Royal naval Corvettes.
List of Royal Naval Corvettes from the early Screw corvettes of the 19th
Century to the Flower and Castle Class Corvettes of World War Two.
OR JASON Wooden Screw Corvettes
||10th March 1860
||18th August 1860
||23rd June 1860
||Wrecked 7th February
||9th July 1861
||Broken up in 1880/1881
||29th August 1863
||Sold in 1905
Wooden Screw Corvettes
||14th July 1869
Wooden Screw Corvettes
Eclipse - Name History
TThe sixth “ECLIPSE” was a 12-gun screw sloop,
launched at Sheerness in 1867. When
laid down she had been called “Sappho.”
She was of 1273 tons, 350 horse-power, and 10 knots speed.
Her length, beam, and draught were 212ft., 36ft., and 11ft.
In 1882 the “Eclipse,” commanded by Captain Edmund St. John
Garthforth, was engaged in the Egyptian War.
In August 1882 the “Eclipse” contributed to a Naval Brigade
which was disembarked at Suez. The
inhabitants understood that the town was in danger of being burnt, but
the Naval Brigade, composed mostly of marines, occupied the town, and
the Egyptian troops fled. The
“Eclipse” was lent to the War Office in 1888, taken over again in
1892, and ended her career as a Naval ordnance mine depot at Plymouth.
||17th August 1867
||21st May 1867
||23rd October 1869
Dido - Name History
The fourth “Dido” was a 12-gun screw corvette,
launched at Portsmouth in 1869. She
was of 1760 tons, 2520 horse-power, and 13.6 knots speed.
Her length, beam, and draught were 212ft., 36ft., and 16ft.
In 1871 the “Dido,” commanded by Captain William Cox Chapman,
an officer of great tact and good temper, was instrumental in settling
without bloodshed a dispute among the Kings of New Calabar, Bonny, and
Ekrika, on the Niger, and in procuring safety for British trade in that
river. In 1873 the
“Dido” was similarly successful in settling a number of difficulties
which had arisen in Fiji between the natives and the white settlers.
In 1874 the “Dido” was present at the formal transfer of the
Fiji Islands to the British flag, and was so unfortunate as to introduce
measles among the native population, which resulted in a lamentable loss
of life. In 1876 the
“Dido” returned to England after a five-years commission full of
valuable though unostentatious work.
In 1881 the “Dido,” commanded by Captain Compton Edward
Domvile, took part in the first Boer War.
After the battle of Laing’s Nek, the “Dido” contributed to
a Naval Brigade of 50 men and two field guns, which went to the front
under Lieutenant Henry Ogle of the “Dido.”
This brigade shared in the disaster at Majuba on February 27th
, where the
“Dido’s” lost 3 killed and wounded 3, and the “Boadicea’s”
lost 11 killed, 6 mortally wounded, and 10 severely wounded.
Captain Compton Domvile then proceeded to the front to take
charge of the Naval Brigade, but no further took place before a peace
was concluded. This
vessel’s name was subsequently changed to “Actaeon,” and she was
merged into the Torpedo School at Sheerness, after some service as a
mine depot on the Forth.
||24th April 1868
||Sold in 1882
||13th May 1870
||Sold in 1887
Class Wooden Screw Corvettes
||6th November 1869
||Scrapped 1887 /
||13th march 1869
||26th October 1871
Class Iron Screw Corvettes
||13th march 1869
||12th August 1874
AMETHYST Wooden Screw Corvettes
||19th April 1873
||26th August 1874
- Name History
The twelfth “DIAMOND” was a 14-gun screw
corvette launched at Sheerness in 1874.
She was of 1970 tons, 2150 horse-power, and 13.7 knots speed.
Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 37ft., and 18ft.
In 1889 the “Diamond” was sold.
||1st January 1873
Encounter - Name History
The third “Encounter” was a 14-gun screw
corvette, launched at Sheerness in 1873.
She was of 1970 tons, 2130 horse-power, and 13 knots speed.
Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 37ft., and 17ft.
In 1873 the “Encounter,” commanded by Captain Richard
Bradshaw, took part in the Ashantee War.
In November the “Encounter” contributed to a Naval Brigade
under Captain the Hon.Edmund Fremantle, which marched inland to the
relief of Abrakrampa, then sorely pressed by the Ashantees.
The enemy were seized with a panic and retired hastily,
abandoning almost all their stores. On
December 26th the “Encounter,” bombarded a village on
Alboaddi Point, and then sent her boats under Lieutenant Alfred
Loveridge in to burn the place.
In 1875 the “Encounter,” commanded by Captain Richard
Bradshaw, was one of 7 ships which co-operated in a punitive expedition
up the river Congo under Commodore Sir William Hewett with his broad
pennant in “Active.” It
was undertaken on account of the looting of the British schooner
“Geraldine” and the murder of four of her crew.
