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Castor, 1832
Type: 5th rate ; Armament 36
Launched : 2 May 1832 ; Disposal date or year : 1902
BM: 1293 tons ; Displacement: 1808 tons

Jul 1830 Chatham building

9 Jun 1832 fitting out at Chatham and is nearly ready for sea.

13 Jul 1832 with the Donegal as flagship, passed by Portsmouth down the Channel to the westward, en route for Plymouth, in company with the Orestes and Trinculo.

15 Jul 1832 arrived Plymouth from the Downs, with the Donegal, Orestes and Trinculo. However, all would not appear to have been well, as she was placed in quarantine, 3 cases of cholera having been detected on board whilst at sea, one of the patients, by the name of Fleming having died, the other 2 having recovered. 6 days having elapsed she was released from quarantine.

18 Jul 1832 the squadron embarked 300 marines from shore and was due to depart Plymouth Sound that evening for Cork.

1832 a part of an Experimental Squadron under Vice-Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm, was organised to try the rates of sailing of various new types of vessels.

Circa 11 Aug 1832 Reported to be off the coast of Portugal.

16 Aug 1832 In the Cove of Cork, refitting after sailing trials.

23 Aug 1832 off Plymouth.

25-27 Aug 1832 V.-Adm. Sir P. Malcolm's squadron, including the Donegal(flag), Castor, Tyne, Trinculo, Nimrod, and the revenue cruiser Prince of Wales, along with the Vernon, Dryad, Snake and Dee assembled at Torbay for sailing trials, and were joined by the Stag on Thursday, just arrived from off Oporto. The Board of Admiralty arrived on the 27th from Portsmouth, in the Lightning, and observed some of the relative sailing qualities of the vessels taking part in the trials, before departing for Plymouth. Per some of the commentators details of the trials would appear to be too fragmented to make much sense, and it might be that someone was attempting to obfuscate the results as they didn't provide the results that some people wanted to see........

27 Aug 1832 departed Torbay having carried away her jib-boom and sprung her foretopmast in the gale and arrived Plymouth from Torbay. Once her damage had been made good she joined the squadron, Donegal, Vernon, Stag, Snake and Nimrod which had departed for Cork for further trials, before separating e.g. the Donegal and Vernon to be employed in the Channel squadron blockading Dutch ports with a French squadron.

18 Sep 1832 arrived Spithead from trials off the Scilly Isles, with the Donegal and Vernon, all awaiting orders.

End of 1832, a part of a squadron of vessels involved in the blockade of the ports of Holland, which was defying the great Powers with regard to the Belgian question. See p. 270-1 at at

1 Nov 1832 departed Spithead for the Downs with sealed orders.

2 Nov 1832 arrived Deal from Spithead.

6 Nov 1832 was in the Downs when V.-Adm. Sir P. Malcolm's squadron arrived from Spithead.

9 Nov 1832 departed the Downs for the North Sea with the Vernon and Rover, and two French vessels, La Résolue, and the Calypso.

