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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[]

Wooden paddle gunboats (Indian service)[]

Wooden paddle gunboats (Great Lakes)[]

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)[]

  • 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[]

  • Bann class (1855)
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[]

  • Dapper class
    • Lark (1855)
    • Magpie (1855)
    • Dapper (1855)
    • Fancy (1855)
    • Grinder (1855)
    • Jasper (1855)
    • Hind (1855)
    • Jackdaw (1855)
    • Thistle (1855)
    • Starling (1855)
    • Snap (1855)
    • Redwing (1855)
    • Weazel (1855)
    • Clinker (1855)
    • Cracker (1855)
    • Boxer (1855)
    • Stork (1855)
    • Skylark (1855)
    • Biter (1855)
    • Swinger (1855)
  • Albacore class (1855)
    • Beaver (1855)
    • Whiting (1856)
    • Nightingale (1855)
    • Violet (1856)
    • Seagull (1855)
    • Skipjack (1855)
    • Sandfly (1855)
    • Sheldrake (1855)
    • Plover (1855)
    • Tickler (1855)
    • Banterer (1855)
    • Bullfrog (1855)
    • Bustard (1855)
    • Carnation (1855)
    • Charger (1855)
    • Cockchafer (1855)
    • Dove (1855)
    • Forward (1855)
    • Grasshopper (1856)
    • Hasty (1856)
    • Herring (1856)
    • Insolent (1856)
    • Mayflower (1856)
    • Staunch (1856)
    • Goldfinch (1856)
    • Goshawk (1856)
    • Julia (1855)
    • Louisa (1855)
    • Bouncer (1856)
    • Hyena (1856)
    • Savage (1856)
    • Wolf (1856)
    • Griper (1855)
    • Fervent (1856)
    • Forester (1856)
    • Spanker (1856)
    • Traveller (1856)
    • Thrasher (1856)
    • Opossum (1856)
    • Partridge (1856)
    • Charon (1856)
    • Haughty (1856)
    • Leveret (1856)
    • Mackerel (1856)
    • Procris (1856)
    • Shamrock (1856)
    • Spey (1856)
    • Tilbury (1856)
    • Peacock (1856)
    • Pheasant (1856)
    • Primrose (1856)
    • Pickle (1856)
    • Prompt (1856)
    • Porpoise (1856)
    • Firm (1856)
    • Flamer (1856)
    • Fly (1856)
    • Sepoy (1856)
    • Erne (1856)
    • Spider (1856)
    • Lively (1856)
    • Surly (1856)
    • Swan (1856)
    • Delight (1856)
    • Grappler (1856)
    • Growler (1856)
    • Parthian (1856)
    • Quail (1856)
    • Ripple (1856)
    • Cochin (1856)
    • Cherokee (1856)
    • Camel (1856)
    • Caroline (1856)
    • Confounder (1856)
    • Crocus (1856)
    • Beacon (1856)
    • Brave (1856)
    • Bullfinch (1856)
    • Redbreast (1856)
    • Rose (1856)
    • Blazer (1856)
    • Rainbow (1856)
    • Brazen (1856)
    • Raven (1856)
    • Rocket (1856)
    • Hardy (1856)
    • Havock (1856)
    • Highlander (1856)
    • Albacore (1856)
    • Amelia (1856)
    • Foam (1856)
    • Wave (1856)
    • Magnet (1856)
    • Manly (1856)
    • Mastiff (1856)
    • Mistletoe (1856)
    • Earnest (1856)
    • Escort (1856)
  • Cheerful class
    • Cheerful (1856)
    • Chub (1856)
    • Daisy (1856)
    • Dwarf (1856)
    • Blossom (1856)
    • Gadfly (1856)
    • Gnat (1856)
    • Garland (1856)
    • Fidget (1856)
    • Flirt (1856)
    • Onyx (1856)
    • Pert (1856)
    • Midge (1856)
    • Tiny (1856)
    • Angler (1856)
    • Ant (1856)
    • Nettle (1856)
    • Pet (1856)
    • Decoy (1856)
    • Rambler (1856)
  • Clown class
    • Fenella (1856)
    • Garnet (1856)
    • Handy (1856)
    • Hunter (1856)
    • Drake (1856)
    • Janus (1856)
    • Clown (1856)
    • Kestrel (1856)
    • Ready (1856)
    • Thrush (1856)
    • Watchful (1856)
    • Woodcock (1856)
  • Britomart  class
    • Britomart (1860)
    • Cockatrice (1860)
    • Wizard (1860)
    • Speedy (1860)
    • Doterel (1860)
    • Heron (1860)
    • Pigeon (1860)
    • Linnet (1860)
    • Tyrian (1861)
    • Trinculo (1860)
    • Cherub (1865)
    • Netley (1866)
    • Minstrel (1865)
    • Orwell (1866)
    • Cromer (1867)
    • Bruiser  (1867) (or Bruizer)
    • Bramble (cancelled)
    • Crown (cancelled)
    • Protector (cancelled)
    • Danube (cancelled)

