Captain's Letter Book HMSMS Seahorse

Admiral Sir Leopold George Heath , Crimean War,  (Principle Agent of Transport) 1854-1857

[This letter book covers 1856, after the Crimean War] 

 

The letters are all recorded as follows:

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Seahorse"

January 31st 1856

Sir,

In reply to your letter of the 25th .  First, I beg to inform you that the sum of One Pound has been charged against the pay of the Man noted in the Margin [George Dickinson, Gunner RMA] for straggling from HMS Difern.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient humble Servant

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

To the Secretary of the Admiralty 

 

 

 

Accountant General [Admiralty 20 March 1856]

 

HMS "Seahorse"

February 28th 1856 [or 9th]

Sir,

I herewith enclose and Allotment List for Petty Officers & Seaman belonging to HMS under my Command, the receipt of which I beg you will be pleased to acknowledge.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient Humble Servant

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

To the Secretary of the Admiralty London.

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Seahorse"

Devonport 11 February 1856

Sir,

The man noted in the Margin (late of HMS Colossus & Retribution) having stated to me that Pay is due to them from 30th September 1855 for Service in the above named Ships; I beg you will be pleased to cause the same to be made payable at this Port.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your obedient Humble Servant

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse" 

March 13th 1856

Sir 

The man noted in the Margin appeared at my rendezvous on the 19th January and his name was entered on this Ship's Books, but as it is possible there was some mistake about it, and as he has never actually joined the Ship nor been heard of since.  I have to request permission to discharge him from the Books instead of receiving him.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

etc etc etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

March 18th 1856

Sir,

The Boy noted in the Margin [Jo. Collins Boy 1st Class] having been this day committed to Gaol for two Months by (Civil Power) for Stealing a Jacket from the Sailor's Home (Devonport) I have to request that you will be pleased to authorise his discharge from the Books of the Sea Horse.

I have the honour to be

etc etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

March 19th 1856

Sir,

I have the honour to inform you that I have this day investigated on the 2nd Deck a complaint made by Lieut Vaughan Sub Lieutenant against the man named in the margin [George M Neil &ldots; who has been 6 weeks in this Ship] for having on the 17th instant left the Dockyard without leave being at the time under stoppage of leave for a former offence that I have &ldots; WH Brown Mr at Arms as a witness and that the man acknowledges his crime and has nothing to offer in defence and he having broken his leave on 5 occasions since the 8th February I request that I may be supplied with a Warrant for his committal for 14 days to Prison.

I have the honour to be

etc etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

Admiral Sir W Parker GCB Commander in Chief etc etc etc

 

 

 

HMS Sea Horse

Devonport

March 24th 1856

Sir 

The Master Shipwright having on the 22nd Instant informed me that HMS under my Command would not by completed in his department before the 9th April I am obliged to extend the dates at which HMS will be ready for proceeding to the Sound and to sea respectively to the 10th and 12th April.  Had the dockyard work been completed this Ship would have been ready on the 1st April.

I have the honour to be

etc etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

To Admiral Sir W Parker GCB etc etc etc 

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

11th April 1856

Sir

The Men noted in the margin [W Lovering Lg Stoker, M Alford CP Castle] late of HMS "Retribution" under your command have stated to me that Travelling Expenses are due to them viz from Portsmouth to Plymouth between the 2nd February 1856 and 17 March 1856.  I have to request that you will be pleased to acquaint me if their statement is correct.

I have the honour to be Sir

etc etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

To Captain Fisher HMS Retribution.

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

April 12th 1856

Sir 

I have the honour to acquaint you that I have this day inspected HMS Sea Horse under my command accompanied by the Shipwright Officers of the Dock Yard and have found everything to be efficient and correct except some Leaks round the M Mast.

I have the honour to be

Sir

etc etc etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

To Admiral Sir W Parker GCB.

