Ships Built at Milford Shipyard and H.M. Dockyard, Pembroke.

Yard No. Name Type Guns Construction. Laid Down Completed Disposal/Remarks.

 

Neyland Built.

Milford Frigate 28 Wood. 1759 Sold 1785.

Prince of Wales Battleship 74 Wood. 1765.

Milford Built.

Nautilus Sloop 18 Wood. 1804 Wrecked. E. Med. 1807.

Lavinia Frigate 38 Wood. 1806 HS 1836. Laid up from 1814.

Milford Battleship 74 Wood. 1809 HS 1825. Laid up from 1815.

Portsmouth Transport Wood. 1811 Doubtful.

Rochefort Battleship 80 Wood. 1814 BU 1826. Barallier design.

Surprise Frigate 38 Wood. 1812 Hulk 1822.

Pembroke Built.

001 Valorous Frigate 28 Wood. 1816 BU 1829.

002 Ariadne Frigate 28 Wood. 1816 Paid off 1834. Coal hulk in Alexandria when sold 1841.

003 Thetis Frigate 46 Wood. 1817 Wrecked 1830 off Brazil when carrying much coin and bullion - much of which was salvaged.

004 Arethusa Frigate 46 Wood. 1817 Paid off by 1836. Quarantine hulk Liverpool. Renamed Bacchus 1844. BU 1883.

005 Racer Cutter 10 Wood. 1818 Sold 1823.

006 Sprightly Cutter 10 Wood. 1818 Existence doubtful.

007 Belleisle Battleship 74 Wood. 1819 Laid up when completed. Troopship from 1841.

008 Fisgard Frigate 46 Wood. 1819 BU 1879.

009 Sylvia Cutter 10 Wood. 1820 A Sylvia cutter was tender at Pembroke 1834-42, but ? Portsmouth built. Sold 1859.

010 Frolic Brig 10 Wood. 1820 Sold 1838.

011 Falcon Brig 10 Wood. 1820 Engine fitted 1833-4. Sold 1838.

012 Melampus Frigate 46 Wood. 1820 Sold 1906.

013 Skylark Brig 10 Wood. 1820 Wrecked off Dorset 1845.

014 Swift Cutter(?) 10 Wood. 1820 ??? Prob. Brig.

015 Nereus Frigate 46 Wood. 1821 In 1842 became stores depot at Valparaiso.

016 Renard Brig 10 Wood. 1821 1848 became mooring vessel at Chatham.

017 Meteor Bomb 28 Wood. 1823 BU 1849. 1828 ops vs. barbary pirates. Thereafter survey vessel. Renamed Beacon 1832.

018 Hamadryad Frigate 46 Wood. 1823 By 1866 was the Dockyard Hospital in Pembroke. Sold 1905.

019 Zephyr Brig 4 Wood. 1823 Sold 1836.

020 Wellington Lighter Wood. 1824.

021 Vengeance Battleship 84 Wood. 1824 Sold 1897.

022 Thisbe Frigate 46 Wood. 1824 Became a church ship at Cardiff. Sold 1892.

023 Talbot Frigate 28 Wood. 1824 In 1855 a hulk.

024 Sheldrake Brig 4 Wood. 1825 Sold 1855.

025 Druid Frigate 46 Wood. 1825 Sold 1863. From 1846 quarantine hulk at Liverpool.

026 Success Frigate 28 Wood. 1825 Surveyed W.Aus. and found colony.

027 Skylark Brig 4 Wood. 1826 Wrecked Dorset 1845.

028 Erebus Bomb 12 Wood. 1826 1839-41 Ross Antarctic expedition. Engined 1845. 1845-48 Franklin's Arctic Expedition. Abandoned in Arctic 1845 - all company lost.

