digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

For gun-brigs see List of gun-brigs of the Royal Navy

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

Steam gunboats[edit]

Wooden paddle gunboats (Indian service)[edit]

Wooden paddle gunboats (Great Lakes)[edit]

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
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
HMS Traveller Niagara Dock Company 1838 Ex-merchant ship, purchased at Niagara on 30 April 1839 and sold in 1844
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
HMS Minos Chippawa, Ontario June 1840 Sold to Mr Weston in March 1852
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
HMS Cherokee Kingston Navy Yard, Ontario 22 September 1842 Sold to Messrs. Campbell, Forsyth, Yarwood & Gaskin on 30 October 1851
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
HMS Canada Purchased Unknown Purchased in 1847

Iron paddle gunboat (Great Lakes)[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

Composite screw gunboats[edit]

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.

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[edit]

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.

Iron coastal gunboats[edit]

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Staunch Charles Mitchell & Co, Walker 17 June 1867 Sold for use as a fuel barge in 1904
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

Steel coastal gunboats[edit]

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
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. She was finally scrapped in 2008.[1]
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Drudge Armstrong Whitworth 15 June 1887 Built for the Ordnance Department and transferred to the Royal Navy in 1901. Renamed Excellent on 21 November 1916 and Dryad on 26 January 1919. Renamed back to Drudge later in 1919 and sold on 27 March 1920

Torpedo ram[edit]

  • Polyphemus class
    • Polyphemus (1881)
    • Hull 2 (cancelled 10 November 1882 before being named)
    • Adventure (cancelled 12 August 1885)

Torpedo gunboats[edit]

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

Steel gunboats[edit]

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[edit]

Wooden paddle gunvessels[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
Torch Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth 25 February 1845 Sold at Sydney on 15 May 1856
Harpy Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth 4 March 1845 Transferred to the War Office as a target on 26 October 1892 and sold as a wreck in 1909
  • Myrmidon class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
Myrmidon Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth February 1845 Sold at Fernando Po on 1 December 1858
  • Grappler class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
Grappler William Fairbairn & Company, Millwall 30 December 1845 Sold to W P Beach for breaking on 2 February 1850
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
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
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[edit]

This section includes two early iron-hulled screw gunvessels ordered in May 1845, which in other respects were half-sisters to two wooden-hulled gunvessels ordered at the same time. The four vessels comprised the first-class gunvessels Rifleman (wooden hulled) and Sharpshooter (iron hulled), and the second-class gunvessels Teazer (wooden hulled) and Minx (iron hulled). Further vessels ordered later to the same design were either cancelled or built to very different concepts. Rifleman and Sharpshooter were re-classed as sloops in 1854.

  • Rifleman class (wooden half-sisters to iron-hulled Sharpshooter)
  • Teazer class (wooden-hulled half-sisters to iron-hulled Minx)
  • Minx class (iron half-sister to wooden Teazer)

Composite screw gunvessels[edit]

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.

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
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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jordan, John, ed. (2009), "Warship notes", Warship 2009, Anova Books, p. 170, ISBN 978-1-84486-089-0 

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gunboat_and_gunvessel_classes_of_the_Royal_Navy — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

We're sorry, but there's no news about "List of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy" right now.

Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About List of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy

You can talk about List of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!