[ACHILLES] Log of H.M.S. Achilles. Commanded by Captain A.C.F. Heneage, afterwards Admiral Heneage.
Kept by F. Hammond. February 4th 1880 – November 1881. The log then continues for H.M.S. Diamond from
November 1881 to March 30th 1882. Illustrated with several tipped in pen and pencil charts with signals. Small folio
volume bound in full vellum parchment, title in manuscript on paper label on upper cover and with three decorative
titlepages in watercolour (one with photograph). Unpaginated. pp. , [35 (Charts)]. In fine condition. €1500
HMS Achilles was an armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in the 1860s. Upon completion in 1864 she
was assigned to the Channel Fleet. The ship was paid off in 1868 to refit and be re-armed. When she
recommissioned in 1869, she was assigned as the guard ship of the Fleet Reserve in the Portland District
until 1874. Achilles was refitted and re-armed again in 1874 and became the guard ship of the Liverpool
District in 1875. Two years later, she rejoined the Channel Fleet before going to the Mediterranean in 1878.
The ship returned to the Channel Fleet in 1880 and served until she was paid off in 1885.
Achilles was recommissioned in 1901 as a depot ship at Malta under a succession of different names. She
was transferred to Chatham in 1914 and was again renamed multiple times before she was sold for scrap in
1923. Achilles had more changes of her rigging and armament than any other British warship, before or
The charts include: Vigo Bay; West Coast of Spain; Southern Tip of Portugal; Azores; H.M.S. Achilles,
Signed F. Hammond; Gibraltar; Southern Tip of Portugal and Spain including Gibraltar; Sailing from
Ireland to Azores; Four Plans of H.M.S. Achilles; Sailing from Bantry to Portsmith; Bantry Bay; Sailing
from Bantry to Vigo and from Bantry Bay to Plymouth; Sailing from Plymouth to Vigo; Profile of H.M.S.
Achilles; Sailing along African Coast, etc.
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