To Queenstown, County Cork in the Great Hunger

HMS Hogue had been converted to a screw-propelled steamship frigate in 1850.  Arthur Barrow joined her at Plymouth under Captain John Fulford, flag of Rear-Admiral Henry Ducie Chads shortly after the Royal Naval Review of 1856. Ducie Chads was Commander-in-Chief at Queenstown in County Cork in Ireland.  It was but a few years since Ireland had been in the grip of the Great Hunger which occurred between 1849 and 1852, which resulted in that port seeing the emigration of some two and a half million people to America and beyond.


HMS Hogue

A 74-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1811 and broken up in 1865.  During the War of 1812, while under the command of Thomas Bladen Capel, she successfully trapped the American Privateer, Young Teazer off the coast of Nova Scotia.  On 16 August 1813, she captured the Portuguese ship Flor de Mar.  On the 7th and 8th April 1814, ships’ boats from the Hogue, Endymion, Maidstone and Borer attacked Pettipague point in the Connecticut river.  In 1847, the Admiralty awarded the Naval General Service Medal with clasp to all surviving claimants from the action.  She was converted to an un-armoured screw vessel in 1849.  During the period in which Arthur Barrow was on board, she was commanded by Captain Reginald John James George MacDonald of the Greenock Coast Guard.  Coastguards at this time were under the control of the Admiralty, serving as reserves; the coastguard ships were to act not only as a floating HQ for the local coastguard units, but also as training ships, to ensure the coastguards received a level of training which would allow them to be ‘called up’ in the event of a war.  She was broken up in 1865.


HMS Hogue, sometime after her conversion to a screw-ship in 1850.


HMS Hogue in Queenstown in 1856, shortly before Arthur Barrow was on board

Hogue in port

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