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Ships of the Royal Navy

A - B - C - D - E - F - G
H - I - J - K - L - M - N
O - P - Q - R - S - T - U
V - W - X - Y - Z

aircraft carriers
amphibious assault shipping
battlecruisers
battleships
bomb vessels
corvettes and sloops
cruisers
destroyers
fireships
frigates
gunboats and gunvessels
mine countermeasure vessels
monitors
patrol and attack craft
royal yachts
ships of the line
submarines
support ships
survey vessels
fleet bases
shore establishments
hospitals and hospital ships
air stations
aircraft wings
fleets and major commands
squadrons and flotillas
early English ships • early Scots ships

This is a list of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy.

Contents

Steam Gunboats

Wooden Paddle Gunboats (Indian Service)

Wooden Paddle Gunboats (Great Lakes)

  • Toronto (1834)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Toronto USA 1834 Ex-merchantman Sir Charles Adam, built in 1834 in the USA and purchased by the Royal Navy on 7 July 1838. Sold in 1843
  • Experiment (1838)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Experiment Niagara Dock Company 1838 An ex-sailing ship, purchased on 21 July 1838 and converted to a paddle vessel. Sold in 1847 or 1848
  • Traveller (1838)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Traveller Niagara Dock Company 1838 Ex-merchant ship, purchased at Niagara on 30 April 1839 and sold in 1844
  • Montreal (1836)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Montreal Canada 1836 A two-masted schooner (may not have had an engine) purchased for use on Lake Erie on 18 October 1839. Sold 1848
  • Minos class (1840)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Minos Chippawa, Ontario June 1840 Sold to Mr Weston in March 1852
  • Sydenham (1841)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Sydenham Montreal 1841 Purchased while building at Montreal in 1841. Served in the Mediterranean as a packet. Refitted and reboilered at Woolwich in 1843-44. Sold at Malta on 11 July 1846
  • Cherokee class (1841)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Cherokee Kingston Navy Yard, Ontario 22.9.1842 Sold to Messrs. Campbell, Forsyth, Yarwood & Gaskin on 30 October 1851
  • Magnet (1846)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
Magnet Hamilton, Canada 1846 The British Government made a part payment while during build, retaining the right to assume possession of the vessel on payment of the remaining portion. The right was relinquished in 1864
  • Canada (1847)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Canada Purchased Unknown Purchased in 1847

Iron Paddle Gunboat (Great Lakes)

  • Mowhawk (1843)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Mowhawk William Fairbairn & Company, Millwall 21 February 1843 Delivered in pieces to the Kingston Yard, Lake Ontario. Served on Lake Ontario and later on Lake Huron. Lengthened by 25 ft (7.6 m) in 1846. Sold to J F Parke on 21 June 1852

Iron Paddle Despatch Vessels/Gunboats

  • Bann class (1855)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Bann J Scott Russell, Millwall 5 July 1856 Sold for breaking on 18 February 1873
HMS Brune J Scott Russell, Millwall 30 August 1856 Sold at Lagos on 19 May 1863

