Volage Class

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 Volage class iron screw corvettes.  Photos and history of the Volage class iron screw corvettes launched 1869 - 1874, including HMS Volage, HMS Active and HMS Rover.

The Volage Class Corvettes were designed by Sir Edward Reed.  All three Corvettes were built by the Thames Sb Company. the first two being HMS Volage and HMS Active both complete din 1870.  They were not the best gun platforms as they were unsteady. with problems with pitching  into a head sea and also rolling heavily in a beam sea.  The third of the class HMS Rover had modification which reduced these problems. HMS Rover was launched 5 years later in 1875.

Displacement: 3080 tons except HMS Rover being 3460 tons.  Speed:  HMS Active 15 knots. HMS Volage 15.3 knots and HMS Rover 14.5 Knots.   Crew 340  Armament: Six 7 inch Guns and four 64 pounder

HMS Rover 

Displacement:   3460 tons.  Speed:   14.5 Knots.   Crew 315  Armament: two 7 inch MLR and Sixteen 64 pounders.  

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

HMS Volage

HMS Volage, 1870.

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HMS Volage, 1870.

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HMS Volage.

Volage Class iron screw corvette, launched 1869.

Photograph taken from book published 1892 by captain Eardley Wilmott.  Book owned by Cranston Fine Arts

HMS Active

HMS Active, 1870.

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