(corvettes from 1876)
|Preceded by:||Amazon class|
|Succeeded by:||Fantome class|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Type:||Wooden screw sloop (later corvette)|
|Displacement:||1,760 long tons (1,790 t)|
|Tons burthen:||1,268 bm|
|Length:||212 ft (64.6 m) (p/p)|
|Beam:||36 ft (11.0 m)|
|Draught:||16 ft 6 in (5.0 m)|
|Depth:||21 ft 6 in (6.6 m)|
|Installed power:||1,946–2,518 ihp (1,451–1,878 kW)|
1 × 2-cylinder horizontal steam engine
4 or 6 × boilers
|Sail plan:||Barque or Ship rig|
|Speed:||12–13 knots (22–24 km/h; 14–15 mph)|
|Armament:||2 × 7-inch rifled muzzle-loading guns
4 × 6.3-inch 64-pounder rifled muzzle-loading guns
- For the 1894 class of protected cruiser see: Eclipse-class cruiser
The Eclipse class was a class of seven 6-gun wooden screw sloops built for the Royal Navy between 1867 and 1870. They were re-armed and re-classified as 12-gun corvettes in 1876. Two further vessels were proposed but never ordered.
A development of the Amazon class, they were designed by Edward Reed, the Royal Navy's Director of Naval Construction. The hull was of wooden construction, but with iron cross-beams, and a ram bow was fitted.
Propulsion was provided by a two-cylinder horizontal steam engine driving a single screw. Spartan, Sirius and Tenedos had compound steam engines, and the remainder of the class had single-expansion steam engines.
The Eclipse class was designed with two 7-inch (6½-ton) muzzle-loading rifled guns mounted in traversing slides and four 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns. They were re-classified as corvettes in 1876, carrying a homogenous armament of twelve 64-pounder muzzle-loading rifled guns.
|Danae||Portsmouth Dockyard||21 May 1867||Lent to the War Department as a hulk in 1886 and sold on 15 May 1906|
|Blanche||Chatham Dockyard||17 August 1867||Sold to Castle for breaking in September 1886|
|Eclipse||Sheerness Dockyard||14 November 1867||Lent to the War Department as a hulk for storage of mines from 1888 to 1892. Sold in 1921|
|Sirius||Portsmouth Dockyard||24 April 1868||Sold to Castle for breaking at Charlton in 1885|
|Spartan||Deptford Dockyard||14 November 1868||Sold to Castle for breaking on 7 November 1882|
|Dido||Portsmouth Dockyard||23 October 1869||Hulked in 1886. Renamed Actaeon II in 1906. Sold to J B Garnham for breaking on 17 July 1922|
|Tenedos||Devonport Dockyard||13 May 1870||Sold to G Pethwick of Plymouth for breaking in November 1887|
|Proserpine||-||-||Authorised on 18 December 1866 but never ordered|
|Diomede||-||-||Authorised on 18 December 1866 but rescinded on 30 April 1867|
- Winfield, pp. 290–91
- Ballard, G. A. (1938). "British Sloops of 1875: The Smaller Ram-Bowed Type". Mariner's Mirror (Cambridge, UK: Society for Nautical Research) 24 (April): 160–75.
- Chesneau, Roger; Kolesnik, Eugene M., eds. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
- Winfield, Rif & Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555.
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