Wooden Screw Gunboats

  • Gleaner (or Pelter) class (1854)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Pelter W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 28 August 1854 Sold for breaking January 1864, breaking up completed by Tolpult on 1 February 1864
HMS Pincher W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 5 September 1854 Breaking completed on 17 February 1864
HMS Badger W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 23 September 1854 Breaking at Portsmouth in June 1864
HMS Snapper W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 4 October 1854 Became a coal hulk in 1865, sold in 1906
HMS Gleaner Deptford Dockyard 7 October 1854 Sold at Montevideo in April 1868
HMS Ruby Deptford Dockyard 7 October 1854 Broken up October 1868
  • Dapper class (1854)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Lark Deptford Dockyard 15 March 1855 Sold to Marshall for breaking at Plymouth on 18 July 1878
HMS Magpie Deptford Dockyard 15 March 1855 Wrecked in Galway Bay on 8 April 1864
HMS Dapper R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 31 March 1855 Training hulk 1885, cooking depot 1897, renamed YC37 in 1909, sold to Perry 10 May 1922
HMS Fancy R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 31 March 1855 Hulked as part of the St. Vincent training establishment in 1876, being used as a laundry/drying room. Sold at Portsmouth on 11 July 1905
HMS Grinder J & R White, West Cowes 7 March 1855 Broken up at Haslar on 15 July 1864
HMS Jasper J & R White, West Cowes 2 April 1855 Grounded in action at the Siege of Taganrog on 23 July 1855
HMS Hind John Jenkins Thompson, Rotherhithe 3 May 1855 Broken up at Devonport in October 1872
HMS Jackdaw John Jenkins Thompson, Rotherhithe 18 May 1855 Became a cooking depot in 1868 and sold to C Wort in November 1888
HMS Thistle W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 3 February 1855 Completed breaking at Deptford on 11 November 1863
HMS Starling W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 1 February 1855 Sold at Hong Kong on 1 December 1871
HMS Snap W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 3 February 1855 Sold at Hong Kong in 1868 and then resold to the Japanese as the warship Kaku-ten-shan, then became Snap again in 1872 as a merchantman
HMS Redwing W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 19 March 1855 Became tender to the training ship Cambridge at Devonport in 1857, sold on 2 December 1878
HMS Weazel W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 19 March 1855 Sold at Hong Kong on 18 November 1869
HMS Clinker W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 2 April 1855 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 6 June 1871
HMS Cracker W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 2 April 1855 Broken up in April 1864
HMS Boxer W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 7 April 1855 Broken up at Malta in October 1865
HMS Stork W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 7 April 1855 Coal hulk in 1874, sold for breaking April 1884
HMS Skylark W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 3 May 1855 Gunnery tender in 1884, sold to Garnham for breaking on 10 July 1906
HMS Biter W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 5 May 1855 Became a coal hulk on 21 April 1865, later renamed C16. Sold to Castle, Woolwich for breaking on 12 April 1904
HMS Swinger W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 10 May 1855 Broken up on 6 September 1864
  • Albacore class (1855)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Beaver Money Wigram & Son, Northampton 28 November 1855 Broken up at Portsmouth in 1864
HMS Whiting Money Wigram & Son, Northampton 9 January 1856 Broken up in December 1881
HMS Nightingale C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 22 December 1855 Sold to W Lethbridge for breaking on 16 July 1867
HMS Violet C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 9 January 1856 Sold to Marshall for breaking at Plymouth on 7 October 1864
HMS Seagull W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 4 June 1855 Sold to Marshall for breaking at Plymouth on 7 October 1864
HMS Skipjack W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 4 August 1855 Boilers removed in 1862, became a cooking depot in 1874. Breaking at Devonport completed on 4 February 1879
HMS Sandfly W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 1 September 1855 Sold to W Lethbridge for breaking on 5 November 1867
HMS Sheldrake W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 1 September 1855 Sold at Montevideo on 30 June 1865
HMS Plover W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 8 September 1855 Sunk in action with the Taku forts in the Peiho river on 26 June 1859
HMS Tickler W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 8 September 1855 Breaking at Deptford completed on 21 November 1863
HMS Banterer W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 29 September 1855 Grounded in action with the Taku forts in the Peiho river on 25 June 1859, but refloated and sold at Hong Kong on 30 December 1872
HMS Bullfrog W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 6 October 1855 Broken up at Sheerness on 8 June 1875
HMS Bustard W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 20 October 1855 Fitted for foreign service in 1856. Sold to Cheeong Loong at Hong Kong on 18 November 1869
HMS Carnation W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 20 October 1855 Broken up at Sheerness in 1863
HMS Charger W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 13 November 1855 Became a buoy boat at Halifax in June 1866. Later renamed YC3 on 24 June 1866, then YC6 in 1869. Sold in July 1887 as merchant vessel SS Rescue. Broken up in 1921
HMS Cockchafer W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 24 November 1855 Fitted for service in China in 1859. Sold to Telge Northing Company at Shanghai in 1872
HMS Dove W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 24 November 1855 Sold to the P&O Company at Shanghai on 14 April 1873
HMS Forward W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 8 December 1855 Fitted for service in British Columbia in 1859. Sold to Hill & Ready, Esquimault
HMS Grasshopper W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 12 January 1856 Sold at Newchang in May 1871
HMS Hasty W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 10 January 1856 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in November 1865
HMS Herring W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 10 January 1856 Broken up at Sheerness in August 1865
HMS Insolent W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 26 January 1856 Lent to the Board of Works for the Maintenance of Lighthouses in 1856 - later returned. Sold at Chefoo in China on 1 May 1869
HMS Mayflower W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 31 January 1856 Became tender to HMS President in 1862. Broken up at Sheerness in the summer of 1867
HMS Staunch W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 31 January 1856 Fitted for foreign service in September 1856. Between 30 July 1862 and 3 August 1862 she stuck on a rock at Canton but managed to get off. Sold at Hong Kong in December 1866 and broken up
HMS Goldfinch Money Wigram & Son, Northampton 2 February 1856 Broken up at Pembroke on 22 June 1869
HMS Goshawk Money Wigram & Son, Northampton 9 February 1856 Broken up at Devonport on 18 March 1869
HMS Julia Fletcher & Fearnall, Limehouse 27 November 1855 Broken up by Marshall at Plymouth in February 1866
HMS Louisa Fletcher & Fearnall, Limehouse December 1855 Sold to W Lethbridge for breaking on 27 August 1867
HMS Bouncer C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 23 February 1856 Sold at Hong Kong on 1 February 1871
HMS Hyena C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 3 April 1856 Sold to W E Joliffe as a salvage vessel on 8 March 1870. Broken up in 1894
HMS Savage C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 5 May 1856 Became mooring lighter YC3 in 1864. Broken up at Malta in September 1888
HMS Wolf C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 5 July 1856 Completed breaking on 8 July 1864
HMS Griper R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 11 December 1855 Became tender to a Coast Guard ship in 1861 and was fitted for Armstrong guns in 1862. Broken up at Devonport on 18 March 1869
HMS Fervent R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 23 January 1856 Broken up at Devonport in February 1879
HMS Forester R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 23 January 1856 Became yard craft YC7 at Hong Kong in 1868 and was lost in a typhoon at Hong Kong on 2 September 1871
HMS Spanker R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 22 March 1856 Broken up at Chatham in August 1874
HMS Traveller R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 13 March 1856 Fitted for Armstrong guns in 1861. Completed breaking at Portsmouth on 28 December 1863
HMS Thrasher R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 22 March 1856 Sold by order dated 9 May 1883
HMS Opossum Money Wigram & Son, Northampton 26 February 1856 Became a hospital hulk in 1876, then a mooring vessel in 1891. Renamed Siren in 1895 and sold at Hong Kong in 1896
HMS Partridge Money Wigram & Son, Northampton 29 March 1856 Fitted for reserve, commissioned in 1859 as tender to HMS Royal Albert. Sold to Messrs. Habgood for breaking on 8 September 1864
HMS Charon W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 9 February 1856 Broken up by Marshall at Plymouth in October 1865
HMS Haughty W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 9 February 1856 Sold at Hong Kong on 23 May 1867
HMS Leveret W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 8 March 1856 Broken up at Portsmouth in October 1867
HMS Mackerel W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 8 March 1856 Breaking completed at Portsmouth on 18 July 1862
HMS Procris W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 13 March 1856 Cooking depot ship at Devonport on 30 June 1869. Sold to T Hockling on 31 May 1893 and broken up at Stonehouse
HMS Shamrock W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 13 March 1856 Sold to Marshall for breaking at Plymouth in April 1867
HMS Spey W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 29 March 1856 Broken up at Deptford in December 1863
HMS Tilbury W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 29 March 1856 Broken up by Marshall at Plymouth on 2 August 1865
HMS Peacock W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 12 April 1856 Broken up at Portsmouth on 25 March 1869
HMS Pheasant W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 1 May 1856 Broken up completed at Sheerness on 31 August 1877
HMS Primrose W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 3 May 1856 Broken up completed on 25 May 1864
HMS Pickle W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 3 May 1856 Broken up completed on 12 April 1864
HMS Prompt W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 21 May 1856 Broken up completed on 6 May 1864
HMS Porpoise W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 7 June 1856 Broken up completed on 22 February 1864
HMS Firm Fletcher & Fearnall, Limehouse 22 March 1856 Sold at Shanghai in 1872
HMS Flamer Fletcher & Fearnall, Limehouse 10 April 1856 Coastal defence in 1868. Hospital ship 1871. Blown ashore during a typhoon at Hong Kong on 22 September 1871 and the wreck then sold
HMS Fly Fletcher & Fearnall, Limehouse 5 April 1856 Broken up in 1862
