HMS Calliope

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Calliope, 1837
Type: 6th rate ; Armament 28
Launched : 5 Oct 1837 ; Disposal date or year : 1883
BM: 717 tons
Complement :152 officers and men ; 33 boys ; 26 marines

Circa Jan 1839 at Rio Janeiro.

Rio Janeiro, 18 Mar 1839 left for the Rio de la Plata.

1 Jun 1839 Mate Charles R. Egerton, appointed to the Calliope,

22 Jun 1839 arrived at Montevideo with the British Ambassador.

Jan 1840 in the Rio de la Plata with the Stag, Actaeon, Curacoa, and Grecian, due to the presence of a French force, along with other factors, which has left the coast of Brazil with very few British anti-slavery vessels.

31 Mar 1840 at Valparaiso.

Jul 1840 is reported to be on her way from the west coast of South America to the coast of China.

24 Nov 1840, Tongkoo Bay, has gone to the mouth of the Bogue.

7 Jan 1841 off Anunghouy, RMs, detachments of the British and Indian army and men from the Wellesley, Blenheim, Melville, Samarang, Druid, Modeste, Columbine Calliope, Hyacinth, Starling, Larne and cutter Louise landed to attack and destroy the forts at Chuenpee and Tycocktow. See of 7 May 1841 and 14 May 1841. See also p. 284-> at at

21 Jan 1841 departed Bocca Tigris for Lantao Island.

26 Jan 1841 returned to Bocca Tigris and from thence to Macao.

2 Feb 1841 departed for Macao roads.

8 Feb 1841 ships' boats of the Calliope, Samarang, Herald, and Alligator broke up a force which was endeavouring to obstruct a channel at the back of Anunghoy. See also p. 287-> at at

19 Feb 1841 Macao roads, detached with the light squadron to Wangtong, to prevent any further defensive preparations.

20 Feb 1841 arrived Wangtong.

24 Feb 1841 ships' boats invovled in operation at Sammonhow.

26 Feb 1841 operations to take North Wangtong Island. See of 11 Jun 1841. See also p. 289-> at at

27 Feb 1841 the advanced squadron proceeded up the river to attack the Fort, Camp, and Ship Cambridge and Chinese positions below Whampoa Reach. See p. 289-> at at

12-17 Mar 1841 operations at Canton. See of 11 Jun 1841.

3 Jul 1841 Lieutenants L. S. Tindall, and E. C. T. D'Eyncourt, promoted to Commander

3 Jul 1841 Mate W. T. Rivers, Calliope, H. T. D. Le Vesconte, and C. R. Egerton, promoted to Lieutenant.

Circa Aug 1841 departed for Calcutta with the bulk of the Canton ransom money. See p. 294-> at at

8 Oct 1841 Mate George Skene Tayler promoted to Lieutenant.

At some time during the period 1839-42 engaged in the Operations in China. Officers and Men serving on this ship during this period may be eligible for a Medal. See p. 288 at at

16 Jun - 29 Aug 1842, expedition up the Yang-tse-Keang, to the end of hostilities and signing of the Treaty of Nanking. See p. 300-> at and

1 Apr 1842 arrived Singapore from Calcutta.

5 Jul 1842 stationed at Chusan.

26 Aug 1842 at Chin-Kiang-Foo, Bertie C. Cator died.

18 Dec 1845.- Arrival [Hobart Town]: H.M.S. Calliope, 26 guns, and 220 men, Captain Stanley, from Plymouth 18th August, calling at Madeira and the Cape of Good Hope.
Her Majesty's ship Calliope, 26 guns, Captain Edward Stanley, from Plymouth 18th August, came into port on Thursday afternoon, offering the customary salute of sixteen guns, which was returned from the Prince of Wales Battery, after deliberate preparation. The Calliope has 5000 on board for the New Zealand Company. She sails this morning for New Zealand to relieve the [HMS] North Star but it depends on further orders whether she remains there or proceeds to the East Indies. The following are the names of the principal officers:
1st Lieut., Mr. Thorp; 2nd; Mr. Holmes; 3rd. Mr. Beresford; 4th. Lord Charles Butler. The captain, we understand, is a relation of the Secretary of State for the Colonies. We may observe that the Calliope departed from home without the remotest design of visiting this island; she consequently has not brought any despatches.- Hobart Town Courier

20 Dec 1845 The "Dublin", since leaving the Downs, has experienced light and contrary winds, and was sixteen days before she cleared the Channel. She spoke H.M.B. Calliope, in lat. 23 55' S , long. 18 1' W. bound to New Zealand, via the Cape of Good Hope.

