HMS Dasher

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Dasher, 1837
Type: Survey ship ; Packet ; Armament 1
Launched : 5 Dec 1837 ; Disposal date or year : 1885
BM: 260 tons ; Displacement: 380 tons
Propulsion: Paddle
Machinery notes: 234 hpi 100 hp

23 Jun 1839 Portsmouth arrived on Thursday from Weymouth, with general servicemen, and returned yesterday.

23 Jul 1839 Acting Master Robert White appointed to the Dasher in command - Steam Packet operating out of Weymouth.

3 Sep 1841 Second Master John Jarvis, of the Dasher, has been promoted to the rank of master, and appointed to command the Driver steam-vessel at Portsmouth.

4 Sep 1841 Second Master John Jarvis of the Dasher steamer, promoted to Master.

11 Sep 1841 Second Master William Robert has been appointed to the Dasher.

2 Oct 1841 is fitting out at Woolwich.

10 Nov 1841 Woolwich, departed for Weymouth

Apr 1842, attached to the Packet Station at Weymouth.

27 Jun 1842 arrived Plymouth from Weymouth.

29 Jun 1842 departed Plymouth for Weymouth.

10 Feb 1847 salvage services rendered to the Idea of Cork.

13 Mar 1847 Reported to have surveyed the area of the Needles - see below.

20 Dec 1848 Sheerness

30 Aug 1851 Channel Islands

1860 Portsmouth

1 Jan 1863 Portsmouth. Commissioned for Service on the Home Station ; employed among the Channel Islands.

1864 Home Station. Report of Small Pox onboard. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.

23-25 Sep 1869, salvage monies due following salvage services rendered to the Orion during this period.

1870 Channel Isles.

16 Dec 1870 arrived Dieppe.

15 Feb 1871 still at Dieppe, her crew assisting during the last week with the unloading of victuals for Paris from the transports Pelter, Buffalo and Lord Panmure.

1 Apr 1876 Recommissioned at Portsmouth

1879 Channel Isles

The Needles.- : A most unexpected and important discovery had been recently made in reference to the supposed danger which awaited vessels making their pas-sage through the Needles. Up to the present time the Admiralty charts have repre-sented some sunken rocks at. the depth of about three fathoms. The country is indebted to Commander Sherringham and the officers of the Dasher surveying-vessel for the discovery that the supposed. dangerous chalk rocks, width 600 yards, are never nearer the surface than thirty feet sufficient for a line-of-battle ship to pass over in all weathers. The great advantage of the discovery appears to be that ships of every kind going down Channel will be able to use the Needles passage under all circumstances, without risk and with considerable saving in time.- London Paper.