On August 31st the boats from the “Encounter” and
two other ships were towed to the entrance of Chango Creek.
One hundred and fifty marines were landed under Captain Bradshaw
and succeeded in burning three villages, although they were fired at by
natives concealed in the bush. All
the villages on the north bank were destroyed, and further punishment
was inflicted in Luculla Creek and other places.
The labours of the expedition were most arduous, some of the
creeks being overgrown with luxuriant vegetation which had to be cut
away to admit of an advance, and the country generally was very
difficult. Captain Richard
Bradshaw was mentioned in despatches as having rendered conspicuous
service, and the loss suffered was but 1 killed and 6 wounded.
In 1888 the “Encounter” was sold.
||23rd May 1873
BACCHANTE CLASS iron Screw Corvettes
||19th October 1876
||16th October 1875
||31st January 1877
COMUS CLASS Steel Corvettes
||3rd April 1878
||1st July 1878
||1st August 1878
||28th October 1878
||18th April 1878
||9th June 1880
||26th August 1881
||25th October 1881
SATELLITE CLASS Corvettes
||13th August 1881
||3rd December 1881
||21st March 1883
||5th November 1884
||7th March 1883
CALYPSO CLASS Steel Corvettes
||7th June 1883
||24th July 1884
Castle Class Corvettes
|HMS Allington Castle|
|HMS Alnwick Castle|
|HMS Amberley Castle|
|HMS Bamborough Castle|
|HMS Berkeley Castle|
|HMS Caistor Castle|
|HMS Carisbrooke Castle|
|HMS Denbigh Castle|
|HMS Dumbarton Castle|
|HMS Farnham Castle|
|HMS Flint Castle|
|HMS Gorey Castle|
|HMS Guildford Castle||
|HMS Hadleigh Castle|
|HMS Hedingham Castle|
|HMS Hever Castle|
|HMS Hurst Castle|
|HMS Kenilworth Castle|
|HMS Knaresborough Castle|
|HMS Lancaster Castle|
|HMS Launceston Castle|
|HMS Leeds Castle|
|HMS Morpeth Castle|
|HMS Norham Castle|
|HMS Nunnery Castle|
|HMS Oakham Castle||
|HMS Oxford Castle|
|HMS Pembroke Castle|
|HMS Pevensey Castle|
|HMS Portchester Castle|
|HMS Rising Castle|
|HMS Rushen Castle|
|HMS Sandgate Castle|
|HMS Sherborne Castle|
|HMS Shrewsbury Castle|
|HMS Tamworth Castle|
|HMS Walmer Castle|
Royal Canadian Navy Corvettes
Modified Flower Class Corvettes
Built in Canadian Dockyards
|HMS North Bay|
|HMS Owen Sound|
|HMS Parry Sound|
|HMS Riviere du Loup|
|HMS Smiths Falls|
|HMS St Lambert|
|HMS West York|
Flower Class Corvettes Torpedoed and Sunk
|HMS Alyssum sunk by U654 on 8th February 1942|
|HMS Arbutus sunk by U136 on 5th February 1942|
|HMS Asphodel sunk by U575 on 25th March 1944|
|HMS Vervain sunk by U1208 on 20th February 1945|
|HMS Gladiolus sunk by U558 on 16th October 1941|
|HMS Mimosa sunk by U124 on 9th June 1942|
|HMS Montbretia sunk by U624 on 18th November 1942|
|HMS Polyanthus sunk by U-boat on 21st September 1943|
|HMS Zinnia sunk by U-boat on 23rd August 1941|
|Fleur de Lys sunk by U206 on 14th October 1941|
|HMS Auricula mined in Courrier Bay, Madagascar on 6th May 1942|
|HMS Bluebell sunk by U711 on 17th February 1945|
|HMS Erica mined off Benghazi on 9th February 1943|
|HMS Gardenia lost in collision with tanker Fluellen off Oran
on 9th November 1942|
|HMS Godetia lost in collision with SS Marsa on 6th September
|HMS Hollyhock bombed by Japanese a/c on 9th April 1942|
|HMS Marigold torpedoed by Italians off Algiers on 9th December
|HMS Picotee sunk by U568 on 12th August 1941|
|HMS Rose lost in collision with frigate Manners on 26th
|HMS Salvia sunk by U568 west of Alexandria on 24th December
|HMS Samphire sunk by Italian s/m Platino off Bougie on 30th
|HMS Snapdragon bombed in Mediterranean on 19th December 1942|
|La Bastiaise mined off Hartlepool on 22nd June 1940|