HMS Aid (1809)

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Name: HMS Aid
Laid down: July 1808
Launched: 4 April 1809
Renamed: HMS Adventure, 24 May 1821
Fate: Sold 19 March 1853
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Aid-class storeship
Tons burthen: 313 6894 (bm)
  • 105 ft 5 in (32.13 m) (overall)
  • 87 ft 3 in (26.59 m)
Beam: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Complement: 39
Armament: 4 x 12-pounder carronades + 2 x 9-pounder guns (as survey ship)

HMS Aid was a Royal Navy transport ship launched in 1809 at Kings Lynn. She was the name ship of a six-vessel class of transports and storeships, the only vessels built as such during the Napoleonic Wars.[1]

She was converted to a survey ship between December 1816 and March 1817 at Sheerness. Commander William Henry Smyth commissioned her in January 1817.[1]

On 14 September 1817, while under Smyth's command, she was at Lebida (Leptis Magna), together with HMS Weymouth. There they loaded columns, marbles, and other antiquities to bring back to England.[2]

Aid renamed HMS Adventure in 1821.

As HMS Adventure the ship was deployed for 5 years between 1826 and 1830 in a survey of Patagonia, under the command of Captain Phillip King. The ship was accompanied by HMS Beagle. The ship was sold in 1853.

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Citations and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Winfield (2008), p.398.
  2. ^ Smyth (1854), pp.488-9.