HMS Pique (1834)
HMS Pique was a wooden fifth rate warship of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...

, launched on 21 July 1834 at Devonport
HMNB Devonport
Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport , is one of three operating bases in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy . HMNB Devonport is located in Devonport, in the west of the city of Plymouth in Devon, England...

. She was of 1633 tons and had 36 guns.

During Captain Edward Boxer's captaincy (3 August 1837 - August 1841), she travelled to North America, the West Indies and (in 1840) to the Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria, as part of the squadron led by HMS Cambridge
HMS Cambridge (1815)
HMS Cambridge was an 80-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 June 1815 at Deptford Dockyard. She was built to the lines of the Danish ship Christian VII, which had been captured in 1807 at the Second Battle of Copenhagen....

, and also including HMS Zebra
HMS Zebra (1815)
HMS Zebra, was an 18-gun Cruizer-class brig-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was built of teak by the East India Company dockyard in Bombay and launched in 1815 as the last of the Cruizer-class...

 and HMS Vesuvius).

Between 14 November 1841 and 1 August 1842 (commanded by Captain Henry Forbes) she went to the West Indies, returning in 1 August 1842 - 1846 (under Captain Montagu Stopford), and also travelling to North America on that occasion. With HMS Blake
HMS Bombay (1808)
HMS Bombay was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 28 March 1808 at Deptford.She was renamed HMS Blake in 1819 in honour of Admiral Robert Blake, and was converted to harbour service in 1828. She was broken up in December 1855....

, in 1845 she also acted as cable ship for experiments in laying telegraph cable in Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth Harbour is a large natural harbour in Hampshire, England. Geographically it is a ria: formerly it was the valley of a stream flowing from Portsdown into the Solent River. The city of Portsmouth lies to the east on Portsea Island, and Gosport to the west on the mainland...

. From 26 December 1853 she was commanded by Captain Frederick William Erskine Nicolson in the Pacific Station
Pacific Station
The Pacific Station, often referred to as the Pacific Squadron, was one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy divided its worldwide responsibilities...

, and participated in the 1854 Anglo-French squadron sent to the Russian War and Second Anglo-Chinese War). Here she was present at the Siege of Petropavlovsk
Siege of Petropavlovsk
The Siege of Petropavlovsk was the main operation on the Pacific Theatre of the Crimean War. The Russian casualties are estimated at 100 soldiers; the Allies lost five times as many....


From 1872 she was a Receiving Ship, and from 1882 rented as hospital
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Hulk (ship)
A hulk is a ship that is afloat, but incapable of going to sea. Although sometimes used to describe a ship that has been launched but not completed, the term most often refers to an old ship that has had its rigging or internal equipment removed, retaining only its flotational qualities...

 to Plymouth Borough Council to quarantine sailors who fell victim to a cholera
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine that is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The main symptoms are profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking or eating water or food that has been contaminated by the diarrhea of an infected person or the feces...

epidemic. In 1910 she was finally broken up.

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