029 Nemesis Frigate 46 Wood. 1826 BU 1866.

030 Satellite Frigate 18 Wood. 1826 BU 1849. Mainly in South America.

031 Mooring Lighter Wood. 1826.

032 Clarence Battleship 84 Wood. 1827 Never commisioned. Training ship Plymouth, then Medway, where burnt Jan 1884.

033 Spey Brig 10 Wood. 1827 Wrecked Racoon Key, Nov 1840.

034 Variable Brig 18 Wood. 1827 1829 renamed Pigeon 6. Then Falmouth packet brig. Sold 1847.

035 Leda Frigate 46 Wood. 1828 Never commissioned? Hulk in Plymouth 1854.

036 Sparrow Cutter 10 Wood. 1828 BU 1866.

037 Snipe Schooner 8 Wood. 1828 All life tender in Portsmouth. BU 1860.

038 Speedy Cutter 8 Wood. 1828 1853 dockyard lighter. BU 1866.

039 Comet Sloop 18 Wood. 1828 'Cruizer'. Renamed Comus in Trincomalee 1832. BU 1862.

040 Hotspur Frigate 46 Wood. 1828 In 1859 a chapel hulk. Renamed Monmouth 1858. BU 1902.

041 Lightning Sloop 18 Wood. 1829 Renamed Larne 1832. 1839 salvaged bullion from Thetis (q.v.).

042 Partridge Cutter(?) 10 Wood. 1829.

043 Thais Cutter(?) 10 Wood. 1829.

044 Raven Cutter 10 Wood. 1829.

045 Starling Cutter 10 Wood. 1829 Survey vessel 1834. Sold 1844.

046 Wizard Brig 10 Wood. 1830 'Cherokee'. Lost 1859.

047 Seahorse Screw Frigate. 46 Wood 1830 Sold 1902.

048 Stag Frigate 46 Wood. 1830 Laid up 1841. BU 1866.

049 Timber Barge Wood. 1831.

050 Viper Schooner 6 Wood. 1831 BU 1851. Rigged as brigantine.

051 Imogene Frigate 26 Wood. 1831 In reserve in 1840 when burnt at Plymouth.

052 Fly Sloop(?) 18 Wood. 1831 Survey vessel.

053 Harrier Sloop(?) 18 Wood. 1831.

054 Cockatrice Schooner 6 Wood. 1832.

055 Andromanche Frigate 28 Wood. 1832.

056 Royal William Battleship 120 Wood. 1833 Engined and 74 gun screw 1860. Burnt 1899.

057 Rodney Battleship 92 Wood. 1833 Engined and screw 1859.

058 Forth Frigate 46 Wood. 1833 1856 screw mortar frigate - 24 mortars.

059 Fountain Water Lighter Wood. 1833

060 Sinbad Lighter Wood. 1834

061 Tartarus Steamer Wood. 1834 ??? First steamer.

062 Cleopatra Sloop 26 Wood. 1835 BU 1862.

063 Vanguard Battleship 78 Wood. 1835 Renamed Ajax 1867. BU 1875.

064 Harlequin Brig Wood. 1836 Hulked 185?

065 Dido Sloop 18 Wood. 1836 Keppel's ship in Borneo. Hulked Sheerness 1860 Sold 1903.

066 Carysfort Sloop 26 Wood. 1836 Sold 1861.

067 Cremyll Victualling Hoy Wood. 1836.

068 Gorgon Paddle Sloop 16 Wood. 1837 (?) Probably same as Lilly. First steam warship (?)

069 Lily Sloop(?) 16 Wood. 1837 Hulked 1860.

070 Penguin Steam Packet 6 Wood. 1838 Permanently based Falmouth. To Coastguard 1857.

071 Grecian Brig 16 Wood. 1838 BU 1865.

072 Peterel Steam Packet 6 Wood. 1838 BU 1862.

