Sheerness
Sheerness

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Sheerness

A port town at the mouth of the River Medway




HMS Ganges is Paid Off

Jan 1843

HMS Ganges is paid off in Sheerness and placed in reserve

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HMS Wellington is At Sheerness

Mar 01, 1848

HMS Wellington is at Sheerness commanded by the Captain-Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard, Captain David Price.

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Harris is Made 2 in C of HMS Ganges

Mar 01, 1848

Commander Harris is made the second in command of HMS Ganges at Sheerness. She was commanded by Henry Smith.

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HMS Trafalgar is Paid Off

Jun 30, 1848

HMS Trafalgar is paid off at Sheerness

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HMS Diamond is Launched

Aug 29, 1848

HMS Diamond is launched at Sheerness

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HMS Trafalgar is Re-Commissioned

Jul 26, 1850

HMS Trafalgar is re-commissioned under Captain Montagu Stopford at Sheerness

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HMS Miranda is Launched

Mar 18, 1851

HMS Miranda is launched at Sheerness Dockyard

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HMS Waterloo Commissioned

Aug 05, 1851

HMS Waterloo begins her first commission at Sheerness. She was fitted out to be the flagship of Vice-Admiral James Whitley Deans Dundas in the Mediterranean, but this position was taken by HMS Britannia. Instead she has a series of commissions beginning and ending in Sheerness.

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Belgrave is Given HMS Hydra

Jan 17, 1852

HMS Hydra is recommissioned under Commander Thomas Belgrave at Sheerness and sent out to the Cape of Good Hope

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HMS Monarch Replaces HMS Wellington

Feb 06, 1854

HMS Monarch is replaced by HMS Wellington as the guard ship at Sheerness

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HMS Miranda is Commissioned

Feb 25, 1854

HMS Miranda is commissioned at Sheerness under Captain Edmund Moubray Lyons. She is sent to the White Sea and then the Black Sea during the Crimean War.

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HMS Formidable Becomes a Guard Ship

Jun 16, 1854

HMS Formidable becomes the guard ship act Sheerness

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HMS Wasp is Paid Off

Nov 27, 1854

HMS Wasp is paid off in Sheerness after returning from the Crimean War and Lord John Hay is promoted to Captain

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HMS Wasp is Commissioned

Feb 02, 1855

HMS Wasp is commissioned under Commander Henry Lloyd at Sheerness and sent to the Mediterranean

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HMS Trafalgar is Paid Off

Apr 27, 1855

HMS Trafalgar is paid off at Sheerness. She is then taken to Chatham to be converted to have steam engines fitted for auxiliary propulsion

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HMS Wasp is Paid Off

Jan 07, 1856

HMS Wasp is paid off again at Sheerness

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HMS Hydra is Paid Off

May 10, 1856

HMS Hydra is paid off at Sheerness

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HMS Royal George is Paid Off

Aug 24, 1856

HMS Royal George is paid off in Sheerness

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HMS Miranda is Paid Off

Apr 21, 1857

HMS Miranda is paid off at Sheerness

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HMS Monarch is Paid Off

May 12, 1858

HMS Monarch is paid off at Sheerness

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HMS Clio is Launched

Aug 28, 1858

HMS Clio is launched at Sheerness. She is a wooden hulled Corvette with both sail and steam power.

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HMS Swallow is Paid Off

Feb 15, 1859

HMS Swallow is paid off at Sheerness

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HMS Waterloo is Converted to a Steamer

Feb 28, 1859

HMS Waterloo ends her final commission as a sailing ship at sheerness. She enters dry dock for conversion into a screw steamer.

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HMS Trafalgar is Re-Commissioned

Jun 09, 1859

HMS Trafalgar is commissioned as a steamer under Captain Edward Gennys Fanshawe at Sheerness as part of the Channel squadron

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Deserter Caught

Aug 27, 1859

A sailor deserting from HMS Clio is caught

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HMS Clio Leaves for the Pacific

Oct 23, 1859

HMS Clio leaves for the Pacific

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HMS Waterloo is Relaunched

Nov 12, 1859

HMS Waterloo is relaunched as a screw steamer.

