HMS Seringapatam

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HMS Seringapatam

Postby andy5880 » 25 Apr 2015 10:52

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HMS Seringapatam
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Following on from the earlier post about HMS Immortalite, my great grandfather's time on that ship for training as a Boy ended in Simon's Bay, South Africa. The list of Boys and Ordinary Seaman from Immortalite that is in the National Library of Scotland tells us that he, along with other Boys under training, were to join HMS Rattlesnake in February 1872, but Rattlesnake had sailed for the Gold Coast in January 1872, returning to Simon's Bay in May of that year. His service records show that he joined HMS Seringapatam instead. This ship was built in Bombay in 1819 and was coming to the end of it's useful life, used as a coal hulk it seems, and was scrapped in 1873. The figurehead of this ship still survives and is in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Charles draft to Seringapatam was for 3 months only, presumably there was some leave to be taken as well after his time on Immortalite, but he never joined Rattlesnake, being drafted instead to HMS Druid in May 1872 as a Boy 1st Class. It made little difference to the next stage of his Naval service, as both Rattlesnake and Druid took part in the Anglo-Ashanti War of 1873-74.
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Re: HMS Seringapatam

Postby J.Ross » 06 Jan 2016 14:40

Nice figurehead! But I believe the ship in your first image is the East-Indiaman Seringapatam, rather than the Royal Navy vessel.

Here's a better version of the picture:

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I can't find any depictions of the 46-gun HMS Seringapatam herself, but she would have been very similar to her near-sister, the 44-gun Maeander, which is quite well represented:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Maeander_%281840%29#/media/File:KEPPEL%281853%29_HMS_MEANDER.jpg
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Re: HMS Seringapatam

Postby andy5880 » 17 Jan 2016 21:31

Thanks- you may well be right. The ships named Seringapatam can and do cause confusion. There were 3 vessels of that name that I know of, 2 were built in Bombay in 1799 and 1819, the earlier one being 399 tons and possibly too small for 3 masts, the later one is the 46 gun frigate of 1152 tons. Another Seringapatam was built at Blackwall in 1837 as one of the 'East Indiamen' (described as a 'Blackwall frigate' - a clipper in fact) that were used to break the East India Company's monopoly on trade with the sub-continent, and that now seems to be the one in the images posted above. According to the National Gallery of Scotland (source is from the year 2000) the one in G. W. Butland's painting which was produced at the end of the voyage to North America and the West Indies in 1839 by the Bombay built ship, and was titled by the artist as 'The Indiaman Seringapatam'. However, the National Maritime museum has a different opinion of this painting, suggesting it is the Blackwall built Seringapatam of 1837 and not the one built in Bombay. The two do however agree on the artist. This Pitcairn Islands stamp claims to show HMS Seringapatam (it was there in 1830) but may well be the 1837 ship of that name.
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Re: HMS Seringapatam

Postby andy5880 » 17 Jan 2016 23:50

The GW Butland painting that the National Gallery of Scotland and the National Maritime museum seem to have a difference of opinion as to which Seringapatam it is (see previous post)
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