073 Daphne Corvette 18 Wood. 1838 Sold 1864.

074 Merlin Paddle Gunboat Wood. 1838 Sold 1863.

075 Medusa Paddle Packet Wood. 1838 Sold 1865.

076 Cyclops Paddle Frigate 6 Wood. 1839.

077 Persian Brig 16 Wood. 1839 BU 1866.

078 Medina Paddle Packet Wood. 1840.

079 Iris Sloop 26 Wood. 1841 Probably laid down as Alarm. Sold 1869.

080 Vixen Paddle Sloop 6 Wood. 1841 Sold 1862.

081 Geyser Paddle Sloop 6 Wood. 1841 BU 1866.

082 Cambrian Frigate 36 Wood. 1841 Hulked 1862.

83 Collingwood Battleship 80 Wood. 1841 Engined 1860. Sold 1867.

084 Spiteful Paddle Sloop 6 Wood. 1842 Sold 1883.

085 Superb Battleship 80 Wood. 1842 Never engined . BU 1869.

086 Victoria and Albert Yacht Wood. 1843 Paddle. BU 189?

087 Helena Brig 16 Wood. 1843 Hulked 1861. BU 1921.

088 Vulture Paddle Frigate 6 Wood. 1843 Sold 1866.

089 Flying Fish Sloop 12 Wood. 1844 BU 1852.

090 Centurion Battleship 80 Wood. 1844 Engined 1855. Sold 1870.

091 Juno Sloop 26 Wood. 1844. See Note 4.

092 Water Lighter Lighter Wood. 1845.

093 Kingfisher Brig 12 Wood. 1845 Laid up 1852. HS 1875. Sold 1890.

094 Inflexible Paddle Sloop 6 Wood. 1845 Sold 1864.

095 Dragon Paddle Frigate 6 Wood. 1845 Sold 1864.

096 Constance Frigate 50 Wood. 1846 Fitted screw 1862. Sold 1875. Sister of Arethusa, Octavia, Sutlej.

097 Conflict Sloop 17 Wood. 1846 Converted to screw after launch. Sold 1863.

098 Encounter Sloop 14 Wood. 1846 Engined and reclassed as corvette. BU 1866.

099 Mariner Screw Sloop 12 Wood. 1846 Reclassed as corvette.

100 Sybille Frigate 36 Wood. 1847 BU 1866.

101 Britomart Paddle Sloop(?) 10 Wood. 1847 To Coastguard 1857.

102 Lion Battleship 80 Wood. 1847 Fitted screw 1859. Sold 1905.

103 Camilla Sloop 16 Wood. 1847 Foundered 1851.

104 Atalanta Brig 16 Wood. 1847 BU 1868.

105 Colossus Battleship 80 Wood. 1848 Converted to screw on slip. Sold 1867.

106 Magicienne Paddle Frigate 16 Wood. 1849 BU 1866.

107 Buzzard Paddle Sloop 6 Wood. 1849 BU 1883.

108 Desperate Screw Sloop 8 Wood. 1849 Launched as sailing sloop. BU 1865.

109 Arethusa Frigate 46 Wood. 1849 See Constance. Screw 1861. Charitable training ship/orphanage before BU 1934.

110 Octavia Frigate 50 Wood. 1849 See Constance. Screw1861.

111 Liberty Training Brig Wood. 1850 Sold 1905.

112 Marten Training Brig Wood. 1850 Sold 1907.

113 Barracouta Paddle Sloop 6 Wood. 1851 BU 1882.

114 Valorous Paddle Frigate 16 Wood. 1851 Sold 1891.

115 Musquito Brig 16 Wood. 1851 Sold 1862.

116 Duke of Wellington Screw Battleship 131 Wood. 1852 ex-Windsor Castle. Renamed when the Duke died a few days before launch. Sold 1904.