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

April 12th 1856

Herewith I have the honour to transmit the Muster Book of HMS Sea Horse under my Command to the 31st March 1856 together with the Cancelled Picketts and Pay Lists as per Margin.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your most obedient humble servant

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

Cancelled Picket

CG 408

A 23

AA 965

D 404

H 1

AU 314

Pay Lists "Gozgon"

 

To the Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

April 16th 1856

Sir

A claim of joint capture of the Brazil, made by the Captain, Officers & Crew of HMS Niger against the Captain, Officers & Crew of HMS "Gladiator" and her tender the Jackel has after a lapse of 5 years been decided by the Admiralty court against the Niger.  Messers Stilwell are the Agents for the Niger and they are about to apply the proceeds of the capture of a vessel called the Igualdade which proceeds are in their hands in part payment of the costs of this suit.  I attach a copy of an agreement made between myself, the Officers & Crew of the Niger to share the expenses of any law proceedings on account of the prizes  and I have to request that the balance of the costs which the prize money for the Igualdade is insufficient to pay, may be abated from the shares of prize Money for Russian Vessels captured in the Black Sea, due to those Officers & Men who were serving in the Niger at the time of the capture of the Brazil.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your obedient servant

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

To, The Secretary of the Admiralty London.

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

17th April 1856

Sir

The man noted in the Margin [W Moore Lg Seaman to AB]  serving onboard HMS Sea Horse under my Command, having this day been disrated from Lg Seaman to AB.  I beg you will be pleased to cause the necessary alteration to be made in his allotment.

I have

etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

April 24th 1856

Sir

In reply to your letter of the Instant relating to Books of Instructions etc: said by Commander Hire not to have been on board HMS "Niger" at the time of his taking command of her, I have the honour to state that I enclosed all the receipts received from my successor Commander Hire to the Secretary of the Admiralty on the 5th

 

[This letter ends here]

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

April 24th 1856

Sir

I have had applications from 2 or 3 of the Officers and Seamen lately belonging to HMS Niger who were landed with me for serving in Batteries on shore in the Crimea stating that whereas several of their Shipmates landed for the same Serving at the same time had received an Inkerman clasp, they had been refused it on the grounds of my not having certified that they were in Action.  I have now the honour to state that the Batteries manned by those men and commanded by myself did fire at Liprandi's Columns on the 5th November and I presume therefore that I together with these men an entitled to the clasp in question.  I have no nominal list of these Men but I understand one has been sent into Office by Lieut Drum, Mr Peffrel, Midshipman Robert Sawyer, Ordinary Seaman J Caglison RMA are the names of those who have applied to me on the Subject.  Lieut Drum and others have received these clasps, and I request that mine may be forwarded to me.

I have the honour to be

etc etc etc

LG Heath Captain

 

To the Accountant General

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

April 27th 1856

Sir

The man noted in the Margin having stated that his Allotment dated 1st April 1856 has not yet been received.  I have to request that you will be pleased to cause the necessary inquiry to be made.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

 

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty

The statement made by a Member of the Government under which I am serving has given great pain both to myself and my friends and I trust Sir I may appeal to you to induce Lord . . . [Pamnure?] to redress the injustice he has perhaps unwittingly done me.

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

June 9th 1856

Sir

It is reported in the Newspapers that Lord . . . [Pamnure?] on his speech on moving the thanks of Parliament to the Navy and Army etc stated that Admiral Bofer was the first to begin some system in Balaklava Harbour.  No one can be more anxious than myself to amply and full justice to great operations of the late Admiral Bofer but I feel very strongly that it is most unjust to cast blame on his predecessors for the mere sake of eulogising him.  I am quite prepared to prove that from the period of the great Storm until I was relieved by Admiral Bofer there was a constant and successful endeavour to improve the harbour arrangements in every way and that with the assistance of Captain Powell who was associated with me in the work Balaklava Harbour was on the 1st of February the day on which Admiral Bofer relieved me in a state of which we had no reason to be ashamed.  Admiral Bofer with great personal energy carried out and perfected during fine weather what we in the midst of rain snow and gales of wind had initiated.  Leaving my case in you hands.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your most obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath CB Captain

 

To the Right Honourable Sir C Wood

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

May 17th 1856

Sir

The Allotment Pay Bill transmitted from Office for J Rocensfell Leading Stoker Ordinary the Ship under my Command has to Susan his Wife has been made payable at Helstone instead of Falmouth as noted on the Allotment List from Sea Horse.  I have to request that you will be pleased to cause the necessary alteration to be made.

