Royal Marines Charge Book HMS JUNO

Scope and Content

Royal Marines charge book for H.M.S. JUNO, a 26-gun Spartan-class sixth rate frigate of the Royal Navy launched in 1844 at Pembroke. Hessian-bound. The entries contain the names of marines, their misconduct and their punishments, ranging from the withholding of grog for a week to 48 lashes. Crimes include insolence, wearing a dirty uniform, sleeping while on duty and being drunk and disorderly. Dated from 1845-1849.

Administrative / Biographical History

HMS Juno was a 26-gun Spartan-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy launched in 1844 at Pembroke. As HMS Juno, she carried out the historic role in 1857 of annexing the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to the British Empire. She was renamed HMS Mariner in January 1878 and then HMS 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 search for evidence of her fate attracted worldwide attention, and the Admiralty received more than 150 telegrams and 200 personal calls from anxious friends and relatives after it was announced that the ship was missing, and possibly lost.

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