HMS Calliope (1837)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Calliope
Ordered: 29 October 1830[1]
Builder: Sheerness Dockyard[1]
Cost: £17,882 including fitting
Laid down: January 1831[1]
Launched: 5 October 1837[1]
Commissioned: 10 October 1837[1]
Fate: Broken up at Plymouth in November 1883[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Andromache-class sixth-rate frigate (later "corvette")
Tons burthen: 720 34/94 bm[1]
Length: 130 ft 2 in (39.7 m) (gundeck)
109 ft 3 in (33.3 m) (keel)[1]
Beam: 35 ft 5.5 in (10.8 m)[1]
Depth of hold: 10 ft 7 in (3.2 m)[1]
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 175[1]
Armament: Upperdeck: 20 x 32-pdr gunnades

Quarterdeck: 6 x 32-pdr gunnades

Foc'l'se: 2 x 32-pdr gunnades[1]

HMS Calliope was a 28-gun sixth rate launched in October 1837 and broken up in November 1883.


During the period 1841-42 she served at Canton with Sir William Parker's ships in the First Anglo-Chinese War (1839–42), known popularly as the First Opium War.[2]

Calliope under Captain Edward Stanley, left Plymouth, England on 18 August 1845, sailing for Hobart, Australia, via Madeira and the Cape of Good Hope. Upon arrival at Hobart the ship was sent to New Zealand, where she was station for 2½ years. The ship's Royal Marines saw action in the Flagstaff War in the north of New Zealand. A Royal Marine was killed at the Battle of Ruapekapeka and two seamen were killed in the Hutt Valley Campaign. From late February 1846 until October 1847 Calliope operated mainly between Wellington, Whanganui and Nelson.[3]

On 20 March 1854 HMS Calliope (Captain Gennys R.N.) arrived in Brisbane. Captain Fitzgerald had already arrived in Sydney being appointed to take over command.[4]

She was converted to a floating chapel in 1855 and was broken up in 1883.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Winfield (2004) p.114
  2. ^ "HMS CALLIOPE (Anglo-Chinese war 1842)". Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "HMS Calliope NZ Wars memorial". NZ History Online. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Moreton Bay Courier, 25 March 1854