HMS Atalanta (1844)

HMS Atalanta (1844)

HMS "Atalanta" was a 26-gun frigate of the Royal Navy launched in 1844 at Pembroke as "Juno". She was renamed "Mariner" in January 1878 and then "Atalanta" two weeks later.

"Atalanta" was serving as a training ship when in 1880 she disappeared with her entire crew after setting sail from Bermuda for Falmouth, England on 31 January 1880. It was presumed that she sank in a powerful storm which crossed her route a couple of weeks after she sailed.

The image of the Royal Navy Service record shown here, was from the last "completed" Training mission of the HMS Atalanta before it vanished. This sailor was transferred on September 22nd 1879. Captain Stirlings final signature is shown on the right side.

A memorial in St Ann's Church, Portsmouth, names a total of 281 fatalities in the disaster. [ [ Memorials & Monuments in St Ann's Church - HMS Atalanta -] ]

Her sister ship HMS "Eurydice" was shipwrecked off the Isle of Wight on 22 March 1878 with 317 fatalities. [ [ Memorials & Monuments in St Ann's Church - HMS Eurydice -] ]

ee also

* See HMS "Atalanta" for other ships of this name.




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