I have the honour to be

Sir 

Etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

Secretary of the Admiralty

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

May 1856

Sir,

I beg leave to represent that Jo Davies Gris Mate of this Ship stated that he was on entering the Service put down accidentally on the Ship's Books as Jo Davies and that he has continued to be so entered on his subsequent Ship's Books.  He has lately been married and allotted to his Wife in April 1856 he was married under his proper name (Davis) and consequently his Wife on producing her marriage Certificate cannot get paid.  I beg to inform you that I have placed "alias" Jas Davis against this man's name on the Ship's Books and I have to request the Allotment Picket may be altered accordingly.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

 

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty

. . . General

 

HMS Sea Horse

May 1856

Sir

In obedience to your order of the 14th Instant I have the honour to inform you that on receipt of their Lordship's order to offer the option of reentering etc to the 5 Years Men and Pensioners I acquainted the Ship's Company therewith and found that there was altogether 26 who wished to be discharged to this Shore.  Their papers were sent to the Accountant General on the same evening made out with pay for 5 days in advance of that day, on the supposition that the Pickets would be returned before them.  The Pickets not having returned on the 13th Instant and the men being in consequence discontented I sent for them and explained that the delay was possibly owing to the Great number of Papers of the same sort which had all at once been submitted to the Accountant General, that I could not say for certain on what day the Pickets would arrive but that if any of them wished it they might have their discharge to the shore at once.  I explained at the same time that as they would be on full pay for every day that they remained onboard, they had in my opinion much better remain, but nevertheless left it to their option.

Seven men, all I believe having friends or family at this port requested to be discharged , and the remaining 19 are still onboard.

I have etc

(Signed) LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty London.

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

May 27th 1856

Sir

William Salter 2nd . . . Long Service Pensioner is a volunteer for HM Ship under my Command.  I have to request I may be informed whether if he joins he will be allowed to continue in receipt of his Pension in addition to his pay.

His character is very Good.

I have the honour to be

Sir

etc etc etc 

Signed LG Heat Captain

 

To Vice Admiral Sir George Seymour KCB 

Commander in Chief

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

May 27th 1856

Sir

Having on the 5th March 1855 forwarded to the Secretary of the Admiralty the requisite receipts etc for clearing my accounts for HM Ships "Niger" and "Sans Pariel" and hearing that other Captains whose documents were sent in long subsequently to mine have had their accounts passed; I have to request that mine may be taken in hand.

I have the honour to be

etc etc etc 

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty London. 

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

28 May 1856

Sir

Mr Coutts Boatswain of HM Ship under my Command who is 55 years of age and who has been 44 Years at Sea appears to me to be more fit for Harbour than Sea Service.  I have to request that a Survey may be held upon him.  His character while under my Command has been Very Good.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To Vice Admiral Sir G Seymour KCB

Commander in Chief.

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

29th May 1856

Sir

With reference to you M . . . of this day, I beg to inform you that HMS "Sea Horse" has this day discharged 300 Shell the remaining 250 together with 2 Mortars will discharged so soon as the Lighters arrive.  Provisions were demanded yesterday but have not yet been received.  A Boat is at present onshore for Hammocks for the Troops, Mess Tables and Stools having been received and in all other respects this Ship is ready for Sea.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient Servant

On duty Captain

Signed LW Vaughan Sub Lieut

 

Vice Admiral Sir George Seymour KCB

Commander in Chief

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

June 6th 1856

Gibraltar

Sir,

I have the honour to report the arrival at this Port after a passage of 6 and days from Spithead.  I expect to be complete with Coal tomorrow forenoon and I shall there leave immediately for Malta.

I have the honour to be

etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

June 7th 1856

Sir

The persons noted in the Margin [Jo Hayes Cooper to Coopers Crew, P2 & Leof  6 Aft G to AB ] having been disrated I beg that you will be pleased to cause the necessary alterations in their Allotments to be made.

I have the honour to be

etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

June 1856

Sir

The person noted in the Margin [H Reynolds AB] having been left at Plymouth Hospital and Name sent to Impregnable in accordance with circular 184 I have to request that you will be pleased to cause his Allotment to be transferred accordingly.

