HMS Driver (1840)
|Ordered:||12 March 1840|
|Laid down:||June 1840|
|Launched:||24 December 1840|
|Commissioned:||5 November 1841|
|Fate:||Wrecked on 3 August 1861|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Driver-class wooden paddle sloop|
|Tons burthen:||1,055 62/94 bm|
|Length:||180 ft (55 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11.0 m)|
|Depth of hold:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Installed power:||280 nhp|
|Complement:||149 (later 160)|
Construction and commissioning
Driver was ordered on 12 March 1840 from Portsmouth Dockyard to a design by Sir William Symonds. She was laid down in June 1840 and launched on 24 December 1840, with her machinery being supplied by Seaward & Capel of Limehouse, Woolwich. Her hull cost £19,433, with the machinery costing another £13,866. After she had completed fitting out, at a further cost of £6,408, she was commissioned on 5 November 1841.
During her circumnavigation Driver became the first steamship to visit New Zealand, arriving on 20 January 1846, and was involved in the Hutt Valley Campaign, which was part of the New Zealand Wars. At the time of her visit she was described as a brig-rigged 6-gun warship displacing 1,058 tons with engines rated 280 horsepower.
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