HMS Acheron (1838)
Acheron in New Zealand
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Ordered:||15 September 1837[Note 1]|
|Laid down:||October 1837|
|Launched:||23 August 1838|
|Commissioned:||8 January 1839|
|Fate:||Survey ship, 1847
Sold at Sydney, 23 April 1855
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Hermes-class sloop|
|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|
2-cylinder side lever steam engine
|Sail plan:||3-masted barque rigged|
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.
Acheron, under the command of Captain John Lort Stokes, was despatched to New Zealand in January 1848, arriving in November the same year. 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.
- 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.
- A total cost accounting for inflation of approximately £1,944,700 in today's money.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555.
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