HMS Cambridge

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Cambridge, 1815
Type: 3rd rate ; Armament 80
Launched : 23 Jun 1815 ; Disposal date or year : 1869
BM: 2139 tons ; Displacement : 3101 tons
Complement :445 officers and men ; 60 boys ; 150 marines

Built on the lines of the much admired Christian VII [taken from the Danes 1807].

6 Jan 1827 Employed on the South America Station.

1830 Sheerness

10 Nov 1832 to be brought forward for commission.

1 Feb 1840 to be commissioned at Sheerness.

8 Feb 1840 Captain Edward Barnard and Lieutenant James E. Katin. appointed to the Cambridge

8 Feb 1840 Lieutenant Benjamin Sharpe, appointed to the Excellent vice Anslie, appointed to the Cambridge"

14 Mar 1840 Mate C. H. James, of Excellent ; Naval Instructor John Doyle Kennedy ; Seamenís Schoolmaster George J. Arnold, appointed to Cambridge.

25 Apr 1840 Plymouth, is ordered to Spithead, to fit for the reception of a diplomatic gentleman going to some Italian state.

13 Jun 1840 is under orders for the Mediterranean, and will leave Plymouth next week, on the arrival of some volunteer seamen from Cork. She will call at Spithead for final orders.

24 Jun 1840 Plymouth, in the Sound on Sunday, awaiting a draught of men to complete her crew. Stores ship with provisions and stores for the squadron in the Mediterranean.

3 Jul 1840 arrived Spithead from Plymouth, for Mr. Abercrombie, Minister at Turin and will call at Lisbon on her way to the Mediterranean. She is about 50 men short of complement. A subscription of £11. 15s. had been made for Henry Morris, the captain of the mizen-top, who fell from the crosstrees on to the poop, and who is slowly recovering in Stonehouse Hospital at Plymouth

10 Jul 1840 at Spithead and still 40 men short of her complement ; she has embarked part of the baggage of the Hon. Mr. Abercrombie. His Excellency will be here in a few days to take passage to Italy.

11 Jul 1840 Midshipman Charles Wood, appointed to the Cambridge;

18 Jul 1840 Mr. Abercrombie is expected at Portsmouth in a few days.

25 Jul 1840 Portsmouth, Captain Cater and Lieutenant Collis, RM, with 60 rank and file, have embarked for the Mediterranean. The Hon. Mr. and Lady Mary Abercrombie have been staying at the Bush Inn some days, waiting a fair wind. His Excellency and suite will embark to morrow morning and sail immediately afterwards.

7 Aug 1840 arrived Lisbon from Portsmouth en route for the Mediterranean.

11 Aug 1840 departed from Lisbon for Genoa.

14 Aug 1840 Gibraltar, sails for Genoa.

12 Oct 1840 arrived off Beyrout.

22 Oct 1840 has arrived off Alexandria.

Aug - Nov 1840 Present at capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign.

21 Nov 1840 a part of the squadron off Alexandria - see p. 322-> at at

Early Dec 1840, stood off the coast following receipt of a signal reporting Peace with Egypt : on the 2 Dec it came on to blow and the squadron experienced a heavy gale in which some vessels off the Syrian coast went ashore, the Zebra being lost in the bay of Khaifa and the Pique and Bellerophon being nearly lost.

8 Dec 1840 the squadron arrived in Marmorice Bay.

19 Feb 1841 Midshipman C. W. Elton, appointed to the Cambridge.

10 Apr 1841 departed from Marmorice-bay, for Suda, island of Candia (Crete), where she remained 40 hours before sailing with the Hazard for Malta.

21 Apr 1841 arrived at Malta.

26 May 1841 at Malta.

1 Jun 1841 arrived Malta, from Syracuse

4 Jul 1841 departed Malta for the coast of Syria with the Calcutta and Rodney, later to be joined by the Vanguard, once she's watered at Gozo.

