British paddle steamer 'Hermes' (1830)


Nominal GunsUnknownB181
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardBlackwall B181
Ship TypePaddle Steamer
Broken Up6.1854B181


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB181
Length of Gundeck155' 6"Imperial Feet47.2468 
Length of Keel133' 4"Imperial Feet40.5415 
Breadth32' 3"Imperial Feet9.7917 
Breadth (oa)32' 9"Imperial Feet9.8679 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen733 4494Tons BM 

Service History

22.1.1834Refitted as a Other Vessels Coal Depot


B181 Sail and Steam Navy ListDavid Lyon and Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Les Wilson on Wednesday 18th of July 2018 08:35

Is this the paddle steamer Hermes that, in March 1853, captured five pirate junks, ad sunk one, off Hong Kong? My information about this comes from the letters of William Melrose, a Scottish tea trader in Canton, who wrote about the incident to his father in Edinburgh. Apparently the junks had attempted to capture the Nymph, a ship sailing from Shanghai. The Nymph evaded them and made it to HK. At which point the Hermes was sent out to engage the pirates. Melrose saw the Hermes in HK after the fight and reported that her paddle boxes were quite holed with shot.
Any more information greatly appreciated.

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