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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.


 BAROSSA OR JASON Wooden Screw Corvettes

HMS Jason 10th November 1859 Scrapped 1877
HMS Barossa 10th March 1860 Scrapped  1877
HMS Orestes 18th August 1860 Scrapped 1866
HMS Orpheus 23rd June 1860 Wrecked 7th February 1863
HMS Rattlesnake 9th July 1861 Broken up in 1880/1881
HMS Wolverine 29th August 1863 Sold in 1905

 JUNO  Wooden Screw Corvettes

HMS Juno 28th November 1867 Scrapped 1887
HMS Thalia 14th July 1869 Scrapped  1920

 Eclipse  Wooden Screw Corvettes

HMS Eclipse 14th November 1867 Scrapped 1921

HMS 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.

HMS Blanche 17th August 1867 Sold 1886
HMS Danae 21st May 1867 Scrapped 1906
HMS Dido 23rd October 1869 Scrapped 1922

HMS 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.   

HMS Sirius 24th April 1868 Sold 1885
HMS Spartan 24th November 1868 Sold in 1882
HMS Tenedos 13th May 1870 Sold in 1887

 BRITON Class  Wooden Screw Corvettes                View Class

HMS Briton 6th November 1869 Scrapped 1887 / 1890
HMS Druid 13th march 1869 Sold 1886
HMS Thetis 26th October 1871 Sold 1887

 VOLAGE Class  Iron Screw Corvettes                     View Class

HMS Volage 27th February 1869 Sold 1904
HMS Active 13th march 1869 Sold 1906
HMS Rover 12th August 1874 Sold 1893

  AMETHYST Wooden Screw Corvettes

HMS Ameythyst 19th April 1873 Sold 1887
HMS Diamond 26th August 1874 Sold 1889

HMS Diamond - 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.  

HMS Encounter 1st January 1873 Sold 1888

HMS 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.   

HMS Modeste 23rd May 1873 Sold 1888
HMS Saphire 24th September 1874 Sold 1892

  BACCHANTE CLASS iron Screw Corvettes           View Class

HMS Bacchante 19th October 1876 Sold 1897
HMS Boadicea 16th October 1875 Sold 1905
HMS Euryalus 31st January 1877 Sold 1897

  COMUS CLASS Steel Corvettes                    View Class

HMS Comus 3rd April 1878 Sold 1904
HMS Carysfort 26th September 1878 Sold 1899
HMS Champion 1st July 1878 Sold 1931
HMS Cleopatra 1st August 1878 Sold 1899
HMS Conquest 28th October 1878 Sold 1904
HMS Curacoa 18th April 1878 Sold 1899
HMS Constance 9th June 1880 Sold 1899
HMS Canada 26th August 1881 Sold 1897
HMS Cordelia 25th October 1881 Sold 1904


HMS Satellite 13th August 1881 Sold 1904
HMS Caroline 25th November 1882 Sold 1929
HMS Heroine 3rd December 1881 Sold 1902
HMS Hyacinth 20th December 1881 Sold 1902
HMS Rapid 21st March 1883 Sold 1948
HMS Pylades 5th November 1884 Sold 1906
HMS Royalist 7th March 1883 Transferred to Ireland, 1923