117 James Watt Screw Battleship 80 Wood. 1853 ex-Audacious.

118 Rover Brig 16 Wood. 1853 Sold 1862.

119 Caesar Screw Battleship 90 Wood. 1853 Sold 1870.

120 Squirrel Brig 12 Wood. 1853 BU 1879.

121 Curacoa Screw Frigate. 24 Wood 1854 Sold 1885.

122 Harrier Screw Sloop. 17 Wood 1854 BU 1866.

123 Swallow Screw Sloop. 9 Wood 1854 Sold 1866.

124 Ariel Screw Sloop 8 Wood. 1854 Sold 1865.

125 Falcon Screw Sloop 16 Wood. 1854 BU 1869.

126 Victoria and Albert Yacht Wood. 1855.

127 Sutlej Frigate 50 Wood. 1855 Screw 1860. See 096 Constance.

128 Brunswick Battleship 80 Wood. 1855 Never completed. Sold 1867.

129 Repulse Battleship 91 Wood. 1855.

130 Flying Fish Screw Gunboat Wood. 1855 Employed as Despatch Vessel. BU 1866.

132 Pet Screw Gunboat Wood. 1856 CHEERFUL class. Sold 1904.

133 Nettle Screw Gunboat Wood. 1856 CHEERFUL class. BU 1867.

134 Rambler Screw Gunboat Wood. 1856 CHEERFUL class. BU 1869.

135 Decoy Screw Gunboat Wood. 1856 CHEERFUL class. BU 1869.

136 Janus Screw Gunboat Wood. 1856 CLOWN class. Sold 1871.

137 Drake Screw Gunboat Wood. 1856 CLOWN class. Sold 1869. All vessells after this screw.

138 Albert Screw 16 Wood. 1856.

139 Cordelia Screw Sloop 11 Wood. 1856 BU 1870.

140 Diadem Screw Frigate 32 Wood. 1856 Sold 1875.

141 Doris (?) Frigate 32 Wood. 1857.

142 Melpemone Screw Frigate 51 Wood. 1857 BU 1875.

143 Gannet Screw Sloop 11 Wood. 1857 Sold 1876.

144 Orlando Screw Frigate 51 Wood. 1858 Sister of 141 Dido. Sold 1871.

145 Windsor Castle Screw Battleship 100 Wood. 1858 Converted to screw on the stocks. Sold 1908.

146 Revenge Screw Battleship 90 Wood. 1859 Converted to screw on stocks. BU 1923.

147 Greyhound Screw Sloop 17 Wood. 1859 Sold 1906.

148 Immortalité Screw Frigate 50 Wood. 1849 1859 Converted to screw on slip. Guns reduced to 28 in service. Sold 1883.

149 Espoir Screw Gunboat 5 Wood. 1860 Converted to dredger YC19 1869.

150 Howe Screw Battleship 91 Wood. 1860 Laid down as Edgar, Converted to screw on slip.

151 Pelican Screw Sloop 17 Wood. 1859 1860 Sold 1867.

152 Nimble Screw Gunboat 5 Wood. 1860 Sold 1906.

153 Pandora Screw Gunboat 5 Wood. 1861 Sold 1875. Sister of Nimble.

154 Defiance Screw Battleship 91 Wood. 1861 Sold 1931. Became Torpedo/Electrical school, Plymouth. Sold 1931.

155 Aurora Screw Frigate 50 Wood. 1854 1861 Converted to screw on stocks. BU 1881.

From this date the number of guns is meaningless and is omitted, also all vessels are screw unless otherwise stated.

156 Perseus Sloop Wood. 1861 Sold 1931.

157 Shearwater Sloop Wood. 1860 1861 BU 1877.

158 Psyche Yacht Wood. 1862 Paddle.

159 Prince Consort Broadside Ironclad Ironclad. 1860 1862 Laid down as wood screw battleship Triumph. Converted on slip. BU 1882.

160 Enchantress Admiralty Yacht Wood. 1862 Paddle.

161 Research Central Battery Ironclad Ironclad. 1861 1864 Laid down as screw sloop Trent.

162 Alberta Royal Yacht Wood. 1863 Paddle.

163 Zealous Central Battery Ironclad Ironclad. 1859 1966 Laid down as wooden two-decker. Laid up 1875. BU 1886.

164 Lord Clyde Broadside Ironclad Ironclad. 1863 1866 See text - bad timber, out of service 1872. BU 1875.

165 Amazon Sloop Wood. 1865 Sister of 165 & 168. Teak. Sank in collision 1866.

166 Vestal Sloop Wood. 1865 Sister of 164 & 168. Teak. Sold 1884.

167 Nassau Gunboat Wood. 1866 Completed as survey vessel. BU 1880.

168 Daphne Sloop Wood. 1866 Sister of 165 & 166. Italian oak on English oak frames. Sold 1882.

169 Penelope Armoured Corvette Iron. 1865 1868 First Pembroke iron ship. Twin screw. BU 1912.

170 Newport Gunboat Iron. 1868 Completed as survey vessel. Sold 1881.

171 Gnat Gunboat Composite. 1867 Wrecked 1968. First Pemboke composite.

172 Inconstant Frigate Iron. 1866 1868 Became Torpedo/Electrical school with Defiance (above). BU 1956.

173 Bittern Gunboat Wood. 1869 Sold 1887.

174 Iron Duke Central Battery Ironclad Iron. 1868 1870 1900 Coal Hulk.

175 Osborne Royal Yacht Iron. 1870 Paddle.

176 Coquette Gunboat Comp. 1871 176-182 all sisters. Sold 1889.

177 Foam Gunboat Comp. 1871 BU 1887.

178 Decoy Gunboat Comp. 1871 Sold 1885.

179 Merlin Gunboat Comp. 1871 Sold 1891

180 Mosquito Gunboat Comp. 1871 Sold 1888

181 Goshawk Gunboat Comp. 1872 Sold 1906.

182 Swinger Gunboat Comp. 1872 Sold 1924.

183 Thunderer Battleship Iron. 1869 1873 With Devastation, first mastless turret battleship. Completion delayed by boiler

explosion. BU 1909.