Dec 1845-11 Jan 1846 landed about 340 officers, seamen and Marines from the Castor, Racehorse, North Star, Calliope, and HEIC ship Elphinstone, to assist the army in the reduction of Ruapekapeka - see p. 348 at at

17 January 1846 When the Louisa left Auckland, the Perseverance, Strathisla, Louisa Campbell, and Bandicoot, were lying there. A large vessel with a blue ensign passed the Bay of Islands on the 31st ultimo, supposed to be H.M.S. Calliope.

19 Jan 1846. H.M.S. Calliope, Captain Stanley, from Bay of Islands, with troops.

14 Feb 1846 The Calliope, Castor, and Driver, were about to proceed to Port Nicholson, with Governor Grey and 400 of the troops, to settle the disputes concerning the land on the River Hutt.

28 Feb 1846 HMS Calliope, Castor, Driver, also the Slains Castle, and Victoria had proceeded on to Port Nicholson with a number of the military to quell the disturbances at the River Hutt. HMS Racehorse arrived at Aukland from the Bay on the 12th instant, she reported that the natives at Kororarika, were then on amicable terms.

21 Mar 1846 HMS Calliope, Castor and Driver, were lying at Port Nicholson, also the Slains Castle, on the 26th ultimo.

16 May 1846 Owing to the murder of a settler named Gillespie and his son having been perpetrated within twenty miles of the River Hutt by two natives. Governor Grey had despatched H.M.S. Calliope, Castor, and Driver, with 400 troops on board to demand the murderers, who had placed themselves under the protection of Rangihaeata, a hostile chief, who had refused to deliver them up. The Kestrel passed the whole of the vessels in Cook's Straits on the 18th ultimo, which were on their return to Port Nicholson, but the success of their embassy was not ascertained.

The schooner Comet left the township of Wellington on the 17th ultimo, but was compelled to anchor inside the Heads owing to heavy gales of wind, where she remained three days. H.M.S. Calliope, the steamer Driver, and the Slains Castle, had returned to Wellington ; but as the Comet had no communication with the shore subsequently, the termination of the expedition was not known.

23 Jul 1846, Rauperaha captured in bed, in a stockade at Taupo, by a party of seamen and Marines from the Calliope, co-operating with Major Lurt, of the 29th regiment - see p. 349 at at

24 Oct 1846 The Bee spoke the Jane, Captain Lee, on the 14th October, with 500 barrels of sperm oil on board, having left Sydney on the 8th February, 1845. The Bee has brought on the officers and crew of the French whaler Colon, which vessel was cast away on the coast of New Zealand, already reported. The schooner Star of China, hence the 7th September, arrived at Port Nicholson on the 20th, and was advertised to leave again on the 1st instant for Sydney via Nelson. The schooners Lowestoft and Kate, and HMS Calliope, were lying at Port Nicholson when the Bee left there.

20 Dec 1846 arrived Port Nicholson

14 Apr 1847 Boating Accident off Wanganui. See bottom of page.

30 Apr 1847 Still at Auckland

14 Jun 1847 departed from Wellington to Wanganui with troops of the RA.

24 Aug 1847 Sails for Nelson

15 Oct 1847 arrived Port Nicholson from Nelson and Wanganui.

29 Oct 1847 Left Port Nicholson

4 Nov 1847 arrived Auckland with troops of the 58th Regt

19 Dec 1847 Naval Intelligence.- Extract of a letter from Auckland, dated 19th December:- "The Calliope still stationary, and no immediate prospect of her going to China, as her services, which have been so frequently and beneficially tested, are still in demand. Her crew are yet under canvas, and the ship painting and refitting."

