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HMS Leda (1828)
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Leda
Namesake: Leda
Ordered: 15 May 1821
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Laid down: October 1824
Launched: 15 April 1828
Completed: May 1828
Commissioned: Never
Reclassified: As a water police ship, March 1865
Fate: Sold for scrap, 15 May 1906
General characteristics
Class & type: Seringapatam-class frigate
Tons burthen: 1171 38/94 bm
Length:
  • 159 ft (48.5 m) (gundeck)
  • 133 ft 5 in (40.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 41 ft 2 in (12.5 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Depth: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 315
Armament:
  • 46 guns:
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pdr cannon
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 32-pdr carronades
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9-pdr cannon and 2 × 32-pdr carronades

HMS Leda was a 46-gun Seringapatam-class fifth-rate frigate built for the Royal Navy during the 1820s, one of seven ships of the Druid sub-class.

Description[]

The Druid sub-class was an enlarged and improved version of the Serinapatam design, modified with a circular stern.[1] Leda had a length at the gundeck of 159 feet (48.5 m) and 133 feet 5 inches (40.7 m) at the keel. She had a beam of 41 feet 2 inches (12.5 m), a draught of 15 feet (4.6 m) and a depth of hold of 12 feet 9 inches (3.9 m). The ship's tonnage was 1171 3894 tons burthen.[2] The Druid sub-class was armed with twenty-eight 18-pounder cannon on her gundeck, fourteen 32-pounder carronades on her quarterdeck and a pair of 9-pounder cannon and two more 32-pounder carronades in the forecastle. The ships had a crew of 315 officers and ratings.[3]

Construction and career[]

Leda, the fourth ship of her name to serve in the Royal Navy,[4] was ordered on 15 May 1821, laid down in October 1824 at Pembroke Dockyard, Wales, and launched on 15 April 1828.[3] She was completed for ordinary at Plymouth Dockyard in May 1828 and the ship was roofed over from the mainmast forward.[2]

Notes[]

  1. Winfield, p. 717
  2. 2.0 2.1 Winfield, p. 713
  3. 3.0 3.1 Winfield & Lyon, p. 107
  4. Colledge, p. 240

References[]

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