HMS Virago, 1842-1876
HMS Virago was a first-class paddle sloop of the Royal Navy. It was part of the 1854 Anglo-French squadron during the Crimean War.1
Virago is described in several despatches, and from these, it appears it was sent to further Colonial coal interests, particularly at Haida Gwaii. It served, also, as a temporary prison to one “Seakai”, a man described in this despatch as a minor Chief, who was, apparently, involved in the sack and plunder of the Susan Sturges.
  • 1. Peter Davis, HMS Virago, William Loney RN—Ships.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. HMS Virago, 1842-1876. 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/virago.html.

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