|Name||Kaikusroo / HMS Howe / HMS Dromedary|
|Type||Ship / Frigate / Storeship / Convict Ship|
|Sold for Breaking||August 1864|
|Registered Tonnage||1,048 tons|
|Owners||Sorabjee Mucherjee / Royal Navy|
Built in Bombay, India for coastal trading, Kaikusroo had a full ship rig.
Between 1801 and 1802, she was chartered by the East India Company, and served as a transport ship.
In 1805, Admiral Edward Pellew purchased the Kaikusroo for use by the Royal Navy, and renamed her to HMS Howe, with the intention of using her as a 40-gun frigate. She sailed to England in 1805, arriving at Portsmouth in January 1806. Originally, she was paid off, then was converted to a 24-gun storeship. On 6 August 1806, she was recommissioned and renamed to HMS Dromedary (however, she was at sea at the time, so it was some months before the name change took effect on board).
In 1819, she was refit as a convict transport. Starting in 1826, she served as a convict hulk in Bermuda. She did sail again, but returned to Bermuda again, serving first as a convict hulk and then, after 1851 as a kitchen for the prisoners and their guards.
She was sold for breaking in August 1864.
- Wikipedia: HMS Howe (1805)
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