I have

etc etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

June 30 1856

Sir,

In accordance with your letter of the - December 1855 I deducted the Sum of 12.8.2 from the Quarterly bill which I drew on the 31st March 1856.  I have since heard from Mr Parminter then Paymaster of the Niger that although he has not Kept any documents on the subject he believes the percentage for furniture was always deducted from my bill in that Ship.  This being also my own impression I request that the matter may be enquired into when my accounts are taken in hand.

Sir

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

Constantinople

July 5th 1856

Sir

With reference to your letter of the 23 Instant I have the honour to state that the a certificate of the professional qualifications  of Mr GH Foster who was discharged from HMS Niger in or about the month of October 1851 was forwarded to the Secretary of the Admiralty on the 30th October 1851.  I beg to enclose a similar certificate for Mr WT Wheeler who was discharged from HMS Sans Pariel about the month of January 1855.  I was not in Command of either the "Niger" of the Sans Pariel those Ships were paid off.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To Captain Washington Hydrographor etc etc etc

 

 

 

Hismalaya 12 July

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

July 1st 1856

Sir

Herewith I have the honour to transmit the Muster Book of HMS under my Command to the 30th June 1856 together with the Cancelled Picket as per Margin [H745].

I have

etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

July 25th 1856

Sir

With reference to the accompanying Letter addressed to J Emery now Capt P Castle of this Ship I have the honour to inform you that J Emery states that he was paid off as a 2nd Class Boy from HMS "Edinburgh" on the 14th July 1841 and was sent with the rest of the Boys to the "Queen" then flagship at Portsmouth.  He was then granted 6 weeks leave of absence with (as he states) as intimation that he must return to that Flag Ship unless he joined some other Ship.  He did join HMS "Dublin" on the 26th August the day his leave expired and he states that he gave up his Picket of leave to Captain Tucker Commander the Dublin and that Mr Saunders Mate of the Dublin was the Officer at the rendesvous who shipped him and told him it was quite regular to do so.  Under the circumstances I have the honour to request that the R may be removed from his name and that the Pay and Medal and Prize Money which he claimed may be forwarded to him.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Sea Horse"

Gibraltar

4th August 1856

Sir

The man noted in the Margin [George M Niell No 99 SB] having been Run on the Books of HMS under my Command, I have to request that you will be pleased to cause his Allotment to be stopped.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

HMS "Seahorse"

4th August 1856

Sir

I have the honour to forward a letter from Captain Peddie of HMs 41st Regiment proceeding to England in HMS under my Command requesting that a Court Marshall may be assembled for a trial of a Private of that Corps.  HM Ship will be ready to sail this evening at 7 O'clock and as the troops on board are by no means in good health I Should be sorry if any detention were to take place and I would beg to suggest to your Excellency that the Court may be assembled immediately or that the trial should be postponed until the Ships arrival in England.

I have the honour to be 

Sir 

Your obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To His Excellency Sir James Ferguson KCB

etc etc

Gibraltar

 

Not sent the ship not having anchored in Gibraltar.

 

 

 

 HMS Seahorse

20th August 1856

Sir, I beg to represent that during the late voyage of HM Ship under my Command, from England to Constantinople and back, the high pressure engines with which she is fitted have worked admirably; I cannot however report in the same terms on the boilers for they have two most-serious defects viz:  1st Great liability to leak.  2nd Impossibility of cleaning out the fire boxes, without first blowing out the boilers, and allowing them to cool.  The 1st named defect viz: the leaking of the boilers, taking place at junction of the tubes with the fire box end plate.  Ferruling seems an effective remedy, but the ferrules supplied are thick an clumsy, and not only impede the draught but cause the soot to accumulate in the tubes, sooner than it otherwise would.  The Senior Engineer proposes to ferrule the whole of the tubes, with thin steel ferrules turned to a feather edge, such as are used in locomotive boilers.  The process would be expensive at first, but I am confident that its adoption would be economical in the long run, and a source of greatly increased efficiency in the Ship.  An attempt was made at Constantinople to remedy the Secondly named defect by fitting moveable iron backs to the ash pits.  It was supposed that by withdrawing these, the soot could be raked from the fire box through the ash pit.  This plan has however failed in consequence of the caking of the soot.  I propose to carry the fire box through the boiler towards the Ship's side, where there should be a door through which the soot could be raked whenever necessary.  There is after 24 hours steaming an accumulation of soot in the fire boxes, such as to choke up the end of (and thus render useless), about 1/3 of the whole number of tubes:  After 48 hours steaming it becomes absolutely necessary to clear out this accumulation.  If the door I propose were cut the tubes would be swept and the soot got rid of with banked up fires, and the delay would not exceed 3 hours;  At present owing to the necessity of putting out the fires, and waiting for the boilers to cool sufficiently for a man to enter the fire box, the delay is from 16 to 20 hours.  Plate iron bridges to support the bricks would prevent their being pushed down by the rakes as now occasionally happens.  I have to request that these three alterations may be made.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your Obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain.

