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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

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