HMS Sepoy T & Wm Smith, North Shields 13 February 1856 Fitted for Armstrong guns in 1861 and broken up in April 1868
HMS Erne T & Wm Smith, North Shields 18 February 1856 Broken up at Chatham in 1874
HMS Spider T & Wm Smith, North Shields 23 February 1856 Fitted for Armstrong guns in 1861. Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 12 May 1870
HMS Lively T & Wm Smith, North Shields 23 February 1856 Wrecked on the Dutch coast on 23 December 1863, later salved and became the German mail steamer Heligolanderin
HMS Surly T & Wm Smith, North Shields 18 March 1856 Became a tender to the Coast Guard in 1861. Sold to Thomas J Begbie in 1869
HMS Swan T & Wm Smith, North Shields 12 April 1856 Became a coal hulk in 1869. Sold in 1906
HMS Delight Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 15 March 1856 Sold at Halifax as merchantman M A Starr in November 1867
HMS Grappler Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 29 March 1856 Fitted for service in British Columbia in 1859. Sold as a merchant vessel at Esquimault on 6 January 1868. Burnt on 3 May 1883. Broken up in 1884
HMS Growler Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 8 May 1856 Broken up at Malta in August 1864
HMS Parthian Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 8 May 1856 Breaking completed on 14 September 1864
HMS Quail Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 2 June 1856 Broken up at Malta in September 1861
HMS Ripple Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 2 June 1856 Broken up by Marshall at Plymouth April 1866
HMS Cochin R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 8 April 1856 Broken up at Sheerness in March 1863
HMS Cherokee R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 30 April 1856 Broken up at Portsmouth on 25 March 1869
HMS Camel R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 3 May 1856 Broken up on 30 June 1864
HMS Caroline R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 9 May 1856 Broken up at Portsmouth on 19 February 1862
HMS Confounder R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 21 May 1856 Broken up on 4 October 1864
HMS Crocus R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 4 June 1856 Broken up on 27 July 1864
HMS Beacon John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 11 February 1856 Broken up on 27 August 1864
HMS Brave John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 11 February 1856 Laid up after completion at Haslar. Broken up at Portsmouth on 25 March 1869
HMS Bullfinch John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 25 February 1856 Broken up in August 1864
HMS Redbreast John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 11 March 1856 Breaking completed on 24 September 1864
HMS Rose John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 21 April 1856 Fitted for Armstrong guns in 1862. Broken up at Devonport in August 1868
HMS Blazer John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 23 February 1856 Became dredger YC29 in June 1868, later YC4 at Gibraltar. Sold at Gibraltar on 4 May 1877
HMS Rainbow John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 8 March 1856 Survey ship in 1857. RNVR training ship in 1873. Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in November 1888
HMS Brazen John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 23 February 1856 Broken up in August 1864
HMS Raven John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 8 March 1856 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 13 April 1875
HMS Rocket John Laird, Sons & Company, Dingle 21 April 1856 Broken up in October 1864
HMS Hardy Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol 1 March 1856 Sold at Hong Kong on 9 February 1869
HMS Havock Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol 20 March 1856 Sold at Yokohama on 31 March 1870
HMS Highlander Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol 29 April 1856 Became dredger YC 51 in 1868. Sold in May 1884.
HMS Albacore J & R White, West Cowes 3 April 1856 Tank vessel in 1874. Hulked in 1882. Broken up at Bermuda in June 1885
HMS Amelia J & R White, West Cowes 19 May 1856 Broken up at Pembroke on 29 September 1865
HMS Foam Wigram & Son, Northampton 8 May 1856 Hauled up for storage in 1857. Sold for breaking in June 1867
HMS Wave Wigram & Son, Northampton 25 June 1856 Never completed as a gunboat. Coal hulk in 1869. Hulk, renamed Clinker on 30 December 1882. Sold in 1890
HMS Magnet Briggs & Company, Sunderland 29 January 1856 Broken up at Chatham in 1874
HMS Manly Briggs & Company, Sunderland 29 January 1856 Broken up at Deptford in January 1864
HMS Mastiff Briggs & Company, Sunderland 22 February 1856 Broken up at Deptford in October 1863
HMS Mistletoe Briggs & Company, Sunderland 22 February 1856 Breaking completed at Sheerness on 28 September 1864
HMS Earnest William Patterson & Son, Bristol 29 March 1856 Placed in storage after completion. Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 17 January 1885.
HMS Escort William Patterson & Son, Bristol 26 May 1856 Broken up at Pembroke in October 1865
  • Cheerful class (1855)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Cheerful Deptford Dockyard 6 October 1855 Breaking completed at Haslar on 16 January 1869
HMS Chub Sheerness Dockyard 15 October 1855 Breaking completed at Haslar on 29 January 1869
HMS Daisy Thomas Westbrook, Blackwall 20 March 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 7 January 1869
HMS Dwarf Thomas Westbrook, Blackwall 8 April 1856 Broken up at Haslar in 1863
HMS Blossom John Laird, Sons & Company, Birkenhead 21 April 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 21 October 1864
HMS Gadfly John Laird, Sons & Company, Birkenhead 21 April 1856 Broken up in November 1864
HMS Gnat John Laird, Sons & Company, Birkenhead 10 May 1856 Broken up on 10 August 1864
HMS Garland John Laird, Sons & Company, Birkenhead 7 May 1856 Broken up in June 1864
HMS Fidget William Joyce, Greenwich 7 April 1856 Broken up at Haslar in 1863
HMS Flirt William Joyce, Greenwich 7 June 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 30 April 1864
HMS Onyx Young, Magnay & Company, Limehouse 3 April 1856 Dockyard craft (steam lump) 1869, sold in Jamaica on 8 July 1873
HMS Pert Young, Magnay & Company, Limehouse 3 April 1856 Breaking completed on 12 March 1864
HMS Midge Young, Magnay & Company, Limehouse 8 May 1856 Broken up in October 1864
HMS Tiny Young, Magnay & Company, Limehouse 8 May 1856 Completed breaking at Plymouth on 28 January 1864
HMS Angler Devonport Dockyard 8 March 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 21 January 1869
HMS Ant Devonport Dockyard 22 March 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 23 February 1869
HMS Nettle Pembroke Dockyard 9 February 1856 Broken up at Bermuda in October 1867
HMS Pet Pembroke Dockyard 9 February 1856 Hulked 1865, renamed C17 from c.1900, sold to Castle for breaking on 12 April 1904
HMS Decoy Pembroke Dockyard 21 February 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 8 February 1869
HMS Rambler Pembroke Dockyard 21 February 1856 Breaking completed at Haslar on 7 January 1869
  • Clown class (1855)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Fenella W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 19 May 1856 Became a dredger at Woolwich in March 1867, renamed YC3 in 1868. Broken up on 14 November 1878
HMS Garnet W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 31 May 1856 Breaking completed 25 May 1864
HMS Handy W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 31 May 1856 Sold at Lagos in May 1868
HMS Hunter W & H Pitcher, Northfleet 7 June 1856 Only partially fitted, never completed for sea. On the sale list in June 1869 but not sold till 1884
HMS Drake Pembroke Dockyard 8 March 1856 Sold at Hong Kong on 9 February 1869
HMS Janus Pembroke Dockyard 8 March 1856 Coal lighter December 1869, renamed YC6. Sold in 1871
HMS Clown William Cowley Miller, Toxteth Dock, Liverpool 20 May 1856 Became coal lighter YC1 at Hong Kong in 1867. Renamed YC6 in December 1869. Wrecked at Hong Kong in the typhoon of 2 September 1871
HMS Kestrel William Cowley Miller, Toxteth Dock, Liverpool 26 May 1856 Sunk at the Taku Forts, Peiho river in June 1859, but salved. Sold on 16 March 1866 to Glover & Co., Yokohama then resold to Japanese owners
HMS Ready Briggs & Company, Sunderland 12 May 1856 Fitted for reserve. Breaking completed on 25 January 1864
HMS Thrush Briggs & Company, Sunderland 12 May 1856 Breaking completed on 14 March 1864
HMS Watchful T & W Smith, North Shields 4 June 1856 Sold at Hong Kong on 1 February 1871
HMS Woodcock T & W Smith, North Shields 6 June 1856 Sold at Hong Kong on 1 February 1871
  • Algerine class (1856)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Jasper R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 18 March 1857 Sold on 2 August 1862 to the Chinese Imperial Customs, renamed Amoy, and sailed in April 1863 (to join Sherard Osborn’s "Vampire Fleet"). Resold to the Egyptian Government on 30 December 1865
HMS Algerine W. & H. Pitcher, Northfleet 24 February 1857 Sold at Hong Kong on 2 April 1872, became the mercantile Algerine. Broken up in 1894.
HMS Lee W. & H. Pitcher, Northfleet 28 February 1857 Sunk in action with the Taku forts, Peiho river, China on 25 June 1859
HMS Leven W. & H. Pitcher, Northfleet 7 March 1857 Sold at Shanghai on 21 July 1873
HMS Slaney W. & H. Pitcher, Northfleet 17 March 1857 Wrecked in a typhoon in the Paracel Islands near Hong Kong on 9 May 1870
  • Britomart class (1859)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Britomart T & W Smith, North Shields 7 May 1860 Sold to Castle on 12 January 1892, and resold to S Williams of Dagenham as a mooring hulk. Broken up in June 1946
HMS Cockatrice T & W Smith, North Shields 24 May 1860 Became a luggage lighter as YC10 at Malta in 1882. Sold there in 1885.
HMS Wizard T & W Smith, North Shields 3 August 1860 Broken up at Malta in September 1878
HMS Speedy C Lamport, Workington 18 July 1860 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in August 1889
HMS Doterel Wm. Cowley Miller, Toxteth Dock, Liverpool 5 July 1860 Sold to Marshall, Plymouth on 6 June 1871
HMS Heron Wm. Cowley Miller, Toxteth Dock, Liverpool 5 July 1860 Sold in Jamaica in June 1879 and broken up there in 1881
HMS Pigeon Briggs & Co., Sunderland 7 June 1860 Broken up at Devonport on 29 September 1876
HMS Linnet Briggs & Co., Sunderland 7 June 1860 Breaking completed at Chatham on 15 July 1872
HMS Tyrian Courtenay, Newhaven 7 September 1861 Tug in 1883 at Jamaica and sold there in 1891
HMS Trinculo Joseph Banks, Plymouth 15 September 1860 Wrecked after collision with SS Moratin off Gibraltar on 5 September 1870
HMS Cherub Portsmouth Dockyard 29 March 1865 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton 5 May 1890
HMS Netley Portsmouth Dockyard 22 July 1866 Sold at Portsmouth to Castle for breaking at Charlton in September 1885
HMS Minstrel Portsmouth Dockyard 16 February 1865 Coal hulk at Bermuda in 1874 and sold in 1903
HMS Orwell Portsmouth Dockyard 27 December 1866 Sold to the Customs Board on 20 December 1890
HMS Cromer Portsmouth Dockyard 20 November 1867 Sold on 24 August 1886 for breaking
HMS Bruiser (or Bruizer) Portsmouth Dockyard 23 April 1867 Broken up at Devonport in May 1886
HMS Bramble Portsmouth Dockyard Cancelled 12 December 1863
HMS Crown Portsmouth Dockyard Cancelled 12 December 1863
HMS Protector Portsmouth Dockyard Cancelled 12 December 1863
HMS Danube Portsmouth Dockyard Cancelled 12 December 1863 (never started)