 

To Vice Admiral Sir G Seymour KCB GCH

Commander in Chief etc, Portsmouth

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse

August 20th 1856

Sir

Mr Corbet C Edwards Clerk of HM Ship under my command has this day been sent to Hospital: The Surgeon being of opinion that a considerable time must elapse before his recovery can take place, I have to request that an Assistant Paymaster may be appointed in his stead.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your Obedient Servant

LG Heath Captain

 

To Vice Admiral Sir G Seymour KCB GCH

Commander in Chief etc, Portsmouth

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse

August 20th 1856

Sir

In accordance with your orders of the 29th of May I sailed from Spithead and the 31st and having touched for coal at Gibraltar, Algiers, and Malta, I arrived at Constantinople on the 26th of June, I was there detained by Rear Admiral Grey partly for the sake of repairing the boilers, and partly that my Ship's company might assist in loading a Transport, and there being already sufficient vessels in the Crimea, I left Constantinople with a detachment of Sappers and Miners and some heavy Guns, for Malta on the 12th of July arriving there on the 22nd.  By order of Rear Admiral Sir Montague Stopford , I landed at that port, the Ships two mortars, and also her two 95 cwt 68 pounder for the use of the garrison, and I embarked the Depot of the 41st Regiment, and sailed on the 20th July, having touched for coals at Algiers, Lisbon and Vigo, I arrived here this morning.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your Obedient Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To Vice Admiral Sir G Seymour KCB GCH

Commander in Chief etc etc  Portsmouth

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse 

Spithead

August 25 1856

Sir

The 1st ordinary and 2nd class ordinary seamen lately discharged from HMS Majestic to HMS under my Command have filled up the whole of my vacancies for seamen including those of three leading seamen.  I have therefore to request permission to place 3 of them on the Sup. list or to discharge them to some other of HM Ships in need of them in order that I may enter 3 leading semen from the shore.

etc etc

LG Heath

 

Vice Admiral Sir G Seymour KCB

Commander in Chief

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse

Spithead August 26

Sir

My name appearing in the list of officers nominated to be "Chevaliers de la Legion d'Houneur" I have to request the insignia forwarded to me.

LG Heath

 

Secretary to the Admiralty.

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse

30 August 1856

Sir

With reference to the petition of John Thomas referred by their Lordships to me for a report and returned herewith.  I have the honour to state that the "Harlington" laden with Coals was . . . into by the Ship whilst on the passage across the Black Sea,  that the Harlington lay in Balaclava until cleared of Coals and that she then returned to Constantinople and appears to have been taken up by the late Rear Admiral Boyer and sent back with a cargo of Biscuit.  It was after this second voyage that John Thomas went to the Hospital.  John Thomas forwarded his claim to Government relief:

1st On the grounds of the Ship he was in being chartered by the Government.

2nd That he was employed by one working on shore.

3rd That the late Rear Admiral Boyer promised it to him.

One the first point I conceive he has no claim.  On the second, I have to repeat that I have no recollection whatever of having employed any men from the Transports, and still less from freighted Ships, such as the Harlington.  The Vesuvius Pier (which, in answer to my enquiry he states to have been his employment) and all other work of that sort was made by the Crews of the "Sans Pariel" and "Vesuvius" and certainly no man could have been so employed without having received check money which John Thomas (in answer to my enquiries) states he never received.  Several Colliers were allowed to ballast from the ground near Vesuvius Wharf and I perfectly remember giving them direction as to the precise parts from which they were to take the earth so as to improve the landing.  John Thomas states that his Ship was not one of these but I think she must have been.  On the third point I have no information to give their Lordships.

