No. 10
3 November 1858
I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your Despatch No 6 of the 2nd September 1858, 1 acquainting me that Her Majesty's Ships Tribune, Pylades, and Amethyst, 2 had been ordered from the East Indies to Vancouver's Island, and that the former Ship would conveyasManuscript image as many Supernumerary Marines as she can carry and as Rear Admiral Sir Michael Seymour can spare, and I beg to offer you my thanks for this very satisfactory information. 3
I have etc.
James Douglas
Governor of Vancouver's Island
and of British Columbia
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Put by?
VJ 17 Jan
C Jany 18
  1. = Lytton to Douglas No. 6, CO 398/1, p. 57, 2 Sept 58.
  2. The H.M.S. Tribune, a 31-gun screw-frigate, acquired by the Royal Navy in 1853 and ordered to the China Station in 1857. It arrived in Esquimalt on 13 February 1859, after stopping at Nagasaki en route, and operated in British Columbian waters until January 1860 and again from 1864-66. The H.M.S. Pylades, a wooden screw corvette, 21 guns, left Singapore on 5 December 1858, and arrived in Esquimalt on 14 February 1859, remaining in BC waters until 14 December 1859, and returning again from 1868 to 1871. Captain Michael De Courcy was senior officer on the Pylades in 1858. The H.M.S. Amethyst, a 6th rate, first class sailing frigate, 26 guns, left Hong Kong on 11 October but had to return to have its bowsprit replaced. It left again on 22 November, reached Valparaiso in March 1859, and was ordered home the following year.
  3. = Supernumary Marines. Seymour, commander of the Royal Navy's China Station, informed the Admiralty on 27 October that he was would dispatch 150 Supernumarary Marines to British Columbia via the Tribune.
People in this document

Carnarvon, Earl

De Courcy, Michael

Douglas, James

Jadis, Vane

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer

Merivale, Herman

Seymour, Michael

Organizations in this document

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

Vessels in this document

HMS Amethyst, 1844-1869

HMS Pylades, 1854-1875

HMS Tribune, 1853-1866

Places in this document

British Columbia




Vancouver Island