Composite screw gunboats

The gunboats designed from 1870 onwards were of composite construction, i.e. they had an iron keel, stem and stern posts, and iron framing, with wooden planking retained over the iron frames.

  • Ariel class (1871)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Coquette Pembroke Dockyard 5 April 1871 Sold in August 1889
HMS Foam Pembroke Dockyard 29 August 1871 Sold in June 1887
HMS Decoy Pembroke Dockyard 12 October 1871 Sold in October 1885
HMS Merlin Pembroke Dockyard 24 November 1871 Sold on 27 February 1891
HMS Mosquito Pembroke Dockyard 9 December 1871 Sold in December 1888
HMS Goshawk Pembroke Dockyard 23 January 1872 Hulk in 1902. Sold c1906
HMS Swinger Pembroke Dockyard 7 February 1872 Hulk 1895. Sold to Rogers & Company in June 1924
HMS Ariel Chatham Dockyard 11 February 1873 Coastguard 26 November 1877. Sold in August 1889
HMS Zephyr Chatham Dockyard 11 February 1873 Sold to George Cohen as a salvage vessel in February 1889. Broken up at Briton Ferry in June 1929
  • Forester class (1874)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Cygnet William Doxford, Sunderland 30 May 1874 Broken up in 1889
HMS Express William Doxford, Sunderland 16 July 1874 Sold in August 1889
HMS Contest William Doxford, Sunderland 29 August 1874 Broken up at Devonport in 1889
HMS Sheldrake Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 3 July 1875 Drill ship, renamed Drake on 13 March 1888. Coastguard watch vessel, renamed WV29 in 1893. Renamed Drake in 1906. Sold to Meyer Isaacs on 3 April 1906
HMS Mallard Earle’s Shipbuilding, Hull 4 August 1875 Sold in August 1889
HMS Moorhen Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 13 September 1875 Sold in November 1888
HMS Foxhound Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 29 January 1877 Coastguard in 1886. Coal tug in 1897, renamed YC20. Sold as hulk Arabel in 1920, and remained in Blackwall Reach on the River Thames for 55 years. Broken up in 1975
HMS Forward Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 29 January 1877 Coal hulk in 1892. Sold in 1904
HMS Firm Earle’s Shipbuilding, Hull 14 February 1877 Sold to Cox for breaking up at Falmouth on 14 May 1907
HMS Forester Earle’s Shipbuilding, Hull 26 February 1877 Coal hulk in 1894. Sold in 1904
HMS Firebrand J & G Thomson, Govan 30 April 1877 Sold in 1905, became mercantile Hoi Sin
HMS Firefly J & G Thomson, Govan 28 June 1877 Boom defence in 1904. Base ship on 3 April 1914, renamed Egmont. Renamed Firefly 1 in March 1923. Sold in May 1931
  • Banterer class (1880)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Redwing Pembroke Dockyard 25 May 1880 Sold at Chatham on 4 April 1905
HMS Grappler Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 5 October 1880 Boom defence vessel in 1904. Sold to King,Garston for breaking on 14 May 1907
HMS Wrangler Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 5 October 1880 Coastguard in 1891. Boom defence vessel in 1903. Sold for breaking at Dover on 2 December 1919
HMS Wasp Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 5 October 1880 Wrecked off Tory Island, Ireland with loss of 52 lives on 22 September 1884, and the wreck sold in November 1910
HMS Banterer Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 2 November 1880 Sold to Harris, Bristol on 14 May 1907
HMS Espoir Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 2 November 1880 Tug in 1895. Yard craft in 1903. Sold in 1904
HMS Bullfrog Pembroke Dockyard 3 February 1881 Hulk in 1905. Renamed Egmont in March 1923, St. Angelo on 1 July 1933 and sold in 1933
HMS Cockchafer Pembroke Dockyard 19 February 1881 Sold on 6 December 1905
HMS Starling Samuda Brothers, Poplar 19 April 1882 Coastguard in 1893. Sold as merchantman on 4 April 1905, renamed Stella Maris
HMS Stork Samuda Brothers, Poplar 18 May 1882 Survey ship in 1887. Lent to Navy League as a training ship for boys at Hammersmith on 28 March 1893. Sold to Shaws of Kent, Rainham for breaking in 1950
HMS Raven Samuda Brothers, Poplar 18 May 1882 Diving tender in 1904. Lent as training ship in March 1913. Sold for breaking on 13 March 1925
  • Albacore class (1883)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Albacore Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 13 January 1883 Sold on 18 May 1906
HMS Mistletoe Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 7 February 1883 Boom defence in 1903. Sold to Shipbreaking Company, London on 14 May 1907
HMS Watchful Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 13 February 1883 Boom defence in 1903. Sold to Shipbreaking Company, London on 14 May 1907
  • Bramble class (1886)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Rattler Armstrong Mitchell, Elswick 4 August 1886 Harbour service in 1910. Navigation school ship in September 1919, renamed Dryad. Sold for breaking in October 1924
HMS Wasp Armstrong Mitchell, Elswick 13 September 1886 Believed foundered with all hands after leaving Singapore for Shanghai on 10 September 1887
HMS Lizard Harland & Wolff, Belfast 27 November 1886 Sold at Sydney for breaking in 1905
HMS Bramble Harland & Wolff, Belfast 11 December 1886 Renamed Cockatrice in June 1896 and sold at Chatham on 3 April 1906
  • Pygmy class (1888)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Pheasant Devonport Dockyard 10 April 1888 Sold to Cox for breaking at Falmouth on 15 May 1906
HMS Partridge Devonport Dockyard 10 May 1888 Sold in 1909 at Simonstown to Ward of Preston; arrived Preston for breaking on 6 May 1913
HMS Peacock Pembroke Dockyard 22 June 1888 Sold to Ellis, Chepstow for breaking on 15 May 1906
HMS Pigmy Sheerness Dockyard 27 July 1888 Sold to Cox for breaking at Falmouth on 4 April 1905
HMS Pigeon Pembroke Dockyard 5 September 1888 Sold to V Grech for commercial use on 15 May 1906
HMS Plover Pembroke Dockyard 18 October 1888 Boom defence vessel in 1904. Sold at Gibraltar on 27 April 1927

