HMS Bacchante, 1859-1869
HMS Bacchante was a Liffey class, wood construction frigate carrying fifty-one guns and 560 crew.1 Like many ships built during introduction of steam power, Bacchante was equipped with boilers and a screw, but regularly used sail as a source of propulsion. Launched at Portsmouth in 1859, decommissioned in 1864, and scrapped in 1869, the ship spent its short service life captained by Donald McLeod Mackenzie in the Royal Navy's Pacific squadron.2 Bacchante was the flagship of the squadron's commander-in-chief, Sir Thomas Maitland, from 1860 to 1862.3 The ship was frequently present at Esquimalt which had, according to an 1861 editorial in Victoria's Daily British Colonist newspaper, become the the actual naval headquarters in the Pacific, though perhaps not formally declared so by the Admiralty.4 When Bacchante's heavy '68-pounder' pivot gun was upgraded in 1862, its surplus weaponry was transferred to Esquimalt's defensive fortifications, reducing the number of guns carried to thirty-nine.5
  • 1. David Lyon and Rif Winfield, The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889 (London: Chatham Publishing, 2004), 200-201.
  • 2. David Lyon and Rif Winfield, The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889 (London: Chatham Publishing, 2004), 201.; Naval and Military Intelligence, Times (London, England), 1 August 1859, 12.; Naval and Military Intelligence, Times (London, England), 25 July 1864, 12.; The Navy List [June 1860] (London: John Murray, 1860), 145. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t41s69784; The Navy List [June 1864] (London: John Murray, 1864), 172. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t16n2rj0h; The Mails, Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle (Portsmouth, England), 29 September 1869, 2.; The Navy List [December 1869] (London: John Murray, 1870), 183. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t3329gb0x
  • 3. Obituary, Times (London, England), 27 January 1894, 10.; The Navy List [June 1860] (London: John Murray, 1860), 145. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t41s69784; The Navy List [December 1862] (London: John Murray, 1862), 169. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t7vn3rc63
  • 4. Naval Dockyard at Esquimalt, Daily British Colonist (Victoria), 7 September 1861, 2. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t7gq8vj77
  • 5. Romaine to Rogers, 14 March 1862, CO 305:19, no. 2584, 331. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V625AD02.html; Fortifying Esquimalt Harbor, Daily British Colonist (Victoria), 6 September 1862, 3. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t04x77p39; The Navy List [June 1862] (London: John Murray, 1862), 162. http://n2t.net/ark:/13960/t56f5bp3z
Mentions of this vessel in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. HMS Bacchante, 1859-1869. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/bacchante.html.

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