16 Nov 1832 has detained and sent in to Harwich a Dutch brig, the Kron Princess, bound from the West Indies to Bremen.

17 Nov 1828 has detained and sent in to Harwich another Dutch vessel.

28 Nov 1832 arrived Deal from a cruise in the North Sea.

29 Nov 1832 departed the Texel.

4 Dec 1832 arrived in the Downs from the Texel and lost 115 fathoms of cable and an anchor when attempting to anchor.

3 Jan 1833 departed the Downs for a cruise.

24 Jan 1833 cruising in the North Sea.

30 Jan 1833 arrived Deal from a cruise.

1 Feb 1833 departed Deal on a cruise to the westward.

4 Feb 1833 departed Deal for Sheerness.

28 May 1833 departed Deal for the southward.

31 May 1833 has departed the Downs for Lisbon.

20 Jul 1833 is reported at Portsmouth to be cruising off the Tagus.

4 Oct 1833 remains Vigo.

1 Jan 1834 on the Lisbon Station.

14 Apr 1834 in the Tagus.

30 May 1834 ship's company paid advance of pay at Plymouth.

5 Jun 1834 departed Plymouth for Portsmouth and Deptford.

7 Jun 1834 arrived Spithead from Plymouth.

16 Jun 1834 departed Spithead for the River with the Queen's barge.

9 Jul 1834 arrived at Helvoetsluys last Sunday, returning to Woolwich today.

27 Aug 1834 in collision with and sank the Revenue Cutter Cameleon off Dover.

6 Sep 1834 at Plymouth, Court Martial of officers and men of the Castor for running down the Revenue cutter Cameleon.

18 Sep 1834 departed Plymouth for the north coast of Spain.

26 Oct 1834 Lisbon.

14 Aug 1835 news reports from the coast of Spain state that the Castor was at Santanda and that the Ringdove was at Bilboa, where she had been fired into by the Carlists.

30 Sep 1835 at Santander.

14 Nov 1835 is reported to be on the north coast of Spain.

19 Dec 1835 reported to be on the North coast of Spain.

Circa 17 Jan 1836 reported to be at Santander.

7 Jul 1836 North coast of Spain supporting the British Legion. See p. 276 at at

17 Dec 1836 is to be paid off shortly.

8 Apr 1837 is reported to have been commissioned at Sheerness.

2 Jul 1837 departed Lisbon for Corunna.

20 Aug 1837 arrived Malta from Portsmouth (45 days) and Corunna.

8 Feb 1839 departed Gibraltar for her station off Barcelona,

2 Feb 1839 Malta The Carysfort frigate is reported to have left for Mahon and Barcelona, to relieve the Castor, which was to return to repair her damages. Captain Martin was to take the command of the naval division on the southern coast of Spain.

13 Feb 1839 Malta, has to come in here for repairs.

16 Mar 1839 at Malta.

Circa 26 Apr 1839 Malta, departed for Corfu with Rodney, Bellerophon, and Talavera to exercise their crews, following which they will return here about the 15th, after calling at Patras..

8 May 1839 Malta Jaseur departed to Corfu with orders from Admiral Stopford for the Rodney, Talavera, Bellerophon, and Castor, not to return to Malta, but to proceed directly to the Levant where the Admiral expected to join them in due course with the remainder of the fleet.

19 May 1839 Malta the Rodney, Bellerophon and Talavera, departed from Corfu prior to the arrival of the Jaseur, with her despatches, arriving here on 15th inst., and the Castor on the 16th. The projected cruise has now been cancelled.

20 Jun 1839 arrived Valetta.

1 Jul 1839 Malta the Minden, Talavera, Asia, Castor, and Zebra departed and remained in the offing until the following day, when they were joined by Admiral Sir R Stopford, in the Princess Charlotte, the Rodney, Bellerophon, Pembroke, Tyne and Rhadamanthus and departed for the east, but destination unknown.

Sep 1939 at Besika Bay.

13 Oct 1839 Malta, it is reported that a malignant fever had appeared among the crews of both fleets at Besika Bay, but with most intensity on board the French vessels.

4 Nov 1839 Malta, is reported to have departed Besika Bay 23 Oct for a winter anchorage at Vourla.

14 Dec 1839 Malta, The Castor, Dido, Daphne, and Hazard, have lately had an experimental cruise ; they returned to VourIa Bay on the 3d of December, but (up to the date of Phoenix leaving) it was not ascertained which was the best sailer ; report says the Hazard. The Castor had proceeded to relieve the Carysfort at Constantinople.

11 Jan 1840 arrived Malta on Sunday evening from Vourla bay to be caulked, and then returns to Vourla to convoy the transports with provisions to the squadron, which continues at Vourla. Mr. Bridges, mate of the Phoenix. has left the service, and here in the Castor.