Armoured Gunboats

The only ironclads of gunboat size were three largely experimental (and unsuccessful) vessels ordered in 1864. The first two were towed to Bermuda (being considered unsatisfactory to sail under their own power) where they served as harbour vessels. Vixen was the first twin-screw vessel built for the Royal Navy, and Waterwitch employed a form of water pump propulsion.

  • Waterwitch (1866)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Waterwitch Thames Iron Shipbuilding Company, Leamouth 28 June 1866 Sold to Castle to be broken up at Charlton 26 April 1890

Iron Coastal Gunboats

  • Staunch class (1867)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Staunch Charles Mitchell & Co, Walker 17 June 1867 Sold for use as a fuel barge in 1904
  • Plucky class (1870)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Plucky Portsmouth Dockyard 13 July 1870 Renamed Banterer in June 1915, sold for commercial use in 1928 and finally broken up at Inverkeithing in 1969
  • Ant class (1870)

NB. Gadfly, Pincher, Griper and Tickler are sometimes referred to as the Gadfly class.

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Blazer Portsmouth Dockyard 7 December 1870 Became seagoing tender for weapons testing in 1904. Gunboat August 1914. Sold to W Loveridge, West Hartlepool 19 August 1919.
HMS Comet Portsmouth Dockyard 8 December 1870 Sold to J Pas on 12 May 1908 and broken up in the Netherlands
HMS Bustard Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 7 January 1871 Sold to Ward, Milford Haven March 1923
HMS Kite Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 8 February 1871 Sold in a partially dismantled state to Hughes Bolkow on 18 May 1920 and converted to a dredger
HMS Scourge Chatham Dockyard 25 March 1871 Converted to tank vessel, renamed C79 in 1903-4 and still listed as in service in 1930
HMS Snake Chatham Dockyard 25 March 1871 Completed as a cable lighter, renamed YC15 on 23 September 1907
HMS Mastiff Charles Mitchell and Co, Walker 4 April 1871 Renamed Snapper in 1914, sold to Thames Shipbreakers Ltd on 28 November 1931
HMS Bloodhound Charles Mitchell and Co, Walker 22 April 1871 Boom defence vessel in 1917, sold to F Bevis Ltd on 28 June 1921
HMS Arrow J & G Rennie, Greenwich 22 April 1871 Sold to W H Webber on 1 March 1922
HMS Bonetta J & G Rennie, Greenwich 20 May 1871 Sold on 12 January 1909 as salvage vessel Disperser and lost in April 1940
HMS Badger Chatham Dockyard 13 March 1872 Sold to W Loveridge, West Hartlepool on 6 October 1908
HMS Fidget Chatham Dockyard 13 March 1872 Hulked or sold in 1905
HMS Bulldog Campbell Johnston, North Woolwich 17 September 1872 Sold to R Gillham on 16 July 1906
HMS Pike Campbell Johnston, North Woolwich 16 October 1872 Boom defence vessel at Southampton in 1908, sold to G Sharpe on 27 March 1920
HMS Pickle Campbell Johnston, North Woolwich 15 November 1872 Dockyard lighter in 1906
HMS Snap Campbell Johnston, North Woolwich 11 December 1872 Sold at Chatham to Deaker, Hull in 1909
HMS Ant Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 14 August 1873 Boom defence vessel 1917, used as a target in 1921, sold to Granton Shipbreaking Compnay for breaking up on 2 June 1926
HMS Cuckoo Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 14 August 1873 Became base ship, renamed Vivid on 19 February 1912, Vivid II in January 1922, YC37 in 1923 and finally sold to Hocking, Plymouth in 1959
HMS Hyaena Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 30 August 1873 Sold at Chatham to Adrienne Merveille of Dunkirk on 3 April 1906
HMS Weazel Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 4 September 1873 Became oil fuel lighter C118 in 1904
HMS Gadfly Pembroke Dock 5 May 1879 Converted to a coal lighter at Simonstown, completing on 18 May 1900 and then renamed YC230. Sold at the Cape in 1918
HMS Pincher Pembroke Dock 5 May 1879 Sold at Portsmouth on 11 June 1905
HMS Griper Pembroke Dock 15 September 1879 Became steam lighter YC373 in 1905, renamed Flora on 19 June 1923 as base ship, then Afrikander in 1933. Believed to have been broken up at the Cape in 1951
HMS Tickler Pembroke Dock 15 September 1879 Converted to steam lighter at Simonstown in 1902, renamed Afrikander' as base ship on 26 February 1919, then Afrikander II in 1933. Broken up at Simonstown in 1937
  • Medina class (1876)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Medina Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 3 August 1876 Sold at Bermuda in 1904
HMS Medway Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 3 October 1876 Sold at Bermuda in 1904
HMS Sabrina Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 3 October 1876 Renamed Sabine as a diving tender in 1916, renamed Vivid in 1920 (or late 1919), sold to B Fryer, Sunderland in July 1922
HMS Spey Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 5 October 1876 Deleted c.1915 and sold in 1923
HMS Tay Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 19 October 1876 Sold to Stanlee Shipbreaking Compnay, Dover 22 October 1920
HMS Tees Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 19 October 1876 Sold to Harris Brothers, Bristol 9 July 1907
HMS Dee Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 4 April 1877 Used for torpedo instruction at Malta 1892-1902 and sold there on 10 July 1902
HMS Don Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 14 April 1877 Used as a concrete barge at Malta 1906-08, converted to a lighter in 1911 and sold there in 1914
HMS Esk Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 28 April 1877 Sold at Hong Kong in April 1903
HMS Slaney Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 28 April 1877 Diving tender in 1906, sold to Ward, Grays 30 August 1919, and arrived there 10 October 1919, but listed till 1921 and finally moved to Rainham, Kent to be broken up on 3 January 1923
HMS Trent Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 23 August 1877 Renamed Pembroke in September 1905, then Gannet in June 1917 as a diving tender. Sold to the Dover Shipbreaking Company on 21 February 1923
HMS Tweed Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow 23 August 1877 Sold at Hong Kong on 21 November 1905
  • Bouncer Class (1881)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Bouncer Pembroke Dockyard 15 March 1881 Ordered to be converted to a tank vessel in October 1904, but instead sold at Sheerness on 4 April 1905
HMS Insolent Pembroke Dockyard 15 March 1881 Gate vessel in January 1918. Foundered in Portsmouth Harbour on 1 July 1922; the wreck was sold to J H Pounds, Portsmouth, on 18 June 1925
  • Handy Class (1882)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Handy Charles Mitchell and Company, Walker 30 December 1882 Renamed Excellent in May 1891 as a training ship, then Calcutta on 1 November 1916, and finally Snapper in August 1917. Sold on 27 April 1924. She was sold again to Pounds shipbreakers in the 1970s but not broken up, and in 2002 was still afloat at Portsmouth

