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HMS Hecate (1839)
HMS Hecate (1839) aground in 1861.jpg
Hecate aground in Neah Bay east of Cape Flattery between 15 and 21 August 1861
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Hecate
Ordered: 12 March 1838[1]
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Cost: £27,742[1]
Laid down: June 1838
Launched: 30 March 1839
Commissioned: 7 December 1939
Fate: Sold for breaking in 1865
General characteristics [1]
Type: Screw sloop
Tons burthen: 817 bm
Length: 165 ft (50.3 m)
Beam: 32 ft 10 in (10.0 m)
Draught: 13 ft (4.0 m) (aft)
Depth of hold: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Installed power: 240 nhp
Propulsion:
  • Iron tubular boilers
  • 2-cylinder side lever steam engine
  • Paddles
Sail plan: Brig rig
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h) (under steam)
Complement: 135
Armament:
  • 2 × 8-inch (65cwt) guns on pivots fore and aft
  • 2 × 32-pounder (50cwt) guns

HMS Hecate was a 4-gun paddle sloop launched on 30 March 1839 from the Chatham Dockyard.[2]

Service[edit | edit source]

She was assigned to the Mediterranean Station between 1840 and 1843, she participated during the Syrian War of 1840. After a period of be laid in reserve she served as part of the West Africa Squadron off Africa from 1845 until 1858.[2] After being fitted out for survey operations, she was assigned to the Pacific Station in 1860, undertaking surveys along the British Columbia coast. The Hecate Strait, between the British Columbia mainland and the islands of Haida Gwaii, is named for her.[3] Arriving at the Australia Station in 1863, where she undertook survey work in Botany Bay, Moreton Bay, the Brisbane River and Torres Strait before leaving the Australia Station in 1864.[4]

Fate[edit | edit source]

She was paid off and sold to Castle of Charlton for breaking in 1865.[1]

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Winfield (2004), p.159.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bastock, p.44.
  3. "Hecate Strait". BC Geographical Names. http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/38500.html. 
  4. "HMS Hecate". http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?id=1553. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 

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