14 Mar 1840 Lieutenant Charles E. Patey, appointed from the Princess Charlotte to be first of the Castor ; Mate William Rattrey, appointed from the Castor to the Hermes ; Lieutenant W. F. Glanville, from the Castor, appointed to be Flag Lieutenant to Sir R. Stopford;

28 Feb 1840 departed from Malta for Vourla.

22 Apr 1840 arrived at Smyrna from Vourla,

25 May 1840 at Malta.

24 Jun 1840 with Sir John Louis' squadron beating up the Tenedos passage, en route for Vourla, was detached from the squadron and departed for Syria.

11 Jul 1840 Mate Arthur P. E. Wilmot (1834) of the Castor, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

6 Jul 1840 off the coast of Syria.

12 Aug 1840 arrived off Beyrout.

14 Aug 1840 off Beyrout, and had captured several vessels with warlike stores. They were keeping off shore and under sail looking out for captures.

9 Sep 1840 arrived Beyrout.

10 Sep 1840 covered the landing of troops at D'jounie Bay - see p. 314 at at

17-24 Sep 1840, off Tsour (Tyre), drove out Egyptian troops, said to be 500 men and took possession of the town on the 25th - see p. 315 at at See also of 17 Nov 1840.

22 Oct 1840 off Tyre.

2 Nov, 1840 arrived off St. Jean d’Acre.

3 Nov, 1840 bombardment of St. Jean d’Acre. Killed. 4 seamen. Wounded. 1 seaman severely; 3 seamen slightly; 2 privates royal marines severely; 1 private royal marine slightly. Egyptian forces evacuate St. Jean d’Acre overnight and the town was occupied on the 4th by the Turks. See of 1 Dec 1840.

8 Nov 1840 off St Jean d’Acre, Captain Collier severely wounded in explosion ashore ; and the Castor, having her bowsprit badly wounded and other masts and spars shot away, ordered to Malta to refit, See of 15 Dec 1840.

Aug - Nov 1840 Capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign. 16 Oct 1844 those onboard between 9 Sep - 10 Oct 1840, and at the bombardment of St. Jean D’Acre, on the 3 Nov 1840, will be paid their respective proportions of the grant voted by Parliament for the said services.

18 Dec 1840, reported to be at Malta.

2 Jan 1841 Lieutenant Henry Stewart, appointed to the Castor;

7 Jan 1841 arrived at the Bay of Marmorice.

21 May 1841 departed Malta for Syracuse to water.

19 Jun 1841 Malta, departed for Gibraltar and England. Adm. The Hon Sir Robt. Stopford transferred command of the Mediterranean fleet to R.-Adm Sir John A. Ommanney, and departed Malta the same day in the Princess Charlotte, under tow by the Cyclops as far as Gozo, and in company with the Castor.

1 Jul 1841 Gibraltar, departed for England.

15 Jul 1841 arrived at the Motherbank, from Malta (19/6) ; Gibraltar (1/7), and put in quarantine for 2 days, and is expected to proceed to Sheerness shortly to be paid off.

19 Jul 1841 Portsmouth, admitted to pratique to-day, and is to proceed to Sheerness, to be paid off.

30 Jul 1841 paid off at Sheerness.

31 Jul 1841 Midshipman The Hon, F. A, Foley, appointed to the Monarch, from the Castor

10 Aug 1841 Matthew Conolly, late Castor, passed for Lieutenant at the Naval College.

9 Oct 1841 Assistant-Surgeon Dr. John Bower, late Castor, promoted to Surgeon.

6 Nov 1841 at Chatham, and is ordered to be prepared for commissioning.

9 Nov 1841 Midshipman Mr. J. A. H . Bond, late Castor, passed for Lieutenant at the RN College

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

11 Jan 1846 the following vessels were lying in the Kawi Kawi River: HMS Castor, North Star, and Racehorse; HEIC ship Elphinstone; the Slains Castle, Victoria and a number of small craft. At Kororarika the following were lying: Fanny, of Havre, five months and a half out. with 200 sperm and 100 of black oil. She had drifted ashore on the beach during a gale of wind, but hauled off again without damage with the assistance of HMS Osprey, which vessel was there at the time. The Perseverance, Captain Corkhill, had arrived there, and reported having seen a brig and schooner a few days previous, supposed to be the Louisa and Waterlilly, bound to Auckland. On the 17th ultimo, a new schooner called the Bride, about 80 tons, was launched from a yard at the bark of Pomare's pah, where she had remained in safety during the late disturbances.

