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HMS Cruizer (1828)
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: January 1826
Launched: 19 January 1828
Fate: Sold March 1849
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Snake-class
Type: Ship-sloop
Tons burthen: 3824194 (bm)
  • 100 ft 0 in (30.5 m) (overall)
  • 77 ft 3 14 in (23.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 6 in (9.3 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Decks: one
Complement: 125

HMS Cruizer was a Snake-class ship sloop launched in 1828 for the British Royal Navy. The ship was built as a revival of the retired Snake-class ship-sloops. The Navy converted her to a brig in 1831, back to a ship in 1840, and sold her at Bombay in 1849.

In 1839 Cruizer participated in the Aden Expedition along with the frigate HMS Volage and the two British East India Company (EIC) vessels, the sloop HCS Coote and the schooner HCS Mahi.[2][3]

Service in China[]

Cruizer saw extensive service during the First Opium War. She participated in the Battle of Whampoa, the Second Battle of Chuenpi, the Battle of Canton, the Battle of Amoy, and the Battle of First Bar.[4][5] During the Battle of Whampoa, Maj. General Hugh Gough, commander of the British army during the First Opium War, personally directed the land assault on Whampoa island from Cruzier's deck.[4]

In January 1841, Cruizer recaptured the whaling brig Pilot. The local inhabitants in the Nicobar Islands had captured her in December 1840 and murdered most of her crew. Pilot was taken into Singapore.[6][Note 1]

Notes, citations and references[]


  1. Pilot had been on her fourth whaling voyage. She returned to England in September 1841 and thereafter made a fifth whaling voyage.[7]



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