Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 84
Launched : 22 Sep 1831 ; Disposal date or year : 1901
BM: 2279 tons
1 Jan 1820 building or ordered to be built, with a circular stern.
I note that considerable confusion appears in the media of the day with the Thunder (a bomb), and this vessel, the Thunderer (2md rate).
Jul 1830 Woolwich, building.
Woolwich 9 Jan 1831 To be commissioned and prepared for sea with despatch.
Woolwich 1 Nov 1831 Refitting.
Sheerness 18 Oct 1833 Has been commissioned for service in the Mediterranean.
Sheerness 4 Jan 1834 Fitting out.
Gibraltar 8 Mar 1834 Arrived, en route for Malta.
Malta 29 Apr 1834 Remains.
Vourla 22 Jul 1834 Arrived from Mytelene, and has since sailed to Scalanova and Nauplia.
Off Vourla 21 Aug 1834 Arrived from a cruise off Mytelene.
Malta 26 Sep 1834 Arrived.
Malta 1 Oct 1834 Sailed to rejoin the squadron at Vourla with provisions and stores.
19 Dec 1834 Vourla Bay.
31 Jan 1835 is reported to be at Malta.
Malta 9 Feb 1835 sailed with a squadron for the Vourla, where it arrived circa 15 Feb..
1 Jul 1835 lost some of her sails in a squall when serving with the Mediterranean squadron, in the Levant, off Cape Sapienza.
Malta 16 Oct 1835 arrived from the Levant.
8 Dec 1835 at Malta.
Malta 7 Mar 1836 in Valetta harbour preparing for the Spring/Summer cruise.
Malta 11 Jun 1836 is reported to have returned to Malta from a cruise on 16 May, and sailed on 25th to resume her station with the squadron in the Archipelago.
Corfu 21 Jun 1836 sailed for Patras.
Portsmouth 7 Jan 1837 is ordered to Plymouth.
1 Feb 1840 Captain M. F. F Berkeley, appointed to the Thunderer, 8 Feb 1840 Commander Woodford John Williams ; Lieutenants G. H. L. Beazeley, Hector Loring, Alexander Little, Augustus S. Booth, J. H. Bridges ; Master Henry Davy ; Second Master Richard Read ; Purser Richard Goodridge ; Surgeon John Edwards, appointed to the Excellent, vice Urquhart ; Mate John Risk ; Gunner William Brown ; Boatswain Thomas Goldingay, appointed to the Thunderer. 14 Mar 1840 Midshipmen S. F. Douglas, appointed from Boyne to Thunderer ; Mate David M. Gordon, appointed from the Excellent to the Thunderer 21 Mar 1840 Commander L. Massie, appointed to the Thunderer. 20 Mar 1840 Plymouth fitting nearly completed, along with her crew, and are in a very forward state. 21 Mar 1840 Assistant-Surgeons R. Paris and John Tait, appointed to the Thunderer. 24 Apr 1840 Plymouth, seamen have volunteered from the San Josef. 27 May 1840 Plymouth is nearly ready for sea. 8 Jun 1840 passed Gibraltar on her way from Lisbon to Malta. 25 June 1840 at Malta. 6 Jul 1840 Malta has sailed to join the squadron in the Levant, and afterwards proceeds to the coast of Syria. 19 Jul 1840 at Vourla. 20 Jul 1840 sailed from Vourla. 3 Aug 1840 arrived Eriseos, Mytelene. 7 Aug 1840 sailed round to Mytelene, and from there sailed for Beyrout, via Rhodes, with the Ganges. 12 Aug 1840 arrived off Beyrout. 14 Aug 1840 Beyrout, the Ganges and Thunderer were anchored off the Egyptian camp. 10 Sep 1840 covered the landing of troops at D'jounie Bay - see p. 314 at at www.archive.org/details/royalnavyhistory06clow 12 Sep 1840 Beyrout, bombarded General Soliman's troops ashore. 14 Sep 1840 Beyrout, The bombardment continued and the allied troops fortified their positions. 15 Sep 1840 Beyrout, Fired occasionally as targets showed themselves. 25 Sep 1840 Thunderer, Wasp, Cyclops, Gorgon and Hydra sailed to take possession of Sidon, and was joined en route by the Stromboli. 26 Sep 1840 operations at Sidon. Men from the ship wounded. 1 royal marine, severely ; 3 seamen, 2 royal marines, slightly. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 17 Nov 1840.
22 Oct 1840 at Sidon. 2 Nov, 1840 arrived off St. Jean d’Acre.
3 Nov, 1840 bombardment of St. Jean d’Acre. Egyptian forces evacuate St. Jean d’Acre overnight and the town was occupied on the 4th by the Turks. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 1 Dec 1840.
8 Nov 1840 off St Jean d’Acre, 2,000 prisoners have been sent away in the Bellerophon, Thunderer, Revenge, and Edinburgh, to Beyrout. See www.gazettes-online.co.uk of 15 Dec 1840.
Aug - Nov 1840 Capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign. 16 Oct 1844 those onboard between 9 Sep - 10 Oct 1840, and at the bombardment of St. Jean D’Acre, on the 3 Nov 1840, will be paid their respective proportions of the grant voted by Parliament for the said services.
8 Dec 1840 Marmorice Bay, had arrived from Beyrout. 2 Jan 1841 Lieutenant Richard Williams, appointed to the Thunderer 9 Feb 1841, Malta, arrived from Marmorice ; 10 Apr 1841, Midshipman ___ Dew, appointed to Thunderer. 3 Apr 1841, Malta, sailed for Syracuse to water. 15 May 1841, to be stationed at Gibraltar, protem. 20 May 1841, at Gibraltar. 9 Jun 1841, departed Gibraltar for Tangier. 30 Jun 1841, in Gibraltar Bay. 31 Jul 1841, Assistant Surgeon F. M. Rayner appointed to the Thunderer 22 Jul 1841, at Gibraltar. 28 Aug 1841, Surgeon G. H. Dabbs, appointed to the Thunderer ; 4 Sep 1841, Mate R. B. Æneas M'Leod (1837), of the Thunderer, promoted to Lieutenant. 6 Oct 1841, Beyrout, sailed for Caiffa, and will return on or about the 22d. 27 Nov 1841, Volunteer 1st Class C. C. Day, appointed to the Thunderer. 11 Dec 1841, Volunteer 1st Class C. C. Day appointed to the Thunderer. 18 Dec 1841, Second Master D. Welch, from the Inconstant appointed to the Thunderer. 20 Dec 1848 Devonport.
23 Apr 1856, Present at Fleet Review, Spithead ; Captain Randolph.
1869 Renamed Comet.
1870 Renamed Nettle.
1870 Target Ship, Portsmouth.
1879 Target Ship, Portsmouth.
1890 Target Ship, Portsmouth.