  CALYPSO CLASS Steel Corvettes               View Class

HMS Calypso 7th June 1883 Sold 1922
HMS Calliope 24th July 1884 Sold 1951

Flower Class Corvettes

HMS Abelia
HMS Acanthus
HMS Aconite
HMS Alisma
HMS Alyssum
HMS Amaranthus
HMS Anchusa
HMS Anemone
HMS Arabis
HMS Arbutus
HMS Armeria
HMS Asphodel
HMS Aster
HMS Aubrietia
HMS Auricula
HMS Azalea
HMS Balsam
HMS Begonia
HMS Bellwort
HMS Bergamot
HMS Bluebell
HMS Borage
HMS Vervain
HMS Bryony
HMS Burdock
HMS Buttercup
HMS Calendula
HMS Camellia
HMS Campanula
HMS Campion
HMS Candytuft
HMS Carnation
HMS Celandine
HMS Chrysanthemum
HMS Clarkia
HMS Clematis
HMS Clover
HMS Coltsfoot
HMS Columbine
HMS Convolvulus
HMS Coreopsis
HMS Cowslip
HMS Crocus
HMS Cyclamen
HMS Dianella
HMS Dahlia
HMS Delphinium
HMS Dianthus
HMS Eglantine
HMS Erica
HMS Freesia
HMS Fritillary
HMS Gardenia
HMS Genista
HMS Gentian
HMS Geranium
HMS Gladiolus
HMS Gloxinia
HMS Godetia
HMS Heather
HMS Heliotrope
HMS Hibiscus
HMS Hollyhock
HMS Honeysuckle
HMS Hyacinth
HMS Hydrangea
HMS Coriander
HMS Jasmine
HMS Jonquil
HMS  Kingcup
HMS Larkspur
HMS Lavender
HMS Lobelia
HMS Loosestrife
HMS Lotus
HMS Mallow
HMS Marguerite
HMS Marigold
HMS Meadowsweet
HMS Mignonette
HMS Mimosa
HMS Monkshood
HMS Montbretia
HMS Myosotis
HMS Narcissus
HMS Nettle
HMS Nigella
HMS Orchis
HMS Oxlip
HMS Heartsease
HMS Pennywort
HMS Peony
HMS Pentstemon
HMS Periwinkle
HMS Petunia
HMS Picotee
HMS Pimpernel
HMS Pink
HMS Polyanthus
HMS Poppy
HMS Potentilla
HMS Primrose
HMS Primula
HMS Ranunculus
HMS Rhododendron
HMS Rockrose
HMS Rose
HMS Salvia
HMS Samphire
HMS Saxifrage
HMS Snapdragon
HMS Snowdrop
HMS Spiraea
HMS Starwort
HMS Stonecrop
HMS Sundew
HMS Sunflower
HMS Sweetbriar
HMS Tamarisk
HMS Thyme
HMS Tulip
HMS Verbena
HMS Veronica
HMS Vetch
HMS Violet
HMS Wallflower
HMS Woodruff
HMS Snowflake
HMS Zinnia
La Bastiaise
Fleur de Lys
La Malouine

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 Tintagel
HMS Walmer Castle

Royal Canadian Navy Corvettes

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Modified Flower Class Corvettes Built in Canadian Dockyards

HMS Asbestos
HMS Atholl
HMS Belleville
HMS Beauharnois
HMS Comfrey
HMS Cornel
HMS Coubourg
HMS Dittany
HMS Fergus
HMS Flax
HMS Frontenac
HMS Guelph
HMS Honesty
HMS Hawkesbury
HMS Lachute
HMS Louisburg
HMS Linaria
HMS Lindsay
HMS Mandrake
HMS Merrittonia
HMS Milfoil
HMS Musk
HMS Nepeta
HMS Norsyd
HMS North Bay
HMS Owen Sound
HMS Parry Sound
HMS Peterborough
HMS Privet
HMS Renfrew
HMS Riviere du Loup
HMS Rosebay
HMS Smiths Falls
HMS Smilax
HMS Statice
HMS St Lambert
HMS Stellarton
HMS Simcoe
HMS Strathroy
HMS Thorlock
HMS Trentonian
HMS West York
HMS Whitby
HMS Willowherb

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 1940
HMS Hollyhock bombed by Japanese a/c on 9th April 1942
HMS Marigold torpedoed by Italians off Algiers on 9th December 1942
HMS Picotee sunk by U568 on 12th August 1941
HMS Rose lost in collision with frigate Manners on 26th October 1944
HMS Salvia sunk by U568 west of Alexandria on 24th December 1941
HMS Samphire sunk by Italian s/m Platino off Bougie on 30th January 1943
HMS Snapdragon bombed in Mediterranean on 19th December 1942
La Bastiaise mined off Hartlepool on 22nd June 1940

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