HMS Harrier (1854)
HMS Harrier (1854)

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NameHarrier (1854)Explanation
Launched13 May 1854   
HullWooden Length160 feet
Builders measure747 tons   
Displacement1047 tons   
Fate1866 Last in commission1865
Class  Class (as screw)Cruizer
Ships bookADM 135/219   
13 May 1854Launched at Pembroke Dockyard.
16 August 1854
- 4 October 1855
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Commander Henry Alexander Story, the Baltic during the Russian War, then North America and West Indies
4 October 1855
- 16 September 1858
Commanded by Commander Samuel Hoskins Derriman, Baltic during the Russian War, then south-east coast of America
16 September 1858
- 7 September 1859
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander Malcolm MacGregor, south-east coast of America
29 October 1860
- 24 June 1862
Commanded by Commander Malcolm MacGregor, Australia
24 June 1862
- 9 November 1863
Commanded by Commander Francis William Sullivan, Australia (during the New Zealand War)
9 November 1863
- 30 April 1864
Commanded by Commander Edward Hay, Australia (until Hay was killed)
15 July 1864
- 31 March 1865
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Commander William Henry Fenwick, Australia
December 1866Breaking up at Portsmouth completed.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Tu 11 September 1860The following vessels comprise the four classes of the steam reserve at Portsmouth, the list corrected to this date :-
First Class.- Duke of Wellington, 131 guns, 700 horsepower; Princess Royal, 91 guns, 400 horse-power; Shannon, 51 guns, 600 horse-power ; Immortalité, 51 guns, 600 horse-power; Volcano, 6 guns, 140 horse-power; Philomel, 6 guns, 80 horse-power; and gunboats Brazen, Beaver, Snapper, Traveller, Grinder, and Blazer, of two guns each, and 60 horse-power.
Second Class.- Royal Sovereign, 131 guns, 800 horse-power; Victoria, 121 guns, 1,000 horse-power; Prince of Wales, 131 guns, 800 horse-power ; Duncan, 101 guns, 800 horse-power; Nelson, 91 guns, 500 horse-power; the Sutlej, 51 guns, 500 horse-power ; the Harrier, 17 guns, 100 horse-power; the Rinaldo, 17 guns, 200 horse-power; the Medea, 6 guns, 350 horse-power; the Stromboli, 6 guns, 280 horse-power; the Coquette, 6 guns, 200 horse-power; and the gunboats Cracker, Fancy, Swinger, Pincher, and Badger, of 60 horse-power each, and 2 guns.
Third Class.- The Tribune, 31 guns, 300 horse-power; the Rosamond, 6 guns, 280-horse power; the Vigilant, 4 guns, 200 horse-power; the Vulture, 6 guns, 470 horse-power; the Cygnet, 5 guns, 80 horse-power; and the gunboats Cheerful, Rambler, Pet, Daisy, Angler, Chub, Ant, Pert, and Decoy, of two guns each and 21 horse-power.
4th Class.- The screw transport Fox, 200 horse-power; the Erebus, 16 guns, 200 horse-power; the Meteor, 14 guns, 150 horse-power; and the Glatton, 14 guns, 150 horse-power.

The foregoing - not including the gunboats and mortar vessels in Haslar-yard - consist of seven line-of-battle ships, four frigates, two corvettes, nine sloops, three floating batteries, 20 gunboats, and one troop steamer. They give a total force of 1,150 guns, propelled by 11,420 horse-power (nominal). The Fox steam troopship is given in this return as not carrying any guns, but in the official Navy List she still carried "42" attached to her name.

Tu 24 January 1865The ships of war on the Australian station at the date of the last advices were ? the Harrier, 17, Acting-Commander Swan, at New Zealand; the Miranda, 14, Capt. Jenkins, at Sydney; the Eclipse, 4, Commander Fremantle, at New Zealand; the Cura?oa, 23, Commodore Sir W. Wiseman, at New Zealand; the Esk, 21, Capt. Luice, at Sydney; the Falcon, 17, Commander Parkin, at New Zealand; and the Salamander, 4, Commander the Hon. J. Carnegie, at Sydney.

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