Torpedo Ram

  • Polyphemus class (1881)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Polyphemus Chatham Dockyard 23 October 1885 Sold for breaking on 7 July 1903
Hull 2 Chatham Dockyard - Cancelled 10 November 1882 before being named
HMS Adventure Chatham - Cancelled 12 August 1885

Torpedo Gunboats

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Sandfly Devonport Dockyard 20 August 1887 Sold at Malta on 17 March 1905
HMS Grasshopper Sheerness Dockyard 30 August 1887 Sold on 11 July 1905
HMS Spider Devonport Dockyard 17 October 1887 Sold at Malta on 13 May 1903
  • Sharpshooter class (1889)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS  Sharpshooter Devonport Dockyard 30 November 1888 Hulked for instructional duties and renamed Northampton in 1904 (or later). Sold for breaking on 27 March 1922
HMS Spanker Devonport Dockyard 22 February 1889 Became a minesweeper in 1909. Sold for breaking on 20 March 1920
HMS Speedwell Devonport Dockyard 15 March 1889 Became a minesweeper in 1909. Sold for breaking on 20 March 1920
HMS Seagull Chatham Dockyard 31 May 1889 Became a minesweeper in 1909. Sunk in a collision in the Firth of Clyde on 30 September 1918
HMS Salamander Chatham Dockyard 31 May 1889 Sold for breaking on 15 May 1906
HMS Sheldrake Chatham Dockyard 30 March 1889 Sold for breaking on 9 July 1907
HMS Skipjack Chatham Dockyard 30 April 1889 Became a minesweeper in 1909. Sold for breaking on 23 April 1920
HMS Boomerang Armstrong Mitchell, Elswick 24 July 1889 Laid down as Whiting, renamed Boomerang on 2 April 1890. Sold at Portsmouth on 11 July 1905
HMS Karakatta Armstrong Mitchell, Elswick 27 August 1889 Laid down as Wizard, renamed Karakatta on 2 April 1890. Sold at Portsmouth on 11 January 1905
HMS Plassey Armstrong Mitchell, Elswick 5 July 1890 Built for the Royal Indian Marine. Sold on 17 May 1904
HMS Assaye Armstrong Mitchell, Elswick 11 February 1890 Built for the Royal Indian Marine. Sold in May 1904
HMS Gossamer Sheerness Dockyard 9 January 1890 Became a minesweeper in 1908. Sold for breaking on 20 March 1920
HMS Gleaner Sheerness Dockyard 9 January 1890 Sold for breaking on 4 April 1905
  • Alarm class
    • Jason (1892)
    • Circe (1892)
    • Hebe (1892)
    • Onyx (1892)
    • Leda (1892)
    • Alarm (1892)
    • Jaseur (1892)
    • Renard (1892)
    • Niger (1892)
    • Speedy (1893)
    • Antelope (1893)

Steel Gunboats

  • Bramble Class (1898)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Dwarf London & Glasgow, Govan 15 November 1898 Sold to Ward, Pembroke on 13 July 1926
HMS Bramble Potter, Liverpool 26 November 1898 Sold at Bombay on 26 January 1920
HMS Britomart Potter, Liverpool 28 March 1899 Sold at Bombay on 10 June 1920 and renamed Sakuntala
HMS Thistle London & Glasgow, Govan 22 June 1899 Sold to Ward, Pembroke on 13 July 1926

Steam Gunvessels

Wooden Paddle Gunvessels

  • Pluto class (1831) - Steam Vessel rated from 1837 as a First Class Steam Gunvessel
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Pluto Woolwich Dockyard 28 April 1831 Breaking completed at Sheerness on 26 March 1861
  • Firebrand class (1831) - Steam Vessels reclassified in 1844 as First Class Steam Gunvessels
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Firebrand Curling, Young & Company, Limehouse 11 July 1831 Re-engined in 1833 and renamed Black Eagle on 5 February 1842, lengthened in 1843 and re-rated as a paddle yacht, completing service as Admiralty yacht until 1857. Broken up at Portsmouth in March 1876
HMS Flamer Fletcher & Fearnall, Limehouse 11 August 1831 Refitted for the Holyhead Station in 1848-49. Lost on the coast of West Africa off Monrovia on 22 November 1850
  • Firefly class (1832) - Steam Vessels reclassified in 1844 as First Class Steam Gunvessels
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Firefly Woolwich Dockyard 29 September 1832 Re-engined in 1844 and became a survey ship. Broken up at Malta in 1866
HMS Spitfire Woolwich Dockyard 26 March 1834 Wrecked whilst working as a troop ship on Half Moon Cay lighthouse reef, Belize in 1842
  • Tartarus class (1834) - Steam Vessels reclassified in 1844 as First Class Steam Gunvessels
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Tartarus Pembroke Dockyard 23 June 1834 Re-engined in 1837-38. Breaking completed at Malta on 6 November 1860
HMS Blazer Chatham Dockyard 5.1834 Became a survey ship in January 1843. Breaking up completed at Portsmouth in August 1853
  • Lizard class (1840) - Steam Vessels reclassified in 1844 as Second Class Steam Gunvessels
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Lizard Woolwich Dockyard 7 January 1840 Initially fitted for surveying. Lost in collision with the French armed steamer Veloce between Gibraltar and Cadiz on 26 July 1843
HMS Locust Woolwich Dockyard 18 April 1840 Became a tug in 1869. Sold at Sheerness in 1895
  • Porcupine class (1844) - Steam Vessel reclassified in 1844 as a First Class Steam Gunvessel
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Porcupine Deptford Dockyard 17 June 1844 Became a survey ship in 1862. Sold in 1883
  • Spitfire class (1845) - Steam Vessel reclassified in 1844 as a First Class Steam Gunvessel
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Spitfire Deptford Dockyard 26 March 1845 Became a survey ship in 1851 and a tug in 1861. Broken up at Bermuda in 1888