Circa 21 Mar 1848 At Auckland

29 Apr 1848 It is reported that the Calliope will be ordered home to be paid off if her presence is not urgently required on the East India Station.

6 May 1848 It is reported in Sydney that she has gone to the Bay of Islands with the Governor and suite.

16 Apr 1848 On the 16th April the American whaler Hope stranded at Kawiti Bay. She had experienced very bad weather off Cape Brett, and many of her sails splitting, the captain bore up for Kororarika, but mistaking the passage run through a narrow channel between the island of Ostia, and several smaller ones, and the consequence was that the vessel struck on a sunken rock, knocking a large hole in her bottom. She was then run ashore, and her masts cut away to keep her upright. H. M. Calliope being at the Bay of Islands at the time, sent her pinnace and cutter, with the master and a party of the crew to her assistance, and they had succeeding in saving most of the stores, a quantity of whalebone and about 350 barrels oil. The vessel it was expected would become a total wreck.

31 Apr 1848 arrived Auckland from Bay of Islands with Governor and suite.

25 Jun 1848 Returned to Auckland from Bay of Islands, having experienced bad weather and having been ashore.

See Report of Proceedings from the New Zealander of June 28.

3 Aug 1848 departed for Port Nicholson with Governor and suite, from whence she would sail to England with invalids of the 58th Regiment.

5 Aug 1848 the barque Elora had been chartered to proceed to the Bay of Islands to convey to Auckland the oil and stores saved by the boats of the Calliope from the wreck of the American whaler Hope. The claim for salvage in this case was expected to be settled without recourse to law.

23 Sep 1848 Extract from the Minutes of the Executive Council of New Munster, Saturday, 19th August, on the departure of the ship for England.

Mid Oct 1848 Reported to have arrived Rio de Janeiro, 58 days from NZ.

6 Jan 1849 arrived Plymouth and to be paid off next Tuesday. Captain Stanley has received a letter from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, expressive of the approbation of the gallant services of the officers and ship's company in New Zealand, which was read on the Quarter-deck on Wednesday last.

8 Feb 1851 It is reported in the United Service Gazette that a serious accident occurred onboard at Devonport:
The Calliope was being taken out of harbour into the Sound, in charge of Mr. Mills, Assistant Master Attendant, and in tow of the Avon steam vessel. She was starting all well, when it appears that the capstan not being properly attended to, the ship gained way on the men working at it, and on their walking back to give each hawser an equal strain, the capstan "ran away," carrying everyone before it ; and the bars not being secured by swifters or pins, they flew about in all directions, knocking down everyone near them. The captain, Sir Everard Home ; one of the Assistant Surgeons, Mr Newland Nettleton ; a quartermaster ; Jenkins, AB ; and Oxford a marine ; and James Dominey, a seaman ; were so seriously injured it was found necessary to send them to the Royal Naval Hospital, where they were placed under the skilful charge of Dr. Rae and other medical officers of that excellent establishment. The Captain received severe wounds in the head and leg, and is going on favourably, and will probably be removed to the Calliope on Monday. Mr Nettleton, Surgeon's Assistant, was a severe case, and amputation below the knee was performed in the afternoon. His present condition is favourable. Knowland, Quartermaster, received a fracture of the cranium, and was struck in the abdomen. He never spoke afterwards, and died on Thursday morning. Oxford, Marine, had a contused face, and is recovering. Jenkins had a contused leg, and James Dominey a contused thigh, and are doing well.

14 Feb 1851 Vessel inspected by Admiral Gage.

2 Mar 1851 Devonport. Mustered, inspected and paid in advance. Captain Home and other officers and men who sustained injuries through the late accident on board, have so far recovered as to leave the RN Hospital, Stonehouse, on Wednesday last, to rejoin the ship. The ship is lying in the Sound.