I have etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Account General

 

Portsmouth 

9th September 1856

Sir 

I have the honour to enclose a certificate of Servitude on Shore of the man named in the Margin [BM Newton] and beg to request that the amount due to him for such service may be made payable by Paymaster of HMS under my Command.

I have the honour to be 

Sir

Your most Obedient Humble Servant

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

To The Secretary of the Admiralty, London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS "Seahorse"

Portsmouth

16th September 1856

Sir

I have the honour enclosed a Ticket for the man named in the Margin [Jno: T Scarlett Carpenter's Mate] (for examination) he having been to HMS Highflyer from HMS under my Command.

I have etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS"Seahorse"

Portsmouth

16 September 1856

Sir

The Petty Officers named in the margin [S. Co.  114 Jno: T Scarlett, Carpenter's Mate] having been this day discharged to the "Highflyer" as part Complement.  I have the honour to request you will cause his allotment to be transferred.

I have etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS"Seahorse"

Portsmouth

16 September 1856

Sir

I have the honour to forward herewith the pay documents of HMS under my Command, Viz; 1 Pay Book, 1 Pay Open List, 1 Pay Charge List.

I have etc etc

Signed LG Heath Captain

 

The Secretary of the Admiralty London

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

HMS Seahorse

Devonport

September 19th 1856

Sir

Referring to my letter to you of the 27th May 1856 I have the honour to request I may be informed whether the accounts therein mentioned have yet passed

etc etc

 

 

 

Devonport

September 19th 1856

Sir

I have the honour to report that HMS under my Command would be ready for paying off as far as being dismantled and stores returned etc by Saturday 29th instant but that the work required to be done to the boiler and engines as detailed in a letter received this day from Captain Robinson is not likely to be completed before the 10th October.

 

Sir W Parker.

 

 

 

Devenport

September 19th 1856

Sir 

With reference to your letter of this days date requesting me to name a day on which the engines and boilers of HMS under my command will be in the state mentioned in your letter and ready for inspection, I have the honour to state that so much will depend upon circumstances which cannot at present be foreseen that it is impossible to name a day with any certainty but I hardly think it can be earlier than the 10th October.

 

Captain B Robinson in charge of Steam reserve Devonport.

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

Requesting the pay and prize money and medal due to . . . might be sent him on . . . here the Rg having been removed from his name.

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse

Devonport

September 22nd 1856

Sir

With reference to your letter of the 18th instant and its enclosures on the subject of the embarkation of horses on board the transport Training at Balaclava in July 1855 I have the honour to state that I perfectly recollect an application from Lt Ward for permission to send his horse home in that vessel but that I cannot at this distance of time state with any certainty whether it was completed with or not my register of passages having been left in office at Balaclava.  I perceive by the official list of transport that the . . . could be fitted for 62 horses it is therefore possible that some were placed on board at Constantinople.

etc etc

LGH

 

The Director of the Transport Service

 

 

 

Confidential

 

HMS Seahorse

Devonport

September 24 1856

Sir

I beg to return the set of private signals for the use of HM Ships between themselves consisting of

1st a letter of instructions

2nd signals between ships

3rd signals for brigs . . . and also 1 set of private signals to be used between English and French Ships of war and I have to request the . . . receipts may be forwarded to me.

 

Secretary of the Admiralty

 

 

 

September 25th 1856

Sir

I regret to state that owing to the very unfavourable weather in the early part of this week HMS under my command will not be ready for paying off by Saturday the 27th instant.  I think that the whole of the stores will be returned by 2 O'Clock in the afternoon of that day (the time at which the Rear Admiral Superintendent proposes to pay the ship) but that the lower . . . will not be out nor will the ballast be completely stacked or the decks thoroughly cleaned.  The Rear Admiral Superintendent considers it will be more economical and in other respects more advisable that the ship should nevertheless be paid off on the day named rather than be kept in commission.

