HMS Rodney

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Rodney, 1833
Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 92
Launched : 18 Jun 1833 ; Disposal date or year : 1884
BM: 2626 tons ; Displacement: 4375 tons
Machinery notes: 2246 hpi 500 hp

Designed by Sir R. Seppings.

1830 Pembroke, building

Plymouth 20 Jul 1833 arrived from Milford.

14 Nov 1835 at Plymouth - is reported to have been ordered to join the Mediterranean fleet.

Plymouth 3 Dec 1835 the ship's company was paid an advance of wages on Tuesday.

Barcelona 27 Dec 1835 is reported to have arrived with military stores.

7 Mar 1836 was reported to be off Barcelona.

Gibraltar 10 Jun 1836 is reported to have been absent from Barcelona for the last month whilst she collected water.

Tortosa 17 Jul 1836 it is reported to be at Barcelona.

Malta 6 Aug 1837 the Rapid, from Port Mahon, reports that the Rodney was in quarantine in Palma Bay.

25 Aug 1837 arrived Barcelona.

9 Jan 1839 at Malta.

Circa Apr 1839 Malta departed for Corfu with Bellerophon, Talavera, and Castor to exercise their crews, following which they will return here about the 15th, after calling at Patras.

8 May 1839 the Jaseur departed from Malta to Corfu with orders from Admiral Stopford for the Rodney, Talavera, Bellerophon, and Castor, not to return to Malta, but to proceed to the Levant where the Admiral expected to join them in due course with the remainder of the fleet.

19 May 1839 the Rodney, Bellerophon and Talavera, departed from Corfu prior to the arrival of the Jaseur, with her despatches, arriving Malta on 15th inst., and the Castor on the 16th. The projected cruise has now been cancelled.

21 Jun 1839 Malta arrived Valetta.

2 Jul 1839 Malta, the Princess Charlotte, Rodney, Bellerophon, Pembroke, Tyne and Rhadamanthus departed and joined the Minden, Talavera, Asia, Castor, and Zebra in the offing and departed for the east, but destination unknown.

Sep 1939 at Besika Bay.

13 Oct 1839 it is reported that a malignant fever had appeared among the crews of both fleets at Besika Bay, but with most intensity on board the French vessels.

4 Nov 1839 is reported to have departed Besika Bay on 23 Oct, with the fleet, for a winter anchorage at Vourla."

14 Dec 1839 Mr. W. Knapman, purser, has resigned on account of ill heath, and Mr. V. Folwell, clerk of the ship, is to be appointed acting.

2 Dec 1839 a court-martial was assembled on board the Rodney, to try a seaman of the Powerful for striking the master-at-arms. The charge was proved, and he was sentenced to death, but recommended for mercy.

11 Jan 1840 Malta, Mr. Hall is appointed clerk of the Rodney.

11 Mar 1840 is reported to be at Malta.

10 Apr 1840 departed from Gibraltar for England.

9 May 1840 Captain Robert Maunsell ; Lieutenant Norton Taylor. appointed to the Rodney.

16 May 1840 was paid off at Plymouth on Wednesday, and recommissioned by Commander Knox.

16 May 1840 Commander T. O. Knox ; Lieutenants W. N. Taylor, J. R. Baker, J. H. Lloyd, H. M. Ellicombe ; Master S. S. Flinn (acting) ; Second Master W. G. S. Stokes ; Purser R. L. Horniman, appointed to the Rodney.

29 May 1840 Gunner J. Collier ; Carpenter W. Cooke. appointed to the Rodney.

24 Jun 1840 Plymouth, fitting out in the harbour.

27 June 1840 Mr. G. Dittman, late of the Rodney, has passed his examination at the College as naval instructor.

27 June 1840 R. J. Oliver, chaplain, appointed to the Rodney.

4 Jul 1840 Lieutenants John Hughes Lloyd, and Francis Scott, appointed to the Rodney.

11 Jul 1840 Naval Instructor Gustavus Dittman and Lieutenant David Miller, appointed to the Rodney

17 Jul 1840 Plymouth, her refit is expected she will be complete by the end of the month.

18 Jul 1840 Mate Richard Webber, appointed to Rodney.

16 Aug 1840 Mates B. Proctor and Thames Belgrave, appointed to Rodney.

19 Aug 1840 Plymouth bent sails and will go into the Sound in a few days.

21 Aug 1840 Woolwich, appointed to the Rodney. Mr. C. A. T. Lloyd, mate. Mr. Lloyd is from the Buzzard, and has been for some time in the William and Mary, waiting a passage to join his ship.

22 Aug 1840 Plymouth, was towed into the Sound by the Carron steamer.

17 Sep 1840 departed from Cork for Malta.

28 Sep 1840 arrived at Gibraltar and departed for the Levant.

13 Oct 1840 arrived Malta with the 19th Regiment.

31 Oct 1840, Commander W. Shepheard, late of Rodney, promoted to the rank of Captain.

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.

