HMS Comet

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Comet, 1822
Type: Tug and ferry ; Armament 2
Launched : 23 May 1822 ; Disposal date or year : 1868
BM: 238 tons
Propulsion: Paddle
Machinery notes: 80

1822 reputed to be the first steamship ordered by Admiralty, as advised by Marc Isambard Brunel

21 Oct 1826 towed the Forte out of Devonport harbour, into Plymouth Sound.

26 Nov 1827, Portsmouth, steamed out to Spithead and took the Undaunted in tow, with the Lightning, for Plymouth.

1 Sep 1828 departed Portsmouth for Plymouth.

1 Aug 1829 departed Plymouth for Milford Haven.

Jul 1830 at Deptford.

13 Oct 1830 arrived at Sydney from Penang and Swan River.

12 Dec 1830 arrived Sheerness and departed immediately.

1 May 1832 the wind and tide caught the Vernon after she slipped into the water and brought her round against the Lancaster, sheer-hulk, damaging the Vernon's main channel and timbers. She was taken in tow by the Comet and hauled into dock.

4 Jul 1832 embarked Lord and Lady Durham at Woolwich and took them down to Sheerness, where they were to be embarked on board the Talavera for St Petersburgh, for a special mission.

27 Sep 1832 departed Woolwich for Plymouth, with Lord Nugent and suite, newly apptd. Gov. of the Ionian Isles, who will be transferred to another vessel at Plymouth.

29 Sep 1832 arrived Plymouth, and it is expected that Lord Nugent and his party will depart in the Ceylon, accompanied by the Champion.

9 Jan 1833 under repair in the basin at Woolwich.

2 Feb 1833 at Woolwich.

29 Apr 1833 departed Portsmouth for Stockholm.

27 Sep 1833 fitting out at Woolwich and preparing for a passage to Hamburgh.

21 May 1836 arrived Bilboa from San Sebastian, and is expected to return tomorrow with Royal Marines.

7 Jul 1836, at San Sebastian supporting the British Legion.

28 Nov 1836 is reported to have been used as a tug to tow small vessels up the River Nervion from San Sebastian, which were to be used to form a bridge, built by men from the Ringdove, across the river for the troops, during which the boatswin's mate was wounded. In addition, guns from the Saracen were taken ashore to provide covering fire for the bridge. It has to be said that the movement was abandoned for no apparent reason, and the boats and guns returned to their original positions. Morale appears to be low !

19 Feb 1837 reported to be at Passages.

8 Aug 1839 Plymouth, A rumour has reached us : we cannot give credence to it. We are first assured that the Comet steamer has arrived at Plymouth, with intelligence that the civil war has ceased in Spain, entirely in favour of the young Queen Isabella

16 Aug 1840 Lieutenant George Thomas Gorden (of the Comet), promoted to the rank of Commander, for service on the coast of Spain.

16 Aug 1840 Aetna was towed round from St. Sebastian, loaded with 130 tons of Ordnance stores, to Passages, by the Comet steamer, where she was to embark 200 of the Marine Battalion, and sail for England.

28 Aug 1840 Plymouth, The Comet steamer arrived on Monday from the north coast of Spain, with marines.

11 Sep 1840 Woolwich arrived at Woolwich, from San Sebastian, on Monday, having been employed on the north coast of Spain during the last 3 years. She is wanted for immediate service, and will be ready in a few days. Mr. W. S. Hole has joined as second master since her arrival, vice Stokes, promoted.

15 Sep 1840, Lieutenant Frederick Chevalier Syer (1828), appointed from the Salamander, to command the Comet, vice Gordon, promoted.

25 Sep 1840 Woolwich, was paid wages in advance on Wednesday, but has not yet departed,

28 Sept 1840 Mr. W. B. Minhinnick, second engineer, appointed to the Comet, vice Truscott, promoted to be first engineer, and appointed to the William and Mary ; and Mr. Thomas Grayson, to be third engineer, vice Fraser, discharged by request.

2 Oct 1840 Woolwich, left Woolwich on Thursday for Cardiff, to assist in removing the 45th Regiment to Belfast, and the 80th from Belfast to Dublin.

8 Oct 1840 Plymouth, arrived from Portsmouth on Saturday.

8 Oct 1840 Plymouth, departed Monday for Cardiff to embark troops for Belfast.

11 Feb 1841 Plymouth, departed on Tuesday.

30 Mar 1841 The Rhadamanthus was towed to Sheerness yesterday by the Comet and Monkey steam-vessels.

8 Apr 1841 Woolwich, left Woolwich for Chatham.

4 May 1841 Woolwich, left Woolwich for Chatham, to convey a detachment of the Royal Marines to Portsmouth.

16 Jun 1841 Chatham, has departed to the North Seas in search of the wreck of the Fairy, lost during the great hurricane at the end of last year.

4 Aug 1841 Woolwich, departed for Portsmouth and Plymouth.

9 Aug 1841 arrived Spithead from Woolwich, and departed the same day for Plymouth.

23 Aug 1841 Woolwich, towed the Pique out to sea,

31 Aug 1841 arrived at Woolwich from Sheerness, having towed the Pique to Spithead.

14 Sep 1841 Woolwich, departed for Chatham with a party of Royal Marines.

14 Sep 1841 Woolwich, has been ordered to tow the Abercrombie Robinson through the Downs.

18 Sep 1841 arrived at Woolwich from the Downs.

23 Sep 1841 left for the Medway, to attend upon the master shipwrights of the Woolwich, Chatham, and Sheerness Dock-yards (Messrs. Lang, Fincham and Atkins), who are to examine and report on the state of ships in ordinary in the Medway, Portsmouth and Plymouth.

4 Oct 1841 arrived at Woolwich from Sheerness and left on the 7th for Sheerness, Portsmouth, and Plymouth, with Messrs. Lang, Fincham, and Atkins.

19 Oct 1841 had to run for Newhaven harbour in the late gales and arrived at Portsmouth on Wednesday, and left again on Saturday.

20 Oct 1841 arrived Portsmouth, from the Eastward, having been blocked up in Newhaven harbour by the shingle thrown in by the gales.

30 Oct 1841 Portsmouth, is visiting local ports in search of recruits.

6 Nov 1841 has arrived at Woolwich, and it is expected will be paid off while her machinery is repaired and new boilers are fitted.

20 Nov 1841 Woolwich, will be paid off next week.

26 Mar 1842 undergoing repairs at Woolwich.

1 Aug 1842 commissioned by Master A.B. Usborne, at Woolwich, for Surveying Service on the Coast of Ireland.

12 Aug 1842 at Woolwich being fitted out for service.

22 Sep 1842 arrived in Plymouth Sound from Woolwich en route to survey the Coast of Ireland ; her crew have been paid an advance of wages and she is expected to sail in a few days.

20 Dec 1848 Portsmouth

30 Aug 1851 Particular Service

4 Mar 1856 The Comet steam tug, towed the new steam gun boat Opossum from Northam to Portsmouth on Saturday to be fitted.

1860 Portsmouth

1861-62 classified in the Naval Budget as a Yard Craft [Tug] at Portsmouth.