HMS Clio (1858)


HMS ''Clio'' was a wooden 22-gun , built at
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and launched on 28 August 1858. She was the flagship of the
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between 3 September 1870 and 16 October 1873, and from 1876 was used as a
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. Her first commission was on the
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and in 1860 she protected
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and the French citizens living within the city. While in the Pacific she was dismasted in bad weather. She returned to England and placed in reserve. Under the command of Commodore Frederick Stirling, she became the flagship of the Australia Station on 3 September 1870. In 1871, she was holed after striking an uncharted rock in Bligh Sound and was beached to prevent sinking. HMS Virago (1842), HMS ''Virago'' provided assistance and made temporary repairs enabling the ships the sail to Wellington, where she was repaired, prior to sailing to Sydney to be dry docked.Bastock, p.54. She transferred the pennant of flagship to HMS Pearl (1855), HMS ''Pearl'' and sailed for Portsmouth on 16 October 1873. In 1877 she became a school ship, stationed on the Menai Strait at Bangor, Wales, Bangor, and had 260 pupils. She was sold for scrap and broken up in 1919. In 1865, she sailed to Honolulu and escorted Queen Emma of Hawaii, Queen Dowager Emma of the Hawaiian Kingdom to Panama for her trip to the United Kingdom.



*Bastock, John (1988), ''Ships on the Australia Station'', Child & Associates Publishing Pty Ltd; Frenchs Forest, Australia. *

External links

Photograph of HMS ''Clio'' in the Menai Strait 1903

HMS ''Clio'' at the William Loney website

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