184 Seaflower Training Brig Wood. 1873

185 Fantome Sloop Comp. 1873 Sold 1889.

186 Egeria Sloop Comp. 1873 Sister of185. Sold 1911.

187 Vesuvius Torpedoboat Iron. 1874 First RN torpedoboat.

188 Dreadnought Mastless Battleship Iron. 1870 1875 Delayed on slip by redesign.

189 Shannon Armoured Cruiser Iron. 1873 1875 Unsuccessful design. Coastguard 1883. Sold 1899. Last Pembroke-built iron ship.

190 Emerald Corvette Comp. 1878 Sold 1906.

191 Iris Dispatch Vessel Steel. 1875 1877 First steel ship in RN. Later reclassified 2nd Cl. Cruiser. Sister of 192. Sold 1905.

192 Mercury Dispatch Vessel Steel. 1876 1878 Sister of 191. Reclassified 2nd Cl. Cruiser. 1905 Sub. depot ship. Sold 1919.

193 Pincher Flatiron Gunboat Steel. 1879 Sold 1905.

194 Gadfly FlatironGunboat Steel. 1879 Sold 1918.

195 Nautilus Training Brig Wood. 1879.

196 Griper Flatiron Gunboat Steel. 1879 BU 1951(?)

197 Tickler Flatiron Gunboat Steel. 1879 BU 1937.

198 Pilot Training Brig Wood. 1879 Last wooden.

199 Ajax Battleship Steel. 1880 BU 1904.

200 Redwing Gunboat Comp. 1880 Sold 1905.

201 Bullfrog Gunboat Comp. 1881 Sold 1933.

202 Cockchafer Gunboat Comp. 1881 Last composite. Sold 1905.

203 Insolent Flatiron Gunboat Steel. 1881 Sold 1905.

204 Bouncer Flatiron Gunboat Steel. 1881 Wrecked 1922, sold 1925.

205 Edinburgh Battleship Steel. 1879 1887 Completion delayed by late delivery of new BL guns. HS 1899. Expended as target 1908

206 Collingwood Battleship Steel. 1880 1882 Coastguard 1897. Reserve 1903. BU 1909.

207 Amphion 2nd Class Cruiser Steel 1881 1887 Despatch vessel reclassified before completion. Sold 1906.

208 Howe Battleship Steel. 1882 1889 Completion delayed by armament. BU 1910.

209 Thames 2nd Class Cruiser Steel. 1884 1888 Depot ship 1903.Sold 1920 to be TS General Botha at the Cape. 1942 reverted to

Thames, hulk. Scuttled 1947.