17 Jan 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 HMS Calliope. HMS Castor, Racehorse, North Star, and Osprey, also the H.E.I. Company's ship Elphinstone, and the Slains Castle, were lying at the Bay of Islands.

20 Jan 1846. Castor, Captain Graham, 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 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.

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. The schooner reported by the Kestrel to have left Port Nicholson for Sydney direct was the Fanny Morris; she was to call at Port Nelson, which accounts for her non-arrival here. The Comet saw the barque Slains Castle on the 22nd ultimo, off Terawiti, and the steamer Driver on the 23rd, in Cook's Straits, apparently bound for Auckland. The schooner Star of China arrived at Wellington on the 17th ultimo from Nelson. Captain Cork reports having seen the schooner Susannah Ann, on the 22nd ultimo, off Cape Campbell, from the Chatham Islands, bound to Port Nicholson.

30 May 1846 H.M. Steamer Driver from Port Nicholson, arrived at Auckland on the 26th ultimo, and H.M.S. Castor, from the same place, arrived there on the 28th.

13 Jun 1846 Castor left Auckland on the 18th, ultimo, for the Bay of Islands, from whence she has come to Sydney. .. . . The Castor has come on to Sydney to victual and refit, after which she will return to New Zealand. The natives around the Bay of Islands were in a peaceable state, and it was expected that Heki and Governor Gray would have an interview in a few days. No further news has been received from Port Nicholson.

13 Jun 1846 Castor, 36, Captain Charles Graham, arrives Sydney 10 June, 1846, from Bay of Islands the 24 May,: Passengers Colonel Wynyard, Dr Pine and Lt. Leery, of the 58th Reg, Capt Patten, Lt Freere, Lt Wharton, Dr. Stewart, Mr Hallorne, Mr Cole, with other officers, and 67 men belonging to HM Brig Osprey, Mr J Peacock, 30 invalid soldiers, and 20 invalid seamen.

27 Jun 1846 Farm Cove, Sydney, Recruiting.

25 Jul 1846 The "Maukin" saw HMS Castor and the schooner "Falcon" on Sunday last, at noon, about 60 miles off the coast.

29 Aug 1846 The Castor arrived at Port Nicholson on the 5th inst., having touched at Auckland.

19 Sep 1846 arrived at Auckland from Port Nicholson, 30 Aug, having on board His Excellency the Governor of NZ.

7 Nov 1846 The cargo by the Terror consists of 60 tons copper ore, . . 5 hogsheads red wine. . The following vessels were at Auckland when the schooner Terror left: H.M.S. Castor, Racehorse, and Childers.

21 Nov 1848 Naval Promotions.- The London Gazette, of June 27th, contains despatches from Captain Graham, of H.M.S. Castor, giving an account of the proceedings at the attack upon the New Zealand rebels in January last. They do not contain any information not laid before the public here at the time. The following memorandum is appended to the despatches:
Admiralty, June 26.- With reference to the above despatches, the following naval promotions have taken place dated January 11, 1846.
To be Captain.- Commander George James Hay. To be Commanders- Lieutenant Robert Jocelyn Otway, Lieutenant Maxwell Falcon, Lieutenant Charles Randle Egerton. Mr. William David Lock, acting mate, and Mr. George Don Hurray, midshipman, will be promoted to the rank of lieutenants, on their passing the required examinations to qualify them for that rank.
Commander Sotheby has been appointed to the command of Her Majesty's ship Racehorse, vice Hay, promoted for gallant conduct at New Zealand. Captain Charles Graham, of H.M.S. Castor, appointed a C.B.

