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Cyclops, 1839
Type: 1st class steam frigate ; Armament 6
Launched : 10 Jul 1839 ; Disposal date or year : 1864
BM: 1195 tons ; Displacement: 1960 tons
Propulsion: Paddle
Machinery notes: 320 hp

1 Feb 1840 Mates S. F. Short, and C. R, Marcuard, appointed to the Cyclops.

14 Mar 1840 arrived last Tuesday at Cowes from Cork with a part of the 61st Regt on board, and the Jupiter in tow, and departed the following day for Southampton Water to disembark the troops. Has arrived at Portsmouth where it is reported she has damaged her boiler.

14 Mar 1840 Mate Arthur Cummings, of Excellent, appointed to Cyclops.

21 Mar 1840 Mate Mr. William Butler, appointed to the Cyclops ;

21 Mar 1840 Portsmouth, is expected to sail next week for the Mediterranean.

27 Apr 1840 arrived at Malta from Plymouth.

24 Jun 1840 with Sir John Louis' squadron beating up the Tenedos passage, en route for Vourla, when detached to Stamboul with despatches.

26 Jun 1840 arrived at Therapis and departed again, and had arrived in Vourla Bay, whence she was to sail to Alexandria with an attaché of the British Embassy on a mission to Mahemet Ali.

28 Jun 1840 Constantinople, left for the coast of Syria with interprter Mr. Wood who is said to be entrusted with a special mission from Lord Ponsonby.

30 Jun 1840 had arrival Vourla, and was despatched to patrol off the coast of Syria.

9 Aug 1840 arrived Alexandria to deliver the ultimatum from the four Powers to Mehemet Ali, and to await a reply. See p. 310 at at

13 Aug 1840 coaling at Alexandria.

6 Sep 1840 departed from Alexandria with Admiral Stopford's squadron.

7 Sep 1840 arrived Beyrout, with the Ganges, Bellerophon, Thunderer, Hastings, Zebra, Castor, Wasp, Phoenix ; fired shells to cover the landing of Turkish troops.

11 Sep 1840 attempt to take fort at Gebail - see p. 314 at at

12 Sep 1840 Beyrout, Gorgon, Hydra, Cyclops and Phoenix landed marines and Turkish troops at nearby Jouna.

15 Sep 1840 captured Batroun - see p. 315 at at

20 Sep 1840 operations at the villages between Beyrout and Sidon. See of 17 Nov 1840.

25 Sep 1840 Thunderer, Wasp, Cyclops, Gorgon and Hydra departed to take possession of Sidon, and was joined en route by the Stromboli.

26 Sep 1840 operations at Sidon. Wounded, Mr, John Thompson, boatswain, slightly, See of 17 Nov 1840.

30 Sep 1840 operations at Tsour. See of 17 Nov 1840.

27 Oct 1840 arrived Malta from Sidon.

21 Nov 1840 Purser Edward Heaslop (from Jaseur), appointed to Cyclops ;

5 Dec 1840 Mate Arthur Cumming (1827), of the Cyclops, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for services on the coast of Syria.

23 Nov 1840 arrived at Malta, having left St. Jean d'Acre on the 15th and Beyrout an the 18th inst.

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.

12 Feb 1841 at Malta ; sails on receipt of the mail from London for the fleet at Marmorice, and Constantinople.

14 Mar 1841 Malta, arrived from Suda, island of Candia, in three days.

19 May 1841 departed Malta for Corfu in company with the Talbot and Princess Charlotte.

11 Jun 1841 arrived Malta from Corfu, with the Princess Charlotte.

25 Jun 1841 at Malta.

14 Jul 1841 departed Palermo, leaving the Talbot and Locust, who were sheltering from the current gales, with a view to returning to complete their survey when the weather improved.

15 Jul 1841 arrived at Malta from Palermo.

17 Jul 1841 Britannia departed Malta, with the Howe, Vanguard, Hazard, and Cyclops, for Corfu, Piraeus, Candia, and the Levant.

23 Jul 1841 towed the Britannia and Howe into harbour at Corfu.

5 Sep 1841 at Valetta.

13 Sep 1841 left Malta for Genoa, calling at Messina.

29 Sep 1841 departed Malta for Constantinople, via Smyrna.

5 Oct 1841 arrived Constantinople. Assistant-Surgeon C. D. Steel, late Cyclops, promoted to Surgeon.

12 Oct 1841 left Constantinople for Mytelene.

22 Oct 1841 Malta, arrived from Mytelene.

5 Nov 1841 at Malta, coaled and ready for sea.

11 Dec 1841 Volunteer 1st Class ----- Armstrong appointed to the Queen for passage to Cyclops.

21 Dec 1841 was reported to be at Trieste waiting for Sir Stratford Canning, but news received at Athens advised that he was yet to join.

16 Jan 1842 it is reported that the Chief Engineer, Mr. G.P. Stewart, whilst waiting for the ship's boat on an unlit jetty or mole at Trieste, fell into the sea and was drowned, possibly having tripped on some cables that were across the stairs, his head showing signs of his having hit the rocks below the pier. He was buried ashore on the 18th with all the honours of a commissioned officer prior to the ship sailing. [There is some confusion over the date of this article, it being dated 24 hours after it was sent to England from Malta, unless it was received from another source ?].

8 Feb 1842 arrived Malta, from Constantinople, with the medals for the British forces, for services in Syria : gold for senior officers, silver junior officers, and copper for the men.

