HMS Cockchafer

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Cockchafer, 1855
Type: Gunboat ; Armament 4
Launched : 24 Nov 1855 ; Disposal date or year : 1872
BM: 232 tons
Propulsion: Screw
Machinery notes: 60 hp
Notes:

All gunboats from 1 Jan 1856, are to be commissioned as independent commands with a crew of 36 men and officers.

4 Feb 1856 Portsmouth. arrived from Sheerness. As reported Friday, all the gun boats are fitting up with coal, provisions etc., and taking their guns onboard to be ready to go out of harbour and assemble at the Motherbank. They are somewhat in the way in harbour, blocking up the harbour channel.

23 Feb 1856 Moved into the dock at Portsmouth on Thursday

23 Apr 1856, Present at Fleet Review, Spithead ; Blue Squadron ; Commander Porcher

23 May 1860 Hongkong.

26 Jul 1860 Swatow.

26 Aug 1860 Hongkong.

28 Sep 1860 Canton River.

15 Dec 1860 Hongkong.

2 Mar 1861 Swatow.

28 Jun 1861 Amoy.

15 Nov 1861 Formosa (Takao).

15 Dec 1861 Hongkong.

11 May 1862 Shanghai.

27 Jul 1862 Hongkong.

15 Dec 1862 still at Hongkong.

21-22 Oct 1863, action taken against pirates.

28 Feb 1864, action taken against pirates.

21-25 Mar 1865, action taken against pirates.

1870 China

2 Apr 1871, for census, Yung River Ning po.