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Dee, 1832
Type: 2nd class sloop ; Armament 4, 2 of which, 32 pdrs., at least initially, were on swivels, 1 forward and 1 aft.
Launched : 5 Apr 1832 ; Disposal date or year : 1871
BM: 704 tons
Propulsion: Paddle
Machinery notes: 200 h.p.

1830 Steam vessel with this name building at Woolwich - converted to paddle on stocks.

24 Aug 1832 was taken out of the basin at Woolwich.

25 Aug 1832 was paying wages at Warren Bight, and then departs to join V.-Adm. Sir P. Malcolm's squadron at Plymouth.

25-29 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........

30 Aug 1832 arrived Plymouth from Torbay.

7 Sep 1832 came into Portsmouth harbour from Plymouth.

19 Sep 1832 departed Portsmouth for the River with the Alban.

21 Sep 1832 arrived Woolwich from Portsmouth ; her cylinders were damaged during the passage and she has been taken into the basin to be repaired, with the Alban.

27 Sep 1832 the officers and men of the Dee have been lent to the Rhadamanthus to fit her out and take her to sea for trials, both vessels then being taken into the basin at Woolwich today.

5 Oct 1832 the Rhadamanthus was commissioned at Woolwich by Cdr. G. Evans and the officers and men of the Dee are to return to their own vessel.

20 Oct 1832 departed Woolwich, for Spithead, to join V.-Adm. Sir P. Malcolm's squadron, being prepared for service during the forthcoming Dutch / Belgium question ?

24 Oct 1832 arrived Portsmouth, from Woolwich, Cdr. Oliver in command. She brought round supernumeraries from the Ocean for the Squadron gathering at Spithead, and is due to coal on Thursday. With the current need for steamers it has recently been reported that the new engine fitted to the Dee doesn't appear to perform as expected, but this has been identified as a problem with her condensers, which had developed a crack, the replacement of which has resolved the problem.

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

29 Oct 1832 arrived Deal from Portsmouth.

6 Nov 1832 In the Downs.

12 Nov 1832 In the Downs.

15 Nov 1832 anchored in the evening in the Downs with the following British vessels : Donegal, 78 ; Talavera, 74 ; Stag, frigate ; Larne and Scout corvettes ; Rhadamanthus and Dee, steam vessels.

16 Nov 1832 anchored off Deal, and then weighed and departed to the eastward.

28 Nov 1832 the Vernon with the Stag, Volage, Scout, Larne, Rover, Snake, and steamer Dee, along with 5 French vessels, are reported to be cruising off the Dutch ports, from Walcheren to the Texel.

27 Dec 1832 departed the Downs for Sheerness and Chatham.

30 Dec 1832 it has been reported that the Dee will probably accompany the French frigate Calypso from the yard at Chatham to the Calypso's home port ? The Calypso was badly damaged when in collision with the Talavera recently and repairs have been made, sufficient for her to make it back to Franch.

3 Jan 1833 departed Downs for Cherbourg, with the Calypso ?

7 Jan 1833 departed Deal.

24 Jan 1833 cruising in the North Sea.

30 Jan 1833 arrived Woolwich from the Downs for repairs.

2 Mar 1833 passed through the Downs for Plymouth.

19 Mar 1833 passed through the Downs from Plymouth for the River.

8 May 1833 arrived Portsmouth from the Downs.

9 May 1833 towed the Larne out to Spithead.

12 May 1833 departed Portsmouth for Lisbon.

12 Jun 1833 arrived Portsmouth from Lisbon and Plymouth.

13 Jun 1833 departed Portsmouth for Chatham.

22 Jun 1833 arrived Portsmouth from Chatham.

25 Jun 1833 arrived Plymouth from the eastward with seamen, and departed for Milford.

20 Jul 1833 arrived Plymouth from Milford.

1 Aug 1833 In Hamoaze.

12 Aug 1833 arrived Cork with the Romney in tow and subsequently departed.

4 Sep 1833 arrived Portsmouth from Cork.

12 Sep 1833 departed Portsmouth for Plymouth.

14 Sep 1833 arrived Plymouth from Portsmouth.

17 Sep 1833 arrived Falmouth from Plymouth, and departed the 18th on her return.

3 Oct 1833 Brought in the Lustre, water-logged, on shore near Littlehampton, to Portsmouth.

7 Oct 1833 departed Portsmouth for the Eastward

10 Dec 1833 had arrived Devonport with troops, which were put on board the Athol, for Cork.

Plymouth 2 Jan 1834 In Hamoaze.

1 Jan 1834 Employed on various home port services.

29 May 1834 Paid off at Plymouth.

5 Jun 1834 Commissioned at Plymouth.

25 Sep 1834 departed Madeira for the West Indies.

19 Dec 1834 reported to be at Barbados.

28 Feb 1835 is reported to have departed from Barbadoes to St Vincent on 8th ult.

28 Apr 1835 reported to be at Port Royal, and that some of her crew are suffering from fever.

19 Jul 1835 reported to be Port Royal and that the crew are "somewhat sickly".

Aug 1835 still at Port Royal when a serious leak was discovered in an inlet valve, which was repaired without going into dock by heeling the vessel and sealing off the area in question before taking the cock off and grinding and refitting the valve, which took some 48 hours.

22 Oct 1835 arrived at Jamaica from St Thomas's.

27 Nov 1835 is reported to at Kingston, Jamaica.

17 May 1836 has been furnished with instructions under the Treaty with Spain for the suppression of the Slave Trade by the Flag Officer, North America and West Indies Station.