 

Sir William Parker GCB

 

 

 

September 26

Sir

I have to request that a letter addressed by me to the Consul in Chief on the 19th instant and forwarded with the Consul in Chief's marginal annotations by me to you on the 20th instant may be returned to me.

 

Captain Robertson . . . 

 

 

 

HMS Seahorse 

Devonport

September 26th 1856

Sir

Captain Robinson having communicated to me a copy of a letter which he addressed to you on the 25th instant on the subject of the engines and boilers of HMS under my command I have the honour to state that having lived on board the ship and scarcely left her except to hasten the work of returning stores etc I am personally  aware that the work in the engine room "has been zealously and diligently undertaken".  Captain Robinson has paid but one visit to this ship and I presume his opinion is founded upon that personal visit because his Assistant . . . stated on the 22nd instant that he considered it would take 10 days to complete what was ordered thus bringing the date up to the 2nd October.  The dismantling of all engines and more especially the cleaning of boilers are subject to so many contingencies that in my opinion it is quite impossible rigidly to name a date by which they shall be completed, and knowing as I do how zealously both engineers and stokers have worked since they have come into this port I feel that Captain Robinson's opinion is most incorrect and that it would be most unjust on my part were I to leave it uncontradicted.  With reference to the last paragraph of Captain Robinson's letter I have to state that your directions in the matter as stated on the back of my letter to you of the 19th instant were communicated by me to Captain Robinson.

etc etc

 

Sir William Parker GCB

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

September 27th 1856

Requesting Mason's pay might be remitted to him on board Victory.

 

 

 

Accountant General

 

September 27th 1856

Requesting errors in pay books with regard to McCarthy, Jolliffe, Low, Port and Castle might be rectified.

 

 

 

Sir J Plumeridge.

 

Reporting to Sir J Plumeridge that Printed instruments 4 in no were returned to Devonport storekeeper

 

 

 

Moorhurst, Dorking

October 3rd 1856

Sir

In reply to your letter of yesterday's date conveying to me their Lordship's direction to report the cause of the engines bilges etc of HMS Seahorse not being clean etc I have the honour to state that (as their Lordships may recollect) the Seahorse came direct from the dry dock at Portsmouth (where the engines and boilers had been in the hands of the factory) to Devonport without waiting to put to rights either in harbour or at Spithead and that she came into . . . also without anchoring in the Sound and immediately began preparing for paying off.  The engine was and indeed the whole ship was therefore by no means in the state in which a ship paying off is usually found.  Sir W Parker nevertheless on going round the ship (and he included the engine rooms in his inspection) stated to me that "she was very sweet wholesome and clean".  On arriving at Devonport I received a letter from Captain Robinson detailing the state in which their Lordships desired that the engines etc of vessels paid off into the 2nd class steam reserve should be placed and requesting name a day on which they would be in that state and I beg to lay before their Lordships the correspondence that thereupon took place.  There being but 12 stokers in the compliment of HMS Seahorse and the majority of the 12 having been fresh entries I thought it most advisable to undertake but one thing at a time and I therefore directed the Senior Engineer to employ all his hands in returning his stores before undertaking any cleaning or dismantling work.  Very bad weather having set in the stores were not returned before the 29th the day on which the ship was paid off.  The cleaning work could not therefore have been begun (the 28th having been a Sunday) before the 29th which is I apprehend the very day on which Captain Robinson's report to their Lordships must have been dated.

I have the honour

etc 

 

Secretary to Admiralty

 

 

 

Moorhurst

October 3rd 1856

Sir

Having been paid off from HMS Seahorse on the 27th September I have the honour to request my name may be inserted on the half pay list from that date.

 

Secretary to Admiralty

 

 

 

Moorhurst

October 13th 1856

Sir 

I request I may be informed whether there is any special reason which has hitherto prevented and is apparently still preventing my accounts for HMS Niger and HMS Sans Pariel being passed.  The requisite papers were sent (in accordance with the printed instructions) to the Secretary to the Admiralty in the month of March 1855 and many other Captains have had their accounts of a date very subsequent to this passed.

 

The Accountant General of the Navy

 

 

 

Moorhurst 

October 13th 1856

Requesting full pay due from Seahorse may be forwarded here, the ticket having been sent into office on the 29th September.

 

Accountant General.

 

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