HMS Acheron (1838)

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Acheron in New Zealand
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Acheron
Ordered: 15 September 1837[Note 1][1]
Builder: Sheerness dockyard
Cost: £25,509[Note 2]
Laid down: October 1837[1]
Launched: 23 August 1838[1]
Commissioned: 8 January 1839[1]
Fate: Survey ship, 1847
Sold at Sydney, 23 April 1855[1]
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Hermes-class sloop
Displacement: 1,006 tons
Tons burthen: 715 43/94 bm
Length: 150 ft 0 in (45.7 m) (gundeck)
128 ft 0 in (39.0 m) (keel)
Beam: 32 ft 9 in (10.0 m)
Draught: 11 ft 6 in (3.5 m) (forward)
12 ft 0 in (3.7 m) (aft)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 2 in (5.5 m)
Installed power: 160 nominal horsepower
Propulsion:

2-cylinder side lever steam engine

Paddles
Sail plan: 3-masted barque rigged
Complement: 135
Armament:

As built:

  • 2 × 9-pounder (13 12 cwt) brass guns

From 1842:

  • 1 × 8-inch (52 cwt) pivot gun
  • 2 × 32-pounder (17 cwt) carronades

HMS Acheron was a Hermes-class wooden paddle sloop of the Royal Navy. She was launched at Sheerness in 1838. Between 1848 and 1851 she made a coastal survey of New Zealand, the first such survey since Captain Cook. She was sold at Sydney in 1855.

Career[edit]

Acheron, under the command of Captain John Lort Stokes, was despatched to New Zealand in January 1848, arriving in November the same year.[2] In March 1851, due to a budget cut to the Hydrographer of the Navy, Acheron was ordered to be laid up in Sydney, Australia and her crew returned to England.[2][3]

Fate[edit]

Acheron was sold at Sydney on 23 April 1855 for £2,067 16s.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Acheron was ordered from Chatham dockyard on 15 September 1837, but this was changed to Sheerness on 18 September, because the relevant tooling was already present there.
  2. ^ A total cost accounting for inflation of approximately £1,944,700 in today's money.

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