Iron Paddle Gunvessels

  • Jackall class (1844)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Jackall Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 28 October 1844 Sold for breaking in November 1887
HMS Lizard Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 28 November 1844 Broken up at Chatham in April 1869
  • Torch class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Torch Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth 25 February 1845 Sold at Sydney on 15 May 1856
HMS Harpy Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth 4 March 1845 Tranferred to the War Office as a target on 26 October 1892 and sold as a wreck in 1909
  • Bloodhound class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Bloodhound Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 9 January 1845 Tender to Sampson in Portsmouth 1849-1851, broken up in 1866
  • Myrmidon class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Myrmidon Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth February 1845 Sold at Fernando Po on 1 December 1858
  • Grappler class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Grappler William Fairbairn & Company, Millwall 30 December 1845 Sold to W P Beach for breaking on 2 February 1850
  • Recruit class (1850)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Recruit J Scott Russell & Robinson, Millwall 1850 Ex-Prussian Salamander, commissioned into the Royal Navy on 22 December 1854. Sold to E Bates on 23 September 1869
HMS Weser J Scott Russell & Robinson, Millwall 1850 Ex-Prussian Nix, commissioned into the Royal Navy on 22 December 1854. Harbour service in 1866. Sold at Malta on 29 October 1873

NB. A third vessel of the class was retained by Prussia.

Wooden Screw Gunvessels

This section includes two early iron-hulled screw gunvessels of the 1840s, which in other respects were half-sisters to the wooden-hulled gunvessels ordered in 1846.

  • Rifleman Class (1845)

(wooden half-sisters to iron-hulled Sharpshooter)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Rifleman Portsmouth Dockyard 10 August 1846 Survey ship in 1862. Sold at Hong Kong on 18 November 1869
HMS Sepoy Portsmouth Dockyard Suspended 9 September 1846. Cancelled 22 May 1849
HMS Cossack Portsmouth Dockyard Suspended 9 September 1846. Cancelled 22 May 1849
  • Sharpshooter Class (1845)

(Iron half-sister to wooden Rifleman)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Sharpshooter Ditchburn & Mare 25 July 1846 Sold on 2 December 1869 for commercial service
  • Teazer Class (1845)

(Wooden-hulled half-sisters to iron-hulled Minx)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Teazer Chatham Dockyard 25 June 1846 Sold to Castle & Son for breaking up at Charlton on 20 June 1862
HMS Boxer Chatham Dockyard Suspended on 6 October 1846 and cancelled on 22 May 1849
HMS Biter Chatham Dockyard Suspended on 6 October 1846 and cancelled on 22 May 1849
  • Minx Class (1846)

(Iron half-sister to wooden Teazer)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Minx Miller, Ravenhill & Company Blackwall 5 September 1846 Water tanker in 1859. Sold on 15 December 1899
  • Vigilant class
    • Coquette (1855)
    • Wanderer (1855)
    • Alacrity (1855)
    • Vigilant (1856)
    • Lapwing (1856)
    • Ringdove (1856)
    • Surprise (1856)
    • Renard (1856)
    • Foxhound (1856)
    • Mohawk (1856)
    • Sparrowhawk (1856)
    • Osprey (1856)
    • Cormorant (1856)
    • Assurance (1856)
  • Intrepid class (1855)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Flying Fish Pembroke Dockyard 20 December 1855 Broken up by Castle, Charlton, arriving in August 1866
HMS Pioneer Pembroke Dockyard 19 January 1856 Sold to Marshall in October 1864 for breaking at Plymouth in 1865
HMS Victor Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 2 November 1855 Sold as Scylla to Gordon Coleman & Company in November 1863, who resold her later the same month to the Confederacy as the raider CSS Rappahannock. She was interned by the French at Cherbourg and never served the Confederacy at sea
HMS Intrepid Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 13 November 1855 Sold to Marshall on 7 October 1864 for breaking at Plymouth in 1865
HMS Roebuck J Scott Russell, Millwall 22 March 1856 Sold to Castle, Charlton for breaking in 1864
HMS Nimrod J Scott Russell, Millwall 21 April 1856 Sold to White, Cowes for breaking on 2 June 1865
  • Philomel (or Ranger) class (1859)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Ranger Deptford Dockyard 26 November 1859 Sold to Messrs. Isaacs on 3 November 1869
HMS Espoir Pembroke Dockyard 7 January 1860 Became dredger YC19 in 1869, later to Bermuda where she was broken up in June 1881
HMS Landrail Deptford Dockyard 27 March 1860 Sold for mercantile use in September 1869, and renamed Walrus
HMS Nimble Pembroke Dockyard 15 September 1860 Harbour service in 1879. RNR training ship at Hull in 1885. Sold to W R James on 10 July 1906
HMS Speedwell Deptford Dockyard 12 February 1861 Broken up at Chatham in July 1876
HMS Pandora Pembroke Dockyard 7 February 1861 Sold for Arctic Exploration on 13 January 1875 and renamed USS Jeannette in 1881. Crushed by ice on 13 June 1881
HMS Lee Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 25 January 1860 Breaking completed at Sheerness on 20 March 1875
HMS Dart C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 10 March 1860 Renamed Kangaroo on 1 April 1882. Broken up in December 1884
HMS Snipe J Scott Russell, Millwall 5 May 1860 Broken up at Sheerness in May 1868
HMS Sparrow J Scott Russell, Millwall 7 July 1860 Broken up by Marshall at Plymouth in 1868
HMS Torch R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 24 December 1859 Broken up at Malta in September 1881
HMS Plover R & H Green, Blackwall Yard 19 January 1860 Sold as a merchant vessel on 12 September 1865, renamed Hawk, and wrecked in 1876
HMS Penguin William Cowley Miller, Toxteth Dock, Liverpool 8 February 1860 Sold to Lethbridge & Drew for breaking on 26 February 1870
HMS Steady William Cowley Miller, Toxteth Dock, Liverpool 8 February 1860 Sold to W & T Jolliffe on 12 May 1870
HMS Cygnet Money Wigram & Company, Northam 6 June 1860 Broken up at Portsmouth in August 1868
HMS Griffon William Pitcher, Northfleet 25 February 1860 Collided with Pandora off Little Popo in West Africa on 2 October 1866 and stranded
HMS Mullett Charles Lungley, Rotherhithe 3 February 1860 Sold at Hong Kong for mercantile use on 25 April 1872, renamed Formosa
HMS Philomel J. & R. White, Cowes 10 March 1860 Sold back to White, Cowes, for breaking on 2 June 1865
HMS Newport Pembroke Dockyard 20 July 1867 Suspended during 1862/63. Survey ship in April 1868. Sold for mercantile use in May 1881, renamed Blencathra; subsequently wrecked on 11 June 1881 but salved. Renamed Pandora in 1899
HMS Alban Deptford Dockyard Suspended during 1862/63 and cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Jaseur Deptford Dockyard 15 May 1862 Sold to the Commissioners of the Irish Lighthouses in December 1874
HMS Humber Pembroke Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Undine Deptford Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Rye Pembroke Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863 (never laid down)
HMS Portia Deptford Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863 (never started)
HMS Discovery Deptford Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863 (never started)
  • Cormorant (or Eclipse) class (1860)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Cormorant Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 9 February 1860 Sold on7 June 1870 at Hong Kong
HMS Racehorse Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 19 March 1860 Wrecked near Chefoo, China, on 4 November 1864
HMS Serpent C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 23 June 1860 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 13 April 1875
HMS Star C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 15 December 1860 Completed breaking at Plymouth on 14 March 1877
HMS Eclipse J Scott Russell, Millwall 18 September 1860 Broken up at Sheerness in July 1867
HMS Lily J Scott Russell, Millwall 27 February 1861 Broken up at Sheerness in October 1867
HMS Sylvia Woolwich Dockyard 20 March 1866 Survey ship in October 1866. Sold to George Cohen for breaking in August 1889
HMS Nassau Pembroke Dockyard 20 February 1866 Survey ship in July 1866. Broken up at Sheerness April 1880
HMS Myrmidon Chatham Dockyard 5 June 1867 Survey ship in 1884. Sold at Hong Kong in April 1889
HMS Tartarus Pembroke Dockyard Cancelled on 16 December 1864 and broken up on 4 November 1865
HMS Pegasus Woolwich Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Albatross Chatham Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Guernsey Pembroke Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863 (never laid down)
  • Plover class (1867)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Plover Deptford Dockyard 20 February 1867 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in August 1885
HMS Ringdove Portsmouth Dockyard 4 September 1867 Sold on 17 May 1882 for breaking in 1883
HMS Philomel Deptford Dockyard 29 October 1867 Sold at Bombay on 14 April 1886
HMS Lapwing Devonport Dockyard 8 November 1867 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 15 April 1885
HMS Magpie Portsmouth Dockyard 12 February 1868 Survey vessel in 1878. Sold in September 1885
HMS Bullfinch Sheerness Dockyard 13 February 1868 Sold for breaking in June 1885
HMS Seagull Devonport Dockyard 6 March 1868 Sold in November 1887 for breaking
HMS Curlew Deptford Dockyard 20 August 1868 Sold on 7 November 1882 for breaking in 1883
HMS Swallow Portsmouth Dockyard 16 November 1868 Sold to A Tobin on 18 October 1882
HMS Bittern Pembroke Dockyard 20 September 1869 Sold for breaking in November 1887
HMS Vulture Sheerness Dockyard 6 November 1869 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in September 1885
HMS Woodlark Chatham Dockyard 9 March 1871 Sold at Bombay on 9 March 1887