210 Anson Battleship Steel. 1883 1889 Delayed as sister 208. BU 1909.

211 Forth 2nd Class Cruiser Steel. 1884 1889 Depot ship 1903. Sold 1921.

212 Aurora Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1886 1889 Reserve 1900. Sold 1907.

213 Nile Battleship Steel. 1886 1890 Reserve 1898. BU 1912.

214 Peacock Gunboat Comp. 1888 Sold 1921.

215 Pigeon Gunboat Comp. 1888 Sold 1906.

216 Plover Gunboat Comp. 1888 Sold 1927.

217 Magpie Gunboat Comp. 1889 Sold 1921.

218 Redbreast Gunboat Comp. 1889 Sold 1910.

219 Redpoll Gunboat Comp. 1889 Sold 1906.

220 Widgeon Gunboat Comp. 1889 Sold 1906.

221 Blanche 3rd Class Cruiser Steel. 1889 1890 Wood sheathed. Sold 1905.

222 Blonde Sloop Steel. 1889 1890 Wood sheathed. Sold 1905.

223 Mayflower Training Brig Steel. 1890 Sold 1906.

224 Pearl 3rd Class Cruiser Steel. 1889 1892 Sold 1906.

225 Empress of India Battleship Steel 1889 1893 Sunk as target 1913.

226 Repulse Battleship Steel. 1890 1892 Sister of Empress of India. BU 1911.

227 Cambrian 2nd Class Cruiser Steel. 1893 Sold 1923.

228 Flora 2nd Class Cruiser Steel. 1893 Sold 1922. Sister of Cambrian.

229 Hazard Torpedo Gunboat Steel. 1892 1894 1915 S/M depot ship. Lost in collision 1918.

230 Renown Battleship Steel. 1893 1897 Laid down as Renown Fitted out at Devonport. Sunk as target 1914.

231 Hannibal Battleship Steel. 1894 1898 BU 1920. Last Pembroke battleship.

232 Andromeda 1st Class Protected Cruiser Steel. 1895 1899 Sold 1956(?)

233 Spartiate 1st Class Protected Cruiser Steel. 1897 1903 Delayed by machinery. Sold 1932.

234 Victoria and Albert Royal Yacht Steel. 1899 BU 1954.

235 Drake Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1899 1903 Sunk by U Boat 1917.

236 Essex Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1900 1904 Sold 1921.

237 Cornwall Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1901 1904 Sold 1920.

238 Duke of Edinburgh Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1903 1906 Sold 1920.

239 Warrior Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1903 1906 Sunk at Jutland 1916.

240 Defence Armoured Cruiser Steel. 1907 1909 Sunk at Jutland 1916.

241 Boadicea Light Cruiser Steel. 1907 1909 BU 1926.

242 Bellona Light Cruiser Steel. 1908 1910 BU 1921.

243 Blanche Light Cruiser Steel. 1909 1910 BU 1921.

244 Blonde Light Cruiser Steel. 1909 1910 BU 1920.

245 Active Light Cruiser Steel. 1910 1911 BU 1920.

246 Amphion Light Cruiser Steel. 1911 1913 Mined 1914.

247 Fearless Light Cruiser Steel. 1911 1913 BU 1921.

248 Nottingham Light Cruiser Steel. 1912 1914 Sunk by U Boat 1916.

249 Oil Lighter Lighter Steel. 1913.

250 Trefoil Oil Tanker (RFA) Steel. 1913.

251 Cordelia Light Cruiser Steel. 1913 1915 BU 1923.

252 Carysfort Light Cruiser Steel. 1914 1915 Uncertain? BU 1931.

253 J3 Submarine Steel. 1915 1915 ex-J7. Transferred to RAN 1919. BU 1924.

254 J4 Submarine Steel. 1915 1916 ex J$. Transferred to RAN 1919. BU 1929.

255 Cambrian Light Cruiser Steel. 1914 1916 BU 1934.

256 Turmoil Oil Tanker (RFA) Steel. 1917.

257 Curacoa Light Cruiser Steel. 1916 1917 Sunk in collision 1942.

258 L10 Submarine Steel. 1918 Uncertain. Sunk 1918.

259 H51 Submarine Steel. 1918 BU 1924.

260 Coal Lighter Lighter Steel. 1918.

261 H52 Submarine Steel. 1922 BU 1919.

262 Coal Lighter Lighter Steel. 1919.

263 Oleander Oil Tanker (RFA) Steel. 1922.

Notes:  

This list is taken from a semi-official record compiled in the yard not long before it closed. It is now known to include some inaccuracies of detail.

For the sake of brevity the classification of some ships has been simplified. For example, battleships are listed long before such types existed. Until mid-19th century ships were classed as First to Sixth Rate according to the number of guns, ships of First to Third rates took their place in the line of battle and were thus ‘ships of the line’ or ‘line of battle ships’. With the evolution of modern types of ships and guns this system became outdated - e.g. Warrior, the first iron warship and the first ship with armour was the most powerful ship in the world when launched but was originally classed as a frigate on the number of guns she carried. Ironclads were, strictly speaking, ships with wooden hulls clad (or ‘cased’) with iron but the term tended to be applied to all battleships.

Cutters were small ships with a single mast, square topsail, gaff mainsail and two jibs. They were fast and handy ‘maids of all work’. Many were used in anti-smuggling operations. The later schooners were similar except in their rig. Sloops were slightly larger, two masted and square rigged. Gunboat is a generic term used for the successors of the sloop and cutter in the age of steam. Some, at least, of the ‘steamers’ and ‘screws’ could be classed as gunboats. Dispatch vessels, 2nd and 3rd Class cruisers were little more than large gunboats.

No. 91 Juno (1844) was refitted in 1878, renamed Atalanta and lost with all hands on her first voyage with the new name. It says much for the quality of her original construction, if not for the policies of the Admiralty, that she was considered worth refitting and a new lease of life 34 years after launch. Her fate adds strength to the sailors’ superstition about changing a ship’s name.

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