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HMS Southampton Becomes Guard Ship

Oct 01, 1860

HMS Southampton is given to Captain Charles Wise as the guard ship at Sheerness

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Commander Glyn is Given HMS Miranda

Oct 04, 1860

Commander Hon Henry Carr Glyn is given command of HMS Miranda. She is commissioning at Sheerness and then sent to Australia

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HMS Southampton is Paid Off

Jul 15, 1861

HMS Southampton is paid off and placed in reserve

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Court Martial on HMS Formidable

Sep 28, 1861

An acting assistant-engineer belonging to HMS Cumberland is sent to court martial on HMS Formidable for being absent from his duties. He was reprimanded and had to forfeited a total of 30s.

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HMS Waterloo is Renamed

Feb 27, 1862

HMS Waterloo is renamed HMS Conqueror

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HMS Clio Returns to Britain

Sep 05, 1863

HMS Clio returns to Britain and is paid off after her commission in the Pacific. She was then placed in the steam reserve.

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Another Court-Martial on HMS Formidable

Nov 24, 1863

A Royal Marine private is put before a court-martial for stealing from the Captain of HMS Formidable. He is sentenced to two years with hard labour in military prison.

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HMS Trafalgar is Paid Off

Feb 28, 1864

HMS Trafalgar is paid off in Sheerness

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HMS Clio Goes to the Pacific

Aug 06, 1864

HMS Clio goes to the Pacific under the command of Capt. E. B. Tumour

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HMS Cornwallis Hulked At Sheerness

1865

HMS Cornwallis was transformed into a hulk at Sheerness to be used as a naval base

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HMS Miranda is Paid Off

Jun 03, 1865

HMS Miranda is paid off at Sheerness

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Deserter

May 1866

A sailor called John Hall deserts from HMS Formidable

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A Court-Martial in HMS Formidable

Aug 18, 1866

The Second class Assistant-Engineer of HMS Mars is sent to court-martial for being drunk on duty.

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Deserter Caught

Jan 02, 1867

A deserting sailor from HMS Formidable is caught and returned to the ship

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HMS Arethusa is Paid Off

Jun 17, 1867

HMS Arethusa is paid off at Sheerness

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HMS Arethusa is Paid Off

Jan 07, 1869

HMS Arethusa is paid off at Sheerness

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Captain Gurdon Refused HMS Clio

May 28, 1870

Captain Gurdon is refused command of HMS Clio due to his writing letters to the press.

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HMS Eclipse is Paid Off

Nov 23, 1872

HMS Eclipse is paid off at Sheerness

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TS Wellesley Scrapped

1875

The former Training Ship Wellesley is sold for scrap

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Sailors From HMS Superb

Dec 08, 1883

Paid off sailors from HMS Superb travelling back to their homes leave Sheerness for Portsmouth. The ship herself was still in the Mediterranean having been recommissioned for a further period.

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HMS Dido Paid Off

Sep 25, 1886

HMS Dido was paid off and turned into a hulk. She served as a mine depot in the Firth of Forth, and in 1906 her name was changed to Actaeon II when she became part of the Torpedo School at Sheerness. She was scrapped in 1922

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HMS Sparrow is Paid Off

Jan 19, 1900

HMS Sparrow is paid off in Sheerness and placed in reserve

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Sheerness Depotship

1901

HMS Invincible has her engines were removed, and becomes the the harbour depot for the destroyer flotilla at Sheerness.

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HMS Invincible is Renamed HMS Erebus

1904

HMS Invincible is renamed HMS Erebus

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HMS M. No. 23 Returns to Sheerness

Nov 1919

HMS M. No. 23 returns to Sheerness from the Russian Civil War

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