HMS Calypso

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Calypso, 1845
Type: Sloop ; Armament 20
Launched : 1 May 1845 ; Disposal date or year : 1866
BM: 731 tons

7 Mar 1846 Calypso saw HMS North Star, and HEIC Ship Elphinstone, off Mount Dromedary, on Thursday se,nnight

Jun 1847 At Tahiti

Oct 1847 departed from Tahiti to Raiatea and neighbouring islands.

9 Mar 1848 A letter from Captain Worth reports that the ship arrived at Pitcairn Islands from Callao. Bad weather delayed landing by 24 hours, when the captain went ashore with half the officers and youngsters, bringing presents from the inhabitants of Valparaiso. There being no anchorage the ship was standing off and on. The number of inhabitants is 140 and all appear happy and healthy. 100 lbs. of powder, ensign and union jack, casks of salt beef and pork, agricultural implements, clothes and books etc. were landed before departure
11 Mar 1848 departed for Tahiti
1 Jul 1848 The Falcon reports that H.M.S. Calypso arrived at Tahiti from the South American station on the 22nd March, having called at Pitcairn's Island on her way, with presents from the British and Chilian Governments. She departed again on the 26th March, for the purpose of recognising and saluting the independent Leeward Islands, and from thence would proceed to Valparaiso, calling at the Navigators' and Fejee Islands.

Circa 7 Aug 1848 arrived Upolu, Navigator Islands, and blockaded port for 10 days, obtaining redress for grievances complained of by British subjects.

17 August 1848 departed for Valparaiso

23 Sep 1848 The "Cocquette" reports that the Calypso had visited the Feejee Islands where "severe punishment" was inflicted on the local natives for the murder of 2 Englishmen. See report of 21 Oct 1848 below.

1860 Pacific (re-rated as an 18)

21 Oct 1848 H.M.S. Calypso, Captain Worth, was at the Fejees about the middle of June. During her visit she burnt the town of Unduvan, some eight or nine miles from the Missionary Station at Viwa. This summary act was caused by aggression of the natives of that village, who. about a year before had taken forcible possession of a boat belonging to some white residents, murdering two of their number. On the 20th of June the Calypso opened upon the town. keeping up a heavy fire. On the following day, under cover of her guns, she landed her Marines and Blue Jackets, marching them on the town. and burning it with but little resistance. On the retiring of this force, the natives rushed out and attacked them, wounding one of the seamen in the thigh. They were, however, speedily put to the rout, with a loss of eight men killed, and twenty wounded. After this affair, the British re-embarked, without further molestation. On the same evening, the chief of the village proceeded on board the Calypso, soliciting pardon, according to native custom, by presenting to Captain Worth, a whale's tooth, three hogs, and a basket of earth.