7 Oct 1846 departed Sydney for Auckland.

5 Dec 1846 has been ordered to prepare for the passage home and will be relieved by the Melampus, 42, Captain Fitzgerald, from the Brazil station.

5 Dec 1846 arrived from Auckland, Port Phillip Herald, November 22

24 Dec 1846 Departs Hobart Town.

8 Jul 1847 Departs Auckland, NZ, for England (Captain Grahame)

7 Aug 1847 It is report that as soon as the Melampus arrives the Castor will proceed to England, having been commissioned her full time. Whereas it appears that the Castor returned home on the arrival of the Dido.

9 Sep 1847 departed Rio de Janeiro for England.

2 Nov 1847 arrived Spithead from New Zealand and Rio. 3 Nov 1847 departs Spithead for Chatham.

7 Nov 1847 arrived Chatham.

16 Nov 1847 paid off at Chatham into Ordinary.

Jan 1848 Chatham, in Ordinary (reserve).

17 Jul 1848 docked for repair and making good defects and fitting for sea.

15 Nov 1848 taken out of dock.

5 Apr 1849 being sent to Sheerness to be docked to be re-coppered etc.

25 Apr 1849 returned from Sheerness having been coppered up to her load water mark and has now been taken under the sheers in order to receive her masts and bowsprit.

4 May 1849 has commissioned at Chatham.

7 May 1849 Capt. C. Wyvill has been appointed to the Castor, and will hoist his pennant as Commodore on the Cape of Good Hope station. Commander Bunce has been appointed as Commanding Officer.

18 May 1849 the ship is in the process of being rigged and whilst getting up the foretopmast it slipt from its slings and was damaged when it came down on the deck, fortunately without injuring any of the men.

25 May 1849 continues to prepare her rigging for sea, and is making good internal fixings, whilst taking on board her sea stores, and preparing to take on board her ordnance and associated stores in the next week or so.

15 Jun 1849 has dropped down from Chatham to Gillingham Reach to take on her powder, and was then towed to the Nore, for her inspection by the Port Admiral.

16 Jun 1849 whilst under the tow of the steam frigate Sampson called at Spithead for 3 hours in the afternoon, picking up packages and personnel destined for the Cape of Good Hope station.

17 Jun 1849 arrived in Plymouth Sound under the tow of the Sampson.

23 Jun 1849 departed Plymouth for the Cape of Good Hope, now under the command of Captain Thomas M'Symons.

2 Aug 1849 arrived at Ascension and departed on the 4th.

31 Aug 1849 arrived at the Cape of Good Hope and relieved the Southampton, R.-Adm. Reynolds, who is sailing for Rio, where they will relieve Commodore Sir Thomas Herbert.

16 Mar 1850 off Quillimane with the Flag Officer. Learned that the Pantaloon had detained 2 slave vessels and that there was therefore a large number of prospective slaves ashore awaiting shipment. Therefore cruized in the region of Quillimane and the River Olinda for about a month, in company with the Philantropo, a prize, used as a tender to the Castor. The Flag Officer, wishing to speak with the Dee and Pantaloon, left the ship to proceed by shore to join them at Ibo.

1 Jan 1851 a ship's boat entered the Tejungo (Monega) River, in lat. 17° 17' S. long. 38° 5' E. On the 3rd Lieut. T.M. Campbell, and Lieut. J V C Reed, RM landed with a view to obtaining information from the local Macona tribe regarding the situation with the slave trade. Initially the tribesmen appeared friendly, but once in their village things turned unpleasant and the officers were kidnapped, along with a Krooman, who was acting as an interpreter. After a while it was agreed that they would be released in exchange for some rum, gunpowder and a musket etc. Having managed to speak with one or two of the members of the tribe through Mark Anthony, the interpreter, it was found that the chief did appear to be involved in the slave trade, but no slaves appear to be kept locally.

