She commenced service with the East Indies Station in 1874 in the suppression of the slave trade off the East African coast. She paid off in 1878 for conversion to a survey vessel and in 1880 commenced hydrographic surveys in the East Indies. In December 1880 she arrived in Hong Kong to commence surveying duties in East Asia (on the China Station) under the command of Richard F Hoskyn. In November 1881, a party of sailors from the ship formed an honour guard for George French, Chief Justice of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan who had died in Kobe. During the Russian war scare of 1885 she was rearmed and rejoined fleet duties, however in 1886, she reverted to survey duties on the Australia Station. She left the Australia Station later in 1886 and returned to England where she paid off. She was sold in 1888.