7 Aug 1841 Lieutenant E. H. Alston, appointed to the Cambridge.

2 Oct 1841 it is reported in England that in August the Cambridge and Phoenix assisted the Austrian ship Venere get off-shore, which had gone aground near St Jean D'Acre

30 Oct 1841 Commander G. K. Wilson ; Lieutenant Hon. C. St. Clair appointed to the Cambridge.

25 Oct 1841 is expected Malta shortly from Beyrout.

15 Nov 1841 in quarantine at Malta ; ordered to make good her defects and prepare for sea.

28 Nov 1841 Midshipman Elton court martialled arising from a note he wrote to Captain Williams of the Stromboli and sentenced to 6 months in prison and to be dismissed from the service.

5 Dec 1841 at Malta.

17 Dec 1841 Mate C. Dyke, has been promoted to Lieutenant and is appointed to the Cambridge.

2 Jan 1842 arrived at Gibraltar, from Malta.

8 Jan 1842 was at Gibraltar when the steam ship Montrose stopped off briefly before departing for England.

21 Jan 1842 was at Gibraltar.

22 Jan 1842 at Gibraltar and reported to have many on the sick list.

3 Feb 1842 at Gibraltar.

20 Mar 1842 arrived Malta from Gibraltar, last from Tarragona (6 days), with the masts, spars, iron ballast and sundry stores for the Tribune, wrecked there some time ago.

31 Mar 1842 at the end of a court martial lasting 2 days William Canning, a seaman of the Cambridge was sentenced to death for the murder of a boy seaman, the evidence being mainly in letters in his own hand, including one to the boy's mother stating his intention.

15 Apr 1842 the Malta Times reports that the Weazle will depart Malta for England with William Canning, the seaman condemned to death for murdering a boy to have his sentence carried out on board the Cambridge or as instructed by the Admiralty.

19 May 1842 it is reported that the Queen, Impregnable, Calcutta, Vanguard, Cambridge, Devastation had been provisioned and were ready for sea, but that the destination remained a secret.

20 May 1842 departed Valetta with the squadron, including the Queen (flag V.-Adm. Owen) Howe (flag R.-Adm Mason), Vanguard, Calcutta, Thunderer, Cambridge, Impregnable, Devastation and Vesuvius, on a cruize.

27 May 1842 the Weazle arrived Plymouth from the Mediterranean and departed 31st for Chatham to be paid off. Cummins the seaman who murdered a boy on board the Cambridge, and was sentenced to death was on board.

4 Jun 1842 returned to Malta from cruise.

28 Jun 1842 departed Malta, possibly to the coast of Syria, it was surmised at Malta ?.

6 Jul 1842 off Athens.

8 Jul 1842 departed Athens for the Dardanelles.

5 Aug 1842 with the Vanguard is understood to have been recalled to Malta from the Dardanelles.

15 Sep 1842 on the coast of Syria, and were reported to have departed Beyrout on 3rd.

3 Oct 1842 arrived Malta from Corfu.

15 Oct 1842 a seaman is reported to have died have fallen from the foretopmast yard.

20 Oct 1842 due to depart Malta for England.

23 Oct 1842 departed Malta for England with the Marble statues etc from Xanthus acquired at some cost in human life and health.

2 Nov 1842 arrived Gibraltar from Malta, en route for England.

17 Nov 1842 at Gibraltar waiting for a fair wind to proceed to England.

2 Dec 1842 arrived Plymouth, from Gibraltar.

6 Dec 1842 departed Plymouth for Portsmouth.

10 Dec 1842 arrived Spithead from Plymouth with 80 cases of antiquities.

14 Dec 1842 came into harbour at Portsmouth to refit [and I would guess to transfer the antiquities to the railway at Gosport. Ed.].

Jan 1848 Devonport, in Ordinary

20 Dec 1848 Devonport

1856 Converted for use as a Gunnery ship at Devonport.

1860 Gunnery Ship, Devonport.

1 Mar 1862 Commissioned at Devonport.

1864 Home Station : Stationary Ship at Devonport. Report of VD and Small Pox onboard. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.

1869 Windsor Castle renamed Cambridge and took over as Gunnery Ship, Devonport. Cambridge BU.

30 Dec 1870 during drill a sword bayonet flew off a rifle and struck Gunner 2nd class John Hodge, who subsequently died on Sunday night. The jury, at the coroner's court, agreed that the wound was inflicted accidentally.