7 Jan 1851 off Cape Fitzwilliam the boats of the Castor, Orestes, and Dart were manned and armed and sent up the River Monega in order to obtain restitution for the actions of the Macona tribe a few days previously. However, on arriving at the village it was found to have been deserted by the able bodied tribesmen was burnt.

7 Mar 1851 at Simon's Town writing a report to the Admiralty regarding an event that took place in early Jan 1851. Flag ship at Cape of Good Hope.

May 1851, whilst at the Cape of Good Hope a young officer from the Orestes and another from the Pandora were drowned when their dinghy was swamped when alongside the Castor. 2 other occupants of the boat survived the accident.

30 Aug 1851 Cape of Good Hope.

31 Oct 1851 the Pickle, tender to the Castor, detained a slave dhow, Name Unknown, Orestes sharing.

1 Nov 1851 the ship's boats detained a slave dhow, Name Unknown (2).

1 Nov 1851 the ship's boats detained in Pongo Bay, coast of East Africa, a slave dhow, Name Unknown (3).

1 Nov 1851 the ship's boats detained a slave dhow, Name Unknown (1).

Circa Aug 1852 is reported to have destroyed a slave vessel and a barracoon, (a prison for slaves pending their embarkation and transportation), regarding which the conduct of Commander Bunce, commanding officer, appears to have been the subject of correspondence between the British and Portuguese governments.

5 Jan 1857 departed Kwyhoo.

6 Jan 1857 anchored in Lamoo Bay, being the first English man of war to call since Captain Owen, some decades previously.

27 Jan 1857 arrived at Ibo, where the slave trade with Réunion was still said to be thriving. On the passage down to Mozambique touched at Boyanna Bay, Madagascar where the Queen of Bali was very civil.

23 Feb 1857 arrived at Mozambique and was civilly received by the Governor-General.

27 Feb 1857 departed for Angoxa.

25 Mar 1857 sent a report of proceedings regarding the above cruize to the Admiralty.

14 Apr 1857 sending copies of correspondence to the Secretary of the Admiralty sent to the Governor of Mauritius, regarding African immigration into the Island.

8 May 1857 forwarding copies of half yearly slave trade report due 31 Dec 1856, from the Frolic to the Secretary of the Admiralty, following her recent arrival from the Mozambique Channel.

22 May 1857 Commodore Trotter, on being relieved by R.-Adm. Sir F. Grey, has informed the Admiralty that no trans-Atlantic Slave Trade has existed for the last 3 years on the station, although the trade with the Comoro Islands and Arab countries continues, but is almost impossible to measure.

24 Jul 1857 in Simon's Bay. Flag ship. Has sent the Geyser to cruise on the East Coast of Africa.

14 Aug 1857 Flag ship on the West Coast of Africa : at Ascension, the Flag Officer writing to the Admiralty advising that the slave trade on the Congo Coast, under the US flag is on the increase and asking for more cruisers to patrol the rivers and coasts.

23 Sep 1857 in the River Congo, meets the new French Commander-in-Chief on the station.

30 Oct 1857 FO sending the Castor up the East Coast of Africa on a short cruise to Mozambique once she's completed her water and provisions, and before she's withdrawn from the station to return to England.

23 Nov 1857 arrived St. Augustine's Bay.

25 Nov 1857 departed for Mozambique and arrived on 3 Dec.

1860 Training Ship for RNR, Shields.

1 Apr 1862 Chatham. Commissioned as RNR Drill Ship for Service at Shields.

1864 Home Station, as RNR Drill Ship at Shields. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.

1870 Drill Ship for RNR, North Shields - 22 guns.

1 Jan 1873 Recommissioned at North Shields.

1879 Drill Ship for RNR, North Shields.

1 April 1881 New Books opened.

Apr 1886 N. Shields.

1890 Drill Ship for RNR, North Shields.