21 Nov 1840 a part of the squadron off Alexandria - see p. 322-> at at

Early Dec 1840, stood off the coast following receipt of a signal reporting Peace with Egypt : on the 2 Dec it came on to blow and the squadron experienced a heavy gale in which some vessels off the Syrian coast went ashore, the Zebra being lost in the bay of Khaifa and the Pique and Bellerophon being nearly lost.

8 Dec 1840 the squadron arrived in Marmorice Bay.

13 Feb 1841 Volunteer First Class, Mr. J. M'Kenzie Fraser, appointed to the Rodney.

18 Feb 1841 Parliament was informed that the Rodney had been fitted with Harris's Lightning Conductors since 9 Jul 1839.

19 Feb 1841 Surgeon James Low, appointed to the Rodney.

10 Apr 1841 departed from Marmorice-bay, for Malta.

21 Apr 1841 arrived at Malta.

30 May 1841 had left Malta for Sicily to water, returning again after visiting Naples.

25 Jun 1841 at Malta.

4 Jun 1841 is reported to have departed Malta, with the Britannia, for Sicily, for water.

8 Jun 1841 Malta, a court-martial was held on board the Rodney to try Mr. W. Stuart, gunner of the Daphne, on a charge of having absented himself without leave. Ha was acquitted.

4 Jul 1841 departed Malta for the coast of Syria with the Calcutta and Cambridge, later to be joined by the Vanguard, once she's watered at Gozo.

23 Jul 1841 arrived Alexandria from Beyrout with the Calcutta.

7 Aug 1841 was reported to be leaving Alexandria on a cruise with the Calcutta.

22 Aug 1841 departed Beyrout for Alexandria.

27 Aug 1841 arrived at Djouné.

6 Sep 1841 anchored off Alexandria, having arrived from the coast of Syria.

16 Sep 1841 cruising off Alexandria.

4 Oct 1841 arrived Malta, from Alexandria.

25 Oct 1841 Malta, received pratique this morning ; is expected to leave this week to take in water at Syracuse.

15 Nov 1841 due to depart Malta tomorrow with sealed orders.

20 Nov 1841 Lieutenant ------ Johnson from the Impregnable, appointed to Rodney.

11 Dec 1841 it is reported at Portsmouth, in a letter from the Hastings at Gibraltar, that as a result of the present diplomatic situation the Rodney is expected to remain at Gibraltar until relieved by the Cambridge.

17 Dec 1841 Mate J. G. Bickford, has been promoted to Lieutenant and is appointed to the Rodney.

1 Mar 1842 in harbour at Valetta.

31 Mar 1842 the Rodney, Vanguard and Thunderer were reported to have been put on alert following the report of 3 French ships of the line being at sea, but were stood down when it was understood they were returning to Toulon from Smyrna.

26 Apr 1842 departed Malta for Syria, and is expected to touch at Alexandria.

10 May 1842 arrived at Alexandria, and departed for the Levant.

20 May 1842 arrived Alexandria having departed Beyrout on the 11th.

5 Jun 1842 reported to be at Beyrout.

15 Jul 1842 the squadron, including the Queen, Powerful, Impregnable, Rodney, Indus, and Devastation departed Valetta, destination unknown, but thought to be queering the French pitch, wherever that may have been ?.

25 Jul 1842 arrived Malta from a cruise with the squadron off the Island.

26 Aug 1842 in port at Valetta.

15 Sep 1842 in port at Valetta.

22 Sep 1842 departed Malta for a cruise and exercises.

23 Oct 1842 departed Malta for Gibraltar, where she will relieve the Formidable.

2 Nov 1842 arrived Gibraltar from Malta, to relieve the Formidable.

17 Nov 1842 reported to be the only RN vessel remaining at Gibraltar.

30 Nov 1842 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 Formidable was towed to Barcelona, and from thence to Port Mahon.

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

20 Aug 1846, off the Tagus.

22 Aug 1846, carried out sailing exercises off Lisbon with squadron, including the Hibernia (flag), St Vincent, Queen, Vanguard, Canopus, Rodney, Albion, Rattler, Polyphemus, Raleigh, Constance, Eurydice, and Spartan.

9 Sep 1846, reported to the Admiralty that further sailing trials were carried out by the squadron between Lisbon and Cape St. Vincent.

17 Sep 1846, departed Cadiz with Squadron, the St. Vincent and Queen, being detached to England that evening.

18-19 Sep 1846, further trials carried out by the squadron, including by the steamers, with their floats unshipped.

20 Sep 1846, off Cape Spartel.

Summer, 1848, Malta Harbour

20 Dec 1848 Particular service.

5 Aug 1851 Commissioned at Portsmouth, Captain Charles Graham.

30 Aug 1851 Portsmouth - recruiting a ship's company.

Sep-Oct 1851 there is reported to be a "paucity" of blue-jackets willing to sign-on.

3 Dec 1851 ship's company move on board from hulk Blake.

31 Dec 1851 adjusted her compasses.

Feb 1852 has still only recruited about 350 of 820 ship's company.

24 Mar 1852 is to prepare for sea.

1 Apr 1852 is reported to be at Spithead.

26 April at Spithead and still 150 short of complement, is to provision for 4 months and sail on trials. Will be inspected by the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in the next day or so and will carrying out gunnery exercises.

