel Bay
19 Sep Wed Anchored in Table Bay
27 Sep Thu The loss of the anchor and cable which were left on the shoal in Algoa Bay on the 1st inst. was this day reported to the Commodore Hy. D. Trotter agreeably to the instructions given in Chapter 5, Art 32, page 129 of Admiralty Instructions
4 Oct Thu Anchored in Table Bay
Moored in Simons Bay
25 Oct Thu Received two officers, one lady, twenty soldiers, eight men and 11 children of Her Majesty's 3rd Regiment, two officers of the Cape Mounted Rifles and one gunner and driver of the Royal Artillery
27 Oct Sat Slipped the mooring and proceeded under steam
30 Oct Tue Anchored in Algoa Bay
Landed two officers, one lady, twenty soldiers, eight men and 11 children of Her Majesty's 3rd Regiment, two officers of the Cape Mounted Rifles and one gunner and driver of the Royal Artillery
Weighed and proceeded under steam
5 Nov Mon Anchored near Cape Natal
9 Nov Fri His Excellency Sir George Grey embarked with Mr Ayliffe (interpreter) and four domesticks
14 Nov Wed Anchored in Table Bay
Landed His Excellency the Governor, Sir George Grey and Mr Ayliffe
1856
18 Feb Mon Moored in Simons Bay... Weighed
22 Feb Fri 27.0 S 7.53 E
29 Feb Fri 16.42 S 5.15 E
6 Mar Thu Anchored near George Town, Isle of Ascension
8 Mar Sat Weighed
14 Mar Fri 4.11 N 17.21 W
21 Mar Fri 16.21 N 17.55 W
28 Mar Fri Anchored near the town of Santa Cruz [de Tenerife]
31 Mar Mon Weighed
4 Apr Fri 37.30 N 13.6 W
10 Apr Thu Anchored at Spithead
18 Apr Fri Weighed in company with the squadron and proceeded under steam
Anchored off Browndown Point
[at the west end of Stokes Bay, off Gosport, in preparation for the naval review]
22 Apr Tue Anchored off Spithead
23 Apr Wed Noon: observed the Royal Yacht "Victoria and Albert" coming out of harbour bearing the Royal Standard
0.30: manned yards
1.15: manned the rigging and cheered Her Majesty on passing in the Royal Yacht
4.30: manned the rigging on Her Majestys passing into harbour in the Royal Yacht
26 Apr Sat Anchored in Stokes Bay [off Gosport]
2 May Fri Anchored in the River Medway off Sheerness dockyard
5 May Mon Lashed to the pier inside the basin at Sheerness
10 May Sat Sunset: hauled down the pennant
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