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HASTINGS (72) Ex Indiaman purchased at Calcutta in 1819.
Sold in1885.

  • She remained 'In Ordinary' at Chatham for nearly 15 years until 1834 when she was commissioned by Capt. Henry SHIFFNER on 7 April to be stationed at Lisbon. In 1837 the Flagship of Rear Ad. Sir William Hall Gage there.
  • 1838 Capt. Francis LOCH, 31 Jan, Sheerness.
  • 1839 Capt. John LAWRENCE, 4 June, Mediterranean. With Ad. Sir Robert STOPFORD's Anglo/Austrian squadron deployed off the coast of Syria during Mehemet Ali's revolt against Turkey. Among a series of attacks by landing parties from different groups of ships, HASTINGS, CARYSFORT and CYCLOPS captured Batroum on 14 September. When, on 2nd October, a deserter told HASTINGS that the commander of the Eastern fort at Beirut, where a large quantity of munitions was stored, was planning blow it up by means of a powder train laid across a bridge, Cdr. Henry WORTH of HASTINGS volunteered to lead a party to go ashore and cut it. They landed under heavy musket fire, cut the train and threw more than sixty barrels of powder into the sea. more barrels were brought off then and the following day. Midshipman LUSCOMBE was killed and three seamen wounded.
  • By the end of 1842 HASTINGS was back in Portsmouth, out of commission. In January 1850 Capt. Francis W. AUSTEN was appointed as flag captain to Rear Ad. Charles J. AUSTEN on the East Indies station.
  • On 10 Oct.
  • 1854 she was taken into Portsmouth Dockyard to be converted to a screw steamer for the bombardment of Russian forts in the Baltic. This was carried out in the cheapest manner possible, using second hand material.
  • On her speed trials on 5th. April 1855 her 597 hp (indicated) Maudslay engine managed to push her along at nearly 6 03/4 knots.
  • 1856 Capt. James Crawford CAFFIN, with the fleet, wholly composed of steam vessels, which sailed for the Baltic from the Downs on 28th. March.
  • 1870 Coal Hulk.

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