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Sir Baldwin Walker  designed  Wooden Screw Frigates  HMS Diadem, HMS Doris, HMS Ariadne, HMS Galatea, HMS Mersey, andHMS Orlando These Wooden Screw frigates were designed by Sir Baldwin Walker. There designed and their armament made them the fast division of the Battle Fleet.  they were designed to compete against the newly autherised ships for the United states navy, who had passed the building of Five steam frigates and one steam Corvette.

The only had a short service history as they were to large and very expensive to upkeep including the high crew required to maintain the ship on duty.  It is said that due to the stresses caused by there powerful engines. HMS Orlando and HMS Mersey were both scrapped less than 20 years in service. 

Displacement: HMS Diadem 3,880 tons,  HMS Doris  3677 tons,  HMS Ariadne 4426 tons, HMS Galatea 4,686 tons. HMS Mersey 5643 tons, and HMS Orlando 5643 tons.

COMPLIMENT:  HMS Diadem and  HMS Doris 475,  HMS Ariadne  and HMS Galatea 450. HMS Mersey   and HMS Orlando 600 men

HMS Diadem 14th October 1856 Scrapped soon after 1875
HMS Doris 23rd May 1857 Sold in 1885
HMS Ariadne 4th June 1859 Sold for Scrap 1922
HMS Galatea 14th September 1859 Scrapped 1882
HMS Mersey 13th August 1858 Sold 1875
HMS Orlando 12th June 1858 Sold 1871

HMS Ariadne

HMS Ariadne - Name History

The fifth ?Ariadne? was a 26-gun screw frigate, launched at Deptford in 1859.  She was of 4538 tons, 3350 horsepower, 13 knots speed, and carried a crew of 250 men.  Her length, beam, and draught were 280ft, 51ft, and 16ft.  In 1860 the ?Ariadne,? commanded by Captain Edward Vanisttart, formed one of the escort to H.M.S. ?Hero,? which vessel conveyed His Royal highness the Prince of Wales, afterwards His Majesty King Edward the Seventh, on his memorable visit to Canada and the United States of America.   At a subsequent date this vessel?s name was changed to ?Actaeon,? and she became the Torpedo School Ship at sheerness.

HMS Galatea

HMS Galatea, 1862.

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HMS Galatea, 1862.

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HMS Orlando

HMS Orlando, 1861.

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