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HMS Eurydice sinking off the Isle of Wight, Illustrated London News .
History
Name: HMS Eurydice
Namesake: The nymph Eurydice , wife of Orpheus
Ordered: 27 August 1841
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Cost: £16,137, plus £9,312 for fitting out
Laid down: April 1842
Launched: 16 May 1843
Completed: 1 September 1843
Commissioned: 27 June 1843
Recommissioned:
  • 30 May 1846,
  • 4 April 1854,
  • 7 February 1877
Fate:
  • Foundered in 1878
  • Salvaged and broken up that year
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Tons burthen: 910 81/94 bm
Length:

141 ft 2 in (43.03 m) (gundeck)

117 ft 9.75 in (35.9093 m) (keel)
Beam: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 190
Armament:
  • Rated for 26 guns
  • Upperdeck: 18 × 32-pdr (45cwt) long guns
  • Quarterdeck: 6 x 32-pdr (25cwt) guns
  • Focsle: 2 × 32-pdr (45cwt) long guns

HMS Eurydice was a 26-gun Royal Navy corvette which was the victim of one of Britain's worst peacetime naval disasters when she sank in 1878.

ContentsOrigins of Eurydice[ edit ]

Designed by Admiral the Hon. George Elliot , the second Eurydice was a very fast 26-gun frigate designed with a very shallow draught to operate in shallow waters. She originally saw service on the North American and West Indies station between 1843 and 1846 under the command of her first captain, George Augustus Elliot (the eldest son of her designer). [ citation needed ] In July 1845, she was driven ashore near the Moro, Havana , Cuba . Her guns were taken off to lighten her before she was refloated. Under Captain Talavera Vernon Anson , her second commission between 1846 and 1850 was spent on the South African ("Cape of Good Hope") station. Her third commission, under Captain Erasmus Ommanney (between 1854 and 1855) and then Captain John Walter Tarleton (1855 to 1857) saw her first sent briefly to the White Sea during the Crimean War and then to the North American and West Indies station again. The Eurydice saw no further seagoing service in the next twenty years; she was converted into a stationary training ship in 1861. In 1877, she was refitted at Portsmouth and by John White at Cowes for seagoing service as a training ship.

Loss of Eurydice[ edit ]

After being recommissioned under the command of Captain Marcus Augustus Stanley Hare , Eurydice sailed from Portsmouth on a three-month tour of the West Indies and Bermuda on 13 November 1877. On 6 March 1878, she began her return voyage from Bermuda for Portsmouth. After a very fast passage across the Atlantic , on 24 March 1878, Eurydice was caught in a heavy snow storm off the Isle of Wight , capsized and sank. Only two of the ship's 319 crew and trainees survived; most of those who were not carried down with the ship died of exposure in the freezing waters. Captain Hare, a devout Christian, after giving the order to every man to save himself, clasped his hands in prayer and went down with his ship. One of the witnesses to the disaster was a young Winston Churchill , who was living at Ventnor with his family at the time. The wreck was refloated later that same year but had been so badly damaged during her submersion that she was then subsequently broken up. Her ship's bell is preserved in St. Paul's Church, Gatten, Shanklin . There is a memorial in the churchyard at Christ Church , The Broadway, Sandown and another at Shanklin Cemetery in Lake where seven crew members are buried. The ship's anchor is set into a memorial at Clayhall Cemetery, Gosport . Two of her crew, DAVID BENNETT AB and ALFRED BARNES OS are buried in Rottingdean St Margaret's churchyard when bodies were washed ashore nearby. There are four in the grave, but only two of the men could be identified.

Prelude to a second disaster[ edit ] HMS Atalanta. 1880

An inquiry found that the vessel had sunk through stress of weather and that her officers and crew were blameless for her loss. There was some adverse comment on the suitability of Eurydice as a training ship because of her extreme design, which was known to lack stability. However, she was immediately replaced by another 26-gun frigate of identical tonnage but slightly less radical hull-lines, HMS Juno . Juno was renamed HMS  Atalanta and made two successful voyages between England and the West Indies before disappearing at sea in 1880 with the loss of 281 lives; the ship is believed to have been lost in a storm. Later British seagoing training ships were smaller purpose-built brigs . [ citation needed ]

In literature[ edit ]

The Loss of the Eurydice is a major poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins .

Ghost ship[ edit ]

The phantom Eurydice has been sighted frequently by sailors over the years since her sinking, and she is said to haunt Dunnose , a cape on the Isle of Wight that lies west of Shanklin , close to the village of Luccombe at the southwesterly end of Sandown Bay . Most notably, on 17 October 1998, Prince Edward of the United Kingdom reportedly saw the three-masted ship off the Isle of Wight while filming for the television series "Crown and Country", and the film crew claimed to have captured its image on film. There is also a story from Commander F. Lipscomb of a Royal Navy submarine which took evasive action to avoid the ship, only for it to disappear.

References[ edit ]^ Winfield, R.; Lyon, D. (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889 . London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN   978-1-86176-032-6 . p.115"Ship News". The Times (19005). London. 18 August 1845. col D, p. 9."Shipping Intelligence". The Morning Chronicle (23653). London. 18 August 1845.^ Agnes Weston: My Life among the Bluejackets, James Nisbett: London, 1909. Page 123West, Jenny (1973). The Windmills of Kent. London: Charles Skilton Ltd. p. 51. ISBN   0284-98534-1 .Churchill, Winston (1930). My Early Life. New York: Touchstone. p. 6. ISBN   0-684-82345-4 .Harding, John (2004). Sailing's Strangest Moments: Extraordinary But True Tales from Over 900 Years of Sailing . Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 92. ISBN   1861057458 J.C Medland. "Shipwrecks of the Wight". Coach House Publications ltd, 2004Sources[ edit ]David Lyon, The Sailing Navy List, All the Ships of the Royal Navy Built, Purchased and Captured 1688–1860 The Times , various dates 1878.External links[ edit ] Media related to HMS Eurydice (1843) at Wikimedia Commons Isle Of Wight Shipwrecks: Eurydice Memorials in St. Ann's Church, Portsmouth for HMS Eurydice's crew and passengers. Retrieved from " https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=HMS_Eurydice_(1843)&oldid=929257224 " Categories : Ships built in Portsmouth 1843 ships Corvettes of the Royal Navy Victorian-era corvettes of the United Kingdom Legendary ghost ships Maritime incidents in July 1845 Maritime incidents in 1878 Shipwrecks in the English Channel Hidden categories: CS1: Julian–Gregorian uncertainty EngvarB from September 2013 Use dmy dates from September 2013 Articles lacking in-text citations from March 2011 All articles lacking in-text citations Pages using deprecated image syntax All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June 2018 Articles with unsourced statements from September 2017 Commons category link is on Wikidata Atlantic Ocean articles missing geocoordinate data All articles needing coordinates Navigation menuPersonal toolsNot logged in Talk Contributions Create account Log in Namespaces Article Talk VariantsViews Read Edit View history MoreSearch
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