27 Feb 1842 arrived Alexandria from Malta and Candia and departed the following day for Beyrout.

2 Mar 1842 arrived Beyrout ; departed for Alexandria on the 5th, where she arrived on the 7th.

8 May 1842 is reported to have arrived Beyrout a few days ago.

18 May 1842 at Beyrout.

5 Jun 1842 reported to be at Alexandria.

5 Sep 1842 is expected to be replaced by the Medea at Alexandria in the near future.

15 Oct 1842 departed for Corfu in place of the Alecto, whose boilers are out of order.

26 Oct 1842 arrived Gibraltar ?.

15 Nov 1842 departed Malta for the Ionian Islands.

25 Nov 1842 arrived Malta with the Geyser from Corfu and Zante and then proceeded to Barcelona with the Inconstant on the 27th to protect British interests.

30 Nov 1842 the Rodney assisted the Formidable, which struck the ground heavily 14 miles to the west of Barcelona, whilst doing about 4 knots. With many other vessels which arrived during the day, the Formidable was hauled off just before midnight, having thrown her guns overboard and started and pumped out her water. The ship was towed to Barcelona, and from there to Port Mahon. The Cyclops assisted with the recovery of the guns and rudder.

1846 South America and River Plate

1846 The Experimental Squadron Portsmouth, Thursday. April 23 Cyclops, steamer, Captain Lapidge, Sir W. Symonds constructor, 6 guns, 1106 tons, 320 horse power.

July 1846 The Squadron of Evolution at Cove. Summer Cruise. With respect to the movements of the squadron we are informed, that they are under orders to proceed again to sea after a delay of three days to water - that they will cruise towards Bantry, and anchor for some time in that splendid bay, where, as we are informed, it is intended that the crews and marines shall be landed and exercised in warlike tactics, landing at night, and such like evolutions, the object of the present trials being to exercise the crews and manoeuvre them in naval operations. See St. Vincent for the full extract from the Cork Southern Reporter.

14 July, 1846. Evolutions for the Squadron of Evolutions See St. Vincent for the full extract from the Cork Cork Examiner

20 Dec 1848 Operating on the Coast of Africa.

25 Dec, 1848 detained the slave vessel Bom Successo.

1 Mar 1849, detained the Portuguese slave brig Galianna, 260 tons, BM, which was restored with damages to her master by the majority vote of the Portuguese Commission, the British Commissioner at Loanda having voted for her to be condemned.

10 May 1849 detained in lat. 53° N., lon. 2° 0' E. the slave Brig Esperanca, Francisco Antonio da Souza, Master, Bernardo José Brandio, owner, condemned by the Vice-Admiralty Court, St. Helena for being equipped for the slave trade : broken up.

11 Aug 1849 when in company with the Rattler, detained in lat. 3° 46' N., lon. 2° 48' E. the Brazilian slave schooner Sophia

29 Oct 1849 detained in lat. 6° 45' S., lon. 12° 36' E. the Brazilian slave brigantine Apollo.

10 Jan 1850, the Cyclops, in company with the Pluto, detained off Ambriz, West Coast of Africa, the slave barque Pilot, Manoel Jozé Ferreira, master, being fitted out for the slave trade. She was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at St. Helena, and was condemned on 11 Feb 1850.

27 Jan 1850, detained in lat. 9° 59' S., lon. 12° 39' E., the slave brig Aventura / Ventura, with 455 slaves, 250 tons, Joao Moreira de Camara, master ; which was sent for adjudication to the Vice-Admiralty Court at St. Helena, and was condemned on 26 Feb 1850, 421 slaves surviving to be emancipated.
On the passage to St. Helena an attempt was made by a large number of the negroes armed with billets of wood, cooking utensils, and knives and headed by the cook to rush the prize crew, with the intention of recapturing the vessel; and in the affray five of the negroes ware knocked overboard and drowned; the cook was severely wounded with a musket ball and five of the prize-crew of Her Majesty's steam-frigate were wounded. Fourteen male negroes died on the passage to St. Helena, in addition to the five who were drowned.

17 Jun 1850 detained off Ambris, West Coast of Africa, the Brazilian slave brig Sociedade.

20 Nov 1850 detained in Lat. 8° 12' S. Long. 12° 47' E., a Brazilian slave brigantine, Name Unknown.

22 Nov 1850 went to the assistance of the Flamer wrecked 14 miles off coast of Monrovia near Salt Pun Light.

25 Nov 1850 the Portuguese brigantine Veiga, which had arrived at Loanda, from Oporto, with a general cargo on 2 Oct 1850, and departed on the 18 Nov, still wearing Portuguese colours, was arrested to day, at noon, displaying Brazilian colours, but according to her master, with no papers, and with 623 slaves on board, embarked the previous night at Mazula, and with sufficient food and water to last a journey across the sea [to South America], the slaves having been marched by some of the crew from Ambriz to Mazula, on the 19th.

January 1851 arrived back in England with invalids and news of the loss of the Flamer.

Daily News of 19 April 1851 - Prize Money
The Cyclops.- Notice is given to the late officers and crew of her Majesty's steam vessel Cyclops, Captain the Hon. George Fowler Hastings, that an account of bounties etc., received for the undermentioned captures, will be forthwith deposited in the Registry of the High Court of Admiralty, viz.:
Bom Successo, captured 25th of December, 1848 ;
Esperanca, captured 10th of May 1849 ;
Burneet and Wynne, Agents

20 Apr 1851 Woolwich. Removed from the basin on Wednesday.

30 Aug 1851 Cape of Good Hope

17 Oct 1854 1st Bombardment of Sebastopol - see p. 437 at

20 Feb 1856 Asst Paymaster Freeman apptd ; in the Mediterranean.

15 Jun 1859 Cyclops and Furious provide salvage services to the Alma.

1860 East Indies and China