Original British Victorian Pre-1875 Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Named to Domestic 1st Class Frank Chalk – HMS Comu
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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This fine British Victorian medal is named to Domestic 1st Class Frank Chalk, HMS Comus, Royal Navy.
The HMS Comus was a corvette (reclassified in 1888 as a third-class cruiser) of the Royal Navy. She was the name ship of her class. Launched in April 1878, the vessel was built by Messrs. J. Elder & Co of Glasgow at a cost of £123,000.
Comus and her classmates were built during a period of naval transition. Sail was giving way to steam, wooden hulls to metal, and smooth-bore muzzle-loading guns to naval rifles. Comus shows this transition; she was driven by both sails and a reciprocating steam engine; her hull was iron and steel but sheathed with wood and copper; and some of her muzzleloading guns were replaced by rifled breechloaders.
Comus was active for about two decades, but in that time went to the ends of empire, from the British Isles to the Caribbean and Nova Scotia to southwest Africa in the western hemisphere, and in the eastern, from the southern Indian Ocean to the northwest Pacific, and from the China station to the Strait of Magellan.
The Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1848) is a long service medal awarded…