30 Apr 1852 departed to bed down crew and for Plymouth and Queenstown, to recruit.

3 May 1852 Plymouth arrived in the Sound from Portsmouth and is reported to be recruiting.

27 May 1852 Plymouth is reported to have completed her complement, and will sail shortly for Queenstown.

27 Jul 1852 Queenstown is due to sail shortly.

6 Aug 1852 reported to be off Plymouth, with the Channel Squadron.

28 Aug 1852 arrived Lisbon with the Channel Squadron, including the Prince Regent, Leander, Arethusa, and steamer Retribution.

25 Oct 1852 arrived off Plymouth witht the Prince Regent and Indefatigable, having called at Queenstown and performed ttrials and exercises with the Channel Squadron.

30 Nov 1852 is reported to have arrived at Lisbon having experienced very bad weather.

19 Dec 1852 Lisbon, experienced problems on the bar whilst leaving Lisbon, and had to put back for repairs to the tiller and rudder, but has now departed again for Portsmouth.

31 Dec 1852 has apparently arrived at Spithead from Lisbon.

Circa 10-11 Jan 1853 remains at Spithead. 2 seamen died in a boating accident in the harbour, whilst alongside the Victory.

14 Jan 1853 was towed into harbour, having discharged her powder etc. in order to be docked, to make repairs to the rudder.

27 Jan 1853 has been removed from the dock and is refitting her rigging etc.

1 Feb 1853 towed back out to Spithead.

9 Feb 1853 Spithead the ship's company were paid.

circa 11 Feb 1853 departed for the Mediterranean.

26 Feb 1853 arrived Malta, having experienced heavy weather since leaving Gibraltar. The ship remained here at Malta for 4 months.

5 Jun 1853 departed for the Levant.

1 Oct 1853 Besika Bay ship's boats save 13 men from the launch of the French ship Bayard, which foundered, with the loss of 5 men.

Dec 1853 reported to have recently arrived in Beikos Bay, in the Bosphorus by the 25th inst. departed 3 Jan 1854, with the combined fleet, for off Sinope.

27/28 March 1854 The Crimean war begins.

19 Jun 1854 at anchor with the combined French and English fleet in Baltachik Bay, in the Black Sea.

28 Jul 1854 is reported to have taken on board elements of the 42nd Regiment.

19 Aug 1854 the fleet is reported to have departed from Baltachik Bay due to a high incidence of cholera on board the ships of both fleets.

14 Sep 1854-> Kalamita Bay landed officers and men, both marines and seamen, along with upper deck guns, stores and ammunition.

19-20 Sep 1854 off the mouth of the River Alma - see p. 429-> at

17 Oct 1854 present at the bombardment of Sebastopol, and later in the day assisted the Agamemnon. Later went aground whilst still in range of the Russian forts and needed assistance from the steam vessels Spiteful and Lynx to get off : see also p. 437 at

14 Nov 1854 at Katcha - experienced a severe gale, in which many transports went ashore, and clearing up the subsequent mess.

11 Apr 1855 one lieutenant, two midshipmen, and 200 bluejackets was ordered to the front to reinforce the Naval Brigade.

21 Jan 1856 Portsmouth. arrived at Spithead from the Black Sea, having made a very long passage. She is ordered into harbour, to be fitted up as a shell magazine for the Baltic.

31 Jan 1856 Naval Cadet Best apptd ; Mediterranean station

14 Feb 1856 Surgn Crandell apptd ; Portsmouth

26 Feb 1856 Master's Asst WH Purvis apptd ; at Portsmouth

23 Apr 1856, Pivot ship at St Helen's Fleet Review, Spithead ; Captain Wilson

1860 Chatham, Rated as a 90

1860 Screw 70 guns

1870 Portsmouth

1879 Portsmouth

1846: Experimental Squadron Portsmouth, Thursday. April 23 Rodney, Captain Edward Collier,- Sir R. Seppings constructor. 92 guns, 2625 tons.

18 Jul 1846 As reported in the Atlas, but undated: Naval Activity .-The zeal, ability, and great exertions of Captain Collier, C.B., and the officers, seamen, and marines of her Majesty's ship Rodney, have been most conspicuous, they having, in the short space of three days, completely fitted the Bellerophon, 78, for sea, and taken her to Spithead. On leaving work on the evening of March 10, the ship was rigged, and her sails bent ; the main and part of the lower deck guns in, and fitted on their carriages ; three months' water and provisions for 700 men on board, and the ship painted outside. The next morning, the remainder of the guns were got in, and fitted, the hempen cables stowed, boats and other things on board, and by noon she was at anchor at Spithead. The powder, slops, and medicine were sent out to her. and by sunset she was reported ready for service. The Lords of the Admiralty have marked their sense of the thorough seamanship exhibited, and the noble example set by the officers and crew of the Rodney in their unparalleled work of fitting the Bellerophon, 78, with such surprising rapidity, by awarding them a vote of thanks, which will be read to them by the Commander-in-Chief on his official inspection.-Atlas.

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.