Composite Screw Gunvessels

The gunvessels designed from 1867 onwards were of composite construction, i.e. they had an iron keel, stem and stern posts, and iron framing, with wooden planking retained over the iron frames.

  • Beacon class (1867)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Beacon Chatham Dockyard 17 August 1867 Sold in December 1888
HMS Avon Portsmouth Dockyard 2 October 1867 Sold for breaking at Charlton on 26 April 1890
HMS Gnat Pembroke Dockyard 26 November 1867 Wrecked on Balabac Island in the China Seas on 15 November 1868
HMS Cracker Portsmouth Dockyard 27 November 1867 Broken up at Portsmouth in 1889
HMS Dwarf Woolwich Dockyard 28 November 1867 Broken up at Devonport in April 1886
HMS Flirt Devonport Dockyard 20 December 1867 Sold to George Cohen for breaking in November 1888
HMS Fly Devonport Dockyard 20 December 1867 Sold to Castle for breaking in November 1887
HMS Elk Portsmouth Dockyard 10 January 1868 To the coastguard in 1887. Tug in 1890. Sold for service as a dredger in 1905
HMS Boxer Deptford Dockyard 25 January 1868 Sold for breaking in June 1887
HMS Thistle Deptford Dockyard 25 January 1868 Sold to Read, Portsmouth for breaking in November 1888
HMS Hornet Pearse, Lockwood & Company, Stockton-on-Tees 10 March 1868 Sold in1889
HMS Rocket London Eng. Company, Poplar 8 April 1868 Sold in December 1888
HMS Lynx Harland & Wolff, Belfast 25 April 1868 Sold in December 1888
HMS Teazer Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 28 April 1868 Broken up at Chatham in December 1887
HMS Midge Randolph & Elder, Govan 21 May 1868 Sold on 15 March 1907
HMS Pert Reid & Company, Port Glasgow 22 June 1868 Sold in December 1888
HMS Hart J. & G. Thomson, Glasgow 20 August 1868 Sold in December 1888
HMS Growler James Lawrie, Whiteinch, Glasgow 1 December 1868 Sold in November 1887
  • Frolic class (1872)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Frolic Chatham Dockyard 29 February 1872 Drill ship in 1888. Coastguard watch vessel WV30 in 1893, renamed WV.41 in 1897 and sold on 7 April 1908
HMS Kestrel Chatham Dockyard 29 February 1872 Sold in November 1888
HMS Ready Chatham Dockyard 24 September 1872 Became tank vessel in 1894, renamed Drudge in October 1916. Sold in Bermuda on 25 February 1920
HMS Rifleman Chatham Dockyard 20 November 1872 Sold on 26 April 1890
  • Arab class (1874)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Arab Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 13 October 1874 Sold in 1889
HMS Lily Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 27 October 1874 Wrecked off Cape d’Amour, Labrador on 16 September 1889
  • Linnet class (1879)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Swift Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Company, Leamouth 29 November 1879 Sold at Hong Kong in 1920 for mercantile use, renamed Hoi Ching
HMS Linnet Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Company, Leamouth 30 January 1880 Sold as a salvage vessel on 27 April 1904
  • Algerine class (1880)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Rambler John Elder & Company, Fairfield 26 January 1880 Survey vessel in 1884. Sold on 23 January 1907
HMS Ranger John Elder & Company, Fairfield 12 February 1880 Sold as a salvage ship on 24 September 1892; re-acquired (on hire) from November 1914 to 1919 as an ammunition hulk. Broken up in 1947
HMS Algerine Harland & Wolff, Belfast 6 November 1880 Sold on 10 May 1892
  • Dolphin class (1882)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Dolphin William Raylton Dixon, Middlesbrough 9 December 1882 Sailing training ship in 1899. Hulked as accommodation for submarines in 1907. Submarine depot ship in 1912. Sold on 13 March 1925, but foundered under tow on 19 April 1925, then raised and beached; and used as an accommodation school ship until broken up in 1977 at Bo'ness
HMS Wanderer William Raylton Dixon, Middlesbrough 8 February 1883 Sailing training ship (brig-rigged) in 1894. Sold to Ward, Preston for breaking in February 1907

Steel Torpedo-and-Gunvessels

  • Curlew Class (1885)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Curlew Devonport Dockyard 23 October 1885 Sold for breaking on 10 July 1906
HMS Landrail Devonport Dockyard 19 January 1886 Sunk as target in Lyme Bay on 4 October 1906

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