2 Mar 1851, departed Plymouth Sound with the Fantome, to relieve the survey squadron on the Australia Station.

11 Mar 1851 arrived at Madeira, where the Calliope and Fantome were joined by the Pandora.

16 Mar 1851, departed Madeira for Rio de Janeiro.

Circa 4 Apr 1851, arrived at Rio Janeiro, departing on the 23rd for the Cape of Good Hope, when the squadron was towed out of harbour by the Cormorant.

11 May 1851, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, at the same time as the then troop ship Vulcan. Whilst there the men spent many hours fishing over the side, often making a good catch.

28 May 1851, departed the Cape of Good Hope with mail for the Australian colonies, passing the islands of Amsterdam and St. Paul's whilst en route for Van Dieman's Land.

12 Jul 1851, the Fantome arrived at Van Dieman's Land, the Calliope having already arrived.

14 Jul 1851 Departed Hobart Town.

16 Jul 1851 Struck by lightning, which sounded as if a gun had been fired, but the conductors fitted meant that little damage was caused, except to the conductors themselves, although a strong smell of burning was evident. Bells Messenger.

20 Jul 1851 arrived Sydney

16 Aug 1851 Two deserters from the crew caught attempting to go to the gold fields, make an appearance at the Police Court Sydney.

24 Nov 1851 Departed Sydney for New Zealand.

5 Dec 1851 arrived Bay of Islands.

17 Dec 1851 Left for Auckland

20 Dec 1851 arrived at Auckland.

1 Jan 1852 Reported by the Moa to be at Auckland.

7 Jan 1852 departed for Whyeki, an island about 25 miles from Auckland, with the Lt Gov. on board, possibly in relation to discovery of gold, which had been confirmed by HMS Bramble ?

8 Jan 1852 arrived Whyeki

13 Jan 1852 departed for Manganui.

15 Jan 1852 arrived Manganui.

17 Jan 1852 departed for Wellington

21 Jan 1852 arrived Wellington

27 Jan 1852 departed for Mana.

28 Jan 1852 arrived Mana.

29 Jan 1852 departed for Rapiti arriving Rapiti the same day.

1 Feb 1852 departed for Nelson

3 Feb 1852 arrived Nelson.

10 Feb 1852 departed for Queen Charlotte's Sound.

13 Feb 1852 arrived for Queen Charlotte's Sound.

24 Feb 1852 departed for Port Cooper.

28 Feb 1852 arrived Port Cooper.

9 Mar 1852 departed for Akaroa.

12 Mar 1852 arrived Akaroa.

17 Mar 1852 departed for Auckland.

28 Mar 1852 arrived Auckland, Bay of Isles.

31 Mar 1852 departed for Port Arthur.

12 Apr 1852 arrived Port Arthur.

15 Apr 1852 departed for Hobart Town.

17 Apr 1852 arrived at Hobart Town from Port Arthur.

4 May 1852 departed for Melbourne

13 May 1852 arrived at Melbourne from Hobart Town.

16 May 1852 departed for Geelong

18 May 1852 arrived Geelong

23 May 1852 Departed from Port Phillip

28 May Calliope, 26, Captain Sir J. Everard Home, arrived Sydney - 1 passenger Lt Napper, 11th Regt.

22 Jul 1852 Departs Sydney on a cruise.

27 Jul 1852 arrived Norfolk Island

30 Jul 1852 Left Norfolk Island to continue cruise.

15 Aug 1852 Left Tongataboo for the Navigators, supposedly to select an island for convicts.

19 Dec 1852 Arrives Sydney from a cruise, with passengers: Captain Prout, 2 prisoners and 4 seamen.

16 Mar 1853 departed on a cruise. First stop Melbourne

30 Mar 1853 arrived Melbourne. Anchored in Hobson's Bay Wed. evening.

24 Apr - 7 May King George's Sound

14 May 1853 arrived Hobart Town

5 Jul 1853 arrived Wellington from Hobart Town, via Port Arthur and Nelson.

19 Jul 1853 departed for Auckland

28 Jul 1853 arrived Auckland from Wellington, having encountered gales for upwards of a week. Whilst at Auckland the barque "Galatea" drove from her anchors and got foul of the Calliope, causing much damage.