Composite screw gunboats[]

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 Cygnet William Doxford, Sunderland 30 May 1874 Broken up in 1889
HMS Express William Doxford, Sunderland 16 July 1874 Sold in August 1889
HMS Contest William Doxford, Sunderland 29 August 1874 Broken up at Devonport in 1889
HMS Sheldrake Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 3 July 1875 Drill ship, renamed Drake on 13 March 1888. Coastguard watch vessel, renamed WV29 in 1893. Renamed Drake in 1906. Sold to Meyer Isaacs on 3 April 1906
HMS Mallard Earle’s Shipbuilding, Hull 4 August 1875 Sold in August 1889
HMS Moorhen Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 13 September 1875 Sold in November 1888
HMS Foxhound Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 29 January 1877 Coastguard in 1886. Coal tug in 1897, renamed YC20. Sold as hulk Arabel in 1920, and remained in Blackwall Reach on the River Thames for 55 years. Broken up in 1975
HMS Forward Barrow Iron Shipbuilding 29 January 1877 Coal hulk in 1892. Sold in 1904
HMS Firm Earle’s Shipbuilding, Hull 14 February 1877 Sold to Cox for breaking up at Falmouth on 14 May 1907
HMS Forester Earle’s Shipbuilding, Hull 26 February 1877 Coal hulk in 1894. Sold in 1904
HMS Firebrand J & G Thomson, Govan 30 April 1877 Sold in 1905, became mercantile Hoi Sin
HMS Firefly J & G Thomson, Govan 28 June 1877 Boom defence in 1904. Base ship on 3 April 1914, renamed Egmont. Renamed Firefly 1 in March 1923. Sold in May 1931
  • Banterer class (1880)
    • Redwing (1880)
    • Grappler (1880)
    • Wrangler (1880)
    • Wasp (1880)
    • Banterer (1880)
    • Espoir (1880)
    • Bullfrog (1880)
    • Cockchafer (1881)
    • Starling (1882)
    • Stork (1882)
    • Raven (1882)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Albacore Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 13 January 1883 Sold on 18 May 1906
HMS Mistletoe Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 7 February 1883 Boom defence in 1903. Sold to Shipbreaking Company, London on 14 May 1907
HMS Watchful Laird Brothers, Birkenhead 13 February 1883 Boom defence in 1903. Sold to Shipbreaking Company, London on 14 May 1907
  • Bramble class
  • Pygmy class (1888)
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[]

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[]

  • Staunch class (1867)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Staunch Charles Mitchell & Co, Walker 17 June 1867 Sold for use as a fuel barge in 1904
  • Plucky class (1870)
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
  • Ant class - Gadfly, Pincher, Griper and Tickler are sometimes referred to as the Gadfly class.
    • Blazer (1870)
    • Comet (1870)
    • Bustard (1871)
    • Kite (1871)
    • Scourge (1871)
    • Snake (1871)
    • Mastiff (1871)
    • Bloodhound (1871)
    • Arrow (1871)
    • Bonetta (1871)
    • Badger (1872)
    • Fidget (1872)
    • Bulldog (1872)
    • Pike (1872)
    • Pickle (1872)
    • Snap (1872)
    • Ant (1873)
    • Cuckoo (1873)
    • Hyaena (1873)
    • Weazel (1873)
    • Gadfly (1879)
    • Pincher (1879)
    • Griper (1879)
    • Tickler (1879)
  • Medina class (or "River" class) (1876)
    • Medina (1876)
    • Medway (1876)
    • Sabrina (1876)
    • Spey (1876)
    • Tay (1876)
    • Tees (1876)
    • Dee (1877)
    • Don (1877)
    • Esk (1877)
    • Slaney (1877)
    • Trent (1877)
    • Tweed (1877)

Steel coastal gunboats[]

  • Bouncer class (1881)
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
  • Handy class (1882)
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]
  • Drudge class (1882)
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[]

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

Torpedo gunboats[]

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[]

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[]

Wooden paddle gunvessels[]

  • 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[]

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Jackall Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 28 October 1844 Sold for breaking in November 1887
HMS Lizard Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 28 November 1844 Broken up at Chatham in April 1869
  • Torch class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Torch Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth 25 February 1845 Sold at Sydney on 15 May 1856
HMS 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
  • Bloodhound class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Bloodhound Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 9 January 1845 Tender to Sampson in Portsmouth 1849-1851, broken up in 1866
  • Myrmidon class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Myrmidon Ditchburn & Mare, Leamouth February 1845 Sold at Fernando Po on 1 December 1858
  • Grappler class (1845)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Grappler William Fairbairn & Company, Millwall 30 December 1845 Sold to W P Beach for breaking on 2 February 1850
  • Recruit class (1850)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS 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
HMS 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[]

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 (1845)