7 Jun 1836 is reported to be carrying mails between the various islands in the West Indies (2 May).

21 May 1836 arrived Jamaica from St Thomas's.

9 May 1836 is reported to have departed from Jamaica for St Thomas's.

24 Mar 1837 arrived Portsmouth, from Plymouth and sails 25th for Woolwich.

24 Apr 1838, Portsmouth, departed for Quebec with the Hastings and Charybdis, and her departure was delay as she touched the ground on the edge of the Spitbank whilst preparing to take the Hastings in tow. Once at sea the Dee was unable to keep up with the Hastings and was ordered to make her own way to Cape Breton.

16 Jan 1839 at Jamaica.

8 Apr 1839 Jamaica, departed for St. Thomas's

6 May 1839 Jamaica, departed for St. Thomas's.

9 Oct 1839 Commander J. Sherer, at Port Royal, writing to Commodore Douglas regarding the need for a lighthouse at Morant Point.

12 June 1840 Woolwich Mr. R. lago, from the Magnificent, has bean appointed first engineer of the Dee, stationed at Jamaica, vice Richards, to the Magnificent.

26 Oct 1840 Halifax sections of the 64th regiment were expected shortly from Jamaica, in the Columbia and Dee steamers and Raven sloop, to garrison Halifax.

8 November 1840 left Halifax for Port Royal.

28 Dec 1840, arrived at Port Royal from Halifax.

4 Mar 1841 at Jamaica.

3 Apr 1841 Lieutenant John Lodwick, appointed to Winchester (late Dee), vice Glynn, invalided ; Lieutenant Henry Wright, appointed to Dee (late Skipjack), vice Lodwig, appointed to Winchester;

23 Mar 1841 was reported to have left the West Indies for England, but due to defects in her engines and the bad weather she was experiencing was obliged to run for Bermuda.

22 May 1841 arrived at Woolwich on Saturday last from the West Indies, and will be paid off to-morrow.

9 Jul 1841 was towed to Sheerness to be fitted out to carry troops.

10 Sep 1841 Woolwich, The Dee, fitting for steam troop ship, is to be supplied with Paddle Wheel Life Boats, on Captain George Smith's plan. This excellent position for placing boats so as not to encumber the vessels, has already bean introduced in several employed in Her Majesty's service, and demonstrated their usefulness on a number of occasions recently.

10 Nov 1841 Woolwich, new boilers have been made.

5 Feb 1842 arrived Carlisle Bay, Barbadoes, from Falmouth with a mail in 16 days 20 hours, and is now coaling ship.

1 Apr 1842 departed Havannah.

3 Apr 1842 departed Nassau.

11 Apr 1842 arrived New York.

14 Apr 1842 departed New York for Halifax.

17 Apr 1842 arrived Halifax.

20 Apr 1842 departed Halifax for New York.

23 Apr 1842 arrived New York.

25 Apr 1842 departed New York for Nassau and Havannah.

10 Jun 1842 arrived Southampton from Nassau (20 Apr) ; Havannah (12 May) ; Bermuda (26 May) ; Fayal (3 Jun) ; Falmouth (10 Jun).

11 Jun 1842 has arrived at Woolwich with a view to being fitted as a steam transport.

9 Jul 1842 is to be supplied with a bower, Steam, and Kedge anchors of Lieut. W. Rodger's Patent Small-Palmed Anchor design.

12 Aug 1842 at Woolwich undergoing repairs which it is hoped with be completed next week.

16 Sep 1842 arrived Plymouth from Woolwich for a supply of coal and departed the following day with supernumerary seamen for vessels in the Mediterranean, and two companies of Artillery for Malta.

4 Oct 1842 departed Gibraltar for England with a detachment of artillery.

16 Oct 1842 arrived Woolwich from Gibraltar with 2 companies of the Royal Artillery.

2 Nov 1842 due to depart Woolwich for the Barbadoes in the West Indies having embarked 2 companies of the Royal Artillery to relieve 2 companies awaiting relief.

3 Nov 1842 arrived Spithead from Woolwich and departed the following day with 2 companies of the RA for the Barbadoes.

24 Nov 1842 is reported to have put into Lisbon for coal, en route for the West Indies.

20 Dec 1848 Cape of Good Hope

20 Apr 1850 at Ibo, with the Pantaloon, and was joined by the Flag Officer, from ashore, having left the Castor at Quillimane. departed to Tonghy Bay, Cape Delgado, a coastal promontory on the northernmost point of Mozambique and Tanzania, and today is on the border of the 2 countries, was then a cross roads for the slave trade in this region, particularly for Arab Dhows taking slaves to the northwards. Whilst in the region of Cape Delgado discovered slave barracoons in the territories of the Imaum of Muscat and departed to Zanzibar to obtain permission to deal with this problem, which was granted...hopefully more on this later ?

Jul 1850 Visited Johanna, before sailing for the River Angozha and Quillimane coast, where the Dee and the Flag Officer were joined by the Dart.

By 1 Jan 1851 had been sent from the Mozambique Channel to Simon's Town.

30 Aug 1851 Cape of Good Hope

1855 Troopship

1860 Troopship, Particular Service

12 June 1863 Woolwich. Commissioned for Service on the Home Station as a Storeship.

1864 Home Station. Number of Cases of Disease and Injury.

1870 Storeship, Woolwich

12 Feb 1871 arrived at Portsmouth with stores, en route for the west.