29 Oct 1853 Arrives Sydney from Auckland via Whyheki and Coromandel, but no diggers were at work at the former and Kawau, which she left on 17th inst. and met more bad weather which caused further damage.

7 Nov 1853 Captain Sir J. Everard Home died onboard on Tuesday evening at 2130.

26 Dec 1853 A seaman from the Acheron was taken onboard with a broken leg last Monday.

4 Mar 1854 Departed Sydney for a cruise.

11 Mar 1854 It was expected she would proceed to Port Curtis about 11th inst. with his Excellency the Gov.-Gen., returning Sydney first week of May.

1 Apr 1854 Some officers from the Calliope are surveying the banks of the northern entrance of Moreton Bay with a view to finding suitable permanent moorings for a lightship. Ship has gone into the mouth of the river for wood and water.

Apr 1854 Departure from Moreton Bay reported - going to Port Curtis with the Gov.-Gen. on 18th inst.

10 May 1854 Arrives Sydney from Fort Curtis (20 Apr), and Howe's Island (4 May). Passengers - the Gov.-Gen and suite.

28 Jun 1854 Departs Sydney on a cruise

30 Jun 1854 Returns to Sydney from a cruise

5 Jul 1854 Departs Sydney on a cruise, including a call at Botany, where great guns were exercised.

10 July 1854 Returns to Sydney from a cruise

9 Sep 1854 Leaves Sydney on a cruise

11 Sep 1854 To provide officers for HMS Acheron, which is now fully manned, rather than on a part time basis as previously.

16 Sep 1854 Capt Fitzgerald, arrives Sydney, from a cruise.

23 Sep 1854 Departs Sydney on a cruise.

25 Sep 1854 Capt Fitzgerald, returns to Sydney from a cruise

29 Nov 1854 Sails from Sydney, on a cruise

10 Dec 1854 Arrives Sydney from Port Stephens which she left on the 8 Dec

7 Feb 1855 Departs for England via Melbourne.

13 Feb 1855 Arrives Melbourne from Sydney

27 Feb 1855 Leaves Melbourne, for Plymouth, UK

Calliope, bound from Sydney to London, was sited lat. 28 58 ' - long. 33 32 ' by the Grand Trianon and Officers boarded to view latest [UK] papers.

9th June 1855 arrived at Plymouth.

1860 Floating Chapel, Plymouth

1861-62 being fitted out as a floating factory, Devonport according to Parliamentary estimates etc.

1865 Floating factory, Devonport.

1870 Floating factory, Devonport.

1879 Floating factory, Devonport

arrived in port on Sunday, from Nelson and Wanganui, having on board as passengers his Honor the Superintendent, his Honor Mr. Justice Chapman. R. Strang, Esq., and officers of the Supreme Court.

When off Wanganui a melancholy accident occurred, involving the loss of two lives. On arriving off the bar the Calliope fired a gun. Lieutenant Holmes left the river in a boat, with four prisoners, whom he conveyed on board.

On returning, a fresh breeze sprung up from the north-west, and he was unable to make the bar. He accordingly decided on beaching the boat towards the Wanganui, but when about a mile from the shore she shipped a sea and eventually capsized. Two of the men made at once for the shore, which they reached in safety. The unfortunate deceased became frightened, and losing their presence of mind, began to sink. Lieutenant Holmes, with a gallantry in every way to be admired, remained with them, assisting them on to the boat which had turned uppermost. All his humane efforts were unavailing, for the poor fellows were washed off and drowned. Mr. Holmes then made for the shore, but so exhausted had he become through his exertions to rescue the two men from a watery grave, he would have lost his own life in the surf, had not the two who previously reached land ran in and saved him. The remainder of the party, by holding on to the boat, reached the shore in safety. One of the unfortunate men was a sailor, named Clatworthy, and the other a corporal of the 58th Regiment.-
Wellington Independent, April 14, [1847].