(wooden half-sisters to iron-hulled Sharpshooter)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Rifleman Portsmouth Dockyard 10 August 1846 Survey ship in 1862. Sold at Hong Kong on 18 November 1869
HMS Sepoy Portsmouth Dockyard Suspended 9 September 1846. Cancelled 22 May 1849
HMS Cossack Portsmouth Dockyard Suspended 9 September 1846. Cancelled 22 May 1849
  • Sharpshooter class (1845)

(Iron half-sister to wooden Rifleman)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Sharpshooter Ditchburn & Mare 25 July 1846 Sold on 2 December 1869 for commercial service
  • Teazer class (1845)

(Wooden-hulled half-sisters to iron-hulled Minx)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Teazer Chatham Dockyard 25 June 1846 Sold to Castle & Son for breaking up at Charlton on 20 June 1862
HMS Boxer Chatham Dockyard Suspended on 6 October 1846 and cancelled on 22 May 1849
HMS Biter Chatham Dockyard Suspended on 6 October 1846 and cancelled on 22 May 1849
  • Minx class (1846)

(Iron half-sister to wooden Teazer)

Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Minx Miller, Ravenhill & Company Blackwall 5 September 1846 Water tanker in 1859. Sold on 15 December 1899

Four first-class gunvessels were ordered in 1852-53; while still building, they were re-rated as third-class sloops in 1854 and will be found under the list of corvette and sloop classes of the Royal Navy.

  • Arrow class - Originally rated as "despatch vessels", these six ships were re-classed as second-class gunvessels in 1856.
    • Arrow (1854)
    • Beagle (1854)
    • Lynx (1854)
    • Snake (1854)
    • Viper (1854)
    • Wrangler (1854)
  • Philomel (or Ranger) class
    • Ranger (1859)
    • Espoir (1860)
    • Landrail (1860)
    • Nimble (1860)
    • Speedwell (1861)
    • Pandora (1861)
    • Lee (1860)
    • Dart (1860)
    • Snipe (1860)
    • Sparrow (1860)
    • Torch (1859)
    • Plover (1860)
    • Penguin (1860)
    • Steady (1860)
    • Cygnet (1860)
    • Griffon (1860)
    • Mullett (1860)
    • Philomel (1860)
    • Newport (1867)
    • Alban (cancelled)
    • Jaseur (1862)
    • Humber (cancelled)
    • Undine (cancelled)
    • Rye (cancelled)
    • Portia (cancelled)
    • Discovery (cancelled)
Name Ship Builder Launched Fate
HMS Cormorant Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 9 February 1860 Sold on7 June 1870 at Hong Kong
HMS Racehorse Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall Yard 19 March 1860 Wrecked near Chefoo, China, on 4 November 1864
HMS Serpent C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 23 June 1860 Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton on 13 April 1875
HMS Star C J Mare & Company, Leamouth 15 December 1860 Completed breaking at Plymouth on 14 March 1877
HMS Eclipse J Scott Russell, Millwall 18 September 1860 Broken up at Sheerness in July 1867
HMS Lily J Scott Russell, Millwall 27 February 1861 Broken up at Sheerness in October 1867
HMS Sylvia Woolwich Dockyard 20 March 1866 Survey ship in October 1866. Sold to George Cohen for breaking in August 1889
HMS Nassau Pembroke Dockyard 20 February 1866 Survey ship in July 1866. Broken up at Sheerness April 1880
HMS Myrmidon Chatham Dockyard 5 June 1867 Survey ship in 1884. Sold at Hong Kong in April 1889
HMS Tartarus Pembroke Dockyard Cancelled on 16 December 1864 and broken up on 4 November 1865
HMS Pegasus Woolwich Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Albatross Chatham Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863
HMS Guernsey Pembroke Dockyard Cancelled on 12 December 1863 (never laid down)
  • Plover class (1867)
    • Plover (1867)
    • Ringdove (1867)
    • Philomel (1867)
    • Lapwing (1867)
    • Magpie (1868)
    • Bullfinch (1868)
    • Seagull (1868)
    • Curlew (1868)
    • Swallow (1868)
    • Bittern (1869)
    • Vulture (1869)
    • Woodlark (1871)

Composite screw gunvessels[]

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.

  • Beacon class (1867)
    • Beacon (1867)
    • Avon (1867)
    • Gnat (1867)
    • Cracker (1867)
    • Dwarf (1867)
    • Flirt (1867)
    • Fly (1867)
    • Elk (1868)
    • Boxer (1868)
    • Thistle (1868)
    • Hornet (1868)
    • Rocket (1868)
    • Lynx (1868)
    • Teazer (1868)
    • Midge (1868)
    • Pert (1868)
    • Hart (1868)
    • Growler (1868)
  • Frolic class (1872)
    • Frolic (1872)
    • Kestrel (1872)
    • Ready (1872)
    • Rifleman (1872)
  • Linnet class (1879)
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
  • Dolphin class (1882)
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[]

  • Curlew class (1885)
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[]

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

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