Atholl-class corvette

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The Success hove down to the Couizer -ca. 1829-1830-.jpg
Success undergoing repairs after running aground on Carnac Reef
Class overview
Name: Atholl-class corvettes
Operators:  Royal Navy
Completed: 14
Cancelled: 4
General characteristics
Type: Sixth-rate corvette
Tons burthen: 499 91/94 bm (as designed)
Length: 113 ft 8 in (34.65 m) (gundeck)
94 ft 8.75 in (28.8735 m) (keel)
Beam: 31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 175

28 guns:

  • Upper Deck: 20 × 32-pounder carronades
  • Quarterdeck: 6 × 18-pounder carronades
  • Forecasle: 2 × 9-pounder guns
Rattlesnake by Oswald Walters Brierly, 1853

The Atholl-class corvettes were a series of fourteen Royal Navy sailing sixth-rate post ships built to an 1817 design by the Surveyors of the Navy. A further four ships ordered to this design were cancelled.

Non-standard timber were used in the construction of some; for example, the first pair (Atholl and Niemen) were ordered built of larch and Baltic fir respectively, for comparative evaluation of these materials; the three ships built by the East India Company (Alligator, Termagant and Samarang) were built of teak, and the Nimrod was built of African timber.

Ships in class[edit]


  • Rif Winfield & David Lyon, The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889, Chatham Publishing, London 2004. ISBN 1-86176-032-9.

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